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Students Recognized at Wilson Academic Awards Presentations

Posted: May 8, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 27 in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
May 4, 2012
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 27 in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

The following students received awards:

Edward and Sarah Anderson Psychology Prize, which goes to a senior for outstanding scholarship in psychology, was awarded to Ashley Overdorff of Mechanicsburg.

James Applegate Award, which is awarded to a student with an interest in drama and theater, went to Carol Zehosky of Shippensburg (for performance) of Shippensburg and Rachel Coldsmith of Chambersburg (for scholarship).

Alice Martin Brumbaugh Award in Sociology, which is given to a female student who has entered the college at a non-traditional age and shows a special interest and/or outstanding promise in the field of sociology, was awarded to Dana Hill of Greenbelt, Md.

Marel Harlow Cheng Memorial Prize, which goes to a student who has done well in international studies or has made noticeable contributions to international understanding, went to Ian Irvin of Shippensburg.

CRC Press General Chemistry Achievement Award was given to Tonya Grissinger of Mercersburg.

Regina Shaputnic Cuomo Mathematics Award, given to a student who is majoring and shows outstanding ability in mathematics, was awarded to Brandy Holtzapple of Red Lion.

Margaret Criswell Disert Honors Scholarship, given to the student whose proposal for senior advanced study and research is most worthy of support, went to Casey Beidel of Chambersburg.

Estep-Lawson Memorial Prize, awarded to a student in lower-level French who demonstrates excellence and shows future promise in French studies, was given to Courtney Wolfe of Chambersburg.

Donna Gomer VMT ADP Award, awarded to an Adult Degree Program student who exhibits excellence in the study of veterinary medical technology, went to Melissa Weitkamp of Airville.

Davison Greenawalt Grove Award for a student participating in research in physical and life sciences was given to Tonya Bender of Little Orleans, Md.

Dorle Haas Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior for outstanding service within the greater Chambersburg community, went to Kacie Oberholzer of Greencastle.

Margaret Strode Haines Award, which recognizes a student with outstanding qualities of scholarship, interest in the humanities and strength of body, mind and spirit, was given to Christina Giacomini of South Bound Brook, N.J.

Joanne Harrison Hopkins Literary Achievement Award, given for the finest piece of imaginative literature in fiction, poetry or drama produced during the academic year, went to Alexandre Howard of Benson, Arizona.

Josef Michael Kellinger Foreign Language Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in foreign language studies, went to three students: Mary Beth Wert of Port Royal.

Catherine Herr Langdon Award, given to a senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and has gien encouragement and guidance to fellow students during the year, went to Alyssa Sabot of Lower Burell.

The Robert Shannon McElwain Prize, awarded to the best student in mathematics, went to Sonja Hess of Bolton Landing, N.Y.

The Helen Adams Nutting History Prize, awarded to a member of the junior or senior class who has demonstrated outstanding ability in the field of history, went to Hayley Glass of Airville.

Organic Chemistry Award, given to the student in organic chemistry who earned the highest grades for the year, went to Katie Bruner of Chambersburg.

Peer Teacher Recognition Award, given to honor exemplary service as a First-Year Seminar peer teacher for the year, went to Ashley Overdorff of Mechanicsburg.

Nicky Hoffman Reich Award, given to the student whose work with animals shows commitment to humane treatment, was awarded to Selena Sunderland of Mount Union.

Helga Rist Prize, given to a dedicated American foreign language student who has shown integrity, promise and potential, went to Katelyn Sells of Spring Grove.

John D. Rose Award in Environmental Studies, given to an outstanding junior majoring in environmental studies or biology to fund a summer research project or internship, went to two students: Rachael Kinley of Waynesboro and Chelsey Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J.

Grace Tyson Schlichter Award in Communications, which is given to a senior who has shown general academic excellence and outstanding promise for a career in a field of communications, was given to Brooke Ketron of Abbottstown.

Gloria Randle Scott-Frances Richards Hesselbein Prize, which is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service during their four years at Wilson, went to Stephanie Bachman of Lebanon, Pa.

The Mary Beers Sheppard Prize, awarded to the member of the senior class who has shown the keenest understanding and appreciation of literature, was given to Courtney Wolfe of Chambersburg.

The William P. Van Looy Business Prize, awarded to the junior or senior business and economics major who has demonstrated excellence in business studies and in service to the well-being of both the Wilson College and larger community, went to two students: Leslie Hoover of Gap and Randy Ehrhart of Greencastle.

E. Grace White Prize/Summer Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student in the field of biology or biochemistry, went to Chelsea Varner of Chambersburg.

Wilson Equestrienne Award, given to a graduating senior who has excelled in academics and equitation, went to Hayley Glass of Airville.

The Carolyn Zeleny Prize, which goes to a sociology student in the junior or senior class on the basis of academic excellence and/or community service, went to Sierra Amber Schnable of Fayetteville.

Wilson College Scholar Athletes, those who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and participated in at least one Wilson varsity athletic team, are: Laura Beck of Coopersburg; Amanda Clark of Chambersburg; Hannah DeMoss of Phillipsburg, N.J.; Brandy Holtzapple of Red Lion; Leslie Hoover of Gap; Megan Longstreet of Mechanicsburg; Caleigh Oliver of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Megan Schneck of Bethel; Chelsey Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J; and Janelle Wills of Dysart.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Program is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: May 8, 2012