Chapin presents a variety of awards at the end of each school year. Certain awards have traditionally been reserved for graduating 8th graders, while others are usually given to younger students. Prizes consist of gift certificates, books, and/or individual plaques. Most of the awards have permanent plaques displayed in the corridors of the school.
FRANCES CHAPIN AWARD
The Frances Chapin Award is given in memory of Frances Jordan Chapin to that member of the graduating class whose high academic standing and positive spirit best exemplify the ideals of the founder of the school. This is Chapin’s highest award. Olga Tomec Smith, a colleague of Frances Chapin during the 1940s and Headmistress from 1956 to 1968, established this Award.
The Trustees Award is presented for a positive and constructive attitude in the classroom and for conduct among fellow students that constitutes outstanding citizenship.
MARGARET A. WILBY CHARACTER AWARD
Given in memory of Margaret A. Wilby, this recognizes a student who, over a long tenure at Chapin, has consistently practiced the virtues of good character, demonstrated a generosity of spirit, and engaged in the life of the community with warmth and openness. The recipient of this award may be a student who often works behind the scenes, without drawing attention to herself or himself, as well as one who works to build community connections and inclusivity.
CHAPIN PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY AWARD
The Chapin Parents’ Association Community Award is presented by the Parents’ Association for enthusiastic participation in, and significant contribution to, the life of the Chapin community. The Chapin Community Award was presented at Graduation for many years by the Upper School faculty. In the early 1980s, the Parents’ Association adopted it. The winner is chosen by the faculty.
KIM PROCACCINO ARTS AWARDS
The Kim Procaccino Arts Awards are given by the Procaccino family in memory of Kimberly Jean Procaccino of the Class of 1971 for enthusiasm and originality in the arts program. Awards are made in the areas of music, drama, and art.
Kimberly Jean Procaccino graduated from Chapin in 1971. While a student at Hun, she died of leukemia. In the spring of 1974, the family directed that gifts to Chapin in Kim’s memory should be used to purchase a console piano and to establish an endowment for an annual art prize. The first Award was presented at the Chapin graduation of John Drew Procaccino ’74, Kim’s brother. Beginning in 1987, with the approval of the family, the scope of the prize was expanded to include awards for music and drama as well as art. Although the awards are generally made to 8th graders, it is permissible for underclass students to be recognized.
INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY AWARD
The Intellectual Curiosity Award is presented for inquisitiveness, breadth of interest, and a probing intellect.
The Award was established in 1984 by vote of the Upper School faculty to recognize especially outstanding academic talent.
OLGA TOMEC SMITH CITIZENSHIP AWARD
The Olga Tomec Smith Citizenship Award is given in memory of Olga Tomec Smith, Headmistress from 1956 to 1968, for conduct exemplifying the Chapin tradition.
For many years, citizenship awards were presented at Graduation. When Olga Smith died in 1984, her family established the Olga Tomec Smith Memorial Fund at Chapin. For the Graduation of the Class of 1989*, the Upper School faculty chose to name the citizenship award after Mrs. Smith.
MILDRED BROWN READING AWARD
The Mildred Brown Reading Award is given in memory of Mildred M. Brown, a colleague of Frances Chapin, for outstanding progress in reading.
Mildred M. Brown taught reading and was Frances Chapin’s “junior partner” during the early years of the school. She survived Mrs. Chapin by only a few months, dying of cancer in September 1951. Olga Tomec Smith instituted the Mildred Brown Reading Awards in 1956 during the first year of her tenure as Headmistress. Through 1972, students in any grade were eligible, and frequently more than one Award was presented. Beginning with the 1973 graduating class, the Award was limited to an 8th grader.* Recent tradition suggests that the winner be a student of several years enrollment, and that the progress achieved be over the course of the student’s entire Chapin career.
ROBERTS HISTORY PRIZE
The Roberts History Prize is presented for curiosity, effort, and achievement in Social Studies.
The Roberts History Prize was endowed in September 1968 by Mr. and Mrs. John J. Roberts, parents of Christopher “Toby” Roberts ’67.
DONALD V. REED, JR. PHYSICAL EDUCATION AWARDS
The Physical Education Awards are given in memory of Donald V. Reed, Jr. – trustee, coach, mentor to both students and teachers, and long-time friend of Chapin athletics. They are presented for positive attitude and outstanding effort in physical education class and extra-curricular sports programs.
Award winners are not necessarily the best athletes. Sportsmanship and effort in both regular gym classes and after-school sports are essential criteria. The Awards were named for Mr. Reed in 2001.
JAMES B. PEIRCE MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AWARDS
The James B. Peirce Mathematics and Science Award is given by the Peirce family in memory of James B. Peirce, father of Nathaniel W. Peirce, Headmaster from 1987 to 1992, to honor Nathaniel Peirce’s tenure and to stimulate and encourage the study of both mathematics and science. The Award recognizes conspicuous
interest, curiosity, effort, and achievement in the fields of mathematics and/or science.
James B. Peirce graduated from St. Mark’s School in 1940 and Yale University in 1944 with a degree in civil engineering. He was the owner of Peirce Construction Co., Stratham, New Hampshire until his death in 1968.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARD
The Foreign Language Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of foreign language. Written and verbal proficiency, as well as understanding and appreciation of cultural identities, are criteria for the award.
The Foreign Language Award was established by gifts in 1994 and 1995 from a member of the faculty. The winner, who should not be a native speaker of the language being studied, is selected by the foreign language teachers in consultation with appropriate Upper School faculty members.
THOMAS E. THOMPSON ENDEAVOR AWARD
The Thomas E. Thompson Endeavor Award is presented to a Chapin student whose attitude towards others and whose participation in the life of Chapin reflect the standards of sensitivity, consideration, purpose, and school spirit exemplified by Thomas E. Thompson, Headmaster of Chapin School from 1980 to 1987.
The Thomas E. Thompson Award was established in 1987 by the Board of Trustees to recognize Mr. Thompson’s tenure as Headmaster. The Award was originally limited to students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. Currently it is designated for a Lower School student, and is presented at the final awards assembly. The Award has been endowed by one of Mr. Thompson’s colleagues.
ELIZABETH S. TRAVERS LOWER SCHOOL READING AWARD
The Elizabeth S. Travers Lower School Reading Award is presented in memory of Elizabeth S. Travers, reading teacher and Headmistress from 1953 to 1956, to recognize a Lower School student who has demonstrated dramatic growth in the ability to read and in the enjoyment of reading.
The Elizabeth S. Travers Award was established by the faculty in 1997.