Superintendent Paul Zinni and Principal Dr. Lisa C. Mobley are pleased to announce that outstanding Class of 2023 seniors were recognized with scholarships and awards during King Philip Regional High School’s Senior Award Night last week.
On June 1, King Philip Regional High School hosted its annual Senior Award Night in honor of the Class of 2023 at the high school.
During the ceremony, 143 seniors received one or more awards and/or scholarships for outstanding performance in academics, athletics and involvement in school organizations. Eighty-two students received departmental recognition for their academic performance.
“On behalf of the King Philip Regional High School community, I would like to once again congratulate all of the seniors who were recognized with awards or scholarships during our Class of 2023 Senior Awards Night,” Principal Dr. Mobley said. “I’m extremely proud of all of the hard work that these students have put into their studies and extracurriculars throughout the years, and I’m pleased to be able to recognize them for their accomplishments as they get ready to embark on their futures.”
Superintendent Zinni provided the welcome address, speaking about artificial intelligence and the future of innovation. Awards and scholarships were presented by donors, faculty, and military guests.
Seniors Emily Sawyer and Rudy Gately were recognized as Athletes of the Year. Sawyer played volleyball and basketball at KP and plans to attend Sacred Heart University to play Division One volleyball. Gately played both football and baseball at KP and plans to attend Bowdoin College, where he’ll play baseball.
The following Military Scholars were recognized as well:
- William Astorino: Four-year Army ROTC Scholarship to attend Tufts University
- Michael Murphy: Three-year Army ROTC Scholarship to attend James Madison University
- Richard Jeanetti: Appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
- Maxwell Miller: Appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
The top 10 students in the Class of 2023 were recognized which include the following: Valedictorian Aedan Derfler-Murphy, Salutatorian Melissa Caning, Gavin Croke, Ella McDonnell, Maxwell Miller, Raadhay Patel, Charlotte Griffin, Kari Calderone, Alea Shammas, and Kevin Smith.
Principal Dr. Mobley presented three special scholarships during the ceremony. The King Philip Leadership Award was presented to senior Azayla Mack for mentoring students in the People of Prosperity Club, and to seniors Philip Harmon and Kayla Simas for mentoring young entrepreneurs in KP DECA.
Principal Dr. Mobley then presented the Principal’s Grit Award to Lauren Brady, which recognized Brady as a student that never gave up and persevered through challenges.
The King Philip Heart of a Warrior Award, which recognizes a student that consistently shows warrior pride and embodies KP’s core values, was awarded to Gregory Walker.
“The Senior Award Night was an awesome community event that showcased and celebrated our exceptional students, which is due in large part to Lisa’s extraordinary leadership,” Superintendent Zinni said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch these students grow and see them recognized for their efforts as they get ready to embark on their futures and Dr. Mobley will also be greatly missed upon her departure at the end of the school year. I wish the students and Dr. Mobley all the best in their futures.”
In addition to the four ROTC scholarships, scholarships totaling over $120,000 were awarded to students.