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Academic Excellence & Honor Societies

Poly's Academic Awards

Poly offers students a wide-array of academic awards in the Middle School and Upper Schools to recognize and celebrate student achievement.

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  • Major Awards

    POLY CUP
    Given to the senior who has stood foremost in the school.

    THE JOSEPH DANA ALLEN AWARD
    Presented in honor of Dr. Joseph Dana Allen and awarded for highest scholarship, combined with commensurate character.

    SCULL PLAQUE
    Given to the senior who has excelled both in scholarship and athletics.

    WILLIAM M. WILLIAMS PRIZE FOR INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
    Presented to that senior who has most clearly demonstrated a genuine pursuit of learning and enthusiasm for knowledge.

    CREATIVITY PRIZE
    Awarded to that senior who has shown outstanding originality and imagination in a particular discipline.

    SCHOOL SERVICE AWARD
    Presented to a senior for character, loyalty, service, and decorum.

    THE EMMETT GOLD ROUTT CUP
    Presented to a senior who has shown great scholastic improvement in the senior year.

    MARJORIE BULL AWARD
    Presented in honor of the one-time head of the Lower School to the student in Form II with outstanding academic achievement.

    MYRON RUCKSTULL SPORTMANSHIP AWARD
    Presented to the Form II student who displays outstanding sportsmanship in his or her daily life at school.
  • Middle School Awards

    MARYANNA SHELLER AWARD
    Presented to the Grade 6 student(s) who is (or are) deemed outstanding in scholarship and character.

    RALPH K. DUPEE AWARD
    Presented to the Form I student(s) who has (or have) contributed most in academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and character./div>
  • Academic Awards

    NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY BOOK AWARD
    Presented to a Form VI student for excellence in the study of history.

    MAYFLOWER AWARD
    Awarded to the student who writes the best research paper in American history. Presented by the Mayflower Society of America.

    MITCHELL PRIZE
    Awarded to the senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of literature and in writing. The winner is determined by vote of the English faculty.

    BROWN UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD
    Presented to an outstanding Form V student in English.

    THE GILBERT FELDMAN LATIN AWARDS
    Awarded to one outstanding junior and one outstanding senior who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication in the learning of the language, literature, and culture, in and out of the classroom.

    SENIOR FRENCH AWARD
    Awarded to the senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of the French language and culture.

    FRENCH LANGUAGE AWARD
    Awarded to an outstanding junior who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication in learning the language, literature, and culture, in and out of the classroom.

    PITKOW SPANISH MEDAL
    Awarded to a senior for interest and excellence in Spanish.

    SPANISH LANGUAGE AWARD
    Awarded to an outstanding junior who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication in the learning of the language, literature, and culture, in and out of the classroom.

    THE BAUSCH AND LOMB AWARD
    Presented to an outstanding science student in the junior class.

    THE BAY RIDGE MEDICAL SOCIETY MEDAL
    Presented to an outstanding biology student interested in a career in medicine.

    THE DOROTHY MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD
    Honoring the mother of two Poly students, this award is presented annually to the student who presents the best independent study project in science.

    THE SANDRA STONE AWARD
    Presented annually to a senior for excellence in science.

    THE NCTM/MAA MEDAL
    Awarded annually to the student who scores the highest on the National Mathematics Tests. The award is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Math and the Mathematical Association of America.

    SENIOR MATH PRIZE
    Awarded for excellence in mathematics.

    RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE MEDAL
    Presented to the best Form V student in mathematics and science throughout his or her preparatory course.

    COMPUTER AWARD
    Presented to the student who has demonstrated commitment and excellence in computer studies.

    DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD
    Presented to a Form V student who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a positive contribution to the life of the school.

    HIRAM AUSTIN TUTTLE CUP
    Presented to the most improved member of Form V.

    ABC PARENTS NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY AWARD
    Awarded to a student who presents the most original research paper on Native American contemporary issues.

    SHARYN DOLAN AWARD
    Presented to a Form VI student who has exhibited excellence in mathematics and athletics, and who represents the character and values exemplified by Ms. Dolan.
  • Arts Awards

    DAVID WINDER DRAMA AWARD
    Given for outstanding interest, effort, and achievement in the field of dramatics.

    WALTER B. CLARK DRAMA AWARD
    Given for outstanding dramatic performance.

    THE THOMAS P. NARDI CHAUTAUQUA SCHOLARSHIP
    Awarded to a junior whose interest and talent in one of the performing arts would be developed and enriched by summer study at Chautauqua.

    THE FRANK R. HANCOCK AWARD
    Presented to a senior who has done outstanding work in music at Poly.

    THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN AWARD
    Given for outstanding work in art.

    THE JOHN PHILIP SOUSA BAND AWARD
    Given to the senior with the greatest achievement in instrumental music.
  • Activity Awards

    THE FRANK BAILEY PRIZE Awarded for outstanding achievement in scholastic journalism. The award recognizes editorial skill, journalistic excellence, and sustained commitment in the production of the school newspaper.

    POLYGLOT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    Given for dedication, skill, and leadership in the production of the school yearbook.

    POLY ARTS JOURNAL AWARD
    Given for commitment and editorial skills in the production of the Poly Arts Journal.

    STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD
    Given for commitment and leadership in Student Government over several years.

    PETER INDOVINO BOOK AWARD
    Given to a junior by the class of 1987 for leadership and dedication in Student Government and activities.

    NICHOLAS L. SCHENCK '60 POLYGLOT CUP
    Presented to the Poly Prep senior who has demonstrated extraordinary creativity and ingenuity in the production of the school yearbook.
  • Athletic Awards

    YALE CUP
    Awarded to the Form V student who has made the greatest contribution in athletics.

    PRINCETON CUP
    Awarded to the Form IV student who has made the greatest contribution in athletics.

    CHARLES BEAL MEMORIAL TROPHY
    Awarded to the Form III student who has made the greatest contribution in athletics.

    JACK JAMES MEMORIAL TROPHY
    Awarded to the most valuable football player.

    LEON WYNN AWARD
    Presented to the most improved football player.

    THE VOLLEYBALL PLAQUE
    Awarded to the most valuable volleyball player.

    THE FIELD HOCKEY AWARD
    Awarded to the most valuable field hockey player.

    WILLIAM HOLMES MEMORIAL AWARD
    Presented to the most valuable player on the soccer team.

    STANLEY MCGAHIE MEMORIAL AWARD
    Presented to the most valuable male member of the cross-country team.

    SHARYN DOLAN MEMORIAL AWARD
    Presented to the most valuable female member of the cross-country team.

    THE THOMAS CULLEN TROPHY
    Presented to the most valuable basketball player.

    THE GIRLS' BASKETBALL PLAQUE
    Awarded to the most valuable member of the girls' basketball team.

    HARRY MEISLAHN TROPHY
    Presented to the most valuable wrestler.

    RICHARD MORTON KOSTER MEDAL
    Presented for the greatest improvement in wrestling.

    THE GINTEL AWARD
    Presented by the Class of 1948 in memory of Jay Gintel to the most valuable member of the swimming team.

    THE BELKNAP SQUASH AWARD
    Presented to the outstanding squash player.

    THE CLARA JACOBS MEMORIAL TROPHY
    Presented to the most valuable member of the winter track team.

    THE GOLDEN SPLINTER AWARD
    Awarded to the most improved winter track team member.

    THE HERBERT F. BOHNET BASEBALL AWARD
    Presented to the most valuable member of the baseball team.

    THE ANGELO IRACANE MEMORIAL TROPHY
    Presented for dedicated service to the varsity baseball program.

    THE SCOBORIA TROPHY
    Presented to the most valuable member of the track team.

    FREDERICK B. TUTTLE TROPHY
    Awarded to the most improved member of the track team.

    THE ALUMNI LACROSSE CUP
    Presented to the most valuable boys' lacrosse player.

    THE GIRLS LACROSSE AWARD
    Awarded to the most valuable member of the girls' lacrosse team.

    THE SOFTBALL PLAQUE
    Awarded to the most valuable member of the softball team.

    THE CHARLES S. MITCHELL GOLF AWARD
    Presented to the most valuable player on the golf team.

    THE ORAN H. WATERMAN TENNIS TROPHY
    Presented to the most valuable member of the tennis team.

    THE LINDNER AWARD
    Presented to the most improved player on the tennis team.

    *Medals are awarded for record breaking performances in track and swimming.
  • Other Awards

    TEST OF GENERAL INFORMATION PRIZES
    Awarded at all grade levels to the winners of the annual Test of General Information.

    GOVERNOR'S CITATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
    Awarded to a senior who is selected for scholarship, character, citizenship, and service to school and/or community.

    THE JOSEPH H. BEARNS MEDALS
    Given each year to the final and preliminary winners of the speaking contest.

Explore our Curriculum

Academic Achievement & Character

Poly Prep's Middle School and Upper School both foster a culture where academic achievement is honored and celebrated.  As part of the process of recognizing students who excel in the classroom and beyond, Poly offers students a wide-array of academic awards in the Middle School and Upper Schools to recognize and celebrate student achievement. 

Poly also maintains two student honor societies.  Membership in these societies is selective and confers great honor on those achieve it.

Honor Society Overview

Students carrying at least five courses in a semester are eligible for honors or credits. An extra point is added for each full-year AP course. For honors, a minimum average of 7.5 on Poly's ten-point scale and no grade below a B are necessary. For credits, a minimum average of 6.25 and no grade below a B are necessary.

Cum Laude Society
In 1908, Poly became the fourth school to join this prestigious national scholastic honor society, which numbers over 250 member schools today. Each year, the society elects approximately fifteen percent of the senior class to membership. Strong academic performance, as measured by grades and a student's academic standing, is the overriding criterion for selection. Students must also exemplify the ideals of the Cum Laude Society.

Oasis Society
The oldest student organization at Poly Prep, this student honor society recognizes leadership and accomplishment that benefit our school, aiming to promote school spirit and service to the school community. Oasis Society comprises juniors and seniors who have demonstrated outstanding participation in school activities and are thereby eligible for election by their fellow classmates. Oasis Society inducts selected students twice a year.

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