Middle School Awards
Middle School Awards

Charles F. Yeiser Scholar Award

The Charles F. Yeiser Scholar Award was established by CCDS in 1977 to honor Mr. Charles F. Yeiser at his retirement. Mr. Yeiser, a 1939 graduate of Country Day, served the school for over three decades as teacher, administrator and, in his final six years, as Head of School. Yeiser Scholar winners must be new students in grades five through eight. Award recipients have the potential for high academic achievement, exhibit excellent citizenship skills, and are leaders in co-curricular activities.

5th Grade Adalene Robillard 6th Grade Aaron Smolyar

7th Grade Emma Valentin 8th Grade Christian Fitzpatrick


6th Grade High Honors

The following 6th grade students have earned high honors by earning a cumulative GPA of 93% or higher: Parker Corbin, Leo Joffe, Jordis Martin, Andrew Pavlisko, Emma Rainey, Alex Riemann, and Aaron Smolyar.

The William H. Hopple, Jr. Award

The William H. Hopple, Jr. Award recognizes the 6th Grade Class Scholars with the highest numeric grade averages. This award honors William H. Hopple, Jr., member of the CCDS class of 1939, who devoted 41 years of service to Country Day. Mr. Hopple joined the CCDS Faculty in 1946. Mr. H. taught sixth grade math, was a sixth-grade homeroom teacher for 6H, and served as Lower School Head from 1953 to 1978. He then led the alumni and development programs from 1978 until his retirement in 1987. This year's Class Scholars are: Lucas de Alarcon, Marley Handler, Rory Miller, Emmy Parlin.


7th Grade High Honors

The following 7th grade students have earned high honors by earning a cumulative GPA of 93% or higher: Max Berghausen, Sydney Bortz, Will Donovan, Jourdan Jones, Devon Michalski, Sabrina Mihailescu, Colin Ray, Ethan Rezer, Lizzy Stacy, Emma Valentin, and Lauren Weizer.

The Bobby Pogue Prize

The Bobby Pogue Prize recognizes the 7th Grade Class Scholars with the highest numeric grade averages. The prize is given in memory of Bobby Pogue, a former student who attended CCDS from 1935 to 1941. As an active church going 18-year-old, Bobby Pogue gave his life in defense of our country in World War II. This year's Class Scholars are: Emil Hettich, Nathan Huang, Ben Jaccaci, Mica Murdoch, and Erica Sotto.


8th Grade High Honors

The following 8th grade students have earned high honors by earning a cumulative GPA of 93% or higher: Jade Abu Bakr, Drew Bagnoli, Hayden Bortz, Zach Corbin, Krithika Dama, Ryan de Beer, Kyle Eller, Oliver Folan, Kirstin Hayes, Camille Huxol, Mimi Liao, Alistair Norwood, and Priya Thompson.

The Herbert Snyder Award

The Herbert Snyder Award recognizes the 8th Grade Class Scholars with the highest numeric grade averages. The award is given in memory of Mr. Snyder, the Second Headmaster of CCDS, whose tenure was from 1929 to 1941. This year's Class Scholars are: Bella Belperio, Christian Fitzpatrick, Marissa Handler, Cole Harten, and Margaret Sprigg-Dudley.


The Eighth Grade Science Award

The eighth-grade science award is given to a student who is highly proficient in physical science and introduction to chemistry. This student is an active participant in classroom discussions, and has demonstrated expertise in laboratory experiments.

Bella Belperio

The Eighth Grade Writing Award

The eighth-grade writing award recognizes a student in the 8th grade who has demonstrated mastery of written expression. The recipient has written powerful and eloquent works in a variety of genres, which have included research, personal observation, and creative inspiration.

Marissa Handler

The Eighth Grade History Award

The eighth-grade history award is given to a student who has demonstrated achievement in various aspects of American History & Government. This historian has an appreciation of our past and how it relates to modern society.

Cole Harten

The Eighth Grade Mathematics Award

The eighth-grade mathematics award is given to a student who displays a passion for and aptitude in the study of mathematics. This student demonstrates mastery in the classroom and in math competitions.

Margaret Sprigg-Dudley

The Eighth Grade Fine Arts Awards

The eighth-grade fine arts awards are given to those who have shown passion for and talent in and commitment to the CCDS arts program.

Kiki Kee – visual art

Jade Abu Bakr, El Bowers – performing art

Andon Peacock – technical theater

The National Spanish Exam

The mission of the National Spanish Examination (NSE) is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of Spanish. The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools given by over 3400 teachers throughout the United States, to measure proficiency and achievement of students, who are studying Spanish as a second language. Over 150,000 students participated in the online version of the exam. Congratulations to the following 8th graders who earned a medal: Drew Bagnoli, Ryan de Beer, Bella Belperio, Annabel Blum, Zachary Corbin, Kirstin Hayes, Margaret Sprigg-Dudley, Priya Thompson. Congratulations to the following 7th graders who earned a medal: Maxwell Berghausen, Emil Hettich, Jourdan Jones, Ethan Rezer, Erica Sotto, Elizabeth Stacy.

The National French Contest

The National French Contest is a French event in the form of a 60 minute national test, designed, written, financed, and disseminated by the members of the American Association of Teachers of French. Its purpose is to help stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of French, and to help identify and reward student achievement. Over 150,000 students participated in the online version of the exam. Congratulations to the following 8th graders who earned a medal: Jade Abu Bakr, Bijin Basu, Zach DelBello, Kyle Eller, Marissa Handler, Cole Harten, Mimi Liao, Hannah Mactaggart, Alistair Norwood, Julia Recker Congratulations to the following 7th graders who earned a medal: Will Donovan, Mica Murdoch, Kellan Raterman, and Lauren Weizer.

The Ramsey Runyon Wright Award

The Ramsey Runyon Wright Award is an award given to an 8th grader each year. This award is named for Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wright's son, Ramsey, who was born with a congenital heart defect. He was on medication all of his relatively short life. Ramsey attended Cincinnati Country Day from Montessori until he died as a middle schooler. He was a very special person with an unbelievable sense of humor. He was a great writer and avid reader. He had a love of life and brought much joy to others. Ramsey exemplified creativity, a beautiful sense of humor, and a joy of life.

Mr. Wright was always creative about the form in which the award took from year to year. It consists of a cash prize. One year, the money was tossed into a salad complete with lettuce and tomatoes. Another year the cash was pennies in a shoe box. The prize has also been presented as change in an old black sock. The previous year's recipient is now responsible for the form the award takes the following year. The award goes to the 8th grade student who most exemplifies the humor and creativity of Ramsay Runyon Wright.

Cole Harten


The Gilmore Award

The Gilmore award is given each year to an eighth-grade boy or girl who has demonstrated an appreciation of the absurd and the ability to laugh at himself or herself, who strives to be the best he or she can be, and above all, cares deeply for others.

For twenty-six years Park Gilmore served as eighth grade U.S. history and English teacher, as well as coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He consistently worked to bring out the best in his students, both in and out of the classroom. The award recipient is nominated and selected by the eighth-grade faculty.

Christopher Langenbahn


The Dr. Charles F. Clark Character Award

The Dr. Charles F. Clark Character Award recognizes one student in each grade who most exemplifies the CCDS Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct was created during Dr. Clark's tenure as the 9th Head of School from 1994-2003 thus this award honors him. The Dr. Charles F. Clark Character Award recognizes the middle school student in each grade who has demonstrated the following: respect for the dignity of each individual, kindness toward others, honesty, compassion, intellectual curiosity, concern for the environment, and courage to do the right thing.

5th Grade Monty Peppel 6th Grade Ambika Sharma

7th Grade Jourdan Jones 8th Grade Jade Abu Bakr


The Richard O. Schwab Middle School Award

The Richard O. Schwab Middle School Award is the Middle School's highest award. Richard O. Schwab, a 1967 graduate of Country Day, served as Middle School Head for twenty years. He is responsible for the current team structure of the school which focuses on individual student development. This award recognizes the boy and girl in each grade who exemplify the following qualities: positive attitude, dedication to school work and school activities, leadership, respect for others, and kindness to everyone.

5th Grade Abby Falkingham and Reed Horton 6th Grade Emmy Parlin and Ethan Bourque

7th Grade Ben Jaccaci and Lauren Weizer 8th Grade Julia Recker and Drew Bagnoli