Sturgis Awards 2015

Sturgis West 2015 William Sturgis and Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients

Sturgis West 2015 William Sturgis and Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients

Sturgis East 2015 William Sturgis and Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients

Sturgis East 2015 William Sturgis and Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients

Photographs of Awards Night are presented in a slideshow at the end of this article. In addition to the academic awards presented during Awards Night, there are two Sturgis awards presented to four graduating seniors that merit special recognition: The William Sturgis Award and Sturgis Spirit Award. Full text of the William Sturgis and Sturgis Spirit Award presentations follow.

William Sturgis Award

The William Sturgis Award is given to one boy and one girl on each campus who, in the opinion of classmates and faculty, embody the positive attitude and exemplary conduct represented by the Sturgis Code of Conduct and Rules to Live By. Each of the William Sturgis Award winners will receive a $500 college scholarship sponsored by the Sturgis Parents Association.

William Sturgis

William Sturgis

Sturgis Code of Conduct and Rules to Live By

Be a person of integrity. Act honorably.

Be kind, polite, and caring at all times. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Strive for excellence without arrogance. Do your best.

Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your parents to know about.

Respect the positions and ideas of those around you, even if you don’t like them. Keep an open mind.

Allow for imperfections in others; you’re not perfect yourself.

Tolerate honest mistakes from people that are doing their best.

Lead by example.

Speak well of others; gossip undermines human dignity.

Seek the truth in all matters.

Celebrate life with humor.

Live and learn, but teach others as well.

East Campus

Presented by Paul Marble, Sturgis East Principal

Kevin Agostinelli

Julia and Kevin

Julia Tager and Kevin Agostinelli, 2015 William Sturgis Award Recipients – East Campus

The following description was written by Mr. Chris Abel, history teacher at Sturgis East:

“People naturally look to this student for leadership.  Not that they look to him to “provide the answers” (though sometimes they do) but rather to help provide an anchor of guidance and organization off of which everyone can achieve.

He knows when to “take charge” and when to “go with the group” in order to insure that the group is always moving forward in a positive direction.  When he does “take charge” he breaks down the task for his groups so that everyone has a say in how to attack the question/problem and everyone contributes “equally” and provides an important piece to the puzzle/solution.

For him, achievement is not just about himself, but about the larger community as well. I truly believe that he is of the mentality that “when we achieve together, we achieve more”.

He displays the qualities of a true leader in this regard…knowing when to “take charge”, when to “let the group decide” and how to balance the two.

Leadership is a fine balancing act and I feel he does so with great maturity, poise and intelligence.”

Congratulations! The William Sturgis Award goes to Kevin Agostinelli.

Julia Tager

Paul Marble presents award to Julia Tager

Paul Marble presents award to Julia Tager

Extremely caring, dedicated, motivated and thoughtful, this student cares deeply about others and wants to make a difference. To that end, she founded and currently serves as president of a student run club aptly named Sturgis Passion Project: a club based on the belief that anyone can make a difference in changing the world with enough hard work, dedication and kindness.

Her passion carries over into all of her activities, both in and outside the classroom. She has found that seeking real world examples helps her to stay engaged. She works well in groups and is an active listener who communicates well with teachers and peers alike. In addition, this student is a critical thinker who asks pertinent questions.

Looking to the future, she will make a difference in the world. She already has, but she continues to set the bar higher.

Congratulations! The William Sturgis Award goes to Julia Tager.

West Campus

Presented by Jenn Kirk, Sturgis West Principal

Mary LoPiccolo

Jenn Kirk with

Jenn Kirk with Mary LoPiccolo and John Russell, 2015 William Sturgis Award Recipients – West Campus

The William Sturgis Award goes to a young woman who has been the heart and soul of all of her teams. Whether playing in goal for her soccer team or cracking the ball against her softball bat, she has remained a steady fast, dependable leader.

She leads quietly, yet effectively​, and always displays an aura of calmness and resilience. These qualities have enabled her to be successful on the field but also ones which will allow her to be successful in life after Sturgis.

She is extremely hard working and persistent and has shown amazing growth in confidence over the past 4 years.

Mr. Pagenkopf shared that…she has talked about possibly becoming a teacher.  He said that, “When she does, I want my kids in her class.  I don’t care what the subject is, I just want my kids to be around her as much as possible.”

According to Mr. Lee, when he first began to teach this student two years ago she was a respectable student, quietly leading the class by example, by reliably and responsibly completing her work, but lacked the confidence to change the landscape of classroom discussion.  Since then she has blossomed into a confident debater earning the admiration of her peers and the reputation of being a student who will complete her work, with consistency and excellence, often earning top marks in her class.

He also shared that … “Whereas three years ago she may have been satisfied with taking the beaten path and would have produced a perfectly competent paper, her research has led her to compose a paper that discusses some of the positive impacts of child labor in the 1800s while also accounting for the difficulties that these children faced.  The result is a product that is far bolder and more compelling, a paper that truly highlight’s her growth as a student and her intellectual capability.”

She has earned the admiration of her peers.  She does everything with an air of humility and treats all of her peers with compassion. She always gives 100%. She is a model student-athlete, teammate and an amazing young lady. This student can often be heard saying, “it’s not about the team’s record, it’s about the relationships with your teammates that matters most”.

Congratulations! The William Sturgis Award goes to Mary LoPiccolo.

John Russell

John Russell receives award

John Russell receives award

The William Sturgis Award goes to a young man who worked incredibly hard on his academics while active in sports and social life.  His success comes from a willingness to work really hard and to master the complexities of not only the difficult tasks involved, but also the way the IB never asks a question the same way twice.

Despite initially finding it very frustrating, he made up his mind to figure out how to answer difficult questions. He stayed super-organized, gritted his teeth, and did what was necessary to be very successful in a course that he initially found quite challenging. He was often instrumental in moving the class forward because he was determined to learn as much as possible and to make sure class time was productive.

He is gracious, considerate, positive and determined. He approaches his studies with the dedication and determination -an example of his commitment to excellence. He leads his peers on the field and in the school through example.

He is Humble – He must have known that he was outperforming a good number of his peers but he was always kind and patient when they needed help/clarification/assistance. He is a sincere and authentic young man who is concerned with his own quest for knowledge. He is a global minded thinker.

He is a mature and caring student. He is usually the first person to offer to help you if your hands are full or if you have a large task ahead of you, he is also the first to say thank you. this student is a model of what it means to be passionate, but also mindful, standing up for his beliefs, but also open minded toward the beliefs of others.

We will all miss his smiling face as he sits on the bench outside of school greeting all who arrive. He truly loves Sturgis and it shows through his leadership, his performance and support of others, and his thoughtful contributions.

Congratulations! The William Sturgis Award goes to John Russell.

Sturgis Spirit Award

The School Spirit Award is given to one boy and one girl who, in the opinion of classmates and faculty, contribute to fostering school spirit through their enthusiasm, positive attitude and concern for others both within and beyond the classroom. Each of the Sturgis Spirit Award winners will receive a $500 college scholarship sponsored by the Sturgis Parents Association.

East Campus

Presented by Paul Marble, Sturgis East Principal

Maggie Randall

Paul Marble presents Spirit Award to Maggie Randall

Paul Marble presents Spirit Award to Maggie Randall

The first award winner is the life-force of the student council and has earned the respect of her teachers and peers because of her enthusiasm, integrity, and generosity of spirit.

Teachers shared the following words and phrases about her:

“the straw that stirs the drink”

“spunky”

“A wonderful combination of “fun” and “seriousness.”

She has an uncanny ability to draw people together for a common goal.

A major spark to the the spirit of the senior class,

For these reasons and more, I am pleased to present the School Spirit Award to Maggie Randall.

Jacob Tobey

Maggie Randall and Jacob Tobey, 2015 Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients - East Campus

Maggie Randall and Jacob Tobey, 2015 Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients – East Campus

The following description was written by Ms. Lindsey Weaver, math teacher at Sturgis East:

“I have had the pleasure of working with this student in IB Math Studies for two years. Although I am relatively new to teaching, I strongly believe he is one of the most well-rounded students I will ever have the fortune of learning from. He is talented in academics, he is talented in sports, he is a jaw-droppingly talented musician, he is a talented writer for the Sturgis Newspaper, and he is a committed member of the Sturgis Key Club. But this is not what defines him. What defines him is his character: he cares for others beyond the ordinary. There were countless times during his junior and senior year where I witnessed him support someone outside the realm of his friends, whether it was to lend a hand in learning or to lend a shoulder to lean on. He is never a leader to boss or add tension, and instead is always a leader that people want to follow. He demonstrates a characteristic rare among his peers: the ability to diffuse tension and unconditionally support his classmates and team members. He is a unique gem: flawlessly combining an insatiable curiosity for things beyond his own world, a tenacious drive to become better, a loyal heart for his friends, and an unwavering compassion for people.

Congratulations! The School Spirit Award winner is Jacob Tobey.

West Campus

Presented by Jenn Kirk, Sturgis West Principal

Jacob Chagnon

Olivia Labarge and Jacob Chagnon, 2015 Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients - West Campus

Olivia LaBarge and Jacob Chagnon, 2015 Sturgis Spirit Award Recipients – West Campus

The school spirit award goes to a young man who has natural gifts and is one of those students that made it look easy to excel, because his focus in class was strong and he did all his work in a seemingly effortless way.  Despite his talents, he always contributed in a modest, low key way, and generously helped anyone who asked him for help.

He is respected as a natural leader.  He has a seemingly limitless work ethic. He is intelligent and driven. His positive attitude and cheerfulness while on campus is an inspiration to his peers. He inspires those around them. His contributions to the community attest to his moral code and passion for what inspires and motivates him.

His innate instincts to recognize the needs of others coupled with his desire for action, inquiry and reflection combine to create a leader of his peers who truly embodies the pulse of the Sturgis Spirit. He has been a huge part of creating our Sturgis West culture.  The school would not have evolved into what it is today without his leadership, commitment and willingness to get involved.

Share final words from Ms. Robinson:

“When describing Rome’s greatest leader, Augustus Caesar, biographer Suetonius said that he had found a city made of brick and left behind him a city made of marble. This is true of this student, too. The transformations he put into motion as a class officer have forever beautified and glorified the ethos of Sturgis West.”

Congratulations! The school Spirit award goes to Jacob Chagnon

Olivia LaBarge

Olivia Labarge receives Spirit Award

Olivia Labarge receives Spirit Award

The school spirit award goes to a young woman who is a leader but not the type of leader who dominates, She listens carefully, and then offers potential thoughtful solutions. She is a Risk taker.  She is usually the first person to say “I’m in” when a project, idea or service opportunity is proposed.

She has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the Model United Nations Club.  She was one of four charter members during her freshmen year and has helped the club grow to having over 40 students involved this past year.  She has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the club by serving as its Secretary General for the past two years.

Mr. Richenburg said, “If there is more thoughtful student at Sturgis, I have yet to meet one. She puts the feelings of others first on her agenda!”

She competed and won the Sturgis West Poetry Out Loud event in 2013.  She was extremely poised and confident. For the past two years, she has encouraged other younger poets, working with them in their presentations, and officiating in the Poetry Out Loud Competition at Sturgis West.  She is a leader with a great deal to share with others!

She is deeply passionate about the Sturgis community and is willing to work to improve upon our school. Her leadership has been amazingly ‘selfless’.  At her age, leadership is sometimes about personal glorification. However, she took on issues with vibrant energy and was committed to developing and improving Sturgis West even though the results of her efforts might not felt until after she graduated.  Her leadership and commitment to the culture of the school moved us closer to our goals than we could have imagined.

Congratulations!  The School Spirit Award goes to Olivia LaBarge.

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