Honoring the 2019-2020 Award Winners

At the close of each academic year, The Academy presents awards to students and community members in recognition of hard work and dedication to academic studies, personal well-being, and the entire Kimball Union community.

Although typically presented at Commencement in late May, the awards were announced this year during two virtual events; The Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 22; and The Celebration of the Class of 2020 Ceremony on Saturday, May 23. The recipients of these awards and recognitions are as follows:

Graduation Awards:Awards Ceremony:
Honorary Degree Recipients Dartmouth College Book Prize
Murray Dewdney H’20, P’06, ’14Marian Zens ’21
Cynthia Howe H’20, P’06, ’14
Harvard Book Prize
ValedictorianYixuan ‘Emily’ Li ’21
Xinyu ‘Jessica’ Xu ’20
9th Grade Class Distinction Award
SalutatorianAriatnny Castillo Montero ’23
Carleton Cassedy ’20Mica McGinley-Smith ’23
Henry Mann Silver ‘1867 Award10th Grade Class Distinction Award
Molly Beaupre ’20Shannon Moran ’22
Sullivan Mack ’20Jintao ‘Tom’ Yue ’22
Carissa Tambroni ’20
11th Grade Class Distinction Award
Class of 1895 AwardMax Gesner ’21
Kyra Russman-Araya ’20Emma McGonigle ’21
Royal Burnham Townsend ‘1911 AwardJames Schubert Visual Art Award
Patrick Hyjek ’20Ruoqian ‘Jon’ Chu ’20
Porter AwardMusic Award
Reese Stevenson ’20Carleton Cassedy ’20
The Class of 1920 Award, Dance Award
by vote of the graduating classThanh Thuy ‘Harley’ Nguyen ’20
Molly Beaupre ’20
Patrick Hyjek ’20Theatre Award
Reese Stevenson ’20
Mikula Award
Lexy Gray ’20Simon Harrold Memorial Award
Yixuan ‘Emily’ Li ’21
Charles Alden Tracy ‘1893 Award
Xinyu ‘Jessica’ Xu ’20Karen Custer Mathematics Award
Ruilin ‘Ellen’ Hu ’20
The Rensselaer Medal
Kyle Fuller ’21
Senior Science Award
Taintian ‘Rachel’ Xia ’20
E.E. Just Environmental Science Award
Hyun Jin ‘Gene’ Chang ’20
Advanced World Language Award
James Surgenor ’20
Stephen B. Bishop Award
Shi Kun ‘Kelvin’ Zhang ’20
Lionel Mosher Prize
Ruoqian ‘Jon’ Chu ’20
Flora Clough Composition
Paige Conway ’20
Outstanding Female Athlete
Elizabeth ‘Bella’ Parento ’20
Outstanding Male Athlete
Sullivan Mack ’20
George C. Akerstrom Award
Carson Moe ’20
Kyra Russman-Araya ’20
Flora Clough’1884 Library Prize
Taintian ‘Rachel’ Xia ’20
Fire Brigade Firefighters Award
Jared Noxon ’20
Reese Stevenson ’20
Ray Freeman Jenny ’1909 Good Citizen Award 
Max Van Dijk ’20
Hong-Jin Kim ’2005 International Student Award
Hyun Jin ‘Gene’ Chang ’20
Duong ‘Cody’ Nguyen  ’20
Georg Feichtinger Community Service Award 
Taintian ‘Rachel’ Xia ’20
Jesang Yim ’20
Student Senate Award
Ethan Barrett ’20
Molly Beaupre ’20
Kyra Russman-Araya ’20
Faculty Cup
Scott Domingos

Please visit our livestream archive to view The Award Ceremony and The Celebration of the Class of 2020 Ceremony.



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Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the country's oldest private boarding high schools. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse and global group of day and boarding students. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire, in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.