RMHS Class of 2023 Awards

Reading, MA — The following awards were announced at the 2023 commencement exercises.

The RMHS Core Value Awards for Respect Recipient: Brendan Lindmark

The RMHS Core Value Awards for Responsibility Recipient: Yasmine Saheb

The RMHS Core Value Awards for Perseverance Recipient: Amy DeMartinis

The RMHS Core Value Awards for Scholarship Recipients: Melody Vakili & Teresa Hall


English: Vivian Greenwalt

Fine & Performing Arts: Amanda Frechette, Abigail LeBovidge, Sara LeClaire, Jessica Malley, Hannah Rigney, Lucas Scozzari, Laura Yatsuhashi

Health & Wellness: Abigail Farrell & Katherine Hurley

Math: Nicholas Mazzarella

Business: Max Leone

Science: Meredith Taylor

Social Studies: Elizabeth Strack

World Language: Althea Culaba

The Band Parents Award, in memory of Joseph McGillicuddy, is presented to RMHS Marching Band members who have shown excellent musicianship, leadership, character and concern for others. Recipients: Sara Leclaire, Owen Magoon, Brendan Manning, Elizabeth Strack

The Band Parents Award, in memory of Steven Calla, a former drummer who left his mark of courage and spirit on the RMHS band program, is presented to a member of the band program who has shown musical talent, leadership, character and a love of family and friends. Recipient: Gibson Carpenter

The Kristin A. Killian Choral Award is given to a senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the choral program and a dedication to their music education. In addition to musicianship, the recipients exemplify the values of the Choral Department (kind and caring, friendly, welcoming, and a willingness to reach out beyond themselves). Recipients: Lucy Boyden, Althea Culaba, Liam Synnott, Laurie Wise

The National Choral Award recognizes choir members who have demonstrated a commitment to the choral program at Reading Memorial High School and overall excellence in choral singing. Recipients: Liam Synnott, Laurie Wise

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award is given to a student who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, loyalty, character, and discipline to the jazz band program while achieving the highest musical standards required of jazz music. Recipient: Owen Abruzzese

The John Phillip Sousa Award is given to a student who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, loyalty, character, and discipline to the band program while achieving the highest musical standards required of instrumental music. Recipient: Elizabeth Strack

The Hal Croft – RMHS Award is given to an outstanding graduate for integrity and sincerity in the community and in track and field. Recipient: John “Jack” Quinn

The Nathaniel G. Hill Award is given to a worthy student to further their education, be it college, junior college or trade school. Recipient: Timothy Failla

The James E. Klepeis, Jr. Science Award is given to a college or university bound RMHS student who has displayed an interest in and aptitude for the field of science. Recipient: Vivienne Langlois

Reading Historical Commission Book Award is given to a student who has performed at a high level in history Class and plans to major in history in college. Recipient: Sedona Skenderian

The Dennis Lehane Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Dennis Lehane, class of 1992, to a senior who will be attending a college or university, and who has displayed exemplary courage, determination, and team spirit while participating in track, football, or both while at RMHS. Recipient: Jon “Jack” Dougherty

The Sally Merchant Award, given by the Young Women’s League of Reading, in memory of an outstanding teacher, is presented to a deserving member of the graduating class advancing to a college education. Recipient: Emma Webberly

Women’s League of Reading Scholarship is awarded to a graduating female student, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, advancing to a college education, who has proven to be an active community member, has shown dedication to community service, and demonstrates leadership. Recipient: Sophia Ortins

The Florence G. Nichols Scholarship is presented to a girl in the senior class moving on to advanced education who has demonstrated great mental and physical ability as well as leadership. Recipient: Caroline Higgins

The S. Edwin Shin Memorial Award is presented to a graduate outstanding in instrumental music and science. Recipient: Owen Abruzzese

The William & Ellen Carlin Endslow Scholarship recognizes a senior who has developed a passion for Theatre Arts during their time in the Reading Public Schools. The recipient embodies a belief in collaboration and teamwork as well as an appreciation for visual, auditory, artistic, and communication skills. Recipient: Emelia Burns

The Parents Supporting Student Theatre Award recognizes a senior who has consistently held themselves to the highest standards of excellence in the areas of leadership, community service and drama. This student exemplifies the true spirit of the Reading Memorial High School Drama club and demonstrates a passionate dedication to theatre arts. Recipient: Ashley McCue

The P.T.O. Exemplary Character Award is presented to members of the graduating class who have made special contributions to the high school community. Recipients: Allyssa Clarkson, Bryn Connelly, Thomas Gallegos, Olivia Johnson, Jessica Malley, Roman Olivardia, Elisabeth Quirbach, Meredith Taylor, Peter Tompkins, Nicole Wilson

The Reading Public Schools P.T.O Scholarship is given by the PTO’s of the Reading Elementary and Middle Schools. Recipients:

Barrows Elementary- Stacey Levesque

Coolidge Middle School- Catherine Amirault

Killam Elementary- Caroline Kyle

Birch Meadow Elementary- Ian Green

Joshua Eaton Elementary- Kaitlyn Drummey

Wood End Elementary- Isabella Bielicki

The Arthur L. Spencer Memorial Award is given in memory of an outstanding member of the World Language Department to a senior who has excelled in World Language with a special emphasis in Latin.
Recipient: Yuqiu “Tammy” Chen

The Excellence in World Language Award is given to a student who has demonstrated advanced proficiency in language learning. This year’s recipient has achieved success in advanced placement Spanish. Recipient: Althea Culaba

Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school students who attain high functional and academic levels of proficiency in English and a world language before high school graduation. Recipients: Luka Moran- with Distinction, Jason Anderson, Yuqiu “Tammy” Chen, Bryn Connelly, Vivian Greenwalt, Vivienne Langlois, Abigail LeBovidge, Nicholas Mazzarella, Julia Monteiro, Meng Li Qui, Samuel Szecsenyi & Owen Magoon

The Robotics Awards are given by the Reading Engineering Team for leadership in engineering and entrepreneurship. Recipients: Brendan Manning, Edward Matthews, Sachin Patel

The Patrick A. Schettini, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who plans to pursue a degree in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) fields, has strong academic performance and significant community service. Recipient: Brendan Manning

The Assistant Principal Awards is given to students who have demonstrated significant personal growth during their time at RMHS. These students are resilient, hard-working, and show great promise for their future. Recipients: Alex DiNapoli, Alicia Garbarino

The Principal’s Award is presented to students who most exemplify all four of the Core Values of Reading Memorial High School, Respect, Responsibility, Scholarship & Perseverance. Recipient: James Murphy

The Kenneth L. Brown Award, Class of 1942, is given to the young man with the highest-grade point average in English during his senior year. Recipient: Liam Synnott

The Boston Section of the Society of Women Engineers presents certificates of merit to students in recognition of three years of excellence in Science and Mathematics. Recipients:

Highest Honors: Emmalynn Shmulsky

High Honors: Maya Serrano

Honors: Catherine Amirault

The Knights of Columbus Award is given to a student in recognition of their continuous high level of service to the community throughout their career at RMHS. Recipients: Mikayla Gigliotti

The Gregory P. Zager Scholarship, in memory of a 2008 graduate, recognizes a student in the senior class who is a positive member of the community and has persevered over time, shown determination, and has grown as an individual and student. Recipient: Alex DiNapoli

The Friends of Reading Football Award is presented to two students of the graduating class who have been members of the football program for at least two years, have a record of demonstrating leadership, good moral character, and solid academic performance. Recipients: Brendan Lindmark & James Murphy

The Nicholas Lee Mull ’70 Memorial Scholarship is given to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated leadership within student government and has contributed to the betterment of the student body. Recipient: Nora Flaherty

The David Libby Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who have displayed perseverance in the face of adversity and are leaders of their own learning journey. Recipients: Vanessa Alfaro, Andrew Barrero, Peter Birch, Jasmine Burchette, Emelia Burns, Abigail Farrell, Bianca Ferguson, Grace Foley, Jayda Hayes, Bryan Lin, Rowan Manahan, Sean McClellan, Ashley McCue, Finton McDonough, Meng Li Qiu, Riya Rai, Nhiyel Richemond, Lucas Scozzari, Emmalyn Shmulsky, Jordan Whitmer & Cory Wright

The Caruso Scholarship was established in memory of Kaitlyn a graduate of RMHS class of 2010. To honor Katelyn’s legacy and help students who embody her determination, work ethic, love of athletics and helping others. This scholarship will honor a student athlete who is pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing or in the field of Health Science. Recipients: Sophia Isbell, Kate Leone, Nicole O’Sullivan

The Garth Scott Hockey Award is presented to a senior member of the varsity hockey team with a dedication to further academic pursuits via a 4-year degree, and who has displayed sportsmanship both on and off the ice. Recipient: Robert “Robbie” Granara

The Kimberly Barchard Scholarship is given to a senior of the RMHS graduating class pursuing a degree in the fields of nursing, occupational therapy or physical therapy who exemplifies the courage, compassion, and dedication to helping others. Recipient: Olivia Marchant

The David Pothier Gold Medal Foundation Award is in honor of David Pothier a Special Olympian athlete who was full of honesty, integrity, sincerity, and love for his family and friends. This foundation recognizes a senior student who has shown unconditional love and support to a sibling and is a positive member of the senior class. Recipient: David McFarland

The Reading Patrolmen’s Association Scholarship Award is given to a student who has evidenced good scholarship, effort and character; and who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to school and community service. Recipient: Avery Abate

The Reading Police Superior Officers Union Award is given to a student with high character, scholarship, and leadership within the community. Recipient: Andrew Abdella

The TJ McGrath, Class of 1991 Award is given to an outstanding student with contributions and commitment to the student publications of Reading Memorial High School. Recipients: Abigail LeBovidge & Katelyn Puglia

The School Committee Book Award is presented to a student who has worked diligently and dedicated their time to the school community. Recipient: Jayda Hayes

National Merit Commended and National Merit Finalist Students are recognized for placing among the top 5% of the 1.5 million student who took the 2022 PSAT’s.

Commended: Althea Culaba, Brendan Manning, Luca Moran, Liam Synnott, Michelle Walsh
Finalist: Abigail LeBovidge

Graduating Class of 2023

Avery AbateZachary GalvinRyan Miller
Andrew AbdellaAlicia GarbarinoAyush Mitra
Owen AbruzzeseDanielle GaudetVictoria Moniz
Vanessa AlfaroMikayla GigliottiJulia Monteiro
Catherine AmiraultMorgan GilblairLuka Moran
Jason AndersonRiley GlynnMason Moreira
Nicholas AndreevCourtney GoldnerZachary Morris
Dorian AngladeConnor GorskiRyan Mulvey
Julia BarbatoLeo GosdanianIsabel Munini
Andrew BarreroFinn GranaraEvans Mureithi
James BarsottiRobert GranaraJames Murphy
Nicholas BartaliniAlec GrandeNicole Naczas
Emily BassMadeleine GrayJonathan Nazzaro
Ethan BeanIan GreenTilda Oberg
Victoria BeanVivian GreenwaltAshley Ockerbloom
Olivia BeaupreHenry GreshGrace O’Connor
Aidan BekkenhuisMichael GuarracinoKailey O’Leary
Natalie BenassiEthan HaggertyRoman Olivardia
Bryan BenekeHope HaggertySophia Ortins
Gabriella BennettTeresa HallNicole O’Sullivan
Luke BensonRyan HaroutunianMaxx Owens
Isabella BielickiThomas HaroutunianSamantha Panariti
Peter BirchElanor HartMegan Pappo
Colton BlomquistLily HavertySachin Patel
Anna BoemerHunter HayesMichael Peledge
Lucy BoydenJayda HayesEvan Pennucci
Mark BoyleJessica HayesMaya Perkins
Elizabeth BradshawCaroline HigginsDaniel Pinette
Salvatore BramanteJustin HoJessica Pomerantz
Abbey BrennerHenry HoltKatelyn Puglia
Joseph BrownKatherine HurleyMeng Li Qiu
Makayla BruzzeseGarrett HylanJohn Quinn
Mia BuonarosaMichael IacovielloElisabeth Quirbach
Jasmine BurchetteGiacomo IapiccaRiya Rai
Emelia BurnsSophia IsbellJack Raimo
Dylan BurpeeJack JaynesEllen Richards
Mikayla CailTara JeleskovicNhiyel Richemond
Caitlyn CameloAdam JerrettHannah Rigney
Liam CamusoMarina JohnsonOlivia Ritondo
Lacey CarcieroNate JohnsonNoah Roach
Maxwell CarcioneOlivia JohnsonColby Robinson
Gibson CarpenterCara JoyceDarren Ryan
Emily CashinChristina KapodistriasYasmine Saheb
Amber CashinsMolly KeatingNoah Santucci
Eamon CentrellaCourtney KeaveneyWilliam Schromm
Joseph ChampaElla KeddyLucas Scozzari
Yuqiu ChenThomas KessingerAnna Serevitch
Hayden ClarkJack KiernanMaya Serrano
Logan ClarkSami KourbaliNikolas Serrao
Rose ClarkCaroline KylePaige Sharkey
Allyssa ClarksonMatthew LakinPeyton Sharkey
Natalie CliffordRylie LaneEmmalynn Shmulsky
Jackson ClishVivienne LangloisJoseph Shutt
Valerie ColeDrew LaTerzaSedona Skenderian
Malcolm ColesEmma LattanziBlade Matthias Spataro
Spencer CollymoreCarter LearnedMae Squeglia
Bryn ConnellyAbigail LeBovidgeRiley Stapleton
Hunter ConnellySara LeclaireGryffin Stoddard
Althea CulabaAudrey LeeElizabeth Strack
Connor CurtinKate LeoneNathan Strong
Alvin DayMax LeoneRyan Strout
Matthew DeCourcyStacey LevesqueGrace Sullivan
Amy DeMartinisJacqueline LewisBrady Swanson
Brian DeMildBryan LinDanielle Sweeney
Jacquelyn DiDonatoBrendan LindmarkLiam Synnott
Grady DiemerTyler LloydSamuel Szecsenyi
Madeline DillonShane LoughmanSarah Talty Harrison
Alex DiNapoliJessica LuTapscott Evelyn
Benjamin DiNapoliOwen MagoonTaylor Meredith
Steven DiorioSamantha MaherTaylor Sean Tesoro
Ace DiRussoJames MahoneyKevin Thomson
Jesse DohertyJack MahonyAudrey Thornton
Joseph DonagheyJessica MalleyLiam Tierney
Liam DonagheyRowan ManahanPeter Tompkins
Collin DonahueBrendan ManningThomas Trahan
Jack DonnellyGrace ManzellaAva Vaccari
Jon DoughertyOlivia MarchantMelody Vakili
Patrick DowningDerek MarshallElise Verrier
Kaitlyn DrummeyChristopher MatiasJack Vieira
Jonathan DuffyEdward MatthewsDerek Walsh
Timothy DugganNicholas MazzarellaMatthew Walsh
Michael FabianoRyan McCannMichelle Walsh
Timothy FaillaDaniel McCarthyRiver Watson
Abigail FarrellSean McClellanRyan Weaver
Bianca FergusonAshley McCueEmma Webberly
George FidasFinton McDonoughLucy Weld
James FilosaSunaa McEvanJordan Whitmer
Olivia FiorenzaDavid McFarlandNemaya Wickramasinghe
Nora FlahertyIsabella McGonagleMina Willander
Grace FoleyTaylor McGrathNicole Wilson
Ethan ForseMichenzi McKennaLaurie Wise
Nicholas FotinoMegan McLaughlinTyler Wood
Madison FoxErin McTaggartCory Wright
Daniel FraineLeonardo Mejia MelendezBenjamin Wright
Thomas FrattoThomas MerkleLaura Yatsuhashi
Amanda FrechetteWyatt MeyersNoah Young
Thomas GallegosMichael MieleSofie Yurewicz
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