York Prep Scholars – Class of 2012

Eight students in the 2012 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:


  • Milos Gak – The Life and work of Nicola Tesla: The Greatest Man You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
  • Nathan Goldwag – The Dutch Roots of the Political Theory Underlying the American Revolution
  • Isaac Inkeles – Gerrymandering: How This Malignant Practice Has Grown into a Basic Part of our Democracy and How It Can Be Fought
  • Cole Lumpkin – A Musical Dialectic on the Air Sculptures of Frank Zappa
  • Ari Palley – A Practical Introduction to the Study of Game Theory
  • Averi Seelig –What Makes a Hollywood Musical Successful: A Business Analysis
  • James Tsao – A Comparison of the Comic Book Culture in Japan to That of Other East Asian Cultures
  • Marissa Velasquez – An Exploration of Pediatric Physical Therapy