Wilson Students Honored at 2013 Academic Awards Ceremony

Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards ceremony held May 3 in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

: May 9, 2013
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College honored students at its annual Academic Awards ceremony held May 3 in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

The following students received awards:

James Applegate Award, which is awarded to a student with an interest in drama and theater, went to Lauren Kershner of Fleetwood, Pa.

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 Connie Goodwin of Ft. Loudon, Pa. Goodwin also won the E. Grace White Prize, awarded to a senior whose major field is biology or biochemistry and who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and plans a career involving the biological sciences.

CRC Press General Chemistry Achievement Award was given to Lindsey Sutton of Greencastle, Pa.

The Marel Harlow Cheng Memorial Prize, awarded to a student who has done well in international studies or has made some noticeable contributions to international understanding, went to Amrisha Vaidya of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Regina Shaputnic Cuomo Mathematics Award, given to a student who is majoring and shows outstanding ability in mathematics, was awarded to Amanda Clark of Chambersburg. Clark also won the Estep-Lawson Memorial Prize, awarded to a student in lower-level French who demonstrates excellence and shows future promise in French studies, and

Margaret Criswell Disert Honors Scholarship, given to the student whose proposal for senior advanced study and research is most worthy of support, went to Morgan Shadle of Chambersburg. Shadle also won the Margaret Strode Haines Award, which recognizes a student with outstanding qualities of scholarship, interest in the humanities and strength of body, mind and spirit.

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

Davison Greenawalt Grove Award for a student participating in research in physical and life sciences was given to Chelsey Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J.

Dorle Haas Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior for outstanding service within the greater Chambersburg area, went to Tracey Artz of Sharpsburg, Md.

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 Hannah Onstott of Camp Hill, Pa.

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 Mallory Sunderland of Robesonia, Pa.

Josef Michael Kellinger Foreign Language Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in foreign language studies, went to Katelyn Wingerd of Orrtanna, Pa.

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 Yolanda Cabrera of Charlotte, N.C.

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 Trisha Williams of Shippensburg, Pa.

The Alta Lindsay McElwain Prize, awarded to the best student in Latin or Greek in the freshman class, went to Leah Edwards of Chambersburg.

The Robert Shannon McElwain Prize, awarded to the best student in mathematics, went to Ghada Tafesh of Gaza in the Palestinian Territories.

Organic Chemistry Award, given to the student in organic chemistry who earned the highest grades for the year, went to Stephanie Walker of Shippensburg, Pa.

Outstanding Peer Teacher Award, given to honor exemplary service as a First-Year Seminar peer teacher for the year, went to Leigh-Ana Castillejo of State Road, N.C.

Nicky Hoffman Reich Award, given to the student whose work with animals shows commitment to humane treatment, was awarded to Kelly Flavin of Carlisle, Pa.

Helga Rist Prize, given to a dedicated American foreign language student who has shown integrity, promise and potential, went to three students: Dana Lomma of Dauphin, Pa.; and Grettel Ocampo-Conejo and Arlene Soto, both of Harrisburg, Pa.

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: Meghan Reed of Mercersburg, Pa., and Derrick Group of Chambersburg.

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 Laura Hans of Chambersburg.

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 Angella Dagenhart of Fayetteville, Pa.

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 Anush Petrosyan of Yerevan, Armenia.

E. Grace White Summer Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding junior in biology for use at approved laboratories, went to Janelle Wills of Dysart, Pa.

The Wilson College Education Award is awarded to one elementary education major and a student preparing for teacher certification in a secondary school level who have shown outstanding achievement in both their academic studies and in their professional preparation. Connie Bailey of Camp Hill, Pa., won the elementary award and Lisa Cook of Fayetteville, Pa., received the secondary award.

Wilson Equestrienne Award, given to a graduating senior who has excelled in academics and equitation, went to Katherine Snyder of Sykesville, Md.

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 Dana Hill of Chambersburg.

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: Nicole Melanson of Hyannis, Mass.; Sonja Hess of Bolton Landing, N.Y.; Sarah McGuckin of Lansdale, Pa.; Hannah DeMoss of Phillipsburg, N.J.; Megan Schneck of Bethel; Chelsey Smentkowski of Manalapan, N.J; and Janelle Wills of Dysart, Pa.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-262-2604 or


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