Rosarian Academy Acknowledges and Honors First Trimester Students for their Academic and Athletic Achievements

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Rosarian Academy 1st Trimester students are recognized not only for their academic excellence, but also for their athletic accomplishments.


Rosarian Academy student Blair Haft (6th Grade) accepts award from Steve Rubenacker, Head of School

Rosarian Academy held an awards ceremony December 11 to honor and recognize its middle school students with exceptional academic and athletic achievements during the first trimester of the school year.

These seven Rosarian Academy students—Meredith Anderson (8th), Devyn Dyett (7th), Gabi Faber (7th), Marlowe Flom (7th), Drew O’Brien (7th), Thomas Raymond (8th), and Lacey Steele (7th)—were recognized for achieving Highest Academic Honors (all “A’s” in the first trimester and on all exams). Accelerated Reader awards were given to fifth-through-eighth-grade students who have read 300,000 words or more since the start of the school year. The following students were recognized: +300,000 words—Spencer Bornstein (5th), Mercedes Cassidy (6th); Isabella Gil (8th), Thomas Raymond (8th); +400,000 words—Maggie Acosta (6th); Madison Fabbri (6th); +500,000 words—Joseph Coates (6th); +700,000 words—Elise Lanahan (6th), Marlowe Flom (7th); +1,000,000—Nieve Conroy (5th); +2,000,000—Blair Haft (6th).

Eighth-grade students selected as Kiwanis Students of the Month and those who advanced to the regional Palm Beach County Science Fair at the South Florida Fairgrounds on December 10, 2015, were recognized. The eighth graders chosen as Student of the Month based on their academic excellence, character and leadership potential were Mariana Perez-Vargas (October), Liam Groth (November), Frances Melendez (December). Those students who advanced to the science fair included: Hailey Albergo, Lauren Bartl, Charlotte Breckenridge, John Carlson, Jake Mockoviak, Daniel Mullen, Mariana Perez-Vargas, Thomas Raymond, and Jack Throop.

The nineteen seventh-grade students who earned at least a 95 percentile or higher on an acceptable composite or subset area from a previous standardized test and qualified as Duke University Talent Identification Program Scholars were also honored: Sailor Kate Ashley, Remi Beaud, Hope Diffenderfer, Devyn Dyett, Lorenzo Escobar, Gabriella Faber, Isabella Fiorentino, Marlowe Flom, Aidan Griffiths, Van Gronberg, Javier Keough, Sofia Mendez, John Molina, Matthew Mullen, Drew O’Brien, Max Sanderson, Lacey Steele, Isabella Vega-Dadurian, Hannah Wilson.

Sixth-through-eighth-grade Rosarian students who received no less than a “B-” in all academic subjects and no grade less than “Satisfactory” in all co-curricular classes qualified for Honor Roll and were announced: sixth grade—Maggie Acosta, Christian Azqueta, Spencer Bernstein, Jamis Bornschein, Wilder Breckenridge, Mercedes Cassidy, Grace Colangelo, Joseph Coates, Caleb Curtis, Lily Diffenderfer, Davis Dickinson, Brandon Dorsey, Madison Fabbri, Zachary German, Sara Gil, Delaney Groth, Macarena Gonzalez-Cabanellas, Blair Haft, Emma Hardyman, Wisner Jean, Jack Keogh, Elise Lanahan, Logan McGruder, Margot Smith, Robby Vargas; seventh grade—Sailor Kate Ashley, Remi Beaud, Gemma Conroy, Hope Diffenderfer, Lorenzo Escobar, Isabella Fiorentino, Aidan Griffiths, Van Gronberg, Javier Keough, Sofia Mendez, Max Sanderson, Jack Shepherd, Bella Vega-Dadurian, Hannah Wilson; eighth grade—Lauren Bartl, Alex Boren, Charlotte Breckenridge, Lily Cook, Liam Groth, Colin Kramer, Frances Melendez, Mariana Perez-Vargas, Bard Rockenbach, Grayson Zwickel.

All students who participated in a Fall sport—flag football, volleyball, swimming, and cross country—were acknowledged. The following student-athletes received awards: Boys Varsity Flag Football—James Cinque (8th) / Most Valuable Player, Robert Fox (8th) / Sportsmanship; Boys Junior Varsity Flag Football—Davis Dickinson (6th) / Most Valuable Player, Jackson Bachman (5th), Sportsmanship; Girls Varsity Volleyball—Mariana Perez-Vargas (8th) / Most Valuable Player, Lauren Bartl (8th) / Sportsmanship, Sofia Mendez (7th) / Most Improved; Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball—Mercedes Cassidy (6th) / Most Valuable Player; Mia Pariseleti (5th) / Sportsmanship; Haiden Hersey (6th) / Most Improved; Swimming—Lolly Colton (8th) and Emma Guerrieri (8th) / Most Improved; Natalie Goffe (8th) and Grayson Zwickel (8th) / Sportsmanship; Cross Country—John Carlson (8th) and Elise Lanahan (6th) / Inaugural Season Participant.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Rosarian is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. For more information, visit or call 561.832.5131.

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