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BB&N Senior Achieves Perfection on AP French Exam This year BB&N received a letter from the College Board unlike any the School had seen before. It stated, “Victor Mahdavi’s performance on the AP French Language and Culture Exam in May 2015 was so superior that it falls into a rather select category.” On a scale of one to five, Mahdavi ’16 received a five on his AP French exam, something only 16% of the students taking the exam achieved. However, Mahdavi was also one of only two students in the entire world to receive a perfect score on the exam, earning every single possible point. Congratulations to Mahdavi on this remarkable achievement! Victor Mahdavi ’16 is congratulated by Upper School French teacher Cécile Roucher-Greenberg at the Upper School Closing Ceremony.

Five Students Excel as National Merit Scholars The National Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to students demonstrating significant academic promise. More than 1.5 million students took the 2014 PSAT, and of those, approximately 16,000 were named semifinalists. Then, to compete for the National Merit Scholarships, these semifinalists had to advance to a finalist round through an application process. This year, five students were named as finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition. Congratulations to the following seniors: Amy Gu, June Hwan Kim, Paul Sand, Jackson Truesdale, and Ayame Whitfield.

June Hwan Kim ’16, Ayame Whitfield ’16, Jackson Truesdale ’16, Upper School Assistant Director Katrina Fuller, Amy Gu ’16, and Paul Sand ’16 at the Upper School Closing Ceremony

Middle School Earns Gold at State Drama Festival Congratulations to Middle School drama students, whose spring production of To Kill a Mockingbird earned a gold medal at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama Festival, hosted by The Bromfield School. BB&N’s poignant production rose to the top despite tough competition from several other area schools. The play wrestled with complicated issues of race relations in the South during the Great Depression era, and required carefully calibrated acting and staging. Under the direction of Middle School theater teacher and Marian W. Vaillant Future Leader Instructor Christa Crewdson, and through the wonderful work of the student actors, tech crew, and costume designers, Harper Lee’s beloved novel came to life on the stage. In addition to the collective gold medal, Geoffrey Goose ’20, Amy Khoshbin ’20, Liam McGourty ’20, Andy Monsalve ’20, and Will Pappendick ’20 earned individual acting awards, and Molly Griffin ’20 and Julia Noyes ’20 earned costume design awards.

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Sharon Pongnon ’20, Amy Khoshbin ’20, and Geoffrey Goose ’20 perform a poignant scene from To Kill a Mockingbird.


BB&N Bulletin Summer 2016