Awards Day 2022
2022 Valedictorian Maddie Kim and Salutatorian Sanjit Pamidi

Baylor celebrated the annual Awards Day tradition on May 18, 2022.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

Baylor named Maddie Kim valedictorian for 2022. Kim is a day student from Dalton, Ga. and will attend Boston University. Sanjit Pamidi was named salutatorian for 2022. Pamidi is a day student from Chattanooga and will attend the University of Texas at Dallas.

Outstanding Student Leaders Honored

Baylor honored seven of its outstanding student leaders with Founders Awards, the highest the school bestows, at the annual Awards Day. Recipients are selected by a vote of the faculty.

top, left to right: Bo Black, Ibilola Esho, Maren Johnson, Nick McKenney
bottom, left to right: Couriyah Stegall, Tina Zheng, Apple Zhou

‚ÄčThe JOHN ROY BAYLOR AWARD is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the school both as a citizen and scholar. Named for Baylor’s visionary founder and first headmaster, the John Roy Baylor Awards for 2022 were presented to Couriyah Stegall and Tina Zheng. Stegall will attend Wake Forest University and Zheng will attend Stanford University.

Maren Johnson is the winner of this year’s ALEXANDER GUERRY AWARD. Named for Baylor’s second headmaster, the award is presented to a senior who has contributed richly to the position of honor and right at Baylor. A boarding student from Lexington, Ky., Johnson will attend Sewanee: The University of the South.

The HERBERT B. BARKS, SR., AWARD is presented to boarding students who have contributed richly to the spirit and quality of life of the residential program. This honor is named for Baylor’s third headmaster. The 2022 honorees were Bo Black and Shuyan “Apple” Zhou. Black is from Ringgold, Ga., and boarded in Lupton Hall. He will attend Kentucky Wesleyan University. Zhou is from Nanjing, China and boarded in Lowrance Hall. She will attend Virginia Tech.

Named for Baylor’s fifth headmaster, the HERBERT B. BARKS, JR., AWARD is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the Baylor spirit. This year’s honorees were Ibilola Esho and Nick McKenney. Esho is a boarding student from Kennesaw, Ga. and will attend Harvard University. McKenney, a day student, will attend the University of Virginia.

Upper School Students Saluted by Peers

left to right: Mallory Alling, Brett Cooper, Maren Johnson, Jeb Martin, Marguerite Pippenger

The O.B. ANDREWS AWARDS, presented each year to the male and female students judged as the best all-around seniors by the vote of the Upper School student body, were given to Brett Cooper and Maren Johnson. Cooper will attend Centre College and Johnson will attend Sewanee.

The JUMONVILLE AWARDS are given to the best all-around male and female juniors as determined by a vote of Upper School students. They were presented to Jeb Martin and Marguerite Pippenger.

The SUMNER SMITH AWARD, named in memory of Sumner Smith ’17, goes to one or more juniors who live out Baylor’s mission of making a positive difference in the world by emulating Sumner’s kindness, sensitivity, positivity, perseverance, and humor. The award was presented to Mallory Alling.

Four Win Special Awards

left to right: Spratt Allison, Kara Anne Smith, Fatima Sohani, Hannah Turner

THE HUBERT J. STAGMAIER AWARD is given to an outstanding all-around senior or seniors. This year’s honoree was Fatima Sohani. Sohani will attend Georgetown University.

The SERVICE TO SCHOOL AWARD is presented to seniors who have contributed richly to the school. This year, the award was given to Kara Anne Smith. She will attend Auburn University.

The MICHELLE KADRIE AWARD is given to a senior who combines a strong desire to do their personal best in school activities with a caring attitude toward others. This year’s recipient was Spratt Allison. Allison will attend Washington and Lee University.

A FACULTY COMMENDATION AWARD was presented to Hannah Turner. Turner will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Departmental Awards


  • Two-Dimensional Art Award – May Bankston
  • Three-Dimensional Art Award – Michael Kinsey
  • Orchestra Award – Jenny Liu
  • Band Award – Owen Eastman
  • Vocal Music Award – Sharnima Jones
  • Theater Award – Kara Anne Smith
  • Dance Award – Lacy Creswell


  • Scholar-Athlete Award – Mason Alley, Tina Zheng
  • Outstanding Athlete Award (by vote of senior varsity letter winners) – Aliya Cooper, Carson Yates
  • Best All-Around Athlete Award (by coaches’ vote) – Aliya Cooper,
    Trey McDonald


Maddie Kim, Maddie PerryTina Zheng


Owen EastmanColby Hawk, Fatima Sohani


  • Chinese Award – Lily Fridl
  • French Award – Bella Nenadov
  • German Award – Ellie Smtih
  • Latin Award – Addison Johnson
  • Spanish Award – Hannah Lane Ford


  • Math Award – Kevin Wang, Tina Zheng
  • Computer Science Award – Jackson Rogers


  • Science Research Award – Hannah Barger
  • Science Achievement Award – Aidan Shaw, Tina Zheng


Kate RogersFatima Sohani


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