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Commencement Awards

Dr. George E. Rogers Scholar Athlete Award

In 1966, the Monson Academy faculty established the George E. Rogers Award to honor a member of the graduating class for scholarship and participation and sportsmanship in athletics. The members of the faculty have recognized the following students as having those qualities indicated in the award.

  • 2022 - Kyle Filipowski
  • 2021 - Khalil Kamara
  • 2020 - John Adams
  • 2019 - Ania Axas
  • 2018 - Wenjun Chang
  • 2017 - Emma Kindblom
  • 2016 - Julian Alexis
  • 2015 - Margaret Harrington
  • 2014 - Jackson FrenchRobitaille
  • 2013 - Phillip Antonacci
  • 2012 - Michael Mendes
  • 2011 - Jeremy Gilfor
  • 2010 – Adrianne T. Hanson
  • 2009 – Russell Dinkins
  • 2008 – Brigid M. Jurgens
  • 2007 – Matthew D. Pentkowski
  • 2006 – Olivia C. Clement
  • 2005 – Alexander Ely
  • 2004 – Stacie Brzoska
  • 2003 – Anthony Choquette
  • 2002 – Kathryne Scyocurka
  • 2001 – Jennifer Reid

Phil Shaw Award

Phil Shaw joined the Wilbraham faculty in 1934 and served well as a teacher, Chairman of the Science Department, varsity soccer and track coach, and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1969. His portrait hangs in an honored place in our Athletic Center Board Room. Mr. Shaw dedicated his life to developing character in young people. He believed in healthy competition and a high degree of sportsmanship. This award is presented by the faculty to the male and female students in the junior or senior class who have shown hard work, perseverance, unselfishness, and a spirit of cooperation in athletics.

  • 2022 - Cara Murphy; Deven Austin
  • 2021 - Rhaymi Porter; Conor Murphy
  • 2020 - Xin "Julie" Xiong; Will Crocker
  • 2019 - Alana Perkins; Idan Tretout
  • 2018 - Kayla Mokwuah; Andrew Nagle
  • 2017 - Katelyn Cronin; Alexander Claudio
  • 2016 - Sydney Liptak; Wenyen Gabriel
  • 2015 - Molly Socha; Evan Roy
  • 2014 - Megan Pehoviak; Olexandr "Sasha" Oliinyk
  • 2013 - Carly Cronin; Joe Thibault
  • 2012 - Marissa McDermott; Ryan McLarney
  • 2011 - Chloe Snyder; Derrick Barnagian
  • 2010 – Michaela A. Rollings; Adam J. Ginsberg
  • 2009 – Chelby J. Wakefield; Aaron P. Haas
  • 2008 – Rosalyn C. Chesky; Joseph T. Salomone
  • 2007 – Kristin M. Coderre; Gregory J. Balicki
  • 2006 – Laura E. Coderre; Jacob R. Eddy, David J. Kreps
  • 2005 – Katelyn Stolpinski; Benjamin Primo
  • 2004 – Marisa Barone; Colin Cook
  • 2003 – Stacie Brzoska; Jeffrey Adams
  • 2002 – Angelique Kelley; Sherod Harris
  • 2001 – Lauren Pinkston; Charles Bridge

Trustees Cup

The annual Trustees Cup is the most coveted athletic team award at the Academy. The award takes into account a team’s success on the field, grade point average, team spirit and community service.

  • 2021-22 - Girls Track & Field
  • 2020-21 - None chosen (COVID-19)
  • 2019-20 - Boys Basketball
  • 2018-19 - Boys Track & Field
  • 2017-18 - Riflery
  • 2016-17 - Girls Basketball
  • 2015-16 - Softball
  • 2014-15 - Baseball
  • 2013-14 - Softball
  • 2012-13 - Boys Lacrosse
  • 2011-12 - Girls Swimming
  • 2010-11 - Girls Volleyball
  • 2009-10 - Girls Lacrosse
  • 2008-09 - Girls Soccer

 

Academy Notables

Harold 'Bud' Porter '44W

Harold Bud Porter photo

Harold Bud Porter '44W was honored for his remarkable athletic ability. At Wilbraham Academy, he was a five-sport athlete, playing both baseball and track in the spring. More than once he trotted across the field from his baseball game, changed his footwear, and ran a heat in a track meet. Bud had a 75-year association with the Academy, having entered the Winchester School as a fifth grader.

Capt. Timothy Jessup '87 USMC

Tim Jessup '87

The late Captain Timothy Jessup '87 USMC was the heart and soul of the Varsity Water Polo team during his tenure at the Academy. Coach Steve Gray '70W credited Tim's energy and magnetic personality for the longevity of the water polo program, which celebrated its 35th season in 2019.

Philip H. Shaw Sr.

Phil Shaw Sr. photo

Former coach and faculty member Philip H. Shaw Sr. of Wilbraham Academy was posthumously inducted into the new WMA Athletic Hall of Fame during inaugural ceremonies held on campus. Philip H. Shaw Jr. '57W gave an eloquent induction speech to honor his father of his coaching prowess in football, soccer and track as well as his time as Athletic Director at Wilbraham

Track & Field 1989

WMA 1989 track team photo

The 1989 Track & Field Team were New England Champions. Coach Jeff Siekierski remembered the runners, jumpers, sprinters and throwers as all having the four elements of team success: passion, work, knowledge and a common goal.

Philip J. Cardone

Phil Cardone photo

Phillip J. Cardone, former coach and faculty member of both Monson Academy and WMA, was inducted into the new WMA Athletic Hall of Fame. He was honored for his many legendary contributions to the football, wrestling, and lacrosse programs before a large gathering of alumni, family, and friends. Andrew Bazarian '86 gave the induction speech, which pointed out the many ways that Coach Cardone formed the characters of the young men and women he taught. Phil remained a fixture around campus as a volunteer landscaper, keeping WMA beautiful before his passing in Jan. 2019.

Monson Football 1966

Monson Football team 1966

The Monson Academy Football Team, coached by WMA Hall of Fame coach Phil Cardone and Ed Baker, was undefeated in 1966. Coach Baker remembered the transformation of the players from a "ragtag group that were not a pretty sight" into a team of self-confident athletes who completed a season that "changed them forever."