Scholastic Award Recognition

GDS students are recognized with 95 literary and arts honors!
Georgetown Day School students garnered fantastic recognition in the Scholastic Awards this month. Since 1923, the Scholastic Awards have identified and showcased the exceptional artistic and literary talents of teens.

This year in the writing category, GDS students received 24 awards and a special nomination. Ian Partman ’20 was named one of five American Voices nominees for the DC metro region for his personal narrative In Praise of Immortality: Mama Daisy’s Death Sentence in the Afterlife of Slavery.

Ian’s piece explores the passing of his grandmother in the historical context of medical experimentation on black people over generations. Originally written for an English class, the essay summons the memories of Henrietta Lacks, Frederick Douglass’ Aunt Hester, and Sally Hemmings, as well as the autobiographies of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, and others studied in class. Ian revisited the piece to consider the personal impact of what he calls the “afterlife of slavery.”

“The intergenerational trauma, passed down through lineages in black families, makes it impossible for us to mourn each other,” Ian said in a recent interview. “It influences black people across the United States, and it influences how I think about death and hospitals.”

Towards the end of the narrative, Ian writes: “Before she died, my grandmother looked up at me, her eyes burning, and clear. She told me never to stop speaking, to remain as loud, wild, and curious as possible. It has stuck with me in a way not much else has. She taught that there is something immortal in my voice, something that cannot be taken away—the pain, the feeling of being black and thus not being. For her, for Henrietta, for Aunt Hester, the voice is the only thing they have: a scream morphed into a weapon.”

During a ceremony on March 10 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, one of the finalists will receive the American Voice award. RSVP for the event »

We also congratulate the following students for their Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention recognition in writing:
  • Julien Berman ’22
  • Deniz Ertem ’19
  • Jazzmin Imani Cox-Cáceres ’19
  • Celia Johnson ’21
  • Josh Landweber ’20
  • Sophie Leviss ’20
  • Sophia Meng ’19
  • Isabelle Orr ’22
  • Nicholas Penniman ’22
  • Nathaniel Rosenberg ’20
  • Katie Shambaugh ’19
  • Alissa Simon ’21
On the arts side, GDS won 71 Scholastic Awards!

Awards included 17 Gold Keys, 2 Gold Key Senior Portfolios (Sophia Meng and Jazzmin Imani), 23 Silver Keys, and 31 Honorable Mentions.

Here is the full list of honors from the Scholastic Art Awards:
  • Katie Chudars - 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Honorable Mentions
  • Sophia Bax-Wooten - 2 Gold, 1 Honorable Mention
  • Elias Finkelstein - 4 Silver, 3 Honorable Mentions
  • Ana Gunther - 4 Honorable Mentions
  • Dora Hauache - 1 Honorable Mention
  • Virginia Heinsen - 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Honorable Mentions
  • Jazzmin Imani - 1 Gold key, 1 Gold Portfolio, 2 Silver
  • Colin Kirk - 1 Honorable Mention
  • Ava Holmes - 1 Silver
  • Sophia Meng - 1 Gold key, 1 Gold Portfolio, 1 Honorable Mention
  • Nick Penniman - 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Phoebe Pressler - 1 Silver
  • Maddie Rapelyea - 1 Gold, 1 Silver
  • Sam Rifkind-Brown - 1 Silver
  • Amelia Myre - 1 Silver, 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Ben Sager - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Aden Sheingold - 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Akshay Tate - 1 Silver, 2 Honorable Mentions
  • Margaret Tilmes - 1 Gold, 3 Honorable Mentions
  • Dylan Williams - 1 Gold


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.