Each spring the TASIS High School faculty selects three philanthropic students from grade 11 to receive the distinguished Junior Awards—two established by alumni in the early 2000s and one established by the faculty in 1997. Below is a description of each award and the remarks delivered by High School Academic Dean Dr. Mark Abisi, who presented the J. Michael Horak Award at the Academic Awards Assembly on May 23, and by Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Yvonne Procyk, who presented the final two awards at the Farewell High School Assembly on May 24.
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The J. Michael Horak Award was created in 1997 to honor a departing faculty member who had provided inspiring service to the student body, and who was often able to galvanize the entire school into believing that what can be attempted can be completed.
This award—conceived, organized, and voted on by the faculty exclusively—now recognizes a junior who gives spontaneously and tirelessly of himself or herself to the many and varied needs of the student body.
This year’s recipient is finishing up his fourth year at TASIS and revels in the opportunities that the School brings him. Well-known and well-liked throughout the community, he employs his creativity—as well as patience and thoroughness—with peers, faculty, and admin alike when developing one of his projects. This all-rounder might be found helping out at an Elementary School presentation or participating in student government, or perhaps he will be playing soccer or basketball in whatever position is needed that day.
The TASIS faculty is proud to present the 2017 J. Michael Horak Award to Nicola Barbieri.
The Pritzlaff Leadership Award was established in 2001 by alumnus John Pritzlaff '72, who has been a loyal friend and donor to the School while also serving on the Board of Directors. The Award recognizes a junior who takes a leading role in community service outside the School, encouraging the involvement of other TASIS students in the public service ideal. The $2,500 award may be used for educational expenses or donated to a non-profit organization of the recipient’s choice. Past recipients of the Pritzlaff Leadership Award are listed on a plaque in the Villa De Nobili dining room.
This year’s recipient has already made an impact inside and outside the School. With a sensitive, kind heart, a positive attitude, and a ready smile, she is a dedicated member of the Service Learning Board, speaking regularly at assemblies about the need for volunteer work. Moreover, she practices what she preaches: after having already served locally at Casa Elisabetta and globally in Ethiopia, she spent recent summers seeking out local volunteer opportunities and has been the instigator and guiding light in developing a new volunteer partnership with the OTAF Foundation that will start next school year. And when she isn’t working on one of these projects, you will probably find her babysitting for some faculty toddlers.
It is a great pleasure to present the 2017 Pritzlaff Leadership Award to Asia Roveda.
The Cathy Clark Memorial Scholarship recognizes and rewards a student who, in the judgment of the TASIS community, demonstrates exceptional dedication to community service. The award comes in the form of scholarship aid to assist in covering tuition expenses or educational travel.
The award was established by alumni parents Lt. Colonel Robert and Mrs. Ann Clark to honor the memory of their daughter, Catherine, who attended TASIS for six years, graduating in 1987. After attending George Mason University, she served in the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), in Washington, DC. Known for her unfailing cheerfulness and compassion, Cathy was also cited for her distinguished service and for developing an outstanding AIDS awareness program. She died in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 26 while driving across the country from Virginia to her new duty station in California. Cathy believed that TASIS had provided her with some important life lessons and her parents established this $3,600 scholarship award in her memory to reward and inspire other TASIS students to follow her commitment to public service.
This year’s recipient has impressed the faculty with her growth, maturing in terms of dedication and reliability to add to the enthusiasm she has always exhibited. Recognized as a sensitive and attentive listener, she has employed this talent when taking the unusual step of talking regularly on the phone with the WISER girls in Kenya. Possessed of a great desire to make a difference, she helped organize numerous fundraisers during the year as part of her commitment to the Service Learning Board, as well as taking particular responsibility for the Walk for Water. In theater she served behind the scenes as a stage manager, not looking for glory or applause but out of a desire to serve as part of a team to create something that would touch others.
It is a great pleasure to present the Cathy Clark Memorial Scholarship for 2017 to Angelina Not.