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At the Fourth Day Honors ceremony held at Friends Academy on Wednesday, June 8th, the Upper School departments announced this year’s academic and special recognition awards.  At the same time, the Friends Cum Laude Society inducted new members from the senior class. Senior Faraz Lotfi of Melville (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) opened the ceremony with a religious reading and a moment of silence. Senior Angelina Miller of Northport (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) performed “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” by Paul Simon and Simon Garfunkel. Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix '91 received the Distinguished Alumni award and spoke to the community about her time at Friends Academy.



 The students recognized and the colleges the graduating seniors will be attending are:

The James E. Gardner Headmaster’s Commendation Award is presented to students in the graduating class who have demonstrated the qualities of kindness, integrity, cooperation, effort, cheerfulness, participation in school activities and unselfishness, all irrespective of athletic or scholastic aptitude and achievement.  This year’s recipients are Lucy Schoeffel (University of British Columbia) of Bayville and David Cooper-Boyce (Williams College) of Glen Cove.

The Roger Erickson Humanities Scholarship enables a deserving student to pursue his/her interest in the humanities (philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, language and more) during the summer months and ensures, that a love and appreciation of literature, fine and performing arts within the Friends Community continues in the memory of former English teacher Roger Erickson. This year’s recipient is sophomore Mia Kamensky ‘24 of Roslyn.


The Martin Jacobson Scholarship Award is presented in honor of Marty Jacobson, a devoted teacher, coach, mentor, and Athletic Director for 38 years. This scholarship goes to the student who exemplifies those leadership qualities that Marty sought to instill:  integrity, commitment, inner strength, resiliency, vision, intensity, empathy, and caring service. This year’s recipient is junior Malachi Polson ’23 of Bay Shore.


The Brian James Hom Scholarship Award is presented in honor of Brian Hom ’11, who passed away in 2011 and left a lasting impact on all who knew him through his passion for social equity and justice, innate generosity and personal warmth, wonderful sense of humor and smile, and unparalleled commitment to excellence as a runner and scholar. He genuinely respected all people and sought to restore dignity and hope to the world. The scholarship honors a student who embodies Brian’s qualities and lives according to his motto, “I am the me I choose to be.” This year’s recipient is junior Dijaye Carpenter ’23 of Glen Cove.


The Elizabeth Young Durante Community Service Award is presented in honor of Elizabeth Durante ’06, who passed away in 2009. This Community Service Award is given to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to serving those in need. This year’s recipients are seniors Samantha Amritt (Pennsylvania State University) of Freeport and Eleni Pappas (Cornell University) of Brookville.


Roger Erickson English Award

   Lucy Schoeffel (University of British Columbia)

   Erica Schwartz (Boston University)

French Award

   Kidder Bacon ‘23

Spanish Award

   Kidder Bacon ‘23

   Srishti Bansal (University of Pennsylvania)

Latin Award

  Henry Davison ‘24

Chinese Award

   Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)
   Andrew Wang ‘25

 Elizabeth Roosevelt History Award

   David Cooper-Boyce (Williams College)

   Emma Goldblatt (Washington University in St. Louis)

Mathematics Award

   Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)

Four-year participants in the Theater and Dance Program

   Srishti Bansal (University of Pennsylvania)

   Charlotte Chen (Washington University in St. Louis)

   David Cooper-Boyce (Williams College)

   Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)

   Angelina Miller (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Four-year participants in the Music Program

   Srishti Bansal – Orchestra (University of Pennsylvania)

   Leah Cherenfant – Wind Ensemble (Pennsylvania State University)

   Kennedy Daal – Wind Ensemble (University of Virginia)

   Pierce Hirschfield – Orchestra (Emory University)

   Mohan Jauhar – Jazz Band (University of Chicago)

   Jack Jervis – Jazz Band (Dartmouth College)

Chemistry Award

   Isabella Sha ’23

Biological Science Award

   Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology) 

   Raymond Li (Dartmouth College)

   Josh Sukoff (Northwestern University)

Physics Award

   Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)

   Giovanni DeGeronimo (Purdue University)

Technology Award

  Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)

  Nate Chen (Cornell University)

Outstanding Female Athlete

   Charlotte Semlies (University of Chicago)

   Nyah Thomas (Virginia Tech)

Outstanding Male Athlete

   Tommy Kenny (University of Richmond)

   Zach Shallat (Gap Year)

Members of the class of 2022 inducted into the Cum Laude Society as seniors in their fall semester are:

Srishti Bansal (University of Pennsylvania), Vincenzo Fodera (Villanova University), Emma Goldblatt (Washington University in St. Louis), Mohan Jauhar (University of Chicago), Jack Jervis (Dartmouth College), Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology), Madison O'Sullivan (Binghamton University), Eleni Pappas (Cornell University), and Lucy Schoeffel (University of British Columbia)  

Members of the class of 2022 inducted into the Cum Laude Society as seniors in their spring semester are:

Brett Beaman (Wesleyan University), Olivia Como (Southern Methodist University), Raymond Li (Dartmouth College), Taylor Overstrom (Yale University), Erica Schwartz (Boston University), Charlotte Semlies (University of Chicago), Zachary Shallat (Gap Year), Brandon Shore (Babson College), and Joshua Sukoff (Northwestern University)

2022 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students: 

Mohan Jauhar (University of Chicago), Jack Jervis (Dartmouth College), Quinn Mclaughlin (George Washington University), Eleni Pappas (Cornell University), Erica Schwartz (Boston University), and Zach Shallat (Gap Year).

2022 National Merit Scholarship Finalists: 

Srishti Bansal (University of Pennsylvania), Nate Chen (Cornell University), Giovanni DeGeronimo (Purdue University), Ethan Labelson (California Institute of Technology)


Class of 2022 College Matriculations

The American School of Paris

American University of Rome (first semester)

Babson College

Binghamton University 

Boston College 

Boston University

University of British Columbia

California Institute of Technology 

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

Clemson University

University of Colorado Boulder 

Cornell University 

Dartmouth College 

Davidson College

University of Delaware 

Denison University 

Elon University 

Emory University 

Florida Atlantic University 

Fordham University

The George Washington University 

Hamilton College 

Howard University 

Lehigh University 

Marquette University

University of Miami

Michigan State University

University of Michigan

The New School

New York University 

Northeastern University London (first semester) 

Northwestern University

University of Notre Dame

Pennsylvania State University 

University of Pennsylvania

Purdue University

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/London 

University of Southern California

Southern Methodist University

University of St. Andrews/Scotland 

Stonybrook University

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY at Plattsburgh 

University of Richmond

Syracuse University

Tulane University

Villanova University

University of Virginia  

Virginia Institute of Technology  

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis 

Wesleyan University 

Williams College

Yale University



Enrolling 705 students from age 3 through Grade 12, Friends Academy is guided by its Quaker heritage and the principles of integrity, simplicity, patience, moderation and a peaceful resolution of conflict.  The school is located on 65 acres at the intersection of Piping Rock and Duck Pond roads in Locust Valley/Glen Cove.

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