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Randolph announces 2021-22 Academic & Leadership Awards

Art and Art History

Outstanding First Year: Elizabeth Bailey ’25

Beatrice von Keller Award: A’Nyeja Adams ’22

Mary Frances William Award: Emilie Bryant ’22

Best Senior Paper: Hayley Eubank ’22

Rachael Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: A’Nyeja Adams ’22
Awarded annually with preference given to a graduating senior studio art major. The criteria for the selection shall include inherent artistic talent and academic performance, along with the intention to pursue a career in the field of art.

Asian and Chinese Studies

Marilyn S. Murray Asian Studies Award: Analise Presley ’22
Given to an outstanding student in Asian Studies.


Sophomore Biology Award: Allison Reyes ’24
Recognizes outstanding new Bachelor of Science majors. The recipient displays a keen interest in biology and has the overall highest GPA.

Ann Grant Gerhardt Scholarship: Maria Tumminello ’23
Given to an outstanding junior biology major. This award was established through the generosity of family and friends in memory of Ann Grant Gerhardt, assistant professor of biology emerita.

Grace Taylor Wiltshire HA Award: Garrett Toms ’22
Presented to graduating biology seniors who have a record of academic excellence within the major. The award is funded and endowed through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Wiltshire, Jr.


Chemistry Senior Award: Daisy Ayala-Gomez ’22

First-Year Chemistry Award: Madelyn Friel ’25

James Lewis Howe Award: Analise Presley ’22
Presented by the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society to an outstanding senior from each of the colleges in the region. The recipient is a senior who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the major; and shows potential for contribution to the chemical profession.


Exemplary Classics Student: Gabrielle Vogelstein ’22, Sabina Sabat ’22, Fable Forest ’22
Given to students who set a standard for their peers in classics for engagement accomplishment both in classes and in activities outside the classroom, helping to shape our current and future community of classics.

Communication Studies 

Carla Heath/James Hoban Award: Elana West-Smith ’24, Mengna Zhao ’23 


Rebecca Jung Award: Stephanie Swithers ’25
Established by Jeanie Jung, R-MWC class of ’54 and is named for her daughter, Rebecca Jung. Becky, a long time dancer with Pilobulos, was a frequent visiting artist from 2000-2011.

Sally Spencer Award: Mitchell Ngwenya ’25
This award provides support for the College’s Visiting Artist Program in Dance through the generosity of Elizabeth Earle Kojaian ’84 in memory of her classmate, Sally Marie Spencer ’84.

Helen McGhee Award: Brianna Thompson ’22
This award is an anonymous gift established in honor of Helen McGehee ’42, professor of dance and director of the Visiting Artist Program, Emerita.

Economics & Business

Carl Stern Award for Excellence in Economics: Ariadne Pojedinec ’22
Established by alumnae and friends in the Campaign for Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 1980-1985 in honor of economics faculty emeritus member Carl Stern.


Academy of American Poets 1st Prize, undergraduate: Kaleigh Johnson ’22

Academy of American Poets 1st Prize, M.F.A.: Onyew Kim ’24

The Academy of American Poets sponsors over 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. The recipient is chosen by an off-campus established poet.

Margaret I. Raynal First-Year Essay Award: Jordyn Shumpert ’25
This award is given in memory of a beloved professor of English, for the best academic paper by a first-year student.

Margaret I. Raynal Prize for Creative Prose: Hope Banton ’22
Given in memory of a beloved English professor for the best short story. The recipient is chosen by an off-campus established writer.

Sarah I. Davis Prize: Ranger Kinney ’24

Established by gifts from alumnae and friends to honor Davis for her many contributions to the College. The recipient has written the best paper on a topic in American literature or American studies.

John P. Kirby Explicator Prize: Kaleigh Johnson ’22
Established by contributions from The Explicator Foundation and friends of Kirby, former chairman of the English department. The award is given in his memory for the best close reading of prose, poetry, or drama.

Environmental Studies

Outstanding Environmental Studies Student: Aleighson Robertson ’24
Honors the student who has demonstrated the greatest academic achievement in environmental studies classes over the current academic year, as determined collectively by the faculty.

Senior Award in Environmental Studies: Brooklyn Ford ’22
Honors the graduating environmental studies or science major who has shown the highest level of ability and achievement in and out of the classroom over the course of her/his environmental program.


Lura Lee Cannon Stephens ’11 Prize in History: Josh Bulavko ’22
This prize was established by Mr. and Mrs. Bart N. Stephens (Barrett Krausz ‘45). The recipient is a student of promise who is majoring in history.


Outstanding First Year Student: Shauna Shepard ’25, Luke Chapman ’25
Recognizes the outstanding achievement in mathematics of a first or second year student.

Catherine I. Hastings Prize: Dagim Desta ’23
The prize was created by Catherine I. Hastings in memory of her daughter, Catherine Hastings Carmichael ’65, for an annual recognition to an outstanding student majoring in mathematics.

Museum & Heritage Studies

Louise Jordan Smith Award: Emilie Bryant ’22


Instrumental Promise Award: Sam Hey ’25
Presented to a student who demonstrates promise and ability in instrumental music.

Physics & Engineering

Outstanding First Year: Shauna Shepard ’25
These students have stood out academically in physics class or in research while in their first year.

Outstanding Engineering Student: Alex Kulvivat ’23

Outstanding New Engineering Major: Isaac Carney ’24
This award is given to a student who has recently declared a major in engineering and who has excelled in classes and/or research

Outstanding New Physics Major: Marcela Izquierdo Poza ’24
This award is given to a student who has recently declared a major in physics and who has excelled in classes and/or research

Political Science

Outstanding Student Leader in Political Science or Global Studies: Ninfa Amador-Hernandez ’22
Awarded to a student whose academic work and leadership contributions have strengthened the program and the campus community.

Outstanding Senior in Political Science or Global Studies: Jaelyn Evans ’22
Awarded to a student whose work during his or her time at Randolph produced exceptional research and writing in political science.


Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Psychology: Hanan Davis ’23
Awarded to a rising senior who has demonstrated excellence in his or her academic work and scholarly endeavors.

Frank Murray Award: Anna Reynolds ’22, Meg Ritchie ’22
Named for a long-standing member of the psychology department, it is awarded to the best senior project in psychology.


J. Kenneth Morland Award for Best Senior Paper in Sociology: Chantel Spinner ’22
A gift from alumnae majors in honor of J. Kenneth Morland, chairman of the sociology department from 1953–1987, awarded for an original student research project of exceptional quality.

Shirley W. Strickland Award: Kylie Stark ’24
The award is a gift from alumnae majors in honor of Shirley W. Strickland ’45, professor of sociology and anthropology for 31 years. A prize is awarded each year to the outstanding rising junior or rising senior majoring in sociology.

Outstanding Senior: Chantel Spinner ’22
The sociology department chooses students based on their overall record in the major. The award recognizes outstanding seniors that have done well academically and have demonstrated a high level of commitment, interest, and service within the department and to the larger community.

Sport and Exercise Studies

Outstanding Sport and Exercise Achievement: Delaney Nuckols ’22
Presented to a senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, insightful discussion skills, and commitment to sport and exercise studies endeavors in and out of the classroom.


Outstanding Contribution in Theatre: Isabel Stephens ’23
Presented to the theatre student or students whose contributions to the department and the WildCat Theatre production season has distinguished them in their pursuit of theatre as a career.

Academic Achievement Award in Theatre: Sabina Sabat ’22
Given in recognition of the theatre major who has achieved the highest cumulative G.P.A. and consistently made outstanding contributions to and in support of theatre programs.

The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College 

Helen Owen Calvert Writing Award: Emilie Bryant ’22

Center for Student Research

Summer Research Program Best Oral Presentation: Josh Bulavko ’22, Tomi-Lauren McGinnis ’23
As assessed by all the faculty in the 2021 Summer Research Program, the award is presented to the student with the best oral presentation.

Summer Research Program Best Poster Presentation: Abby Whitlock ’23, Aleighson Robertson ’24
As assessed by all the faculty in the 2021 Summer Research Program, the award is presented to the student with the best poster presentation.

Academic Services Center

Tutor of the Year: Kayla Morris ’22
Acknowledges excellence in tutoring and someone who often goes above and beyond to help students.

Ambassador Award: Hanan Davis ’23
Recognizes a student who is committed to student success and often goes above and beyond for the center.

Leadership Recognition

Outstanding Davenport Leader: Olivia Richards ’22
The Office of Campus Life recognizes a Davenport Leader that exceeds expectations and makes a significant impact for first-year students through mentoring and modeling the way.

Outstanding Randolph Programming Member: Sha-Ron Bass ’22
The Randolph Programming Board (RPB) is Randolph College’s very own student-run programming board. RPB recognizes a student member for work that exceeds the organization’s expectations.

Dorothy Hughes Award: Hannah Cloven ’24
First given in the late 1980s, the Dorothy Hughes Award recognizes outstanding contributions to campus life through work as a Resident Assistant. Criteria for this award includes fulfilling all expectations of the RA position, challenging peers and staff, supporting diversity, being a positive role model in the campus community, and making significant contributions to the residential life of the campus.

Outstanding Gold Key Guide: Cristina Berenguer ’23 and Pax Allen ’23

ABCD Award: Megan Westerman ’22
This award recognizes a student who has gone above and beyond the call of duty while supporting and positively impacting the College.

Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Contributor Award: Katelyn Young ’22
Although the student’s leadership contribution was behind the scenes, this award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding campus leadership that had a significant influence on student life.

Outstanding Contributor to Intercultural Awareness Award: Ninfa Amador-Hernandez ’22
Recognizes an individual who has made specific contributions to the campus community by promoting intercultural understanding through programming or personal involvement. This person has done a significant amount of work on social justice issues and fostering an equitable community in which members feel more safe and secure.

Student-Mentor Award: Kelli Gajewski ’23 and Terrell Rorie ’22
Recognizes a student who has effectively mentored younger students within an organization, sister class, or in general at Randolph College.

Initiative Award: Sha-Ron Bass ’22 and Tomi-Lauren McGinnis ’23
This award recognizes a student who has shown outstanding leadership contributions whose initiation had a significant impact on student life at Randolph College.

Continued Excellence Award: Kay Martin and Matt Yates
This award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has gone above and beyond to advise students and support them in their endeavors.

Virginia Hill Worden Exemplary Leadership Award: Zu Elkhansa ’23
Presented to a rising senior who demonstrates courage, grace, energy, humor, and creativity through campus leadership, particularly on challenging or contentious issues. The award was established in honor of Virginia Hill Worden ’69 and her contributions to her alma mater as interim president in 2006- 2007.

Volunteer Leadership Award: Sha-Ron Bass ’22
Established by an alumna and her husband to recognize a student who shows great promise of leadership as a member of the alumnae body. The recipient of this award is an individual who has set an example for leadership through volunteer efforts benefiting the College with service in such areas as admissions, alumnae relations, special events, development and other external relations programs, and through encouragement of others to provide such service as well.

Dean’s Leadership Award: Josh Bulavko ’22
Recognizes a graduating senior who has made a significant impact on student life and the campus community through progressive leadership responsibility within an organization or through participation in a variety of activities. The Dean of Students and the Provost jointly consider and select the recipient based on academic and co-curricular contributions to the College.

Student of the Year Award: Jaelyn Evans ’22
This award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and integrity as a member of the College community.

Student Government 2021-2022

Jaelyn Evans ’22, President
Katlyn Collins ’22, Vice President
Analise Presley ’22, Secretary
Ninfa Amador-Hernandez ’22, Treasurer
Zu Elkhansa ’23, Publicity Officer
Ariadne Pojedinec ’22, Judiciary Chair
Natalia Hernandez Berrios ’23, Judiciary Vice Chair

Community Fellows 2021-2022

Hanan Davis ’23, co-chair
Robert Bailey ’24, co-chair
Analise Presley ’22
Angelica Rodriguez ’25
Delina Assefa ’24
Elana West-Smith ’24
Emily Barcenas Perez ’22
Joanne Torres ’24
Josh Bowes ’23
Keyu Liao ’23
Omar Tomlinson ’25
Ranay Bingham ’25

Davenport Leadership

Sha-Ron Bass ’22
Kyle Grundy ’22
AJ Johnson ’23
Daisy Ayala-Gomez ’22
Emily Barcenas Perez ’22
Emily Schuch ’23
Josh Bowes ’23
Kaila Lietz ’23
Keyu Liao ’23
Kylee Bennett ’24
Olivia Richards ’22
Tinsu Tesfaye ’24
Yanessa Cabrera ’22

Randolph Programming Board

Sha-Ron Bass ’22, President
Natalia Hernandez Berrios ’23, VP of Social Media
Daisy Ayala-Gomez ’22, VP of Print Media
Brittney Wright ’24
Maddie Freshour ’25
Stacey Dudley ’24
Cristina Berenguer Llongueras ’23
Yanessa Cabrera ’22
Carlos Lopez Rosa ’24

Residence Life Staff

Head residents: 

Dan Allee ’23
Josh Bulavko ’22
Maria Tumminello ’23
Mia Wright ’23
Sha-Ron Bass ’22

Resident assistants: 

Pax Allen ’23
Kylee Bennett ’24
Hannah Cloven ’24
Caroline Doyle ’22
Stacey Dudley ’24
Zu Elkhansa ’23
Jenna Fink ’23
Kelli Gajewski ’23
Amanda Jagdeo ’24
Briella Johnson ’23
Kayla Morris ’22
Terrell Rorie ’22
Carlos Lopez Rosa ’24
Emily Schuch ’23

Emerging Leaders Institute

Alula Gidey ’24
Angelica Rodriguez ’25
Natty Stanley ’25

Our Emerging Leaders Institute is a semester-long introduction to leadership that explores various aspects of leadership and helps students understand what it means to be a leader at Randolph College and beyond. Participants learn more about themselves, enhance their skills, and develop a plan to exercise leadership on campus and in the community. Recipients of this award have completed at least 9 or more Lunch and Leadership sessions virtually during the 2021-22 academic year.

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