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Cooper Graduates Finish Year with Awards and Recognition

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On May 26, The John Cooper School held Commencement for 126 students, making the Class of 2023 its largest graduating class.

The school officially opened in 1988 with 176 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Seventh Grade, with plans to add one grade level in each subsequent year. In 1994, Cooper graduated its first senior class of 25 students.

From the Class of 2023, 27 students were received the school’s Pioneer Award, because they have attended Cooper continuously since Kindergarten.

Photo courtesy of The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School congratulates and takes pride in knowing that the members of the Class of 2023 will continue the journey from curiosity to wisdom, well prepared for the rigors of college study and for all the challenges and opportunities that the future will bring.

Here are some of the students recognized for their outstanding work:

  • Senior Class President: Samuel McDonough
  • Senior Class Vice President: Leo Casey
  • Senior Class Vice President of Social Affairs: Kaitlin Hinch
  • The David Timms French Award: Mia Rogani
  • The Spanish Award: Mateo Castillo
  • The Lilia Gallivan World Languages Award: Sofia Mena Padilla
  • The Shannon Wiley English Award: Cathryn Sellers
  • The Inkblots Award: Lani Liang
  • The Paragon Award: Mackenzie Kolesar
  • The Peter Perretti History and Social Sciences Award: Megan Day
  • The Mathematics Award: Flora Johnson
  • The Kim Larance Overall Excellence in Mathematics Award: Safee Baig
  • The Science Award: Andrew Burchfiel
  • The Tina Davies Overall Science Achievement Award: Mobisola Bassir
  • Valedictorian: Malia Davis
  • The Alumni Scholarship Award:  Medhansh Bhagchandani, Vijay Davis, Chloe Smith
  • Dr. Joohee Moonat Honorary Scholarship Award: Varsha Karthikeyan
  • The Anne Aresty Naman Memorial Scholarship: Lani Liang
  • The John Cooper School Spirit Award: Riley Ellis
  • The Senior Class Citizenship Award: Onese Ewherido & Kase Melodick
  • The Joe Broccoli Four C’s Award: Kendall Cooper
  • The Senior Class Service Award: Vijay Davis
  • Founder’s Award:  Kaitlin Hinch
  • John H. Cooper Memorial Award: Mobis Bassir
  • Head of School Award:  Malia Davis
Photo courtesy of The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School is a PK-12 independent, college preparatory day school that has been serving The Woodlands and greater Houston area since 1988. For more information, visit