Student Awards

Every year, selected high school students receive awards to honor their contributions and achievements in various aspects of school life. The awards range from recognizing academic achievement to outstanding community service to dedication to a particular cause. The awards are decided through faculty selection or voting among the high school students. Below is a list of the high school awards with links to past recipients.


The Council of International Schools (CIS) International Student Award

This award is given to a student or group of students who best exemplify the attributes of international citizenship through the development and advancement of internationalism. The student(s) must have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustained interaction with students of other nationalities, languages or ethnic backgrounds in a spirit of international understanding and cooperation. The students' achievements should encompass efforts directed beyond participation in regular school activities, and the student(s) should demonstrate efforts to creatively solve known or emerging problems, acquire and effectively deploy knowledge or resources beyond those immediately available in the school, and directly involve peoples of other cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds. The recipients are chosen through faculty nominations and votes.

2016 Recipient: Tomoko Yasuda

Past CIS Award Recipients

2015 - Tomoko Yasuda

2014 - Yuma Robert Hitachi

2013 - Sophie Robidoux

2012 - Nobuhiro Roppongi

2011 - Sophie Donszelmann

2010 - Vanessa Vyvial

2009 - Hope International Group

2008 - "Yokohama International Award" - Dexter Thompson-Pomeroy


The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Global Citizenship Award

This award is given to a grade 11 student who is seen to embrace the qualities of a global citizen. The student is a proud representative of his/her nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations, has an open mind, is well informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community, and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place. Finally, this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe. The recipient is chosen through faculty nominations and votes.

2016 Recipient: Hemanth Aroumougam

Past EARCOS Award Recipients

2015 - Mohima Kundu

2014 - Kelly Chung

2013 - Yuma Robert Hitachi

2012 - Isabella Yamamoto

2011 - Nobuhiro Roppongi

2010 - Julie Kinoshita


Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) Recognition Award

This award is given to a student who has shown extraordinary achievement in the promotion of Japanese culture. It is presented to one student in grades 9 through 12 in recognition of the efforts made to learn and assist others in understanding and appreciating the culture and people of Japan. The recipient is chosen through faculty nominations and votes.

2016 Recipient: Natsuha Watase

Past JCIS Award Recipients

2015 - Leo Konno

2014 - Leo Konno

2013 - Yuuji Mitsuta

2012 - Anjali Bhattacharjee

2011 - Erika Trent

2010 - Remi Yamazaki

2008 - Daiki Tajima


The Kerr Plaque

This award, which is the oldest award of the school, is given to a grade 12 student who has performed above and beyond expectations during the school year, has been actively involved in school life since joining high school, and has been a tremendous ambassador for the school. The recipient is chosen through faculty nominations and votes.

2016 Recipient: Mohima Kundu

Past Kerr Plaque Recipients

2015 - Melanie Nakamura

2014 - Young Jin Seo

2013 - Yannick Withoos

2012 - Timothy Jungnitsch

2011 - Arindrajit Basu

2010 - Julie Sato

2009 - Angela Farry

2008 - Jacob Werlin

2007 - Paris Nakajima-Farran

2006 - Daniel Kerwin

2005 - Christopher Gibson

2004 - Jeana Takahashi

2003 - Sawa Matsueda

2002 - Andres Mituta

2001 - Tomokazu Kaneko

2000 - Brian Bost

1999 - Christopher Timmons

1998 - Genta Kanaumi

1997 - Jennifer Bond

1996 - Go Wakimoto

1995 - Peter Westerink

1994 - Andrew Stewart

1993 - Craig Rennie

1992 - Mito Mackin

1991 - Jeffrey Stockwell

1990 - Marcus Merner

1989 - Rasmus Johansen

1988 - Brian Sletten

1987 - Sarah Tanner

1986 - Charles Bernard

1985 - Guenter Spiess

1984 - Klara Ellefsen

1983 - Karl Karpa

1982 - Marcy Zaveloff

1981 - Patrice Maloney

1980 - Merantine Hens

1979 - Miko Fukuchi

1978 - Katrin Stauble

1977 - Teddy Lee

1976 - Larry Evans

1975 - Stephanie Fregetto

1974 - Arthur Yoshinami

1973 - Cliff Chow

1972 - Cliff Chow

Additional Awards

In addition to the awards listed above, the following academic awards are given to high school students:

  • MYP Academic Awards - Awarded to students in grades 9 and 10 who score a 7 in four or more subjects and the highest descriptor Approaches to Learning in two or more subjects.
  • DP Academic Awards - Awarded to Students in grades 11 and 12 with the highest (Gold Award) and second highest (Silver Award) GPA in their grade.

Separately, there are awards for sportsman/sportswoman, artist, actor and musician of the year, Student Council President, and various athletic and fine arts awards to recognize achievements in individual sports and activities.


Past Awards

The Bill Werlin Environmental Sustaiability Award (2012 - 2013)

Recognizing a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution to environmental protection and sustainability throughout his or her years at YIS and has played a leadership role in initiating and/or managing a project for an environmental cause.

2013 - Alyssa Thurston

2012 - Timothy Jungnitsch

PTSA/PTA Achivement Award (1973 - 2011)

Honoring a grade 12 student based on 60% academic profile and 40% extracurricular accomplishments.

2011 - Erika Trent

2010 - Remi Yamazaki

2009 - Jessica Werlin

2008 - Jacob Werlin

2007 - Laurence Bertrand

2006 - Daniel Kerwin

2005 - Christopher Gibson

2004 - Jeana Takahashi

2003 - Sawa Matsueda

2002 - Aya Caldwell, Yui Sugiura

2001 - Lumina Sato

2000 - Sohini Kar

1999 - Georgina Summerfield

1998 - Jordan Capps/Adam Gutterman

1997 - Heidi Vesterinen

1996 - Andrew Reader

1995 - Peter Westerink

1994 - Kathryn McCreery

1993 - Craig Rennie

1992 - Richard Nott

1991 - Shyoko Honiden

1990 - Takashi Saida/Yuka Takagi

1989 - Michelle Bernard

1988 - Ankita Rhoden

1987 - Natsuko Kikuchi

1986 - Yukio Iwata

1985 - Chun Yeong Yang

1984 - Motome Hoshikawa/Annette Iwata

1983 - Laura Zaveloff

1982 - Mary Zaveloff

1981 - Kari Andersen

1980 - Leslie Harrington

1979 - Stuart Harrington

1978 - Lloyd Hunt

1977 - Mary Buffington

1976 - Peter Karpa

1975 - Mary Corbett/Rebecca Swanson

1974 - Timothy Cole

1973 - Ronaele Swanson

The Marmillot Globe Award (1999 - 2014)

2013 - Isabella Yamamoto

2012 - Timothy Jungnitsch

2011 - Arindrajit Basu

2010 - Vanessa Vyvial

2009 - Jessica Werlin

2008 - Jacob Werlin

2007 - Yui Nikaido

2006 - Justin Loveless

2005 - Kosuke Nomura

2004 - Jeana Takahashi

2003 - Sawa Matsueda

2002 - Akina Hoshino

2001 - Martin Teller

1999 - Kikuko Takenoshita

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