School NewsJun 20, 2022

updated Jul 13, 2022

Honoring Outstanding Students

Lenox School Alumni Award 2022 Pickett Scholarships

The Lenox School Alumni Association has named recent graduates Keely O’Gorman ’22 and Hadear Rizq ’22 as recipients of this year’s Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's.

The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and in extracurricular activities. This is the nineteenth year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

Lenox School Alumni Association representatives Paul Denzel and Robert Sansone presented the awards to Keely and Hadear, both of whom are active members of the MHS community.

Keely was President of the senior class, co-Head of Grace Notes, the School’s a cappella singing group, and active in the MHS Theater Ensemble, performing in six productions. Also active in the broader community, Keely organized Bags of Hope, collecting toiletries for residents in Pittsfield’s emergency winter shelter, and, as a 9th-grader, she testified before the Massachusetts Legislature to reduce the use of plastic straws in the state. At Commencement on June 5, Keely received the Angela Kalischer Theater Prize and aMeus Honor Stat Key for representing the MHS Core Competency of Vision. She will attend Harvard University.

Hadear is a talented artist whose work was shared in several shows and featured in the Miss Hall’s School Magazine. Hadear received two Honorable Mentions in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was selected to represent the School in the 33rd Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, hosted in 2019 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Hadear was also an inaugural member of Hatchery, an MHS initiative in which students mentor student creators, helping them bring their products to market. She served on the School’s Social Committee and was also a member of the MHS alpine race team. Hadear will attend Clark University.

Mr. Pickett, who died in 1996, was beloved by students and faculty alike. The father of Tabitha Pickett Vahle, MHS Class of 1978, and grandfather of Wendy Panchy, MHS Class of 1985, Mr. Pickett taught Latin and English at Miss Hall’s from 1973—when the Lenox School closed—to 1992. He also served as MHS Director of Development from 1973 to 1975.

The Lenox School Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the spirit and camaraderie of Lenox School, which was an independent, all-boy secondary school founded in 1926. The school operated on the grounds of what is today the home of Shakespeare & Company.

Pickett Scholars Through the Years

2020-21         Muhiim Ali ’21 and Shannon Foster ’21
2019-20         Lomesia Allen ’20 and Nicole Forman ’21
2018-19         Mitzy Mauricio ’19 and Ayla Wallace ’20
2017-18         Nikky Abreu ’19 and Jayme McGuigan ’18
2016-17         Diamond Best ’17 and Izabella Nunes ’18
2015-16         Jamie Flynn ’16 and MaryCatherine Balcom ’17
2014-15         Emma Bullock ’15 and Nanya Okeke ’15
2013-14         Seema Amin ’14 and Faith Smalley ’14
2012-13         Callie Atwell ’13 and AnaMei Boyd ’13
2011-12         Allaina Ray ’12 and Morgan Wagner ’12
2009-10         Jessica Garzon '10 and Geneva MacDonald '10
2008-09         Kristina Delgado '09 and Joi Ward '09
2007-08         Janice Brea '08  and Sheniqua Marie Little '08
2006-07         Cedar (Niles) Manganiello '07 and Jasmine Mickens ’07
2005-06         Ryann Wolf ’06 and Sophea Yath ’06
2004-05         Häna Kenny ’05 and Ariel Sims ’05
2003-04         Maria Montefusco Miller ’04 and Nikita Turner ’04
2002-03         Julia Fisher ’03 and LaDonna Flynn ’03

Other Lenox School Awards to MHS Students

2018-19         Haylee Gleason ’19 (Fawcett Scholarship)
2010-11         Kyanna Joseph ’13 (Rev. Robert L. Curry Scholarship)