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Randolph announces 2019 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College held its annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony to honor students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. The following students received awards:

Academic Awards

Art and Art History

Outstanding First Year: A’Nyeja Adams

Rachel Trexler Ellis ‘44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Cai Czuhai

Best Senior Paper: Elisabeth Ayars


Asian and Chinese Studies

Marilyn S. Murray Asian Studies Award: Erika “Eddie” Opie



Sophomore Biology Award: Adara-Rose Boling

Ann Grant Gerhardt Scholarship: Daniel Over

Grace Taylor Wiltshire HA Award: Alyssa Watson



General Chemistry Award: Analise Presley

Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry: Sydney Spruill

James Lewis Howe Award: Yuriy Snyder


Communication Studies

Carla Heath/James Hoban Award: Veronica Lee

James Carey/Marie Nichols Award: Sherri Arthur



Genia Melikova Award: Samantha Landers

Rebecca Jung Award: Emma Carrico and Lauren Taylor

Sally Spencer Award: Emalie Lawson and Katie Horne

Helen McGehee Award: Katie Reep and Emma Koziol

Eleanor Struppa Departmental Award: Mekenzie Lynn Schmitt


Economics and Business

Carl Stern Award for Excellence in Economics: Arnav Upadhyay


Teacher of Promise Award: Skylar Pippin

Kathleen Bowman Education Research Award: Mekenzie Schmitt

The Halley Brooke Smith Excellence in Student Teaching Award: Presley Pippin



Academy of American Poets 1st Prize (Undergraduate): Jena Davis

Academy of American Poets 1st Prize (MFA): Mateo Lara

Charlotte Stephenson Oresman ‘41 Prize for Humor: Jackson Williams

Margaret I. Raynal First-Year Essay Award: Jaelyn Evans

Margaret I. Raynal Prize for Creative Pose: Jena Davis

Sarah I. Davis Prize: Jaelyn Evans

John P. Kirby Explicator Prize: Latesha Thornhill


Environmental Studies

Outstanding Environmental Studies Student: Mitchell Doss

Senior Award in Environmental Studies: Marie Abowd



Lura Lee Cannon Stephens ‘11 Prize in History: Rebecca Lesnak



Outstanding First-Year Student: Nikitah Nyangoro and Rebecca Rourick

Catherine I. Hastings Prize: Mengjin Sun


Physics & Engineering

Outstanding First-Year Student: Zoe Waring

Outstanding Contributor to Physics Education & Awareness: Hailey Gilman

Outstanding New Engineering Major: Gunnar Copeland

Senior Major Award: William “Zach” Vernon


Political Science

Outstanding Student Leader in Global Studies: Rebecca Lesnak

Outstanding Senior in Political Science: Madeleine Peters



Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Psychology: Alex Conway

Frank Murray Award: Tori “Tea” Green and Sarah Wardlow


Religious Studies

Edwin A. Penick Jr. Award: Rabiea Ashraf



J. Kenneth Morland Award for Best Senior Paper in Sociology: Alyssa Horton

Shirley W. Strickland Award: Da’Quan Saunders-McNear

Outstanding Senior: Katie Godwin


Sport and Exercise Studies

Outstanding Sport and Exercise Achievement: Kathryn Brooks Gillerlain



Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominee – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Elizabeth Beamon and Ho’ola Bush

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominee – She Kills Monsters: Chris Perez and Marissa Guske

Outstanding Contributor in Theatre: Kaya Clarke and Dakota Willard

Academic Achievement Award in Theatre: Shakiah Johnson


Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

Helen Owen Calvert Writing Award: Victoria Harris


Center for Student Research

Summer Research Program Best Oral Presentation: Jude Quintero

Summer Research Program Best Poster Presentation: Thinh “Bill” Pham and Margaret Van Beek

Outstanding Poster at the Symposium of Artists & Scholars (1st place): Marie Abowd, Tyrah Cobb-Davis, and Arthur John Eliott

Outstanding Poster at the Symposium of Artists & Scholars (2nd place): Michaela Saunders, Rachel Lee, and Sarah Reed

Outstanding Oral Presentation at the Symposium of Artists & Scholars – 1st place: Katherine Horne

Outstanding Oral Presentation at the Symposium of Artists & Scholars – 2nd place: Mekenzie Schmitt

Outstanding Oral Presentation at the Symposium of Artists & Scholars – 3rd place: Stephanie Quirk


Leadership Awards

Individual Awards and Recognitions


Outstanding Gold Key Guide

Samantha Dickerson


Tutor of the Year

Jude Quintero


Ambassador of the Year

Tori “Tea” Green


Outstanding Davenport Leader

Hayley Ashford


Dorothy Hughes Award

Maya Wheeler


Outstanding Board Member Award

Kyle Grundy


Outstanding Executive Committee Member

Courtney Hughes and Hannah Bradley


Outstanding Contributor to Intercultural Awareness

Amadou Beye


Student Mentor Award

Margaret Van Beek


Initiative Award

Courtney Hughes and Marie Abowd


Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Contributor Award

Jude Quintero


ABCD Award

Rebecca Lesnak


Continued Excellence Award

Peter Sheldon


Virginia Hill Worden Exemplary Leadership Award

Da’Quan Saunders-McNear


Rachel Dean Memorial Award

Maya Wheeler


Volunteer Leadership Award

Rikki Carretta


Deans’ Leadership Award

Arnav Upadhyay


Student of the Year Award

Tori “Tea” Green


Group Leadership Recognitions and Awards


2018-19 Student Government Officers

Tori “Tea” Green, president

Luis Chaparro Rodriguez, vice president

Devon Davis, treasurer

Rebekah Griffith, secretary

Adama Beye, parliamentarian

Kayla Henniger, publicity officer

Leo Galopin, judiciary chair

Hannah Overstreet, judiciary vice chair


2018-19 Community Fellows

Tyrah Cobb-Davis

Nokomis Daniels

Tori “Tea” Green

Brittany Lundy

Madeline Owens

Avery Payne

Margaret Van Beek

Allen Vaytser


2018-19 Davenport Leadership Program

Mackenzie Ambrose

Phil Afrifa-Boakye

Hayley Ashford

Gunnar Copeland

Emma Carrico

Blair Epperson

Rebekah Griffith

Wade Hall

Alyssa Horton

Gabe Krueger

Jdody Misidor

Alex Murgas

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo

Abbi Pannill

Priscilla Ranjitkar

Da’Quan Saunders-McNear

Allen Vaytser


2018-19 Macon Activities Council

Mackenzie Ambrose

Daisy Ayala-Gomez

Sha-Ron Bass

Hannah Bradley

Tyrah Cobb-Davis

Gunnar Copeland

Brice Creel

Kyle Grundy

Kaitlyn Hevey

Katie Horne

Courtney Hughes

Adam Johnson

Gabe Krueger

Kyle May

Sam Mott

Sarah Perry

Kristine Pendergast

Mikki Salerno

Ashley Schmitz

Kaila Washington

Bri Williams


2018-19 Residence Life Staff

Jessica Bui

Rikki Carretta

Tyrah Cobb-Davis

Blair Epperson

Karim Frazier

Leo Galopin

Rebekah Griffith

Kaitlin Hevey

KateLynn Hodgkiss

Jordon Kirkpatrick

Rebecca Lesnak

Alex Murgas

Jdody Misidor

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo

Bill Pham

Priscilla Ranjitkar

Ashley Schmitz

Lindsey Taylor

Arnav Upadhyay

Margaret Van Beek

Jennifer Weigle

Maya Wheeler


Emerging Leaders Institute

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) at Randolph College introduced students to the five practices for exemplary leaders from the Student Leadership Challenge.

Hayley Ashford

Rikki Carretta

Brice Creel

Elizabeth Exline

Schlitz Masheleni

Jdody Misidor

Ariadne Pojedinec

Anna Reynolds

Maya Wheeler


Emerging Leaders Winter Summit

The Emerging Leaders Winter Summit took place at the University of Lynchburg in January. Students from Randolph College joined other schools in the surrounding area for a “Find the Super Leader in You” three-day leadership retreat.

Sha-Ron Bass

Adama Beye

Amadou Beye

Rikki Carretta

Kayla Henniger

Elizabeth Kinder

Jdody Misidor

Ranita Opoku-Sarfo

Lauren Taylor

Michelle Taylor

Margaret Van Beek

Jocelyn Watson

Maya Wheeler


Advanced Leaders Institute

The Advanced Leaders Institute focused on Brene Brown’s most recent book, Dare to Lead. This course focused on tough and brave topics for teamwork across all fields.

Tori “Tea” Green

Schlitz Masheleni

Kristen Thomson

Kyle Wade

Tenzin Yangchen


Excellence in Leadership Awards

The Excellence in Leadership Award goes to students that have completed all three classes in the student leadership challenge.

Mackenzie Ambrose

Hannah Bradley

Rikki Carretta

Dana Cavallo

Tyrah Cobb-Davis

Jaelyn Evans

Katie Horne

Leo Galopin

Gabe Krueger

Madeleine Peters

Priscilla Ranjitkar

Renee Sarpong

Marian Small


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