Hiram College

2018 Honorees

President’s Achievement Award

Abigail Stevenson and Marcus Miller

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

Joseph Howard

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

Christian Roberts and Devon Jones

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

Henry Sannyasa

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

Rachel Boehm, Samantha Canepa, Josselyn Frazier, Katherine Geric, Lindsey Harris, Hannah Hilty, Hunter Jenkins, Alexia Kemerling, Erica Lohan, Zak Martinjako, Matthew Mitchell, Grace Noce, Kaylee Savage, Abigail Stevenson, Hannah Waldman, Stephanie Simpson

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

Brianna Cantu, Chantelle Brady, Antoine-Olivier Gladu-Corbin, Cody Greenwalt, Emily Hruska, Abeera Mehmood, Christian O’Neil, Brittany Paletta,  Emily Syrjala, and Jasmine Prezenkowski

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

Jessica Botchway

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

Thea Angeli Kevin Aring
Donna Atanasova Seth Barrett
Skylar Beck Seiji Bessho
Matthew Bolyard Teresa Bonnema
Chantelle Brady Alexis Brenner
Shane Derricotte Kelsie Doran
Jessica Fontana Kelly Foster
Darren Garlock Antoine-Olivier Gladu-Corbin
Jory Gomes Kara Hokes
Emily Hruska Melissa Johnson
Robert Kinney Amanda Krpicak
Danielle Lasky Paige Lewis
Savannah Lorinchack Ryan Love
Robert McCann Nathan Metze
Jasmine Prezenkowski Gregory Prystash
April Schroeder Kaylee Shockley
Louis Szakmary

Alpha Society Underclassmen

Sophie Bell Hannah Bennett Brett Bentkowski
Amber Berumen Baker Austin Blatt Rachel Boehm
Lindsay Bierman Teresa Bonnema Nicole Breimaier Rozsa
Rylee Brown Brianna Cantu Anthony Cassity
Ryan Cassity Emma Chinn Stephanie Cipa
Kayla Cole Alexandra Collingwood Briana Davis
Bradley Davis Shane Derricotte Kerry Dombroski
Sydney Downs Sandra Drewek Zachary Fox
Amanda Garbus Anderson Gardner Katherine Geric
Adelaide Goodrich Katie Green Bryce Harding
Lindsey Harris Matthew Hecker Bridget Hewston
Hannah Hilty Samuel Hitchcock Samantha Hudson
Kiara Jeffrey Amanda Jordan Carah Katzendorn
Elizabeth Keller Alexia Kemerling Megan Kern
Colton Kinderknecht Jennifer Kistler Jennifer Kovach
Jacob Kollman Nicholas Krasnoschlik Danielle Lasky
Valerie Lauderback Matthew Lee Callie Levan
Paige Lewis Jake Lininger Andrew Lisak
Erica Lohan Jared Louie Breanna Louis
William Lovett Anthony Lyon Songyuan Ma
Hannah Mann Zakari Martinjako Kristen Maslach
Gillian McMaster Bridget McNeff Angela Miller
Jared Miller Kelly Miller Meredith Montgomery
Kelsey Morgan Danielle Murphy Jenna Nelson
Brendan Niggemeyer Anna Pallante Grant Phelan
Keegan Rankin Olivia Rivard Jasmine Rosiak
Andrew Runyon Zoe Sajen Kaylee Savage
Sarah Sawman Nikkia Schady Bailey Scheck
Matthew Sisserson Jaden Slovensky Abigail Stevenson
Peter Sullivan Thomas Swope Jason Thompson
Margaret Topalian Sydney Turnbull-Green Mario Vaughn
Lori Vaught Valori Vaught Danielle Vincent
Hannah Waldman Hannah Ward Justin Wengstrom
Katie Whisler Emily Whitehill Abigail Wirfel
Jared Wright Julia Wright  Emily Yeckley

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:

Sara Diamond (Body of Work)

Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence:

Richard Milford (Body of Work)

Ellen Jagow Award for Painting:

Grace Murray (Series of Paintings)

Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore:

Charlie Wirfel (Mixed-Media Drawing)

Juror’s Mention:

Natalie Quarry (Body of Paintings), Olivia Rivard (Mixed-Media Drawing), Cheyanne Sartoski (Ceramic Teapot)

Art History Book Award:

Abigail Stevenson “A Metal-Guilded Green World through Frank Stella’s Premonitions”

Biology Department Awards

James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology:

Kristen Maslach

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:

Madison Proctor

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:

Irveen Singh, Abeera Mehmood, Tara Gaughan, Erica Dulka, Andy Lisak, Katie Trushel, Andrew Runyon

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:

Katie Geric

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:

Emily Yeckley

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:

Jenni Heid

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:

Emily Syrjala

Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship:

Tara Gaughan

Biomedical Humanities Department Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar:

Jory Gomes

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar by a Minor:

Patrick Garrod

Carol Donley Scholarship Award Winners:

Amanda Worcester, Antoine-Olivier Gladu-Corbin, and Patrick Garrod

Chemistry Department Awards

Outstanding General Chemistry Student:

Kiara Jeffrey

Outstanding Organic Student:

Brian Corbin

Outstanding Inorganic Student:

Colton Kinderknecht

Outstanding Analytical Student:

Emily Hruska

Outstanding PChem Student:

Cody Greenwalt

Outstanding Biochemistry Student:

Emily Yeckley

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Student:

Hallie Chavez

Lubrizol Chemistry Scholarship:

Brianna Bays

Jody Modarelli Scholarship: 

Christian O’Neil

Paul Fall Scholarship:

Colton Kinderknecht

American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major:

Colton Kinderknecht

American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Chemistry Major:

Christian O’Neil

Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards

Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition: 

  • 1st Place: Brian Crowther, Dominic Dualan, Darrius Edwards, Paris Carter
  • 2nd Place: Piper Magyaros*, Mason Briggs*, Mac Magyaros*
  • 3rd Place: Bryan Burrows

MAD (Make-a-Difference) Money Challenge:

  • 1st Place: Allison Vannoy & Kayla Host
  • 2nd Place: N/A

Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition:

  • 1st Place: Peter Sullivan
  • 2nd Place: Mac Magyaros*
  • 3rd Place: Ben Winovich*
NOTE: *College Credit Plus student at CFHS

Communication Department Awards

Departmental Honors:

Jessica Fontana, Christian Roberts, Michael Skizenta

Computer Science Department Awards

Irina Lomonosov Award:

Alexis Wojtowicz

Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.

Angela Guercio Award:

Stephane Nouafo

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: 

Jared Wright

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.

Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize in Economics:

Charlie Lichtenwalter

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:

Kaylee Savage and John Reid

This monetary award is given to a student at the end of his/her junior year who is majoring in Accounting & Financial Management. The recipients are chosen by the faculty and must exhibit exceptional performance in the accounting coursework. These students have already been formally recognized at an event held by the Financial Executive Institute.

Ohio Society of CPAs’ Ambassador Award:

Emily Fenn

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.

Hiram College Tax Volunteer Program:

Javon Alexander

Students have participated in the Tax Volunteer program for the past academic year, which entailed going through training and passing a certification exam as well as providing tax preparation services for low-income individuals and families in the local community. This monetary award is being given to the exceptional efforts of one of our IMA officers who has coordinated this program.

Outstanding PGS Accounting Student:

Kayla Johnson and Seth Barrett

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:

Melissa Schilling

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 Account Student: 

Taryn Swick

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.

Ferguson Award:

Jared Wright

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 Department Awards

Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing:

Matthew Mitchell

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:

Faith Harrison, Cheyanna Ball, Kristen Maslach

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:

Emily Hruska and Thea Angeli

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:

Spencer Goodheart

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:

Alexia Kemerling

Student who, in the judgment of the English Department, is a promising candidate for a career in journalism.

Howard Seymour Bissell Scholarship:

Lisa Marcy

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:

Danni Lynn McDonald

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.

Environmental Studies Department Awards

Lubrizol Foundation Awardees:

Thea Angeli, Kyle Watson, Abigail Stevenson

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:

Joshua Smith

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:

Savannah Dean, Jared Miller, Jasmine Prezenkowski

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:

Savannah Dean

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:

Jonah Lynd-Porter

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:

Matthew Mitchell (1st place), Rachel Daum (2nd place), Kelsie Doran (3rd place), Jennifer Kistler and Emily Hruska (Honorable Mention)

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize:

Hannah Hilty (1st place), Matthew Mitchell (2nd place), Alexia Kemerling (3rd place), Katie Whisler and Jennifer Kistler

Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction:

Matthew Mitchell (1st place), Patrick Keegan (2nd place), Alexia Kemerling (3rd place)

ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition: 


  • 1st place: Kelsie Doran, Hiram College, for “Ode to my Baby Blanket,” “Slippery,” and “Being Baptized in the Allegheny River”
  • 2nd place: Layn Palmer, University of Mount Union, for “The Only Game in Town”
  • 3rd place: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “My Grandma Listened to Death Metal the Day Before She Died,” “Bakelite Seafoam Green,” and “I Forgive You, Craig Ehlo, For What Happened With Jordan in ’89”

Creative Nonfiction

  • 1st place: Alexia Kemerling, Hiram College, for “The Green Mermaid Ruined the Macchiato”
  • 2nd place: Matthew Mitchell, Hiram College, for “The Rainmaker”
  • 3rd place: Jenna Durant, Muskingum University, for “Mosquito Bites, Geysers and Dick Cheney”


  • 1st place: Kacie Prologo, University of Mount Union, for “Momma”
  • 2nd place: Alexia Kemerling, Hiram College, for “Sidewalks”
  • 3rd place: Callie Levan, Hiram College, for “Smart Talk”
  • Honorable Mention: McKenzie Caldwell, University of Mount Union, for “The Real Whodunit”

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

Lydia Chase Killam Award:

Jessica Botchway

Music Department Awards

Gertrude Frohring Award:

Sarah Mellinger

Alice Crane Williams Award: 

To be Announced

Mary A. Crawford Award:

Emily Hruska

Clarence R. & Alice Seymour Bissell Award:

Holly Wilkens

Marcia Kenyon Bissell Award:

Danni Lynn McDonald

Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women’s Council Award:

Emily Hruska, Sarah Mellinger, Christian O’Neil, Danni Lynn McDonald, Dion Thornton

Andrew Hopkins Prize – Outstanding Instrumentalist Award:

Emily Hruska

Nursing Department Awards

Academic Excellence in Nursing Award:

Hallie Kay Christani

Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.

Service & Leadership in Nursing Award: 

Julie  Elizabeth Lenoir

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: 

Christopher Allen Petri

Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.

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:

Joseph Winnicki

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 ScienceDepartment Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha:

Julian Gilbert, Nathan Metze, and Keegan Williams

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for Political Science.

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):

Jessica Fontana (Volleyball)

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:

Kelvin Jones (Men’s Basketball)

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: 

Kelvin Jones (Men’s Basketball)

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: 

Allison Vannoy (Women’s Basketball)

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.

Charles A. Henry Award (Outstanding Junior Scholar Athlete):

Sophie Bell (Women’s Soccer)

Myrtis E. Herndon Award (Female Scholar Athlete):

Jessica Fontana (Volleyball)

Bill Hollinger Award (Male Scholar Athlete):

Jory Gomes (Men’s Swimming)

Herbert C. Matthews Award (Overcoming Adversity):

Sam Conway (Football)