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Educational Excellence on Full Display at 2024 Awards Ceremony

Indian Creek students' relentless pursuit of Educational Excellence was on full display at the 2024 Upper School Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.

The Upper School student and faculty body gathered in the Jack and Nancy Becker Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate a year of curiosity, inquiry, and achievement. The ceremony opened with Head of School Booth Kyle welcoming the audience and commending the ICS Class of 2024 for setting high standards of what the Creek experience should be. Associate Head of School Eliza McLaren reiterated Mr. Kyle's sentiments, sharing that this year has been a great one for the students and the school. After this, guest presenter Alexa Hunter of the United States Naval Academy recognized two ICS seniors, Beth Christie and Arnia Goode for their appointments to the academy.

The morning of accolades continued as Department Chairs each presented awards to outstanding students in their fields of study.  This year's awards were spread among many seniors, demonstrating the true core of the Class of 2024.

Congratulations to the 2024 Academic Award winners:
English Award: Ava Andrews
Fine Arts Award - Ceramics: Grey Winer
Fine Arts Award - Painting: Hailey Hochard & Alanya Terzi
History Award: Ben Bucci
Humanities Award: Maddie Mixter
Latin Award: James Stubbs ’25
Classics Award: Sophia O’Connell ’25
Math Award: Natalie Swope
Science Award: Arnia Goode
Spanish Award: Beth Christie
STEM Award: Ben Tyburski
Performing Arts Award - Theater: Ty Spencer
Performing Arts Award - Instrumental Music: Aidan McCaughey
Performing Arts Award - Spotlight:  Campbell McCormick
Performing Arts Award - Vocal Music: Maddie Mixter
Sports Manager of the Year: Tristen Kerr ’26 & Abbie Sadowski 26
Sportsmanship Award: Tyler Stroble & Natalie Swope 
Outstanding Female Athlete: Elia Alewine
Outstanding Male Athlete: Aiden Evans
Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Athletic Service Award: Kimmy Stevenson & Hunter Walls
Scholar Athletes of the Year: Beth Christie & Noah Smarowsky
Community Service Awards: Elia Alewine, Gavin Fridley, Teddy Mock, Zion Robinson, Natalie Swope, Hunter Walls, Beth Christie, Arnia Goode, Maddie Mixter, Kimmy Stevenson, Jacob Stone 
Senator Chris Van Hollen Public Service Award: Beth Christie
Maryland State Merit Scholarship Award: Arnia Goode, Aidan McCaughey, Natalie Swope
Eight or More Varsity Letters: Elia Alewine, Bennett Bucci, Aiden Evans, Arnia Goode, Riley Handwerger, Taylor Lewis, Anastasia Malamatis, Campbell McCormick, Ty Spencer, Kimmy Stevenson, Natalie Swope, Cheyenne Thomas, Hunter Walls 
Indian Creek School Longevity Award: Ben Bucci, Aiden Evans, Campbell McCormick, Teddy Mock, Lucas Pardo, Max Rains
 Indian Creek School Senior Speech Award: Nate Mona, Savannah Smith
STEM Senior Participants: 
  • Maddie Mixter, The effectiveness of music as alternative therapy​
  • Beth Christie, Demonstrations of standing waves in two dimensions​
  • Arnia Goode, PID control in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles​
  • Natalie Swope, Infection indicating absorbable sutures​
  • Ben Tyburski, Research and development of an electric surfboard​
Voros Senior Thesis Participants
  • Bennett Bucci, Shining Light on Dark Deeds: Lighthouses, Piracy, Privateering, and the United States' Economy at Turning Points in its Infancy (Completed)
  • Aidan McCaughey, “War at 33½”: Political Hip-Hop as an Individual and Collective Black Perspective (Completed with Distinction)
  • Campbell McCormick, Appropriation of Cultural Identity in the Casting and Decision-Making in High School Theater: Guidelines and Solutions  (Completed with Distinction)
  • Madelyn Mixter, Arts Requirements Effect on Further Education: A Case Study of Maryland Area Schools (Completed with Distinction)
Click here to view a full gallery of awards ceremony photos.
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.