Hiram College

2017 Honorees

President’s Achievement Award

Jenni Heid and Christian Roberts
The President’s Achievement Award is given annually to a woman and man in the junior class whose academic records, campus leadership and devotion to the ideals and objectives of Hiram College distinguish their performances as outstanding. Students selected for this award have demonstrated, during their years at Hiram College, marked growth in academic achievement and in personal development. They have displayed sensitivity to the needs of their fellow students, to those in the College community and of society in general, and they have made constructive contributions to the solutions of these problems. In sum, the President’s Achievement Award goes to those whose records best symbolize the educational goals of Hiram College.

Distinguished Student Leadership Award-Dively

Suman Bramhacharya
The Distinguished Student Leadership Award is given annually by Hiram College in recognition of an outstanding senior student whose contributions to campus life have earned peer respect and admiration. The award recipient receives a gift of $1,000. Michael Dively, a former Hiram College Trustee, founder of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, three-term member of the Michigan House of Representatives and former faculty member at Albion College, is the founder of the award.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Leanna Walston
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award is given annually by Hiram College to a student or students who, through the quality of his or her leadership and overall character, exemplifies a spirit of inclusiveness and an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity. The value of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $500.

Yuksel Ismail Scholarship in Humanities

Maya Watkins
Established in 1986 by the Ismail family, colleagues, friends and former students, the Yuksel Ismail Scholarship honors the senior in humanities (humanities shall include classical studies, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy and religious studies) who best exemplifies the love of learning and high standards lived out at Hiram College by Yuksel Ismail, professor of languages and literature, until his death in 1986.

ODK National Leadership

Javon Alexander, Mackenzie Bolyard-Pizana, Suman M. Bramhacharya, Kyle G. Burchett, Zachary A. Cairns, Shannon Enoch, Emily L. Fennm, Allison Glatt, Antwand D. Hill, Kara E. Hokes, Joseph Howard, Melissa N. Johnson, Alexia A. Kemerling, Holly E. Knight, Nina Lester, Jacob Marvin, Meagan A. McCoy, Sarah B. Norton, Gloria D. Ogundare, Christopher Petri, Christian Roberts, Charles B. Sanders, Sara M. Shearer, Maya J. Watkins, Joseph C. Zoltowski, Amber M. Chenoweth, Ellen E. Dempsey, Sarah A. Dowd, Brittany L. Jackson, Erin G. Lamb, Jennifer A. McCreight, Kay F. Molkentin, Michelle R. Nario-Redmond, Acacia C. Parks and Lindajean H. Western
Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) also, known as The Circle or more commonly ODK is a national leadership honor society. It was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. Chapters, known as Circles, are located on over 300 college campuses. The society recognizes outstanding achievement in the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus community service; social/religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. As the identities of newly selected members are kept secret for a period of time, ODK is fondly considered a quasi-secret society. Membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is regarded as one of the highest collegiate honors that can be awarded to an individual, along with Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to meeting rigorous leadership and service criteria, student membership requires a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Phi Beta Kappa

John Enasko, Nicola Pedretti, Charles Bishop Sanders, Erin Smith, Maya Watkins, Isabella Williams, Matt Wright
Phi Beta Kappa membership has long been recognized as the highest distinction an individual can receive for scholarly excellence in undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest undergraduate honors society. The official induction ceremony into Phi Beta Kappa takes place during the week of commencement.

Hal Reichle Memorial Award

Christopher Petri
The Hal Reichle Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual student who has demonstrated significant acts of kindness, generosity and compassion toward other human beings. The award recipient is chosen on the basis of humanitarian efforts, community involvement and volunteerism. The value of the Hal Reichle Memorial Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $5,000.

Alpha Society

Alpha Society is one of Hiram’s highest academic honors. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 or more hours of graded coursework at Hiram College and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or better.

Alpha Society Graduating Seniors

Rachel Adkins Ritchie Leap
Amy Almashy Colleen Leibas
Stacey Barnauskas Alan Lewis
Breanna Beltz Kenneth List
Mary Benjamin Rebecca Myers
Kelly Borders Heather Pahoresky
Jaimee Bowen Nicola Pedretti
Heather Brant Robin Peshick
Alexandre Delgado Gabriela Rebecca Richards
Jennifer Drake Stacia Schaffer
Clare Fekete Sara Shearer
Joseph Ferrara Cole Soldo
Kimberly Hahn Corey Stamco
Matthew Hollis Maya Watkins
Laura Kelly Sarah Whitman
Gabriel Kemble Isabella Williams
Rachel LaRussa Matthew Wright
James Leanza

Alpha Society Underclassmen

Thea Angeli Lindsey Harris Jenna Nelson
Donna Atanasova Hannah Hilty Brittany Paletta
Seth Barrett Tara Hiscott Matthew Port
Skylar Beck Kara Hokes Jasmine Prezenkowski
Sophie Bell Emily Hruska Gregory Prystash
Hannah Bennett Leah Iannini Olivia Rivard
Seiji Bessho Melissa Johnson Kennedy Rondini
Lindsay Bierman Alexia Kemerling Andrew Runyon
Austin Blatt Megan Kern Zoe Sajen
Rachel Boehm Colton Kinderknecht April Schroeder
Matthew Bolyard Robert Kinney Matthew Sisserson
Teresa Bonnema Jennifer Kistler Jaden Slovensky
Alexander Bowser Nicholas Krasnoschlik Mark Sobnosky
Chantelle Brady Amanda Krpicak Sarah Spehn
Megan Chaplin Danielle Lasky Abigail Stevenson
Alecia Charles Valerie Lauderback Peter Sullivan
Bradley Davis Andrew Lisak Margaret Topalian
Shane Derricotte Erica Lohan Sydney Turnbull-Green
Olivia Detweiler Savannah Lorinchack Valori Vaught
Kerry Dombroski Breanna Louis Danielle Vincent
Kelsie Doran Ryan Love Hannah Waldman
Sandra Drewek Zakari Martinjako Yvette Wilson
Jessica Fontana Kristen Maslach Abigail Wirfel
Josselyn Frazier Robert McCann Alexis Wojtowicz
Amanda Garbus Nathan Metze Garrett Wright
Darren Garlock Jared Miller Jared Wright
Tara Gaughan Kelly Miller Emily Yeckley
Katherine Geric Matthew Mitchell
Antoine-Olivier Gladu-Corbin Jessica Mullins

Academic Department Awards 

These awards were presented, or will be presented, at individual departmental celebrations and ceremonies. They are listed here so all may partake in the celebration and recognition of excellence.

Art Department Awards

Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award: To be Announced

Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence: To be Announced

Ellen Jagow Award for Painting: To be Announced

Abigail Flint Award for Photography: To be Announced

Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore: To be Announced

Juror’s Mention: To be Announced

Art History Book Award: To be Announced

Biology Department Awards

James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology: Thea Angeli
Established by the friends and students of James H. Barrow, professor of biology at Hiram College from 1957 until 1987 and founder of the James H. Barrow Biology Field Station. Awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in field biology.

Dwight H. and Trudy Berg Award: Erica Dulka
Established and endowed by Dwight H. Berg, professor emeritus in biology, and his wife Trudy. To be awarded to a deserving junior or senior biology major who has emphasis in botany and who is planning to attend graduate school in botany.

Eastman Kodak Company Awards: Meredith Fitschen-Brown, Jenni Heid, Savanah Lorinchack, Autumn Osgood, Emily Syrjala, Isabella Williams
Established by the Eastman Kodak Company to honor employees who are graduates of Hiram College. Awarded on the basis of merit to students majoring in biology.

Paul Smey Award in Biology: Samantha Martinek
Awarded to an outstanding biology major with an interest in medicine, the Paul Smey Award in biology was established by family and friends in memory of Paul Smey ’69, a distinguished pediatric urologist.

Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Award: Mary Benjamin
Established and endowed by Constance Rullestad Lingafelter ’59, and friends, in memory of her husband, Thomas E. Lingafelter ’60, a devoted alumnus. Awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the work at the field station.

The Kyna Barber Endowed Scholarship: Ashley Myer, Breanna Beltz
Established with gifts provided by Tom and Ling Barber along with gifts from family and friends of Kyna Barber.  The scholarship shall be awarded to a senior student who has been admitted to a graduate program at an accredited college or university in a medical related field.  The medical related field shall be any graduate study, including but not limited to medical school, dental school, graduate nursing programs, medical research, or medical related microbiology, biotechnology, or biology/chemistry.

Biomedical Humanities Department Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar: Breanna Beltz

Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Research: Claire Maier

Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities: Matthew Wright

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar by a Minor: Ashley Myer

Citizenship Award for the Center for Literature and Medicine: Whitney Adams

Carol Donley Scholarship Award Winners: Jory Gomes, Mark Sobnosky

Chemistry Department Awards

Outstanding General Chemistry Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Outstanding Organic Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Outstanding Inorganic Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Outstanding Analytical Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Outstanding PChem Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Outstanding Biochemistry Student (Lubrizol): To be Announced

Jody Modarelli Scholarship: To be Announced

Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major: To be Announced

Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Major: To be Announced

American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Organic Chemistry Student: To be Announced

Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards

Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition: 

  • 1st Place: Kinda A Big Dill, Chase Kelley, Evan Harris and Ricky Hampton
  • 2nd Place: Always Clear, Andrew Buxa, Patrick McKiernan, and Travis Koteles
  • 3rd Place: SafeKey Lock, Joseph Touhey and Liam Osborne

MAD (Make-a-Difference) Money Challenge:

  • 1st Place: Jobs for Sanity, Jennifer Kistler, Julia Pfaff, Christian Manner, and Gabrielle Maier
  • 2nd Place: Terriers for Terriers, Taylor Gibbons, Sara Shearer, Allie Glatt and Bre’Anna Phoenix

Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition:

  • 1st Place: StickyPack, Braden Davison, Alyse Gillentine, and Justin Joyce
  • 2nd Place: Eco-Mask, Bryan Burrows
  • 3rd Place: Halo Band, Alexis Leombruno, Samantha Capps, Julie Lenoir, Marley Oles, Samantha Canepa, and Kayla Moore

Computer Science Department Awards

Irina Lomonosov Award: Suman Bramhacharya
Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.

Angela Guercio Award: Alexandre Delgado Gabriela
Presented to a senior computer science major who has shown outstanding dedication to computer science and service to the department.

Economics Management and Accounting Department Awards

Claude Henry Crafts Achievement Award: To be Announced

Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize in Economics: To be Announced
Established and endowed in memory of Allyn A. Young, class of 1894, past president of the American Economic Association, professor at Harvard and at the London School of Economics, remarkable teacher, and one of the great economists of the 20th century. Awarded to the students studying economics who show the most promise in handling analytical or quantitative techniques in economic analysis.

Financial Executive Outstanding Junior Accounting or Finance Student: Jessica Krulic and Joseph Ferrara

Ohio Society of CPAs’ Ambassador Award: To be Announced

Institute of Internal Auditors Outstanding Accounting Student Award: To be Announced
Sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors, awarded to an outstanding accounting student who demonstrates strong analytical, critical thinking and communication abilities.

English Department Awards

Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing: To be Announced
Established in 2007 by Joyce, Robert and Dylan Chamberlain, the parents and brother of Grace J. Chamberlain, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2006, this prize is awarded annually by the English department to a student who shows great promise in creative writing. This prize is funded annually by a Cleveland Foundation Donor Advised Fund.

English Department Book Award: To be Announced
Awarded to a student who contributes to the intellectual life of the English department in creative and often unrecognized ways.

Hiram College Writing Center Award: To be Announced
This award goes to the seniors who have made the greatest contributions to the Writing Center and the writing program at Hiram College. Both exceptional service to the institution and an extraordinary personal commitment to the study of writing are required.

John S. Kenyon Memorial Award in English: To be Announced
Awarded to honor the graduating senior student in English who best exemplifies the creative and scholarly spirit associated with John Samuel Kenyon, class of 1898, professor of English, 1916-1944 and emeritus professor of English, 1944-1959.

The Richard C. and Jo Ann Murphy Underwood Endowed Memorial Scholarship: To be Announced

Environmental Studies Department Award

Lubrizol Foundation Awardees: Clare M. Fekete, Derinne A. Callaghan, Adelaide J. Goodrich

These awards are made possible through the generous support of the Lubrizol Foundation to selected academic programs at Hiram College. Awardees in the Environmental Studies major are students who have demonstrated academic achievement, academic potential, or active engagement in the environmental field.

The David A. Cornicelli Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Watson, Derinne A. Callaghan

This scholarship was established to celebrate the life of David A. Cornicelli, a graduate from Hiram College who was very active in the environmental field. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior student(s) majoring in Environmental Studies. Preference is given to students from Trumbull County, Ohio; however, if there is no eligible student from Trumbull County in any year, the scholarship may be awarded to an otherwise eligible student.

History Department Awards

Phi Alpha Theta: To be Announced

Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society “whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.” Inductees are invited to join based on their academic achievements in history.

The Russell L. Caldwell Memorial Research Award: To be Announced

Established and endowed by former Wooster High School speech students of Russell L. Caldwell, 1929.  Awarded to either a history or communication major at the beginning of the senior year for research in the major field under the direction of a Hiram faculty member.  The recipient will be chosen on the bases of character, creativity and scholastic achievement.

The Dorothy Garrett Martin Award in History: To be Announced

Established and endowed by Frederick W. Martin ’64 and James K. Martin ’65 in honor of their mother. Awarded annually to a junior woman majoring in history as chosen by the History Department faculty.

The Thomas Mark Pytel Memorial Award: To be Announced

Established and endowed by friends and his wife, Gail Meyer Pytel ’66, in memory of Thomas Mark Pytel ’66. Awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the Political Science Department and the History Department, nominated by the faculty members of these respective departments.

Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards

Gillmer Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction: To be Announced (1st place), To be Announced (2nd place), To be Announced (3rd place), To be Announced (Honorable Mention)

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize: To be Announced (1st place), To be Announced (2nd place), To be Announced (3rd place), To be Announced (Honorable Mention)

Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction: To be Announced (1st place), To be Announced (2nd place), To be Announced (3rd place), To be Announced (Honorable Mention), To be Announced (Honorable Mention)

ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition: 


  • 1st place: Sara Shearer, Hiram College, Collection of three poems: “Perhaps you’ve heard about a WWII airplane resting on the bottom of Nimisila Reservoir,” “Astronauts,” and “There’s a Mine Under Lockhart Field”
  • 2nd place: Kristin Werstler, University of Mount Union, Collection of three poems: “The Ghosts of Nimishillen County,” “Sarah,” and “For Years, This Town”
  • 3rd place: Taisa Freishyn-Chirovsky, Hiram College, “Collection of Small Things,” including “Gettysburg, On PTSD,” “Birds,” and “The Sidereal Day is an Astronomical Measurement of the Earth in Relation to Fixed Stars. A Stellar Day (rotation of sidereal time) is Twenty Three Hours, Fifty-Three Minutes, Four Seconds. Every Day, the Stellar Clock and the Solar Clock Beat In Sync For Four Minutes.”
  • Honorable Mention: McKenzie Caldwell, University of Mount Union, “The Road the Bus Driver Knows”

Creative Nonfiction

  • 1st place: Kelly Miller, Hiram College, “A Boy Named Sue”
  • 2nd place: Callie Levan, Hiram College, “My Living Effigy”
  • 3rd place: McKenzie Caldwell, University of Mount Union, “Mummy Attacks Small Town (Or Something Like That)”


  • 1st place: Sara Shearer, Hiram College, “The Green Lady”
  • 2nd place: Kacie Prologo, University of Mount Union, “The Religious Woman Has Her Say”
  • 3rd place: Abbey Schlanz, University of Mount Union, “Slow Burn”
  • Honorable Mention: Kristin Werstler, University of Mount Union, “Marina”

The annual Echo Contest is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Bethany College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Marietta College, University of Mount Union and Muskingum University.  A panel of faculty from the partner schools judges the entries. Judges do not know the identity of the entrants, and judges do not read or evaluate the entries of students from the colleges or universities where they teach.

Modern Languages Department Awards

Edith Scottron Miller Award: To be Announced

Lydia Chase Killam Award: To be Announced

Music Department Awards

Gertrude Frohring Award: To be Announced

Alice Crane Williams Award: To be Announced

Mary A. Crawford Award: To be Announced

Clarence R. & Alice Seymour Bissell Award: To be Announced

Marcia Kenyon Bissell Award: To be Announced

Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women’s Council Award: To be Announced

Andrew Hopkins Prize – Outstanding Instrumentalist Award: To be Announced

John M. Watson Memorial Prize in Music: To be Announced

Spring Honors Recital: To be Announced

Nursing Department Awards

Academic Excellence in Nursing Award: To be Announced
Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.

Service & Leadership in Nursing Award: To be Announced
Given to a graduating senior who has made outstanding leadership and service contributions during his or her time at Hiram College.

Summit/Portage District Ohio Nurses Association Award: To be Announced
Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.

Delta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society: To be Announced
Membership is by invitation only and is based on high academic performance, scholarship and leadership.

Philosophy Department Awards

Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy: To be Announced
The Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy was established in 1983 to honor the memory of Professor Eugene H. Peters, who taught philosophy at Hiram College from 1962 until his untimely death in May of 1983. The prize rewards students who have done exceptional work in the field of philosophy.

Physics Department Awards

Arthur Wright Erskine Memorial Prize in Physics: To be Announced
The Arthur Wright Erskine Memorial Prize in Physics was established and endowed by a bequest of Betsy Smith Erskine in memory of her husband Arthur Wright Erskine, class of 1907.  First given in 1958, the prize goes to the senior student who shows the greatest promise in the science of physics. 

Psychology Department Awards

Psi Chi, International Honor Society Inductees: To be Announced
Psi Chi gives national recognition for academic excellence and offers opportunities for networking, scholarships and leadership development in the field.

Psychology and Philosophy Department Awards

The Thomas Wayne Grant Prize: To be Announced
Annual award given to an outstanding psychology and/or philosophy student.

Athletic Department Awards

Athletic are announced at the Student Athlete Appreciation event. The athletic department presents several named awards each year to individual student-athletes in recognition of their athletic accomplishments.

The Pam Smith/North Coast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC): To be Announced
Awarded annually to THE outstanding GRADUATING female student-athlete IN THE NCAC. The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

The Don Hunsinger/North Coast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC: To be Announced
Awarded annually to THE outstanding GRADUATING male student-athlete IN THE NCAC.  The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

Donald M. Campbell Memorial Award: To be Announced
Awarded each year to the College’s outstanding male student-athlete. It was established in 1961, as suggested by the then editor of the school newspaper, as an award to honor the outstanding male athlete of the year. Named after the newspaper, it was originally called the Terrier Award. In 1970, it was changed to the Donald M. Campbell, Jr. Award to honor one of our former athletes who lost his life in a house fire while attempting to save his parents’ lives.

Helen M. Petrosky Award: To be Announced
Established by the Department of Physical Education in honor of a former faculty member and chair for 29 years, “Miss Pete.” Awarded each year to the College’s outstanding female student-athlete.