TA Recognizes Academic Achievement at Honors Celebration
May 10, 2022
On May 4, TA hosted its annual Honors Celebration, welcoming honor students and their families into the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium for a special recognition of students’ academic achievement. The theme this year was “Hope,” a nod to Emily Dickinson’s poem, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers.” In her opening comments, Head of School Carrie Brennan spoke to the importance of hope during challenging times, “Hope has been an important inspiration during these pandemic years. We have had to draw on it to sustain us through ‘the storm,’ as Dickinson calls hard times. We’ve had to keep hope perched in our soul to help us persevere – and listen for the sweet birdsong through ‘the gale.’”
Honor students were asked to share their thoughts on the concept of hope with English teacher Emily Silver before the event. Their words were compiled into a booklet and in the spirit of the old “speak chorus”, Ms. Brennan read some of these writings aloud. “I want to share some of our students’ words. I assure you: they instruct, they inspire, and they uplift. A few of the many things our students hope for are: unlimited happiness; a snow day; peace and love in the world; buried treasure; social change; blue skies, and clean water. Humans living respectfully with the land. An endless supply of mint chocolate ice cream. For the world to recover from the damage the pandemic has caused.”
The keynote speaker, TA science teacher Derek Burkins, shared that for him, hope is something that goes “hand in hand with the preparation that goes into a day, or a test, or any event that tilts the outcome into the realm of the successful.” It’s this kind of hope, he said, “that I encourage you to strive toward. The one that benefits from preparation and perseverance. This is what gives rise to our everyday individual hope and helps bring that sense of hopefulness to others, a strong community of learners, thinkers, and creators.”
The night was a wonderful return to tradition, with families together on campus sharing a meal, pride in our students’ achievements, and hope for their futures.
A big thank you to Dan Grossman for volunteering his time and skills to document the event. View Honors Celebration photos here.
Congratulations to the following students for earning this recognition:
Class of 2022
Seunggyu (Alex) Kim
*Seniors who qualified for the Honors Celebration each year they were eligible.
Class of 2023
Shisi (Cissy) Dai
Gonzalo de Carvajal Cebrian
Class of 2024
Class of 2025
Class of 2026
Class of 2027
Students are invited to this special event if they have achieved High Honors (a 3.6 grade point average or higher) at least once in the preceding four quarters and achieve Honors (3.2-3.59 grade point average) in all remaining quarters. To qualify for honor recognition, students may receive no grade below B-.