Merit Award

Established in 2016, The GISB Merit Award honors academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and community service.

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Applications for the Merit Award are open for students in grades 9 and up. It is awarded annually and includes a one-year tuition reduction. The award recognizes students that demonstrate academic excellence and excel in extracurricular activities and community service.

Award recipients are chosen by a committee that includes the Head of School, a GISB teacher, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Head of the Parent Council, and external College Admission Officer and other members of the community.

GISB Merit Award Recipients:

GISB awards the Merit Award to one student each year and recognizes additional compelling applications as recommended by the award committee.


  • Merit Award: David Dechantsreiter ’22
  • Distinguished Leadership Award: Louisa Essmann ’23

2019 – 2020:

  • Merit Award: Livia Goldschmitt ’23
  • Community Award: Maya Menzenbach ’20, Veronica Lucius ’21 and David Dechantsreiter ’22

2018 – 2019:

  • Merit Award: Josephine Hugo ’19
  • Honorable Mention: Kira McCaffrey ’20, Veronica Lucius ’21, and David Dechantsreiter ’22

2017 – 2018:

  • Merit Award: Dominik Bohnet-Zurcher ’19

2016 – 2017:

  • Anna Dechantsreiter ’20
  • Honorable Mention: Jens Feugmann ’18

2015 – 2016:

  • Merit Award: Amanda Lucius ’18