Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

Rectory's 9th-Grade Graduation

Class of 2018

Rectory's 2018 Graduates

Ninth-grade students' tenure at Rectory School culminates at the annual Commencement Ceremonies. Surrounded by family, friends, and faculty, all of whom supported them on their journey, graduates are celebrated for their accomplishments.

2018 Graduation Award Recipients

The Mabel B. Bigelow Memorial Cup

Named in honor of the School’s co-founder, this cup is awarded to a female member of the graduating class who displays outstanding excellence in character and who has shown great interest in and has contributed toward the welfare of the School.

Kassidy Walden, Pomfret Center, CT

Kassidy Walden

The Father Bigelow Memorial Cup

Presented to that male student in the graduating class who best exemplifies those human characteristics Father Bigelow sought to cultivate in all students. These characteristics are best articulated by John Bigelow’s “Prayer for Rectory,” which reads, “To work well, to play well; to think clearly, to speak truth; to win without pride, to lose without rancor; to have courage, and to be kind. This is a goal for the greatest. It is a goal that the least may reach. To teach this is the whole purpose of schools; To know this is the whole meaning of life.”

Sutthana (GeorgeBush) Sricharoenlumsam, Thailand

Sutthana (GeorgeBush) Sricharoenlumsam

The Mr. and Mrs. John Character Cup

Donated in 1952 in honor of Mr. & Mrs. John Bigelow, this cup is intended for a member of the graduating class who has made great progress in all areas of school life and who has displayed the kindness, compassion, and spirit which is exemplified in the “Rectory child.”

Keegan Rybacki, Killingly, CT

Keegan Rybacki

The Thomas B. Harrison Cup

Presented for outstanding sportsmanship and consideration for others, not only on the playing field but in all areas of school life.

Brennan Holmes, Dayville, CT

Brennan Holmes

The Alexander C. Vasiloff Memorial Award

Presented to that Rectory student who best exemplifies those eclectic characteristics which Mr. Vasiloff lovingly brought to his community. They include interest in history, science and mathematics, arts, and literature.

Cameran Steiger, Pomfret Center, CT

Cameran Steiger

The John Frazar Austin Cup

Given by John Frazar Austin, a member of the class of 1949, this cup is awarded annually to a student who best exemplifies the “fighting spirit” which will not permit him/her to quit, whether in sports, studies, or in striving for general improvement.

Jackson Medeiros, Douglas, MA

Jackson Medeiros

John Bloodworth Mobley, Jr. Class of 1991 Cup

Given by his parents, the Mobley Cup is awarded to the proctor who, while wholeheartedly embracing all of the responsibilities associated with the proctor position, best represents the characteristics by which John is recalled here; specifically, tolerance toward, support of, and enthusiasm for his/her peers throughout his/her career in the School.

Taehan Kim, South Korea

Taehan Kim

The Adam B. Silver Scholar-Athlete Cup

Established in honor of Adam, class of 1982, by his parents, this cup is given to that student who demonstrated not only spirit, energy, inquisitiveness, and vigor in the classroom, but determination and commitment on the athletic fields.

Tess Barrett, Tewksbury, MA

Tess Barrett

The John and Millie Green Cup

Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has brought an uplifting spirit and a sense of joy to the school community. 

Grace Bullied, Pomfret Center, CT

The Goodridge-Barber Academic Cup

Presented to Father Bigelow over forty years ago by a gentleman who said he was tired of seeing the most handsome cups at graduation exercises everywhere go to the best athletes, rather than the best scholars. He was determined that Rectory would have a truly splendid looking cup to present to its top student. This cup is presented to the student with the highest academic average in the graduating class.

Seojun (David) Yang, South Korea

Seojun Yang

The Charles Rockwell Cup

Donated by Mr. Charles Rockwell, the father of three Rectory graduates: Charles Jr., 1928; Henry, 1930; and Paul, 1935. The Rockwell Cup is awarded to “that person in the graduating class who has done the most for Rectory.”

Brennan Holmes, Dayville, CT

Brennan Holmes

The Headmaster's Award

Given by the Headmaster to a student deserving of special recognition for service or achievement while at Rectory.

Jansher Azmat, Alpharetta, GA

Jansher Azmat

Graduation Photos

2018 9th-Grade
Academic Awards

Five-Year Award

  • Cooper Ames, Pomfret, CT
  • Anthony Besardi, Thompson, CT
  • Kassidy Walden, Pomfret, CT

9th-Grade Newspaper Award

  • Yuyang (Catherine) Xie, China

Photography Award

  • Jackson Medeiros, Douglas, MA

Art Award

  • Kaitlyn Matthews, Jamaica Estates, NY

Media Communications Award

  • Jiawei (Tom) Feng, China
  • Alastair King Wang Man, Hong Kong

Audio Visual Award

  • JJ Joseph, Brewster, MA

2017 CT Eastern High School Music Festival Participant

  • Jiyun (Paula) Jiang, China

2017 Quinebaug Valley Middle School Festival Participants

  • Tess Barrett, Tewksbury, MA
  • Grace Bullied, Pomfret, CT
  • Chin Wai (Jasmine) Chan, Hong Kong
  • Jiayang (Sunny) Chen, China
  • Jiawei (Tom) Feng, China
  • Brennan Holmes, Dayville, CT
  • Houzhi (Steven) Hu, China
  • Jiyun (Paula) Jiang, China
  • Taehan Kim, South Korea
  • Alyssa Leveille, Thompson, CT
  • Jackson Medeiros, Doulas, MA
  • Asen Ou, South Korea
  • Sutthana (GeorgeBush) Sricharoenlumsam, Thailand
  • Cameran Steiger, Pomfret, CT
  • Kassidy Walden, Pomfret, CT

Guitar Award

  • Yiwei (Betty Xu), China

Chorus Award

  • Taehan Kim, South Korea

Drama Award

  • Cameran Steiger, Pomfret, CT

Music Awards

  • Jazz: Jackson Medeiros, Douglas, MA
  • Orchestra: Houzhi (Steven) Hu, China
  • 9th-Grade Ensemble: Jiyun (Paula) Jiang, China

Section Awards

  • 9 2c: Zeyu (Edward) Qi, Renton, WA
  • 9 2b: Kaitlyn Matthews, Jamaica Estates, NY
  • 9 2a: Ke Chen, China
  • 9 1b: Yiwei (Betty) Xu, China
  • 9 1a: Alyssa Leveille, Thompson, CT

Academic Honors
Academic average of 95-100

  • Jiyang (Sunny) Chen, China
  • Lan (Tina) Ding, China
  • Andrew Hui (Yanjie Wang) Jin, China
  • Ji Hee Liu, Japan
  • Zeyu (Edward) Qi, Renton, WA
  • Yiwei (Betty) Xu, China

Effort and Academic Honors
Academic average of 95-100 and Effort average of 1-1.4

  • Percy Ackerman, Marion, MA
  • Tess Barrett, Tewksbury, MA
  • Grace Bullied, Pomfret, CT
  • Abby Gurevitch, Naples, FL
  • Jiyun (Paula) Jiang, China
  • Jackson Medeiros, Douglas, MA
  • Aidan Rodgers, Yorktown, NY
  • Seojun (David) Yang, South Korea

Leroy Anderson Foreign Language Award for Spanish

  • Jackson Medeiros, Douglas, MA

Ninth-Grade English Prize

  • Cameran Steiger, Pomfret, CT

Townshend Science Award

  • Jiyun (Paula) Jiang, China

Roure History Award

  • Xinwen (Holly) Hu, China

Jackman Math Award

  • Soejun (David) Yang

Best All-Around Athlete

  • Male: Aidan Rodgers, Yorktown, NY
  • Female: Tess Barrett, Tewksbury, MA


2018 Matriculation

Class of 2018 Matriculation Word Art.


  • Avon Old Farms
  • Blair Academy
  • Brooks School
  • Cate School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Concord Academy Cushing Academy
  • Emma Willard School
  • Episcopal High School
  • George School
  • Governor’s Academy
  • Gunnery School
  • Hopkins School
  • Hotchkiss School
  • Kent School
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • Madeira School
  • Marianapolis Preparatory School
  • Millbrook School
  • New Hampton School
  • Pomfret School
  • Quincy High School
  • St. George's School
  • St. Mark's School
  • Stevenson School
  • Suffield Academy
  • Tabor Academy
  • Taft School
  • Westtown School
  • Williston Northampton School
  • Winchendon School
  • Woodstock Academy

Pomfret School’s Patrick Wood Memorial Prize

The Patrick D. Wood ‘01 Memorial Prize was established by Patrick’s family to honor him as a scholar and kind friend of many who died before his time. It is intended to give others a chance to excel not only in their years at Pomfret School but in the many years to follow. The scholarship is awarded to a talented student from Windham County who is matriculating at Pomfret School.

Brennan Holmes, Dayville, CT