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June 08, 2020

Commencement day prizes mark historic moment for Class of 2020

Academy honored four outstanding students and one extraordinary set of 300 students

One of many Phillips Academy traditions to culminate senior year is the presentation of prizes at commencement. This year, Interim Head of School Jim Ventre ’79, on behalf of the Academy, honored four outstanding students from four different U.S. states and one extraordinary set of 300 students from around the globe.

For the first time since it debuted in 1984, the Non Sibi Award was presented, not to an individual but to a group—the entire Class of 2020—who, stronger together, represent the highest ideals of the school motto “not for self.”

Kassy Fritz, chair of the Senior Prize Committee, said: “It was clear to the committee early on that this award belonged to the Class of 2020, as a collective representation of the spirit of non sibi in this unprecedented time in the Academy’s history and across the globe.”

Congratulations to the 242nd graduating class of Phillips Academy and to all prize winners:

  • Non Sibi Award—to honor a student whose efforts on behalf of others reflect the non sibi tradition of the Academy

    The Class of 2020
  • Yale Bowl—awarded to the member of the senior class who has attained the highest proficiency in scholarship and athletics

    Victor “Alex” Fleury – North Andover, MA
  • Faculty Prize—awarded to a member of the graduating class with outstanding scholarship during the senior year

    Victoria M. Zhang – Northville, MI
  • Madame Sarah Abbot Award—awarded to the student in the senior class who, in the opinion of the faculty and fellow classmates, best exemplifies qualities attributed to Madame Abbot: strong character, effective leadership, and outstanding scholarship

    Chioma M. Ugwonali – Arlington, TX
  • Aurelian Honor Society Prize—awarded to a member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty and fellow classmates, is outstanding in sterling character, high scholarship, and forceful leadership

    Aissata Bah – Lithonia, GA
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