Ave atque vale

As we finish packing up the Program Office that has been our base of operations for a month, we wanted to leave you with some final words from Greg:

Dear Families of the Cambridge Tradition —

Our final coach has departed for the airport and with heavy hearts we report that our program is now officially over.
Our month together finished in spectacular fashion. After final classes, students enjoyed a formal banquet, an awards assembly, and a masquerade ball complete with bouncy castles, chocolate fountains, and the usual bop. Midnight pizza was accompanied by a faculty rendition of ‘Please Don’t Go’,  a variation on ‘Let Them Go’ from the animated film Frozen, and a slide show featuring highlights from the program. In short, it was a typical day at the CamTrad.
Our first coaches left at 3.30 am and 12 hours later Jesus College has gone eerily silent; now we hear only the gentle soughing wind and the plaintive chimes of the chapel. The memories, however, remain intact. It’s impossible to recreate all that we have done together, but I trust that your sons and daughters — once they have rested – will fairly glow with tales of learning and discovery.
We in the staff and admin of the Cambridge Tradition would like to thank you all for sending us such impressive scholars and people. We encourage them to keep in touch, and we wish them the very best in their next adventures.
Sincerely —
Greg Gonzalez

Awards Ceremony

CamTrad celebrated the end of a fantastic four weeks by awarding prizes to some of our students who have really shone both in and outside of the classroom. Choosing the recipients of subject prizes was a near-impossible task as there were so many students deserving of recognition — a true testament to the quality of the intellectually curious and dedicated students we’ve had this summer at CamTrad!

The Activities Directors kicked off the prize-giving with Cambridge scarves for two students who have shown exceptional keenness for activities throughout the month. These went to David Rodgers and Irene Sanchez-Casas. Well done for really making the most of what CamTrad had to offer!

David Rodgers and Irene Sanchez-Casas, winners of the Activities Prize

David Rodgers and Irene Sanchez-Casas, winners of the Activities Prize


Each year, prizes are awarded to two students who epitomize the CamTrad ethos: the generosity of spirit and the enthusiasm that we see in all our students and staff. This year, Cambridge scarves were awarded to Saburo Suzuki and Haley Kempf, whose commitment and positive attitude has consistently impressed the admin staff!

Greg Gonzalez also announced some special prizes: to CamTrad Spelling Bee champion Aniruddh Murthy, to Hope Kinloch for correctly answering a trivia question from the Beast, and to Robert, Haley and Charlotte  for joining him on every early morning swim at the (sometimes pretty chilly) Jesus Lido.

Subject prizes were awarded by each teacher. Teachers picked out subject-specific prizes including books, scarves and even the promise of lab placements next summer! The prize recipients were as follows:

Gabby Fooks for Advertising, Markering and Consumer Culture

Jiva Krakower-Riley for Architecture

All 5 students for Art History

Maxine King for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Kennedy Green for Creative Writing

Priscilla Calderon for Criminology

Sarah Lehan for Drama

Minho Kwon for Economics

Evan Pham for Engineering

Trip Master for English Literature

Melanie Sturgis for Espionage

James Curcio for Finance, and Marshall Hunt for winning the Stock Market Challenge in Finance

All 8 students for the Genetics Major

Veronica Pudilova and Keza Motlana for Genetics Minor

Yi Xiu Tan for Global Business

Ruth Levy for History’s Secrets

Mengzhe Zhou for International Relations

Aitana Pallás Álvarez for Law

Caroline Howell for Medical Science Major

Laetitia Chiarella for Medical Science Minor

Genevieve Brusie for Medicine and the Brain

David Lampietti for Philosophy

Paloma Stark and Laura Adams for Photojournalism

Maria Mendez and Kristina Wasserman for Psychology Major

Wan Teng Lee for Psychology Minor

Jai Sanghera for Sports Medicine

Sam O’Donnell for Zoology

Niara Boykin for Studio Art

Trip Master (again!) for Artifical Intelligence

Stephano Pascali for Speech and Debate

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A huge congratulations to all our winners!

Operation Shutdown

With a heavy heart CamTrad is saying goodbye after a spectacular month. Students have been checking out from 3 o’clock this morning! Here’s a photo of everything going smoothly at check-out at 3:30am.

Watch this space for more final day blog updates including photos from the formal dinner, the final night ball and the awards ceremony!IMG_6741 (1)