Green & White Awards - 2023

Green and White Awards, 2023
Friday, June 9 at 8:15 a.m.

The annual Green & White Awards Ceremony features the valedictorian address, personalized comments about every senior, and announced academic department awards, special named awards, and recognition from the greater community, as well as the much-anticipated announcement of the Green & White Cup. Twice each year, Gunston declares a “Green & White field day” as students, faculty and staff divide into two teams and compete in activities that range from canoe races to math competitions, creative writing challenges, and more. The team accumulating the most points from both days wins the Green & White Cup. 



Valedictorian (Middleton) Award

The Samuel A. Middleton Award is given to the senior(s) with the highest cumulative academic average over the four years of high school inclusive of scope of schedule. The student must have been enrolled at Gunston for a minimum of three years. The Middleton Award recipient is the Valedictorian.

The Gunston Award

Awarded to a senior based on the vote of faculty, staff, and students. This senior, in keeping with the Responsibilities of the Community,

  • Demonstrates respect for himself/herself and others
  • Takes responsibility for personal and academic excellence
  • Has an awareness and appreciation of differences
  • Behaves honestly in speech and action
  • Promotes camaraderie
Community Service

The Marguerite Thomas Community Service Award is given to the senior with the highest quality and variety of service completed. 


Awarded to the senior who during his/her high school years has effectively, positively, and constructively guided and directed others in thought, speech, and action. 

Diversity Leader

This award honors an outstanding student leader who has made a significant difference in the Gunston community as an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Moore Award for Improvement 

Awarded to the senior who has demonstrated the most significant personal, social, and academic growth while at Gunston. 

Paul M. Long

Awarded to the junior who in his/her first three years at Gunston has made the greatest contribution to the school via academic work, Student Government, clubs, sports, service activities, chorus, drama, and general effort, time, and energy expended in the interest of the school. The award is named in honor of Paul M. Long who was Headmaster for 19 years.

Marie Whittico

To be given to a Gunston School student at the end of his/her Junior year to be applied to his/her Senior year tuition and to be awarded to an American student who is a resident of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  This student demonstrates a high academic achievement, a strong work ethic, a strong moral character and one who has contributed most highly to building a vibrant Gunston School community. 

Megan Virginia Batdorf

Given in memory of Megan and her passion for the performing arts and athletics. The award is given to a member of the junior class who is active and skilled in both the performing arts and athletics. This student shall also exhibit personal qualities of leadership, camaraderie, community support, and citizenship. 

Clare Poussard

Awarded to the rising senior who struggled in his/her first year(s) here without clear goals, aims, or drive but who by his/her senior year matured, gained focus in all areas, and became directed toward higher education. Clare Poussard created the scholarship as a way to thank Gunston for all that the school and its members did for her. 

Environmental Stewardship

Awarded to the graduating senior who has distinguished him/herself  in knowledge, action, and advocacy as it pertains to environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

The Faculty Award

Awarded to the one or two seniors who have served the school community and enriched the spirit of the school through their steady participation. 


Named in honor of Sandra Slacum Spears, a talented writer focused on fiction and poetry who passed away in a car accident. 


Named in honor of Hila Ferguson, who was an avid reader with a deep  love and appreciation for all literature.

Senior Paradigm
Junior Symposium

The school recognizes one (first-year) international student each year who has contributed greatly to cultural exchange. 

English Language Acquisition

This international student will have demonstrated significant growth in the quality of his/her academic and conversational English language skills across the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Computer Science
Fine Art

Named for Captain John P. Vest who entered the U.S. Naval Academy at age 16. Vest became a Navy aviator in 1926. During World War II, he was director of Naval Air Training. After the war, as a captain of the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt, he supervised the Navy's first helicopter operations. Captain Vest was a graduate of Gunston and served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Anita Gruss Athletic Award
Anita Gruss Athletic Award
12 Star Award
Green & White Cup Winner

Greater Community & College Awards


Student Government Association Executive Officers 23-24


SGA Executive Officers

Class of 2024

Class of 2025

Class of 2026