Culture of Excellence, Extraordinary Care, and Possibilities

Singapore American School is known for its culture of excellence, extraordinary care, and possibilities. The Class of 2019 took great advantage of the many opportunities presented to them at SAS, from the arts and athletics to service and deep intellectual pursuits. We are grateful for the impact they have made on our community and wish them all the best in this next chapter of their journeys.
 

293

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graduates in the
Class of 2019

7

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average years of
student tenure for
the graduating class

43%

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of the Class of 2019
have been at SAS
since elementary school

53%

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United States citizens and 47% non-US citizens

Senior Walk

Cheers, tears, hugs, and high-fives—the annual Senior Walk through campus allows our soon-to-be graduates to reflect on their time at SAS while the rest of the community turns out to congratulate them! Now in its fifth year, this tradition received a new twist with Seniors Say Thanks, when each graduating student could thank the teachers, counselors, coaches, and administrators who helped them along the way.
 

 

Commencement

As the Class of 2019 received their diplomas, their parents, families, friends, and teachers cheered them on for reaching a turning point in their lives. We know they leave SAS ready to try new things, develop their talents, try, fail, and try again. We’ve seen them show character, leadership, tenacity, curiosity, and compassion for others. They are ready to embrace the next exciting stage of their lives, wherever and whatever it may be!
 

To Praise and Honor: The Cum Laude System

Last year, SAS introduced a new way to honor students for outstanding academic achievement. To recognize that there are many roads to excellence at SAS, we embraced the Latin honors commendations used by many universities and, increasingly, high schools. 

This system encourages rigorous scholarship while widening the pool of honorees and giving students more incentive to work hard, embrace challenges, and explore their interests in and out of the classroom. Our three cum laude levels were designed to represent approximately 35 percent of our graduates in total. We will re-evaluate our criteria every four years to ensure that the system is meeting our goals. The three honors levels are determined by students’ cumulative high school grade point averages through the fall of senior year. We congratulate the 103 graduates of the Class of 2019 who earned cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude distinctions on their diplomas!

List of Cum Laude Graduates from the Class of 2019

Summa Cum Laude: Minimum 4.4 GPA

Sohit Gatiganti
Rohan Jasani
Shivastu Kartik
Tanvi Rajeev
MariElena Ramnath
Rigvedang Saini
Angelina Jacobson Saliling
Maximus Juan Santosa
Yash Santosh Talekar
Oscar Garcia Velasco

Congratulations to our 10 summa cum laude graduates!

Magna Cum Laude: Minimum 4.2 GPA

Luc Arthur Ah-Hot
Megan Lorenza Laconico Cabaero
Shivani Chatterji
Jonna Chen
Sung Ho Cho
Joon Choi
Valerie Angelina Darmawan
Giovanni Battista Maria De Ferrari
Aiko Annaliese Decker
Anya Devgan
Bryanna Grace Entwistle
Jennifer Monica Han
Ryan Matthew Jung
Min Sung Kang
Philip Chanmin Kim
Seonghoo Kim
Jae Hee Koh
Daniel Jun Hyuk Kwon
Yoojin Lee

 Zi Tong Lim
Peiyu Lin
Anisha Nilakantan
Jin-Siang Ong
Zhiyan Pang
Lauren Olivia Pong
Niranjana Raghunath Rao
Jaehyun Rhee
Mila Leah Rose Snyder Robins
Sabrina Anjali Sain
Chloe MingYan St-Maurice
Jeremy Sebastian Tan
Diego Jose Largacha Urrutia
Karthik Vempati
Raymon Yue
Madeleine Cecile Zemans
Jonathan Alexander Zhu
 

Congratulations to our 36 magna cum laude graduates!

Cum Laude: Minimum 4.0 GPA

Jaren Mari Sanchez Abergas
Ruhaan Ahuja
Maria Margarita Dado Antonio
Clare Kyungmin Baik
Riley Elizabeth Britson
Joshua Chan
Elysia Shuyi Chang
Jae Hwan Choi
Da In Chung
Joo Yun Chung
Louis Thomas Cowgill
Kalia Diane Craig
Aaron Yeoh Cruz
Hemant Dantam
Sophia Mae Datta
Maria Lucinda Ellsworth
Timothy Ser Myn Goh
Cindy Alessandra Gotama
Arnav Gupte
Aoife Lynn Haakenson
David Huang
Sebastian Hungate
Seoyoung Hwang
Mi Le Jang
Jaywoo Raymond Jo
Min Jung Kim
Kimin Kim
Benjamin Joseph King
Collin Thomas Larke
Andore Lategan
Oscar Hide Lee
Chang Li
Andrew Junhao Li
Mateus A. Norton de Matos

Elizavetta Sophia Makatsaria
Fengcheng Miao
Aisling M. Murphy
Shungo Najima
Tae Young Oh
Ethan Alexander Pizano
Rohini Prabhakar
Vidhi Prasad
Rahul Vikram Aditya Sahu
Devika Sandeep Sharma
Lauren Sidarto
Nadine Amanda Siddharta
Madeline Marie Smith
Yasmin Katayun Subawalla
Hao Sun
Grace Tantra
Nathaniel John Taylor
Maria Antoinette Tugab Veloso
Chloe Jade Venn
Chelsea Nadinne Yao Yap
Eun Jin Yang
Devon Parker Yem
Yeh Bin Yoon

 

Congratulations to our 57 magna cum laude graduates!

Achieve Academic Excellence

Testimonial

Today our students learn and demonstrate success in myriad amazing ways, and the cum laude approach allows us to celebrate this variety. Learning should not be a competition, and our honors system reflects our view that all students can achieve academic excellence at SAS.

Dr. Darin Fahrney, SAS high school principal

Special Award Winners

The SAS high school faculty recognizes a number of students for their high achievements in reaching the school’s desired student learning outcomes and practicing the SAS core values. Nominees are assessed not just on their scholarship, but also on their leadership, character, commitment, and contributions.
 

Outstanding Graduates

Elysia Chang and Diego Largacha


Two Eagles, one boy and one girl, receive the Outstanding Graduate Award each year. These awards are presented to students who have been at SAS for at least two years, excel academically, and exemplify the highest qualities of both our desired student learning outcomes and our SAS core values.
 

 

Blair Sonnenberg Humanitarian

Lauren Pong


This award is given to the senior who has embraced Cultural Competence by devoting time, energy, and talent to actively seek understanding and improve the quality of life of others. Established in 1997 in memory of Blair Sonnenberg, an SAS student who passed away in 1996, this award recognizes a senior who has been a positive role model, embraces diversity and tolerance, and demonstrates through words and deeds that every individual has intrinsic value.

Don Bergman
Leadership Award

Timothy Goh
 

Established in 1999 by the SAS school board in recognition of Dr. Don Bergman, SAS superintendent from 1990-1999, this award is given to the senior who has demonstrated excellence in one or more facets of Communication and Collaboration. The award winner must have a proven track record of advancing ideas, connecting people, and collaborating alongside others in ways that enrich our school, community, or world.

Scott Seator Ambassador Award

Sohit Gatiganti
 

Focusing on Critical Thinking, this award goes to the senior who has demonstrated the kind of thinking needed to solve our world’s most difficult problems. Established in memory of Scott Seator, a graduate of the Class of 1987, this award recognizes a student who has become involved in other cultures and has made significant contributions to the global community and to making the world a better place.

David Hevey
Award

Chloe Venn
 

Focusing on Creativity and Communication, this award is given to a senior who has brought diverse experiences, ideas, and perspectives to the promotion and implementation of creative pursuits within the community. With preference for a student intending to pursue film, photography or videography after graduation from SAS, this award honors the late David Hevey and his lasting contributions as an SAS film teacher and faculty member.

Post-high school plans

6.5

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average number of applications submitted per senior

90%

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begins college or university immediately

8.5%

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will complete
National Service

1%

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will take a gap year before beginning studies

University Matriculation

University is one more step in the lifelong education process valued by the SAS community. Our graduates are impressive young adults who have prepared themselves not only for college, but also for life. While the list of colleges and universities attended by our graduates is impressive, we recognize that this is only one measure of our success as an academic institution.

The following is the list of colleges and universities that members of the Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 chose to attend. We report university matriculation for the last three graduating classes to account for the many students who apply to institutions on a different admission cycle and to include students who complete National Service or take a gap year, and therefore begin university later than their peers.

 

USA

American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Babson College
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Benedictine College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Biola University
Boise State University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Cabrillo College
California Baptist University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
California State University Maritime Academy
California State University, Northridge Calvin College
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Cedar Crest College
Chapman University
City College of New York
Claremont McKenna College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
De Anza College
Denison University
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Eastern Illinois University
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson College
Emory University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Gannon University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Georgian Court University
Gordon College
Hamilton College
Harvard College
Haverford College
Hofstra University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University at Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Kent State University

Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Liberty University
Loyola Marymount University
Luther College- Decorah
Lynn UniversityMarist College
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Menlo College
Miami Dade College
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Montana State University, Bozeman
Mount Holyoke College
New Mexico State University
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University
Oklahoma State University
Pace University, New York City
Pasadena City College
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Portland State University
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Santa Monica College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Scripps College
Seattle University
Skidmore College
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Sonoma State University
Southern Methodist University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
 Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
The New School
The Ohio State University
The University of Arizona
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Oklahoma
The University of Texas, Austin
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University

United States Military Academy - Army
United States Naval Academy
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of La Verne
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida, Tampa
University of Southern California
University of St. Thomas
University of the Pacific
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Sheboygan
Utah State University
Valdosta State University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University
Western New England University
Western University
Westmont College
Wheaton College Illinois
Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Wichita State University

Asia

Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University Manila
Ewha Womans University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
International Christian University
James Cook University
Keio University Mita
LASALLE College of the Arts
National University of Singapore
Seoul National University

Singapore University of Social Sciences
Sophia University
University of Hong Kong
Waseda University
Waseda University School of International
Liberal Studies
Yale-NUS College
Yamanashi Gakuin University
Yonsei University

Australia/New Zealand

Australian Institute of Music
Australian National University
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Otago
University of Sydney

Canada

McGill University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

UK

City, University of London
Emmanuel College
Falmouth University
Glion Institute of Higher Education
Imperial College London
King's College London
Leeds Beckett University
London School of Economics and Political Science
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Newcastle University
Oxford Aviation Academy
Oxford Brookes University
Queen's University
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
 

School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London
Trinity College
University College London
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Liverpool
University of Oxford
University of St Andrews
University of the Arts London
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
University of York

Other Countries

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Franklin University Switzerland
Grenoble School of Management
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
Technische Universiteit Delft
Trinity College Dublin
Universiteit van Amsterdam

College Spotlight 2019

The best part of college admissions? Snagging bragging rights and donning that sweatshirt.

Northeastern, NYU, UC San Diego, Boston University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

universities with the most attendees from the class of 2019

567

number of recommendations written by SAS teachers

1,910

number of college applications completed

over 250

number of college representative who visited SAS in past year

Life After Graduation

Our Eagles are ready to spread their wings and embrace the possibilities of life after SAS! As they prepare to move on to new adventures, they may feel excited, relieved, nervous, and— sometimes—scared. We are confident their SAS experiences will stand them in good stead as they take on fresh challenges and opportunities. Here’s what some of our newest graduates have to say about what comes next.
 

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