Recognizing the York Prep Scholars

Seven students in the 2010 graduating class successfully completed the York Prep Scholars Program, a three-year sequence which addresses the needs of York’s most academically able students with a rigorous and exciting curriculum. These students received diplomas indicating that they graduated with Honors.

The Scholars Program aims to both deepen and expand students’ understanding of their standard honors curriculum and to introduce new and exciting ideas, concepts, and themes. Units on such topics as “Neuroscience,” “Italian Renaissance Art,” “Statistics,” and “Shakespeare Performance” are presented independently in mini-courses taught by members of the faculty who focus on their particular intellectual passions and specialties.

Entrance to the program is selective: 10-15% of our 10th, 11th and 12th graders are invited to join. Participating students satisfy certain general criteria as well as develop individual projects. Scholars Program students attend two ongoing special seminars each quarter, meeting once per week. Those who engage the whole sequence will have completed 20 seminars by the time of their graduation. In addition, senior scholars meet periodically with Mr. Paul Sturm, Director of the Scholars Program, for one-on-one sessions to develop their Senior Scholars’ Projects.

A special luncheon ceremony at the home of Headmaster and Mrs. Stewart the day before graduation marked the outstanding achievements of this year’s senior Scholars, whose names and titles of their senior projects are as follows:


  • Wynn Bakirtjy – Baseball: America’s Favorite “Pure” Pastime
  • Jasmine Callender – Planning Your Sweet Sixteen: The First Seven Chapters and the Outline of a Book
  • Kayla Desroches – A Journal of Drawing: A Combined Visual Arts and Creative Writing Project
  • Thomas DeVito – “La Mafia”: Its Roots and Early Development
  • Daniel Landau – The Business of Major League Soccer: A Plan for Success
  • Robert Poole – Black in Baseball: A Historical View of Segregation in the Major Leagues
  • Joshua Schoen – National Security Strategy: The Post 9/11 Era