Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by klapa

We are delighted to share that the 32 members of the Class of 2017 will attend colleges and universities in 10 different states, the District of Columbia, Scotland, and England! Our seniors’ academic and artistic achievements were recognized with over $2.4 million in merit-based scholarships and invitations into honors and special programs. Click here to see a list of their plans for next year.

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2017 and wishing them well in their future endeavors!

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Reflecting on a Year of Music Making at AC

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by klapa

Allendale Columbia’s music students have been active throughout the school year in many different county events. The students who participated in these events rehearsed on their own time to prepare their music, had extra lessons with music faculty, and gave up their weekend time to participate in an ensemble. Their participation shows a high level of commitment to their musical learning, and they all did a great job representing AC!

We began the year with the All State Festival. Catherine Kennedy was chosen to participate in the Jazz Chorus, a select group of 24 students from across the state. They performed in December in Eastman Theater to a packed house. Catherine was featured with a scat-solo in one of the pieces. Catherine was later selected to participate in the All-Eastern Music Festival, which features the best singers from the East Coast. This is the first time an AC student has been selected for this ensemble. She traveled to Atlantic City in April to join a choir of 350 singers for four days of music making.

The month of March was full of Monroe County Festivals. Rebecca McQuilken was selected based on her high Solo Festival score to be in the Monroe County School Music Association (MCSMA) All County Jazz Chorus, an honor she also received last year. Though the festival was cancelled because of the wind storm, Becky is hoping to teach one of the pieces to AC’s Select Chorus next year.

The Middle School MCSMA All County Festival was full of AC students; six students represented AC in the choir and one AC flutist was in the band. The chorus students (Cynara Nelson, Michelina Nicodemous, Brynn Peters, Jonathan Ragan, Gunnar Rorapaugh, and Grace Rundberg) joined 113 other students to fill out the choir. Grace was also chosen to sing a solo in the beginning of the piece, “Coming Home.” Middy Vella participated in the Junior High All County Band’s flute section, an honor she earned through her performance of a challenging level-V solo at the January MCSMA solo festival.

Elementary All County followed shortly after Middle School. Lilah Costanzo was selected as the first-chair French Horn player in the band, making this her second year to earn this position. Nathan Roof and Andy Clinton were selected to participate in the chorus and spent two days with over 150 other students in the chorus.

The year concluded with the PEAK (Parents, Educators, and Kids) General Music Festival at Spencerport High School. Adrianna Williams and Ethan Truong both participated in the festival along with 124 other fourth-grade students from across the county. They enjoyed a full day of music making and performed a short concert at the end of the day.

This year was was full of music making both on and off campus. Congratulations to our talented students on all they’ve accomplished!

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AC in the News – Winter 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by klapa

Check out AC’s recent media coverage below!

Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.

LLE Research Lands Local Teens in Semifinals
for National Science Competition
January 23rd, 2017

Two local teens have earned recognition in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search) for research projects they carried out last summer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). AC senior Nathan Morse is among the 300 semifinalists nationwide chosen from more than 1,700 who entered the competition. Click here to read more!

TEDx Rochester Returns to Illuminate
January 12th, 2017

TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool is mentioned as one of the TEDx events taking place in the Rochester area in this Democrat and Chronicle article about the return of TEDxRochester. Click here to read the full story!

Victor Resident Joins Allendale Columbia School
January 12th, 2017

This article announces John Palomaki’s appointment as Allendale Columbia School’s development and communications associate. In this role, John is responsible for managing the donor database, gift processing, research, reports, and the development and implementation of a social media plan to extend AC’s reach and engagement online. Click here to read more!

Allendale Columbia Robotics Team Competes in Tournament
December 27th, 2016

AC’s Robotics Team, the Chrononauts, competed in the Finger Lakes FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament at St. John Fisher College. The team placed 15th overall and was awarded the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, advancing them to the Excelsior NY Regional Championship in February. The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award is given to one team per tournament that thinks outside the box and has the most innovative and creative robot design. Click here to see the full article!

No Bologna: Lunch Ladies and a Meal Man
Share their Favorite Holiday Recipes
Winter 2017

This article is a reprint of the feature story that appeared in 585 Magazine and highlights Laura Reynolds-Gorsuch, AC’s Food Service Director. In the article, Laura shares her recipe for AC Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, a favorite among AC faculty, staff, and students. Click here to see!

High School Athlete of the Week – Addy Flood
December 1st, 2016

This High School Athlete of the Week article and video feature AC junior Adelaide “Addy” Flood. She states that, “This year as a captain, I hope to encourage my team like the seniors last year and the year before encouraged me.” Click here to see!

Local Teen Performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 24th, 2016

Several news outlets featured AC tenth grader John Phillips as he performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Click the following links to see the coverage from 13WHAM, Time Warner Cable News, and

Allendale Columbia School’s Production of “Cinderella”
November 15th, 2016

AC students Phelan Conheady and Catherine Kennedy, and ASL Interpreter Steph Regan, appeared on Good Day Rochester to talk about AC’s production of “Cinderella” and the use of sign language during the show. Click here to see the interview!

Allendale Columbia School to Host Book Event Series
November 11th, 2016

This Brighton-Pittsford Post article highlights AC’s Book Event Series. Throughout the year, AC will host events so that members of the community can discuss the best-selling book about transforming education, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. Click here to learn more!

New Hires
November 11th, 2016

This Rochester Business Journal article announces three individuals who joined the AC team this year: Margarita Chaves as a World Language Teacher, John Curatalo as a Physical Education Teacher, and Angie Burch as an Accounting Specialist. Click here to see!

Author Charles Benoit Visits Allendale Columbia School
November 2nd, 2016

The Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted AC’s recent author visit by publishing a photo of AC ninth grader Roxana “Roxy” Reisch introducing Greece author Charles Benoit before he presented a talk called “Stuck in High School: Why I Write Young Adult Fiction (and Why You Should Read It)”. Click here to see!

Allendale Columbia School to Host Open House
November 2nd, 2016

The Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted AC’s fall open house, at which attendees had the opportunity to meet teachers, students, and administrators and tour the campus. Click here to see!

Local High Schooler to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
October 30th, 2016

This television news story highlights AC tenth grader John Phillips as he prepared to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As part of this experience, his trumpet skills were seen by an estimated 53 million people. Click here to see the story!

What You Need to Know About the Current State of Rochester’s Kids, Teaching Election 2016 and More
October 27th, 2016

AC’s Summer LEAP Program is mentioned at the 10:43 mark of this television show, which discusses the ongoing effort to improve outcomes for Rochester-area children. Click here to see!

We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

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Announcing 2015 End-of-Year Award Winners

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by klapa

At the end of the school year, our Middle and Upper Schools held awards ceremonies to recognize students for a variety of achievements. Below please find a list of this year’s award winners and join us in congratulating all our students on their accomplishments this school year!


Columbia Class of 1957 Forum Award – Class of 2015

Cum Laude Induction –
Alyssa Broberg
Grace Guo
Noah Meyers
Anne Pinkney
Aaron Jones
Ricky Yates
Yiwei Xiong
Heather Barber
Eva Martin

Tucker Gosnell ’77 Prize in English – Sam Ryckaert

World Languages
Ménendès-La Flèche Award – Alison Zell

The National French Contest 2015
Local Winners
Level 2
17th Nathan Yax
18th Phelan Conheady

Level 3
14th Madeline Shanley
15th (Joint) Danielle Fuller and James Bourtis
19th Thomas Cylke

Level 4
6th Danielle Chuprun
13th Savanna Atwal

Level 5
9th Carly Baker
10th Dita Munzova

National Winners
Level 2    9th locally, 14th nationally – Emily Atieh

Level 3    11th locally, 17th nationally – Danielle Chuprun

Level 4
6th locally, 20th nationally – Alena Ragan
4th locally, 16th nationally – Lucien Nicosia

Level 5
4th locally, 16th nationally – Alison Zell

Société d’Honneur 2015
Emily Atieh
Danielle Chuprun
Ryann Greene
Nathan Yax
Alison Zell

Pablo Neurda – Sam Ryckaert

National Spanish Exam Awards
Level 1 – Honorable Mention
Alyssa Lewis
Catherine Pappas

Level 2 – Honorable Mention
Andrew Drago
Aditi Seshadri
Anjana Seshadri

Level 3 – Bronze Award Winner – Thalia Delvalle
Honorable Mention
Juliana Bruno
Nadia Linton

Level 4 –
Silver Award Winner
Guy Marino
Haley Glazer

Bronze Award Winner
Emily Paszko

Honorable Mention
Noah Meyers

Level 5 –
Silver Award Winner
Chung Eun Kim Armijos

Honorable Mention
Abigael Long

National Latin Exam Winners:
Danielle Chuprun
Joel Cerone
Mukuundo Luhiso
Leeore Intrator
Olivia Bono
Nathan Morse
James Brimlow
Sam Ryckaert

Churchill-Yager – Maria Rainero

Bausch & Lomb – Alyssa Broberg
Class of 1978 Science Prize – Ryan Dens

Catherine Nevius – Rudolph Rodriguez Quamina
Edwin “Ted” Atwood Prize in History – Rick Yates

Kevin Stein Class of 1982 Art Prize– Abigail Lindsey

Bob Stata Instrumental Music Award–Evan Bourtis
Vocal Music Award – Maria Rainero

NYSSMA Solo and All State Awards
Catherine Kennedy
Rebecca McQuilken
Emily Atieh
Danielle Fuller
Nathan Yax
Danielle Chuprun
Nadia Linton
Rudolph Quamina
Abigail Lindsey

Dramatic Arts Award – Sage Melcher and Ricky Yates
2015 National Young Arts Foundation Award – Sage Melcher

National Merit Scholarship Recognitions
National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholars:
Haley Glazer
Maria Rainero
Lilah Shrier
Emily Yax

National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant
Xavier Francis

Jeff Huff ’84 Memorial Award – Kathryn Bjorklund

Sherman Farnham, Jr., ’62 & Anne Morris Farnham, ’64 Community Service Award – Alex Carioty

Della E. Simpson Memorial Prize – Gavin Flood

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award – Alex Carioty

Rensselaer Medal – Noah Meyers

Bowdoin College Book Award – Alena Ragan

Brown University Book Award – Olivia Bono

Dartmouth College Book Award – Anne Pinkney

Williams College Book Award – Kate Bjorklund

Williams Cup – Abigael Long

Community Service Award – Emily Paszko

Ray Hickok, Jr. Award – Xavier Francis

Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award – Savanna Atwal

Gannett Cup – Sarah Scheinman

Headmaster’s Prize in Memory of Peter Schwartz by the Class of ’54 – Carly Baker

John Harrison Alumni Award – Ricky Yates

Chris Hickock Award:  Mhanna Mahmoud
Nicholas Milella Award:  Liza Cotter
Cygnet Award:  Tristan Nicosia and Naomi Taggart
Helen Monroe Award:  Maneet Angra
8th Grade Merit Award:  Maeve Gleeson

6th Grade Writing Award: Middy Vela
7th Grade Writing Award: Roxana “Roxy” Reisch
8th Grade Writing Award: Tristan Nicosia

Spanish Exam:
Thalia Delvalle
Henry Grasman
Riley Leibeck
Elizabeth “Liza” Cotter
Madeleine Gee

National French Exam:
Ellie Coleman
Jessica Matrachisia
Andrew Ragan

AMC 8 Awards:
First place –
Nathaniel Pifer
Annabelle Blake
Riley Leibeck
Henry Nicosia
Adrian Fuller
Second Place –
James Morrell
Caden Kacprzynski
Elizabeth “Liza” Cotter
Benjamin Smoker
Maneet Angra
Third Place –
John Karis
Thalia Delvalle
Gifford Campbell
Dylan Reece
Chinara Dorancy
Myles Wilson
Ciarra Franz

National Geographic Bee Award:  Garrett Wilson

National Latin Exam
Emilia Granat
Nathaniel Pifer

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AC’s Production of “The Addams Family” Recognized by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Posted on May 28th, 2015 by klapa

Recently, the Rochester Broadway Theatre League concluded the High School musical theatre season with its annual Stars of Tomorrow gala at the Auditorium Theatre. We are thrilled to share that AC’s fall Upper School production of “The Addams Family” received the following recognitions:

Outstanding Singing Ensemble
Outstanding Orchestra
Outstanding Leading Actress: Sage Melcher
Overall Outstanding Musical Production

We also received the following special recognitions from the judges:

Ricky Yates for Stage Management
Maria Rogers for her role as Pugsley
Olivia Bono for her role as the Flapper Girl
Noah Meyers and Danielle Fuller for their clarinet playing

Additionally, Sage Melcher will be representing Allendale Columbia at the Stars of Tomorrow NYC bound event. The 32 leading male and female role award recipients from the Stars of Tomorrow Recognition Ceremony are eligible to participate in this additional competition at the Auditorium Theatre. In “American Idol” fashion, the participants are narrowed down by appointed judges until one Leading Male and one Leading Female are selected to represent Rochester, NY in a national competition in New York City; the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA).

Please join us in congratulating everyone who participated in the show!

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AC in the News – March 2015!

Posted on March 31st, 2015 by klapa

Allendale Columbia School has recently been featured in a number of news outlets, providing an opportunity to showcase our position as a cure for the Common Core in front of a wide range of audiences! Highlights are included below; we hope you enjoy reading about some of the great things happening at AC! Please note that the clips below will display best on desktop or laptop computers as opposed to mobile devices.

News10NBC’s Scholar Athlete of the Week
March 11th, 2015

AC senior Emily Yax was recently featured as News10NBC’s Scholar Athlete of the Week. In addition to playing three sports, Emily maintains a high GPA and serves as captain of AC’s Science Bowl team which has qualified for the national competition. Click here to see the full story!

Our Towns
March 6th, 2015

A photo of AC’s Upper School Science Bowl Team was featured in the Democrat and Chronicle after winning the regional Science Bowl competition and qualifying for the national competition in Washington, D.C. Click here to see the photo!

Students Work to Save Rochester Science Fair
March 1st, 2015

AC seventh graders Liza Cotter and Matthew Duver were highlighted in this television news story for their efforts to save Rochester’s Science Fair. When they heard the fair might not happen this year, the students took matters into their own hands, helping to get the word out about the event so that area students could have the opportunity to participate. The story also features interviews from FIRST LEGO League Coach Jim Cotter and AC faculty member Tina Duver. Click here to see!

Scottsville Native Goes Backstage at SNL
February 20th, 2015

Alison Castle, a 1991 AC graduate, got exclusive back-stage access throughout most of “Saturday Night Live’s” 39th season while working on a book titled “Saturday Night Live.” The book combines never-before-seen archival photographs with a season-by-season breakdown. As part of this experience, Alison had the chance to catch up with former cast member Kristen Wiig, who also attended AC. Click here to read the full Democrat and Chronicle article.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day at AC
February 13th, 2015

The Brighton-Pittsford Post featured a series of photos from this year’s Grandparents Day at Allendale Columbia School. Photos show students working with their grandparents and special friends to complete projects as part of this special AC tradition. Click here to see!

We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

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