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Outstanding Students Recognized at Wilson 2011 Academic Awards Dinner

Posted: June 9, 2011

6/9/2011 Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 15 in Jensen Dining Hall.
DATE:           June 9, 2011
CONTACT:     Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
                     Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 15 in Jensen Dining Hall. Approximately 130 people attended the dinner, where Wilson’s top scholars were recognized. The following students received awards:
Edward and Sarah Anderson Psychology Prize, which goes to a senior for outstanding scholarship in psychology, was awarded to Jennifer Tucker of Chambersburg.
James Applegate Award, which is awarded to a student with an interest in drama and theater, went to Christina Giacomini (for performance) of South Bound Brook, N.J., and to Angella Dagenhart of Fayetteville (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 Debra Tibbets of Chambersburg.
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 Katharine Volstad and Kiah Berman, both of Chambersburg.
CRC Press General Chemistry Achievement Award was given to Monica Drummond of Wilmington, Del.
Regina Shaputnic Cuomo Mathematics Award, given to a student who is majoring and shows outstanding ability in mathematics, was awarded to Brinita Ricks of Washington, D.C.
Margaret Criswell Disert Honors Scholarship, given to the student whose proposal for senior advanced study and research is most worthy of support, went to Alyssa Hockenberry of Spring Run.
Wilson College Education Award, given to education students who have shown outstanding achievement in their academic studies and in their professional preparation, was awarded to Paula Marshall of Shippensburg.
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 two students: Amanda Clark of Chambersburg and Jessica Carpenter of Waynesboro.
Donna Gomer VMT ADP Award, awarded to an Adult Degree Programs student who exhibits excellence in the study of veterinary medical technology, went to Caitlin Reich of Chambersburg.
Davison Greenawalt Grove Award for a student participating in research in physical and life sciences was given to Jing Luan of China.
Dorle Haas Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior for outstanding service within the greater Chambersburg community, went to Alaina Hofer of Duncannon.
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 Kiah Berman of Chambersburg.
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 Christine Callahan of McSherrystown.
Josef Michael Kellinger Foreign Language Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in foreign language studies, went to three students: Jessica Middleberg of Mount Laurel, N.J.; Meta Porcella of Kutztown; and Kaylee Moog of Felton.
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 Alaina Hofer of Duncannon.
Mary-Eleanor Maule Travel Grant for travel planned in support of a student's study in Spanish was awarded to Kiah Berman of Chambersburg and Christin Warner of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Alta Lindsay McElwain Prize, awarded to the best freshman student in Latin or Greek, was given to Monica Drummond of Wilmington, Del., and Cortney Roper of Greencastle.
Robert Shannon McElwain Prize, awarded to the best student in mathematics, went to Amanda Clark of Chambersburg.
Organic Chemistry Award, given to the student in organic chemistry who earned the highest grades for the year, went to Jing Luan of China.
Peer Teacher Recognition Award, given to honor exemplary service as a First-Year Seminar peer teacher for the year, went to Jessica Domanico of Chalfont.
Nicky Hoffman Reich Award, given to the student whose work with animals shows commitment to humane treatment, was awarded to Janice Lykens of McConnellsburg.
Helga Rist Prize, given to a dedicated American foreign language student who has shown integrity, promise and potential, went to four students: Kiah Berman and Judy Scriptunas, both of Chambersburg; Lorriene Kelly of Carlisle; and Christin Warner of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
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 Ashley Wetzel of Shippensburg.
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 Xiaomeng Li of China.
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 Chelsi Hornbaker of Mercersburg.
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 Jessica Domanico of Chalfant.
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 three students: Mariam Khalifeh of the country of Lebanon, Jing Luan of China and Monique Pare of Cambridge, Mass.
Wilson Equestrienne Award, given to a graduating senior who has excelled in academics and equitation, went to Heather Ishman of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Megan Dennis of Cooperstown, N.Y.
Wilson Fine Arts Prize, given to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in both art history and studio art, was awarded to Xiaomeng Li of China.
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: Elizabeth Bush of Pottstown; Monique Pare of Cambridge, Mass.; Teslote Eyob Tadesse of Ethiopia; Samantha Vance of Winchester, Va.; Amelia Doyle and Tessa Doyle of Smithsburg; Colleen O’Reilly of Mardela Springs, Md.; Leslie Hoover of Gap; Megan Longstreet of Mechanicsburg; and Chelsey Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J.
Student Service Awards were given to Stephanie Bachman of Lebanon, Pa., Amanda Bruno of New Egypt, N.J.; Stephanie Greaney of Lake Ariel, Alaina Hofer of Duncannon; Megan Longstreet of Mechanicsburg; Brinita Ricks of Washington, D.C., Cathy Smedley of Pataskala, Ohio; Chesley Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J.; Rachel Wachter of Middletown, Md.; and Kiah Berman, Nina Leon and Melissa Murphy, all of Chambersburg.
Who's Who Awards went to Amanda Clark of Chambersburg; Brandy Holtzapple of Red Lion; Heather Ishman of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Xiaomeng Li of China, Margaret Luke of Willards, Md.; Hayley Glass of Airville; Brinita Ricks of Washington, D.C.; Megan Schneck of Bethel; Christina Shick of Leechburg; Chelsey Smentknowski of Manalapan, N.J.; and Carol Zehovski of Shippensburg.
For more in formation, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178, or 
To see a slideshow of photos from the dinner, click here:
Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.
Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.
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