Photo of students celebrating graduation 2023.


Brooks celebrated the class of 2023 with two traditional, graduation events: 
Lawn Ceremony on May 28 and Prize Day on May 29. 


Photo of students walking into Prize Day 2023.


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Sixth-Form Speaker: Laura Aseye Kahu ’23

Prize Day Awards

THE REVEREND GEORGE F. VOUGHT PRIZE — awarded by the Head of School to honor a member of the faculty in their first few years of teaching who has made special contributions to the School and has exhibited notable professional growth:  Alexandria Jean Sacco

THE TRUSTEES PRIZE — awarded by the faculty to any member of the school community who has served beyond the call of duty: Marcos Francis-Joeseph Montiel '23

THE FACULTY PRIZE — given by George C. Haas and awarded annually to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the life of the school: Preston Yuen-Tat Wong '23

THE HEAD OF SCHOOL'S PRIZE — given in memory of George B. Case, Jr.: Laura Aseye Kahu '23

Lawn Ceremony Awards


Student Speaker on the Arts: Preston Yuen-Tat Wong '23

THE GEORGE A. TIRONE PRIZE — awarded by Mrs. Randolph Muto, in memory of her father, to a middle school student who shows unusual promise in the Visual Arts: Cheng Zhuang '25

THE HENRY M. BUHL PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE — awarded to an upper school student who is dedicated to the practice of photography and skilled not only in technique but in creative artistry: Maeve Christine Gaffney '23

THE RUSSELL MORSE PRIZE — awarded to an upper school student who has made distinguished contributions to the visual arts at Brooks: Virginia Wade Perry '23

THE PARKMAN PRIZE IN DRAMA — given in memory of Terry Parkman to a student who has worked long and hard backstage with no thought of any reward: Kayla Grace Gutkoski '25

THE KNOWLTON DRAMA PRIZE — given in memory of Warren Knowlton '67 and awarded to a member of the Brooks community who has shown those qualities of loyalty and devotion to drama, and versatility and enthusiasm in work before and behind the scenes, that were typified by Warren Knowlton: Chapin Atwater Dobbins '23

THE MUSIC PRIZE — awarded in recognition of dedicated, long-term study of an instrument or voice that has resulted in the highest level of musical performance in the graduating class: (vocal) Melanie Ann Kaplan '23, (instrumental) Xiaoyan Dong '23

THE ROBERT LEHMAN ART PRIZE —the prize is for the most accomplished artist in the annual student exhibition: Abbie Grace Duckworth '23


Student Speaker on Athletics: Jeremy Lawrence Emch '23

Recognition of 12 Varsity Letters: Madeline Lea DiNardo '23, Molly Rose Driscoll '23

THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL LEAGUE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE — recognizing a female athlete and male athlete at each ISL school for exhibiting the ISL ideals of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and good citizenship while participating as a multi-sport athlete during their ISL career: Gabriel Jose Fitzgerald '23 and Maria Nicole Pierce '23

THE ATHLETIC PRIZE — an annual award to sixth-formers who, in the opinion of coaches, have distinguished themselves in sportsmanship and athletic ability, and whose achievements have demonstrated an outstanding record in the athletic life at Brooks: Jeremy Emch '23 and Molly Rose Driscoll '23

THE KERRI ANN KATTAR PRIZE — awarded annually by the faculty to that female member of the graduating class who, by her warmth and generosity of spirit to others, by her outstanding contribution to Brooks athletics, and by her presence alone, has added that precious quality of kindness for which we remember Kerri Ann Kattar: Jacqueline Brooke Semler '23

THE FRANK D. ASHBURN ATHLETIC AWARD— given by Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Cogswell to honor an outstanding individual or team performance in which intangible, extra qualities have added a special flavor to the school: 1st football team


Student Speaker on Academics: Shalini Harshad Navsaria 23

THE PUBLICATIONS PRIZE — awarded to a student whose diligence, devotion and skill have contributed significantly to the successful production of a Brooks publication, given this year to: Zhaohan "Jasmine" Shi '24

THE WILDER SPEAKING PRIZE — given by John G. and H. Todd Cobey Jr.: Kayla Grace Gutkoski '25



THE SPANISH PRIZE — Melanie Ann Kaplan '23


THE CHARLES C. COTTINGHAM CLASS OF 2008 CHINESE PRIZE — to be awarded annually to a student who has exhibited an enthusiasm and appreciation for the Chinese language and culture: Abbie Grace Duckworth '23

THE A.G. DAVIS PHILIP PRIZE — given by the science department to an individual who has demonstrated an interest in and who shows considerable promise in science: BuGyeom "Veronica" Seok '25

THE RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE MEDAL — for excellence in mathematics and science: Sonakshi Ghosal Gupta '24

THE JOHN J. CABRAL PRIZE— given to the Brooks student who has shown a high degree of interest in physics and for the depth of involvement in the subject: Yufan "Jerry" Chen '23



THE MATHEMATICS PRIZE — Jeongwon "Lucia" Han '23

THE HOWELL VAN GERBIG, JR. PRIZE — given for the best essay on the development of political institutions for his essay titled, “Piece de Resistance of the Free Press: Social, Political, and Economic Protest in French Independent Comics Post-1968 Movement” goes to: Eric Bao '23

THE RICHARD K. IRONS PRIZE — for the best essay on a pressing problem in American history or international relations for her essay titled, “Culture & Success: Native American Gaming in the United States” goes to: Margaux Tildsley Reynolds '23

THE MICHAEL W. MCCAHILL PRIZE IN HISTORY— awarded to a sixth-form student who has demonstrated a love for the discipline by taking a wide and rigorous program in history, a mastery of analytical thinking and writing, an enthusiasm for the craft of historical research, a delight in the exploration and exchange of ideas, and an empathy for the human condition, and also in recognition of her essay titled "Blood Diamonds Are a Viceroy's Best Friend: Colonial State Violence and the Unraveling of the British Raj" goes to: Shalini Harshad Navsaria '23 

THE E. GRAHAM WARD ENGLISH PRIZE — awarded to a student who has demonstrated a love of literature in all of its forms. This student is a talented reader and writer gifted with the ability to respond to literature both analytically and creatively: Deborah-Motunrayo Olajumoke Ifeoluwa Titilayo Olaoye '23

THE HARVARD CLUB OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY PRIZE— awarded by the Harvard Club of the Merrimack Valley to a fifth-former nominated by the faculty for high academic achievement, leadership, and active participation in school affairs: Sonakshi Ghosal Gupta '24

THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CLUB OF NEW ENGLAND PRIZE — awarded to a fifth-former who has demonstrated an ability to combine academic achievement, personal character, extra-curricular contribution to the school, and accomplishment in and dedication to a field of interest meriting personal recognition: Zhaohan "Jasmine" Shi '24

THE PHILLIPS BROOKS PRIZE — donated by the Phillips Brooks Society, is awarded by the school minister in memory of the Reverend George Frederick Vought to a sixth-former who, during their time at the school, has followed in the path of Phillips Brooks by offering constant love, exemplary service and good humor to the community and by setting a high standard for others: Melanie Ann Kaplan '23

THE OSCAR M. ROOT PRIZE— given by Morgan H. Harris, Jr. is awarded to a member of the Brooks community who, during the year, has exemplified certain characteristics with which Oscar M. Root for many years enriched life at Brooks. These characteristics include excellence in the sciences, devotion to nature study, and a sense of humor which provided a rare overview of life: Natalie Anne Ho '23 

THE JOLENE AND STEPHEN C. EYRE PRIZE FOR SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENT— this prize is awarded each year to the ranking scholar in the sixth form: Melanie Ann Kaplan '23


THE MALCOLM G. CHACE III PRIZE — awarded to a third-, fourth- and fifth-former who, in the judgment of the head of school, has made the most personal progress during the year: Wakeman Gribbell II '26, Kayla Grace Gutkoski '25, Gordon Hayes Gibbons '24

THE ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD — designed for high school juniors, the Book Award Scholarship program honors students who have distinguished themselves in their communities by making a significant commitment to fostering inclusivity: Julius Philip Mwaura Mwangi '24

THE LEONARD S. PERKINS PRIZE — awarded by the faculty to that member of the fifth-form who makes an outstanding contribution to the life of the school: Isabella Hacker '24

THE HARVEY P. HOOD PRIZE — awarded in recognition of special interests such as working with young children, making things with one’s hands, and in memory of a lively, gentle view of life: Xiaoyan "Katie" Dong '23

THE ALLEN ASHBURN PRIZE— given by the late James D. Regan and awarded each year by the faculty for any purpose it deems suitable: Deborah-Motunrayo Olajumoke Ifeoluwa Titilayo Olaoye '23

THE WILLIAM R. FERRIS, JR. PRIZE — given by Howell van Gerbig in honor of William R. Ferris ’60, and awarded to a sixth-form student who stands out among their peers on account of the depth and range of their intellectual curiosity, energy and creativity. A nominee for this prize is presented to the faculty by the six faculty members who hold endowed chairs: Tvisha Devireddy '23

THE GEORGE B. BLAKE PRIZE — awarded in recognition of extended voluntary and generous service to others: Siwatchaya Brittany Benjavitvilai '23

THE THOMAS PERKINS BROOKS, JR. PRIZE — given in memory of Ensign Brooks who was lost in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and awarded annually by the faculty to a member of the sixth-form who, during their career at Brooks, has met certain requirements of development, leadership and responsibility: Jeremy Lawrence Emch '23 

THE KILBORN BOWL — given by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kilborn for the greatest all-around improvement: John Kerr Sjostrom '23

THE RUSSELL PRIZE— given by the late Richard S. Russell and awarded by the faculty for an outstanding single contribution to the life of the community: Chapin Atwater Dobbins '23

THE HEADMASTER EMERITUS PRIZE — given by the faculty for any reason it considers appropriate: Shalini Harshad Navsaria '23, Molet Akinyi Otieno '23

THE DUNNELL PRIZE — given by the faculty in honor of Jacob Dunnell and William W. Dunnell III, who jointly gave 57 years of dedicated service to their students and the school, is awarded to a sixth-former who has worked without fanfare to better the school: Taewon Moon '23  


Senior Slideshow

Class of 2023

Matriculation listAndrew Gustave Agosti
Elena Mae Agosti
Eric Bao
Eliza Robison Barker
Arihaan Chandra Barua
Owen Robert Bedrosian
Siwatchaya Brittany Benjavitvilai
Cali Anne Bernier
Harrison Anderson Bertos
Shane Gregory Burns
Lauren Eleanor Buxton
Casey Daniel Callahan
Niall Mahon Carey
Braden Scott Caro
Yufan Chen
Owen Matthew Christopher
Heewon Noela Chung
Olivia Morgan Cohen
Jackson Giovanni Conners-McCarthy
Tvisha Devireddy
Madeline Lea DiNardo
Chapin Atwater Dobbins
Xiaoyan Dong
Molly Rose Driscoll
Nathan Patrick DuBarry
Abbie Grace Duckworth
Luke Patrick Dwyer
Kendall Marie Eddy
Jeremy Lawrence Emch
Gabriel José Fitzgerald
Vivienne Florence Foley
Yota Fukui
Maeve Christine Gaffney
Nicholas Francis Gatto
Broderick Charles Goodman
Mason Kale Guthrie
Newell Dawson Hale
Jeongwon Han
Finn Kevin Hayes
Nicholas Theodore Heaslip
Ryan Robi Hiltz
Natalie Anne Ho
Caroline Eustis Janney
Kyle Benjamin Joyce
Laura Aseye Kahu
Melanie Ann Kaplan
Nelson Avery Lamb
Angelina Lieberman
Virginia Alexandra Lindvall
Jake Michael Lipani
Michaela Ann Littlewood
Jared Thomas MacDonald
Amelia Rose Mallon
Jayden Anne Malouf
Marco Antonio Martinez
Eleanor Alice Mayer
John Joseph McDermott IV
Marcos Francis-Joeseph Montiel
Taewon Moon
Samuel Robert Moore
Quinn Hayward Mullaney
Grace Ann Murphy
Shalini Harshad Navsaria
Elizabeth Pace Nicholson
Brett Bradley Niland
Fru Akongneh Nkimbeng
Connor James O'Neill
Deborah-Motunrayo Olajumoke Ifeoluwa Titilayo Olaoye
Ella Anne Oppenheimer
Molet Akinyi Otieno
Joo Hyun Park
Virginia Wade Perry
Andrew Joseph Pesce
Maria Nicole Pierce
Payne Ryan Plum
Charles Robert Powers
William John Rassier
Daniel Abel Reyes
Margaux Tildsley Reynolds
Morgan Marie Rochefort
Eleanor Hartley Rogers
Evan Palmer Saks Salhanick
Jacqueline Brooke Semler
John Kerr Sjostrom
Charles Webster Smith
Connor Marston Spear
Brandon Dane Spector-Townsend
Zebediah Stephen Robert Stewart
Caroline Law Sutherland
Nomar Alexis Tejada
Benjamin Brewer Walton
Rayden T. Waweru
Courtney Eve Webb
Leslie Zoe Wilmerding
Evan Nicholas Wirth
James Robert Wodarski
Alejandro Daniel Felipe Woelper
Michael Peter Wolfendale
Preston Yuen-Tat Wong
Kaisi Xing
Othar Zaldastani II
Deyi Zhu