Celebration of Excellence Virtual Events
April 26 – Education Club Senior Sendoff 4:00PM
May 1 – Casey Awards TBD
President’s Achievement Award
Essynce Mitchell and Jeffrey Robb
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
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
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
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.
Phi Beta Kappa
Hal Reichle Memorial Award
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.
Nancy Moeller Award
Established in the memory of Nancy Moeller, this award is given to the Center for Adult studies student who has maintained high standards while achieving the goal of a college education and in doing so, earned the respect of faculty members and fellow students.
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
|Jilyann Atkinson||Victor Becerra|
|Devin Brooks||Brian Corbin|
|Kerry Dombroski||Rebecca Guggenbiller|
|Matthew Hecker||Alexia Kemerling|
|Emma Kovach||Nicholas Krasnoschlik|
|Valerie Lauderback||Callie Levan|
|Erica Lohan||Breanna Louis|
|Jessica Maurer||Kelly Miller|
|Paula Mocanu||Jenna Nelson|
|Madison Paden||Jessica Schrodt|
|Ana Strauss||Lori Vaught|
|Valori Vaught||Danielle Vincent|
|Hannah Waldman||Abigail Wirfel|
Alpha Society Underclassmen
|Laura Alspaugh||Abbey Anderson||Lauren Ashton|
|Giselle Bahena||Logan Bailey||Brett Bentkowski|
|Austin Blatt||Marisa Bolton||Mackenzie Brannon|
|Matthew Bruyere||Madison Burns||Amaya Butler|
|Emma Chinn||Lisha Ciani||Stephanie Cipa|
|Sarah Clarke||Payton Cody||Alainna Conroy|
|Katelyn Crosby||Emily Daugherty||Riley Dearth|
|Olivia Detweiler||Michael Dietzen||Amber Downes|
|James Elliot||Wendy Fennell||Sydney Finley-Houston|
|Zachary Fox||Julia Frank||Gina Gale|
|Meghan Griffin||Amelia Guevara||Emily Harris|
|Denise Hart||Anna Harvey||Ashley Hennen|
|Samuel Hitchcock||Leah Iannini||Elizabeth Jaber|
|Kiara Jeffrey||Jamie Jelenic||Rachel Jerkins|
|Lindsey Johns||Brett Johnson||Ian Johnson|
|Amanda Jordan||Laura Kahn||Rosalina Kalvitz|
|Carlene Kopp||Trenton Lair||Hannah Lane|
|Matthew Lee||Katelyn Lenahan||Sophia Leuma|
|Grace Lutat||Anthony Lyon||Alyssa Maraia|
|Sophia McCurdy||Abagail McGuire||Ashley Meier|
|Stacey Menzies||Daphney Miller||Irene Miller|
|Natalie Mockensturm||Jacob Moncher||Miranda Mordue|
|Benjamin Moseley||Ryan Mount||William Muirhead|
|Rachna Narasimha Prasad||Chelsey Orlando||Maya Pappas|
|Mit Patel||Joshua Peaco||Andrew Pemberton|
|Vincent Pernotto||Jacob Plisko||Keegan Rankin|
|Kelly Ratliff||Thomas Rink||Adam Risko|
|Kellie Ristau||Jeffrey Robb||Jasmine Rosiak|
|Angela Ross||Gerald Saunders||Zachary Scalf|
|Nikkia Schady||Bailey Scheck||Adam Schlaker|
|Matthew Schmidt||Jacob Seiple||Karen Slates|
|Allison Slutz||Emilee Smith||Katherine Starr|
|Margaret Stehno||Jonathan Sturtz||Taryn Swick|
|Thomas Swope||Journey Toole||Quinn Tucker|
|Victoria Valetta||Hannah Ward||Ryleigh Webb|
|Chloe Welch||Katie Whisler||Michael Williams|
|Riley Williams||Brianna Woodworth||Maggie Yarcusko|
Academic Program 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 & Design Program Awards
Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award:
Natalie Quarry, Body of Work
Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence:
Kathryn Slates, Body of Work
Charlie Wirfel, Painting
Biology Program Awards
James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology:
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:
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:
Zoe Ceballos, Olivia Hoffman, Rachel Jerkins, Madyson Morris, Allison Slutz and Timothy Stucky
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:
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:
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:
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.
Grace Pickford Scholarship:
Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship:
Biomedical Humanities Program Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar:
Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar by a Minor:
Carol Donley Scholarship Award Winners:
Chemistry Program Awards
Outstanding General Chemistry Student:
Outstanding Organic Student:
Outstanding Inorganic Student:
Outstanding Analytical Student:
Outstanding PChem Student:
Outstanding Biochemistry Student:
Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Student:
Lubrizol Chemistry Scholarship:
Jody Modarelli Scholarship:
Paul Fall Scholarship:
American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major:
American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Chemistry Major:
Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards
Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition:
- 1st Place: Michael Dietzen, “The Buckeye Bureau”
- 2nd Place: Loretta Brazeal, Mo Hinkle, David Schilling and Matt Zilla, “Warm Buddies”
- 3rd Place: Matt Bodrock, Roberto Diaz, Nassiem Salem and Iyana Smith, “Know Hit”
Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition: CANCELLED
- 1st Place: TBD
- 2nd Place: TBD
- 3rd Place: TBD
Ronald W. and Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Endowed Scholarship:
This scholarship is given in honor of Ronald W. and Thomas E Lingfelter, graduates of Hiram College. The award shall be given to an outstanding student demonstrating participation in entrepreneurship studies, expressing interest in entrepreneurship, and demonstrating high achievement in scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award:
This award is given to students, chosen by the faculty, for outstanding achievements in the field of Entrepreneurship.
Communication Program Awards
Computer Science Program Awards
Irina Lomonosov Award:
Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.
Angela Guercio Award:
Presented to a senior computer science or applied computer science major who has shown outstanding dedication to computer science and service to the department.
Economics, Management & Accounting Program Awards
Claude Henry Crafts Achievement Award:
This monetary award is given in honor of Claude Henry Crafts, a graduate of Hiram College. The award shall be given to an outstanding male with a B or better GPA at the end of his junior year. He should be majoring in the field of business or a related business field. He should be athletic, outgoing, friendly, and helpful. The recipient should be of upstanding good moral character and returning to finish his senior year at Hiram.
Ohio Society of CPAs’ Ambassador Award:
An accounting student is chosen by the faculty to serve a one-year term as the Ohio Society of CPA’s ambassador. This student is expected to communicate to high school and college-age students the advantages and exciting opportunities available in the accounting profession.
Outstanding CAS Accounting Student:
This monetary award is given to a student, chosen by the faculty in the department, who is majoring in Accounting & Financial Management through the Professional & Graduate Studies program. The student should exhibit enthusiasm for the accounting profession and excellence in the classroom.
IMA President Award:
This monetary award is given to a student who has diligently served as the President of the Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. The student must prove to be reliable, organized and enthusiastic about the accounting profession and the student chapter of the IMA.
Outstanding Financial Accounting Student:
This monetary award is given to a student, chosen by the faculty, who has taken the financial accounting course during the current academic year. The student exhibits excellence in the classroom and a potential for further study in Accounting.
Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize:
This monetary award is given to an Economics major chosen by the department who has demonstrated worthiness in his or her performance in Economics coursework. It is awarded to students studying economics who show the most promise in handling analytical or quantitative techniques in economic analysis.
This scholarship is given to a Management major chosen by the department who has demonstrated worthiness in his or her performance in Management coursework.
English Program Awards
Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing:
Rhonesha Robinson and Katherine Starr
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:
Yidiayah Box, Helen Frazier, Rashid Jackson, Amber Kenney, Ari Mosquera, Jill Schmidt and Cas Watson
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:
Haley Adams, Sarah Mellinger and Lani Pace
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:
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:
Student who, in the judgment of the English Department, is a promising candidate for a career in journalism.
Howard Seymour Bissell Scholarship:
A scholarship to be awarded each year to an outstanding Hiram student of English in recognition of excellence, based on merit, talent, achievement, and promise.
Carl Brown Memorial Scholarship:
For the purpose of establishing an endowed scholarship awarded on the basis of good character, scholastic ability, and literary achievement with first preference given to an English major who gives evidence of a distinguished career in this field.
The Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Scholarship:
Amanda Jordan (Foreign Language)
The Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by Mrs. Charity Cannon Willard, friends and faculties of the English and Foreign Language Departments, in memory of Lee and Irma Cannon, longtime and devoted members of the faculty who taught at Hiram from 1916 until their retirements in 1956 and 1954 respectively. It is awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the English Department and the Foreign Language Department, nominated by faculty members of these respective departments.
Environmental Studies Program Awards
Lubrizol Foundation Awardees:
Rashid Jackson, Henry Schwendler and Elijah Skaggs
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:
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 Program Awards
The Dorothy Garrett Martin Award in History:
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:
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.
Phi Alpha Theta:
Emma Chinn, Olivia Hoffman, Callie Levan, Kimberly Morrison, William Oswald, Isabel Petkiewicz and Bailey Scheck
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.
Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards
Gillmer Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction:
- 1st Place: “Is it for the daughter to say?” by Kelly Miller
- 2nd Place: “The Ones Who Believe in the LotterySaid Great-GrandadHid His Money Somewhere” by Amir Riddle
- 3rd Place: “Mamik” by Klara Keuroghlian-Eaton
- Honorable Mention: “Facing Tides” by Alexia Kemerling and “Penjama” by Nancy Maduena
Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize:
- 1st Place: “Speech Therapy” by Alexia Kemerling
- 2nd Place: “city of light / city of magic” by Matt Mitchell
- 3rd Place: “I Will Tell You in Plain Terms, if I Couldn’t Romanticize This I Wouldn’t Be Here” by Kathryn Slates
- Honorable Mention: “11” by Amir Riddle
Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction:
- 1st Place: “Dusty Books and Lace Dresses” by Lani Pace
- 2nd Place: “When the Mangos Fall” by Klara Keuroghlian-Eaton
- 3rd Place: “Wyoming Reznikoff’s Search for the Perfect Man” by Matt Mitchell
- Honorable Mention: “Unleashing” by Melika King and “Aren’t Born Right” by Emma Chinn
ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition:
- 1st Place: Nativa O’Brien, Bethany College, for “Sundrown,” “Divorce is the New-Age Solomon,” and “Mother (of Human) Nature”
- 2nd Place: Alexia Kemmerling, Hiram College, for “Speech Therapy,” “Ann Hodges,'” and “Diagnosis as an Introduction”
- 3rd Place: Matt Mitchell, Hiram College, for “Paper Cranes,” “Throat of Stars,” and “Elegy For David Berman From a Chicago Bathtub”
- 1st place: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “You Memorize the Way Your Hand Lets Go”
- 2nd place: Katherine Starr, Hiram College, for “Anniversary In May”
- 3rd place: Nora Vinson, Hiram College, for “Arebithia”
- 1st place: Nora Vinson, Hiram College, for “Grandpa’s Secret”
- 2nd place: Katie Whisler, Hiram College, for “Songs of Divinity”
- 3rd place: Sierra (Cas) Watson, Hiram College, for “A Deadly Thing Called Hope”
- Honorable Mention: Yidiayah S. Box, Hiram College, for “She Lives in My Lap”
- Honorable Mention: Callie Levan, Hiram College, for “Hocking Hills”
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.
Nursing Program Awards
Academic Excellence in Nursing Award:
Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.
Service & Leadership in Nursing Award:
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:
Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.
Hiram College Nursing Nightingale Nobel:
Performing Arts Program Awards
Casey Award for Outstanding Senior Theater Student:
Mary A. Crawford Award:
Nicholas Krasnoschlik and Agnes Mullett
Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women’s Council Award:
Andrew Hopkins Prize – Outstanding Instrumentalist Award:
John M. Watson Senior Prize in Music :
Danielle Fink Music Lesson Award:
Erica Lohan and Emily Petit
Philosophy Program Awards
Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy:
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 Program Awards
Arthur Wright Erskine Memorial Prize in Physics:
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.
Political Science Program Awards
Pi Sigma Alpha:
Norah Ali, Hunter Jenkins and Jenna Nelson
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for Political Science.
Psychology Program Awards
Psi Chi, International Honor Society Inductees:
Livia Proctor, Hayley Scherer, Abigail Semick and Kathryn Slates
Psi Chi gives national recognition for academic excellence and offers opportunities for networking, scholarships and leadership development in the field.
Psychology and Philosophy Program Awards
The Thomas Wayne Grant Prize:
Olivia L. Detweiler
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):
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:
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:
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:
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.
Herbert C. Matthew Award:
Awarded to a student-athlete for extraordinary athletic achievement and overcoming significant obstacles to excel in intercollegiate competition during their career at Hiram College.
Charles A. Henry Award (Outstanding Junior Scholar Athlete):
Myrtis E. Herndon Award (Female Scholar Athlete):
Bill Hollinger Award (Male Scholar Athlete):