Celebration of Excellence Award Recipients

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Celebration of Excellence awards recipients are posted as they are made available from the bestowing department or organization. This section will be updated frequently during the months of April and May as winners are announced.

President’s Achievement Award

Mackenzie Flaherty and Morgan Rekstis

The President’s Achievement Award is given annually to two students 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

Haley Thompson

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

Maya Henry

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

Kerry Hamilton

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

Madison M. Buckles, Emma R. Cromwell, and Rafah Hussain

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

Jared LaPointe

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.


Colton AllenLaura Alspaugh
Logan BaileyMarisa Bolton
Allison BucklesMadison Buckles
Mason CebullaEmma Cromwell
Sydney Finley-HoustonJulia Frank
Meghan GriffinPatricia Harness
Lauren HildumRafah Hussain
Elizabeth JaberVictoria Jackson
Lyndsey JohnsCarlene Kopp
Andrew KuchJames Lane
Alyssa MaraiaCamdyn Miller
Daphney MillerWilliam Muirhead
Julie NalowJenelle Nemire
Andrew PembertonDennis Pranjic
Kellie RistauGerald Saunders
David SchmeiderKatherine Starr
Taylor ValaitisVictoria Valetta
Dana VetranoLinda Wasil
Maggie Yarcusko


Maxwell AlexanderMahmood Al-OmeriEmma Bago
Dylan BalikerEthan BarnesKearan Barnett
Dylan BaumgardnerJared BillerMadeline Billock
Alison BredekErin BurkeAllydia Byard
Logan Cabrera-RosalesKayla CampbellLisha Ciani
Rebecca CottermanCarly DeMilleMeghan Falkowski
Lauren FelvusJacob FergisHeidi Fife
Brooke FishbackMackenzie FlahertyHalley Fritz
Isabella GaleckiLogan GallentineKaitlyn Goldan
Holly GrableAidan GriffinChelsea Hixon
Kelly HoffmanSkyler HudaSamantha Humphrey
Jonathan HybilBrett JohnsonCamden Kane
Catlyn KauffmanJoshua KesterJason King
Craig KoonJacob KowalJulianna-Marie LeQuay
Andrew MaddenJoslyn MarionValerie Martin
Kyle MartiniDrew MasonMarciano McCowan
Trisha MillerAidan MoneypennyJade Mongold
Annabelle MooreJillian MooreMackenzie Morrison
Megan MoserAmanda MurpheyBrooke Norris
Aurora NunneryKieran PellinSarah Peshko
Angel PetersonTayleigh PriceBryce Pruszynski
Sadie QuallsAllison RedmanHunter Reich
Madison ReikowskiMorgan RekstisMineko Roach
Rafael RodriguezHenry RoethAngelina Ross
Yue SasakiAbriana SchwartzAlivia Selander
Grace SpehnSydney SpitlerMarissa Steidel
Jane SterlingRyan StreatorHallie Talbot
Stephenie TravisBriana TroyanJillian Turcola
Emily TurkBrandon TurnerKatelin Tuttle
Carisa VollmanBailey WilhiteKatey Wohlers
Bo Wen Ivan YangReece ZeiglerKarissa Zelenak
Jacob Zimmerman

Eclectic Scholars Graduating with Honors
Logan BaileyMarissa BoltonMadison Buckles
Ashley CameronMason CebullaEmily Chrustic
Mellreanna FergusonJulia FrankMeghan Griffin
Sandra HahnKerry HamiltonRafah Hussain
Lyndsey JohnsIan JohnsonAlexis Kaspar
Emily KendzerskiAmanda MurpheyAbigail Ries
Kellie RistauCarolyn RobinsonGerald Saunders

An Eclectic Scholar is a student who has spent their time at Hiram College following a course of honors classes and has met high academic standards throughout the Hiram career. Criteria includes maintaining a GPA of 3.3 or above, completion of the honors program course requirements, and engagement in the campus community as demonstrated through active membership and taking on leadership roles in campus organizations.


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:

Danielle Tuttle, Photographs

Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence:

Jimmy Thomas, Mixed Media Drawings

Ellen Jagow Award for Painting:

Jimmy Thomas, Series of Oil Paintings

Abigail Flint Award for Photography:

Aubrey Baker, Photographs

Award for Design:

Reece Zeigler, Digital Photographs

Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore:

Quinn Nutter, Alternative Codex & Digital Drawing

Juror’s Mention:
  • Lauren Felvus, Oil Painting
  • Ashley Cameron, Ceramic Tiles
  • Elena Rinaldi, Body of Work

Biology Program Awards

James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology:

Neil Robertson
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:

Rain Williams
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:

Kearan Barnett, Kayla Campbell, Katie Goldan, Claire Partin, Bryce Pruszynski, and Bethany Smith
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:

Madison Buckles
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:

Jacob Fergis
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:

Rafah Hussain
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:

Trey Saunders

Carol Donley Scholarship Award Winner:

Madison Buckles

Chemistry Program Awards

Outstanding General Chemistry Student:

Allison Redman

Outstanding Organic Student:

Halley Fritz

Outstanding Inorganic Student:

Alexander Stevenson

Outstanding Analytical Student:

Meghan Falkowski

Outstanding PChem Student:

Matt Crane

Outstanding Biochemistry Student:

Julianna-Marie LeQuay

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Student:

Mark Macri

Lubrizol Chemistry Scholarship:


Jody Modarelli Scholarship:


Paul Fall Scholarship:


American Chemical Society – Akron Section Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major:

Heidi Fife

Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards


1st Place: The Combo Load Laundry Basket | Dee Beckwith, Maliq Mooring, Kenedi Keesey, and Brandon Lucas
2nd Place: Palm Bands | Jarod Leynes, Ambrose Colliluori, Garrett Scheidegger, and Drew Ferrari
3rd Place Tie: Breathalyzer Key Fob | Jacob Kocuba, Christian Martinex, and Levi Willett; Temporary Graphics | Owen Cooper, Devin Ray, Luke Fowler, and Sierra Bean


1st Place: Project D | Jairus Green, Dominic Harris, and Anthony Harris
2nd Place: Golf Ball Tracker | Ryan Haffey, Dennis Pranjic, and Grayson Smith
3rd Place: Bluetooth Sleeping Mask | Andre Barnes, Derek Berger, and Juan Estrada

Ronald W. and Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Endowed Scholarship:

Camdyn Miller
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:

Jordan Mallernee
This award is given to students, chosen by the faculty, for outstanding achievements in the field of Entrepreneurship.

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.

Oberta A. (Obie) Slotterbeck Award:

Awarded to a computer science major who exemplifies outstanding student research through an Integrated Research Component or other project.

Economics, Management & Accounting Program Awards

Claude Henry Crafts Achievement Award:

Jack Meinert
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:

Camden Kane
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 Online or Partnership Accounting Student:

Trisha Miller
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.

Outstanding Financial Accounting Student:

Isaac Hetson
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:

Skyler Huda
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.

Ferguson Award:

Jared Biller
This scholarship is given to a Management major chosen by the department who has demonstrated worthiness in his or her performance in Management coursework.

Tax Executive Institute Award:

This monetary award is given to a student who has excelled in the Federal Taxation course, has completed a tax-related internship or is going on to graduate school with an interest in taxes.

Financial Executive Institute “Rising Junior” Award:

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

Dr. Craig L. Moser Endowed Scholarship:

Ashley Rutkowski
The Dr. Craig L. Moser Endowed Scholarship recognizes the academic accomplishments of a student in economics and/or management. To be eligible for this award, students must maintain a GPA at or above 3.0.

Anning Hiram and Doris Ann Smith Scholarship:

Jordan Mallernee
The Anning Hiram and Doris Ann Smith Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student of good character and demonstrated scholastic ability.

Professor Thomas Weir Memorial Scholarship:

Maya Henry
This award is given to a student in accounting, economics, or management who has maintained a GPA at or above 3.0.

English Program Awards

Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing:

Darian Kanno and Lorna Metzger
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:

Meghan Griffin, Moraine Jackson, Emma Johnson, Adrianna Klepper, Lydia Koszegi, and Isaac Paolucci
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:

Kerry Hamilton and Xelle Starr
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:

Lauren Hildum
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 Jonathan Estrin Annual Award in Creative Writing:

Trinity Meza
Selected by Creative Writing faculty, this award is given annually to a student who shows significant promise in the field of creative writing. First preference for this award goes to a junior or senior creative writing major.

Environmental Studies Program Awards

The David A. Cornicelli Memorial Scholarship:

Collin Himes
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 Russell L Caldwell Memorial Research Award:

Jacob Kowal
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 College faculty member. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of character, creativity and scholastic achievement.

Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards

Lindsay-Crane Creative Nonfiction Contest:

1st Place: “Missing Girls,” by Andrea Goodman
2nd Place: “Washer and Dryer MUST be Included,” by Makayla Thomas
3rd Place: “Obaa-chan: Grandmother,” by Darian Kanno
Honorable Mention: “Emma Olive Ryder: Hiram’s First Librarian,” by Leanne Dormer

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize:

1st Place: “a study in absence,” “casualty and calamity,” “degeneration and entropy” by Kie Detwiler
2nd Place: “Mystery Boy. Black Space. Red Hands.” by Darius Phillips
3rd Place: “The Hitchhiker” by Ian Johnson
Honorable Mention: “Friends with boys” by Kerry Hamilton

Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction:

1st Place: “Carousel” by Emma Johnson
2nd Place: “Moments in Time” by Lauren Hildum
3rd Place: “The Venators” by Darius Phillips
Honorable Mention: “Bodies in the Hinterlands” by Xelle Starr

ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition:

1st Place: Kerry Hamilton, Hiram College, for “women take me to water,” “a girl’s bathroom,” “musings on a girl”
2nd Place: Makayla Thomas, Hiram College, for “Obituary Of Shirley Kado,” “Holding My Anxiety,” “No Justice No Peace”
3rd Place: Ashton Knappenberger, University of Mount Union, for “5:32 PM”

1st place: Nazara Taylor, Muskingum University, for “Degaje Pe Peche”
2nd place: Adam Ellis, Hiram College, for “Overcast”
3rd place: Chloe Laszlo, University of Mount Union, for “Primrose”

1st place: Zachary Dillon, Heidelberg University, for “Bear”
2nd place: Rebecca Cotterman, Hiram College, for “Boogie Boarding”
3rd place: Lorna Metzger, Hiram College, for “Measuring the Distance That The Apple Fell From The Tree With Lots of Scrutiny”

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.


Douglas H. Kelker Annual Mathematics Award:

Kaydence Porter
Awarded to a junior or senior math minor who displays extraordinary commitment to the study of mathematics during their time at Hiram.

Nursing Program Awards

Davina J. Gosnell Award for Service and Leadership in Nursing:

Ashley Cameron
This service and leadership award is named after the founding Nursing Director Davina Gosnell. The recipient of this award is chosen by nursing faculty.

Academic Excellence in Nursing Award:

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

Departmental Honors

Ashley Hennen

Summit/Portage District Ohio Nurses Association Award:

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

Hiram College Nursing Nightingale Nobel:

Chloe Welch
The recipient of this award is determined by the nursing faculty and is based on excellence in clinical skills and leadership within the clinical environment.

The Terrier Talent Athletic Award:

Emily Kazimore
The recipient of this award is determined by the nursing faculty and goes to a senior nursing student who participated in a Hiram College sponsored athletic sport for four years and maintained academic excellence.

Performing Arts Program Awards

Andrew Hopkins Prize – Outstanding Instrumentalist Award:

Mason Cebulla

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:

Meghan Griffin, Taylor Mullen, and Neil Robertson
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for Political Science.

The Thomas Mark Pytel Memorial Award:

Mackenzie Flaherty
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.

Psychology Program Awards

Psi Chi, International Honor Society Inductees:

Logan Bailey, Jacob Carleton, Elena Rinaldi, and Cailey Shew
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:

Maggie Yarcusko
Annual award given to an outstanding psychology and/or philosophy student.


Excellence in Sport Management Award:

Samuel Boyle and Vincent Pernotto

Sport Management Most Outstanding Project Award:

Skyler Huda


New Student Club or Organization of the Year:

Hiram Women’s Lacrosse

Outstanding Student Club or Organization of the Year:

Terrier Activities Board (TAB)

Most Inclusive Program or Initiative of the Year:

Black Student Union’s (BSU’s) Black Lives Matter Mural and Dedication Ceremony

Most Sustainable Program or Initiative of the Year:

AmeriCorp’s HAPPI Place

Campus Program of the Year:

Sex Toy Bingo, hosted by the Terrier Activities Board (TAB)

Unsung Student Leader of the Year:

Skyler Huda

Student Club of Organization Officer of the Year:

Alexis “Lexie” Flores

Student Club or Organization Advisor of the Year:

Julie Hild, Advisor of the Terrier Activities Board
Dee West, Advisor of Black Student Union

Outstanding First-Year Student Leader of the Year:

Catlyn Kauffman

Outstanding Second-Year Student Leader of the Year:

Mackenzie Morrison

Outstanding Third-Year Student Leader of the Year:

Ryan Streator

Outstanding Senior Student Leader of the Year:

CeCe Edwards

Athletic Department Awards

Athletic awards 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 Charles A. Henry Award:

Kyle Martini – Junior, Men’s Volleyball
Awarded annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete from the junior class. The award was established and endowed by the family and friends in memory of Charles A. Henry, who was a tackle on the football team and an All-Ohio selection.

The Helen M. Petroskey Award:

Darian Kanno – Sophomore, Softball
Established by the Department of Athletes and Exercise/Sports Science in honor of former faculty member and department chair, Helen M. Petroskey. This award is given to the outstanding female athlete of the year.

The Donald Campbell Award:

Malcolm Rogers – Senior, Football
Given to the outstanding male athlete of the year. The award was also established by the Department of Athletics and Exercise/Sports Science in memory of former Hiram athlete, Donald M. Campbell.

North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete:

Ivan Yang – Sophomore, Men’s Basketball and Elena Rinaldi – Junior, Women’s Swimming
Given to one male and one female from every NCAC institution for their academic performance, their influence on teammates when it comes to academics and their ability to balance academic performance with athletic performance.

The Herbert C. Matthew Award

Jacob Carleton – Junior, Men’s Swimming
Awarded to a student-athlete for extraordinary athletic achievement and overcoming significant obstacles to excel in intercollegiate competition during their career at Hiram College.

The Pam Smith/North Coast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC):

Lyndsey Johns (Nominee) – Senior, Women’s 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.