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Commencement Awards

In a continuation of the tradition of recognizing exemplary academic success, service, and dedication to Emma Willard School as evidenced on Awards Night, two additional honors are presented during the Commencement ceremony: James Adkins Baxter and Clementine Miller Tangeman awards were presented at Commencement on Sunday, June 5. 

Jameson Adkins Baxter Award: Charlotte Hobbs

The Baxter Award is given that member of the senior class who has shown the most growth during her time at Emma Willard. In the course of her development, the recipient has embodied those values that have been evident in Mrs. Baxter: integrity, discipline, and a commitment to her own education as well as to the education of others.



“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” - Jodie Foster 

This year’s Jameson Adkins Baxter Award recipient is refreshingly abnormal. Her fashion sense is the stuff of legends and she has a deep appreciation for her dead frog, Clarence. Her platform boots or, as she calls them, her “happy shoes'' add her special flare to any space she occupies. Lover of all things vintage, this student learned to embroider just because it felt like the right thing to do.

Charming, social, responsible, tenacious, courageous. These are the words her teachers use to describe her. This student came to Emma as a legacy student. Her aunt and grandmother were Emma students, so she was aware of the rigorous academic program we offer. Though her time at Emma has not been without challenges, she handled them with the perfect balance of grit and grace. She suffered a concussion during her 9th grade year. Nevertheless, she persisted. During her junior year, this student was often the only student who attended class in person regularly while her classmates attended class on Google Meets. Nevertheless, she persisted. In her true fashion, she maintained a positive attitude and continued to fully engage. She has been an excellent community member and friend to many.

Ever the history buff, this student has certainly made history at Emma. We award this year’s Jameson Adkins Baxter Award to Charlotte Hobbs


The Clementine Miller Tangeman Award: Taylor Stein

The Clementine Miller Tangeman Award is presented to that senior who best exemplifies the spirit of enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity that has characterized Mrs. Tangeman’s involvement with Emma Willard.  This award also recognizes Mrs. Tangeman’s humor, dependability, strength of character, and pride.


At Emma Willard, this year’s Clementine Miller Tangeman Award recipient's initiative and thirst for learning is felt in every area of our campus and beyond. From being named her freshman class President to participating in Close Up's Empowering Female Voices: NCGS President's First 100 Days Program to being one of only 25 students selected as a Climate Museum Online High School intern, this student is a natural and inspiring leader who is passionate about improving conditions for all in our world. She feels compelled to be part of positive change but doesn’t seem to realize how impressive or inspiring she is. On campus (and virtually while remote due to the pandemic), our community looked forward to seeing this student's face three days per week at morning reports. As an Admissions Tour Guide, Proctor, CRC Committee Member, and DEI Student Working team member, she has demonstrated an immeasurable amount of time, integrity, and heart to making our community even stronger for those that will come after her. Admired for her good-heartedness, ready-for-anything attitude, and desire to help others, we award this year’s Clementine Miller Tangeman Award to Taylor Stein.


Congratulations to Charlotte and Taylor on exemplifying the Emma Willard School spirit!
    • Each award recipient from the Awards ceremony held in May was listed in a special insert in the Commencement program, with the exception of the Tangeman and Baxter awards, which are announced during the ceremony.


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