Honored

Honored

May 9, 2016

Each year high-achieving students, especially seniors, are lauded at Skidmore’s Honors Convocation and the student government’s Leadership Banquet. This spring nearly 100 students were recognized for academic excellence, creativity and initiative, community spirit, and other qualities. 

Addison Bennett
Addison Bennett
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Alexandra Salerno
Alexandra Salerno
Inspiration: Alexandra Salerno, Solomon Memorial Award in Painting. Alexandra’s work has been chosen for juried student shows and won the Juror’s Choice Award at the 120 Intercollegiate in Glens Falls. She received four scholarship offers from prominent grad programs. Her professors say, “You inspire.” She will attend the Parsons MFA program in the fall. Contagious: Japanese Prize. Alex’s enthusiasm for learning Japanese is contagious. With a 4.0 GPA in the minor, she was a great Japanese tutor and research assistant. She was also an FYE peer mentor, she helped spread Japanese culture on campus as co-president of NihonGo, and she cooks the best octopus fritters.
An Phi
An Phi
Leaning in: An Phi, Wild Award in Ceramics. A professor says, “I first met An as I was programming a kiln and noticed a figure standing beside me. He leaned in closely and asked questions. Deeply committed to inquiry, An approaches his work with rigor, immerses himself in creative and intellectual challenges, and shows great initiative to explore beyond the curriculum.”
Anna Lietz
Anna Lietz
Cellular: Anna Lietz, Pyle Memorial Award in Biology. Anna’s research has elucidated plant cell-wall dynamics using such technologies as confocal laser microscopy, immunocytochemistry, and electron microscopy. Her work was presented at last summer’s Gordon Research Conference on cell walls in Boston, and she co-authored an upcoming chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology.
Annelise Cohen
Annelise Cohen
Annelise has contributed to four laboratories, researching topics from personality to future thinking to bias and diversity. Showing her strong understanding of statistics and keen theoretical mind, her senior thesis will be included in a manuscript for publication. After Skidmore, she will be a research assistant studying affective forecasting.
Bailey Threatt
Bailey Threatt
Initiative: Bailey Threatt, Eigen Prize in Art History. Insightful, independent, and accomplished, Bailey has pursued impressive research in race, politics, and identity. Her educational programming for the Tang and for Manhattan’s Children's Museum (where she’s been designing programs around Muslim cultures) demonstrates her initiative, creativity, and professionalism.
Blair Goldstein
Blair Goldstein
Vivid: Blair Goldstein, Palamountain Prose Award. Blair maintains a unique voice as she envelops the reader in quiet contemplation of Skidmore’s North Woods. With rhythms and transitions informed by Virginia Woolf’s writing, she gracefully takes a rhetorical path entirely her own, achieving both vivid prose and repose.
Brandon Bogle
Brandon Bogle
Exemplary: Brandon Bogle, Clifford Memorial Prize in Theater. Brandon is a well-rounded theater artist, exerting a profound impact in the scene shop, as house manager, acting in productions of If All the Sky Were Paper, Blood Wedding, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and co-founding the student playwright association. His growth as an artist and his steady leadership set an excellent example.
Brendis Gonzalez
Brendis Gonzalez
Selfless: Brendis Gonzalez, Rodney D. Andrews Prize. The award stipulates a campus-community presence and ethic of service that has been cheerful, unobtrusive, and unselfish—and that’s Brendis even off campus, helping her home community and mentoring Saratoga youths.
Cara Krauss-Perrotta
Cara Krauss-Perrotta
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Carmen Lin
Carmen Lin
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Caroline Hobbs
Caroline Hobbs
Character: Caroline Hobbs, Jane Anne Hapeman Distinguished Service Award. In memory of a devoted admissions and student-affairs professional who helped countless students transition successfully from high school to college, the award honors strong character and a joy in giving of oneself.
Charles Tetelman
Charles Tetelman
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Cindy Lan
Cindy Lan
Eloquent: Cindy Lan, Muller Prize in Music and Student Government Senior Leadership Award. In her study of viola, Cindy thought creatively; in the classroom, she genuinely listened to her peers, often expanding on and challenging their thinking with eloquence and inclusiveness. One professor said it’s “like having a co-teacher covertly embedded in the class.”
Claire Cohen
Claire Cohen
Deft: Claire Cohen, Palamountain Prose Award. Claire’s sophisticated, eloquent essay transforms her sensitive observations into sharp analyses of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist. With deft prose and a distinctive (often funny) voice, she illuminates the intricate inner workings of this difficult novel.
Cody Couture
Cody Couture
Excelling: Cody Couture, Weiss Memorial Award in Economics. Along with excelling in his math and economics majors, Cody served as departmental representative and spent hours tutoring others while also producing outstanding original research. The next phase of his academic career will be the economics Ph.D. program at UC-Irvine.
Corey Baumer
Corey Baumer
Astute: Corey Baumer, Steloff Prize in Poetry. Corey’s poems use humor that is austere and surprising, laced with irony and bitter truths. Her professors liken her style to “the arch humor of Simic or Szymborska, making manageable the mysteries of a world that often makes no sense at all. Corey’s poems are smart, astute, and surprising.”
Cynthia Gerber
Cynthia Gerber
Integrative: Cynthia Gerber, Shepard Prize in Education. Cindy excelled in three school-teaching fieldwork contexts, and her academic work (including her honors thesis on teacher certification exams) reflects her ability to integrate theory and practice. She was a leader in the Skidmore Education Taking Action Club. Next year she will begin graduate study at Columbia University Teachers College.
Danny Meyers
Danny Meyers
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Dorothea Trufelman
Dorothea Trufelman
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Elaina Aquila
Elaina Aquila
Range: Elaina Aquila, Cooper-Barnett Prize in Philosophy. In an impressive range of philosophy courses, Elaina produced consistently high-quality work. In researching Kant’s notion of respect, she argued its grounding in autonomy and considered the impact for those with constrained autonomy. She sat on Skidmore’s Integrity Board and worked on restorative justice in schools. She will go on to Fordham Law School.
Elena Veatch
Elena Veatch
Compelling: Elena Veatch, Gunderson Prize in American Government. What’s really happening in presidential primaries? To discover who runs and who wins, Elena examined primaries since 1980 and then laid out a compelling explanation in her thesis, showing thoroughness, attention to detail, and courage to tackle daunting tasks.
Elijah McCormack
Elijah McCormack
Special gift: Elijah McCormack, Allen Prize in Voice. With a special gift for early music, Eli was a showstopper in Skidmore’s production of Handel’s opera Xerxes. In the Skidmore Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, he inspires everyone to higher levels of performance. Soon he will help premiere the opera Roscoe at the Seagle Music Colony.
Elina Schenker
Elina Schenker
Elina’s strong, consistent poetic voice demonstrates skill in form and imagery to create a sensuously imagined world; her fiction has earned praise as well. Her criticism applies complex psychological and political understanding. “It's been very important and rewarding for me to write,” Elina says.
Elizabeth Aaron
Elizabeth Aaron
Standout: Elizabeth Aaron, Eisenberg Memorial Award in Educational Psychology. A standout in classroom, lab, and clinical field experience, Elizabeth was a student representative to the department and served the larger community in volunteer and professional roles working with children. She presented work from her honors thesis at a national conference and co-authored a paper from that work.
Elizabeth Reisen
Elizabeth Reisen
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Emily Singer
Emily Singer
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Emma Lanier
Emma Lanier
Bridging: Emma Lanier, Paulding Award in Dance. Emma’s practical and critical studies bridge her interests in choreography, anthropology, experimental prose, and filmmaking. As a junior at a dance conservatory in Madrid, she made a documentary about flamenco choreography and gender in Spanish culture. She was chosen for an emerging-choreographers summer workshop in San Francisco.
Emma Marshall
Emma Marshall
No jumping: Emma Marshall, Moore Prize for International Relations and Candace Carlucci Award. In her thesis research on how states exercise a “monopoly on legitimate violence,” Emma not only read secondary sources but also connected directly with experts. With her ability to handle uncertainty and not jump to conclusions, she unearthed a brilliant research puzzle. And her boundless enthusiasm reflects the spirit of alumni leader Candy Carlucci Backus ’66.
Emma McCully
Emma McCully
Glacier tongue: Emma McCully, Abbott Memorial Prize in Geosciences. Emma’s excitement for earth science billows out and envelops those around her. She brings students into geosciences—and sends them out on Geo Club field trips. She uses all her senses to learn, recently pioneering new techniques of hugging basalt rocks and licking glaciers.
Emma Starr
Emma Starr
Dazzling: Emma Starr, Krawiec Scholar Award in Psychology. Emma asks pointed questions in class, revealing true critical thinking. Her professors describe her as brilliant in careful design of theoretically driven experiments. Her submitted publications on eye movements during reading were called dazzling. She will begin graduate school at Harvard this fall. Thank you: Student Government Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Evan Maicus
Evan Maicus
A-plus: Evan Maicus, DeSieno Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science. A frequent A-plus student in computer science and also an English creative-writing minor, Evan has shown extraordinary ability and creativity in CS projects, including his thesis on gesture recognition in virtual reality—and all in just three years. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science.
Geoffrey Inaba
Geoffrey Inaba
Flexible: Kai Inaba, Morton Prize for Humanities in Business. Kai is inquisitive, creative, and ambitious. His impressive performance across disciplines demonstrates a cognitive flexibility and curiosity. He served twice in the Skidmore-Saratoga business consultancy program. An art minor, he also worked with the Tang Teaching Museum and the Windrush firm.
Guram Vardiashvili
Guram Vardiashvili
Dedicated: Guram Vardiashvili, Samworth Prize in Physics. A top student in physics, Guga has a fascination with the universe that energizes students and faculty. In one summer, he learned general relativity, completed a research project, and wrote a journal-quality paper. He is a dedicated anchor on the physics tutoring team. He will go on to complete his engineering degree at Dartmouth.
Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith
Brilliant: Hannah Smith, Lee History Prize. A brilliant writer, Hannah was an intern at the Saratoga Battlefield, researching General Philip Schuyler’s family life. Her work sheds new light on what it meant to be American throughout the Atlantic World in the late 18th and early 19th centuries—and promises to be the basis of a graduate school dissertation.
Hannah Weaver
Hannah Weaver
Wicked: Hannah Weaver, Huff Prize in Business. Articulate, thoughtful, wickedly smart, and adept in academics and in the dance theater, Hannah has offered her mature and insightful input to students in the Freirich Business Plan Competition and in the MB107 case-study course. She is a fantastic teammate and mentor and a wonderful human being.
Isaac Carp
Isaac Carp
Positive: Isaac Carp, Goldman Memorial Prize in Management and Business, Tim Brown Scholar Athlete Award, and Jane Anne Hapeman Distinguished Service Award. Isaac approaches every endeavor—in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the community—with intelligence, a positive outlook, a selfless team spirit, and a commitment to do his best and help others do their best. And he does it all with the highest integrity and professionalism, paired with a kind smile. Integrity: Goldman Memorial Prize in Management and Business. Isaac approaches every endeavor—in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the community—with intelligence, a positive spirit, and a commitment to do his best and help others do their best. And he does it all with the highest integrity and professionalism, paired with a kind smile. Character: Jane Anne Hapeman Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of your strong character and high initiative along with the giving of yourself in helpful and supportive ways.
Jack Rosen
Jack Rosen
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
James Rider
James Rider
Ambitious: James Rider, Ginsberg Memorial Award in International Affairs. James represents the IA major’s ideals, with outstanding academic achievement across demanding disciplines, an ambitious array of study abroad (from South Africa to India to Brazil), and a strong commitment to leadership and public service on local, national, and international levels.
Jaya Borgatta
Jaya Borgatta
Avid: Jaya Borgatta, Fahey Prize in Chemistry. Jaya’s intuition and curiosity make her an exceptional student and avid researcher. As a sophomore she walked into a lab under construction and quickly made it her own. She produced three published articles, presented findings at scientific conferences, and was accepted into several Ph.D. programs.
Jenny Zhang
Jenny Zhang
Passion: Jenny Zhang, Hartnett Prize in Neuroscience. With passion and excitement Jenny has conducted molecular-level ataxia research since her freshman year, presenting data at conferences and in publications. She has probed ocean salinity for NASA, essential tremors at Columbia, and irritable bowel at Mount Sinai. After graduation, she will take a research position at NYU.
John Volza
John Volza
Nimble: John Volza, Field Award in Gender Studies. John crafted an original paper on Jane Austen that contributes to both gender studies and English, his two majors. Most impressive are his command of the material, nimble use of criticism, and confidence to disagree with a critic. This fall he begins a Ph.D. program in gender studies at the University of Buffalo. Original: Thompson Prize in Literature. In classes from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and “Fictional Intimacies,” John demonstrated an impressive ability to conceive an original argument and to exercise independence in research and writing.
Joseph Eisele
Joseph Eisele
Virtuoso: Joseph Eisele, Johns Award in Piano. Natural virtuosity. Insight. Expressiveness. Unusually refined talent. Joseph’s outstanding work has inspired students and professors alike. In January he was a soloist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Professors describe him as mature and warm, with a disarming friendliness.
Juan Correa Cardozo
Juan Correa Cardozo
Craftsman: Juan Correa Cardozo, Miller/Reed Prize in Digital Design. Most often found hunched over a drawing board, Juan is a consummate craftsman, exceptional at illustration, design, and typography. Whether in printmaking or design, he moves effortlessly between traditional and digital media. He also generously shares his time and knowledge with his peers.
Julia Boyer
Julia Boyer
Standout: Julia Boyer, Environmental Studies Faculty Award. Julia stood out from her first days in ES 100 through her senior capstone research. She turned a semester abroad into a project on elephants and trees in Kruger National Park, South Africa. She organized a GIS workshop to map Ebola, was a sustainable food intern, and developed and taught an environmental program for a park in Schuylerville.
Julian Egan-Shuttler
Julian Egan-Shuttler
True scholar: Julian Egan-Shuttler, Paulding Award in Health and Exercise Sciences. In two large independent projects this year, Julian established himself as a true scholar and outstanding researcher. His work will be presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting and has resulted in several papers submitted for publication. He will attend graduate school at Loughborough University.
Katherine Bowker
Katherine Bowker
Caring: Katherine Bowker, Betten and Betten Award in Social Work. Bright and dedicated, caring and critical, Katherine worked with children at camp, patients in a hospital, and Skidmore students in the First-Year Experience. She completed a practicum at a Saratoga shelter and research on the career paths of social workers. She will enter the Jane Adams School of Social Work.
Katherine Judge
Katherine Judge
Glinting: Katherine Judge, Gallagher Memorial Prize in Anthropology. With a glint in her eye, Kate can push her peers to engage challenging material with rigor and depth. From a London semester to research into biomarkers of stress and experiences of social identity, her achievements reflect drive, independence, and smarts. She will pursue a doctorate in nursing at the University of Vermont.
Katherine Pazienza
Katherine Pazienza
Alert: Katherine Pazienza, Gelber Prize for French and Dante Award for Italian. Katie’s passion for language revealed itself in her excellent progress in French and rapid start in Italian, in which she served as tutor and research assistant. She has a keen literary sensitivity, methodical approach, alert intelligence, and writing that is clear and often elegant. Having interned at a gelateria in Florence, she hopes for a post at SlowFood International.
Kelly Isham
Kelly Isham
Cryptologist: Kelly Isham, Taylor Prize for Math or Computer Science. As a first-year enrolled in the math senior seminar, Kelly was cited by her professor for her winning combination of “mathematical maturity, insight, and keen interest.” Her independent work in cryptology culminated in an honors thesis. She was also a Pi Mu Epsilon officer.
Kevin Brito
Kevin Brito
Initiative: Kevin Brito, Jane Anne Hapeman Distinguished Service Award. In memory of a devoted admissions and student-affairs professional who helped countless students transition successfully from high school to college, the award honors high initiative and a joy in giving of oneself in helpful and supportive ways.
Lauren Soong
Lauren Soong
Chemistry concerto: Lauren Soong, Parker Prize in Science and Arts. A Filene Music Scholar, Lauren won the Concerto Competition and soloed with the Skidmore Orchestra. As Chem Club president, tutor, and researcher, she is a role model in chemistry. She also volunteered at the Community Center and mentored youth in chemistry. She will work as a research assistant at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Leila Farrer
Leila Farrer
New waters: Leila Farrer, Warren Prize in History. Having captained a 16th-century ship in her First-Year Experience and then peer-mentored the same course, Leila sailed through other courses. She was also a strong force in her minor of arts administration. Leila knows what it means to chart new waters, set a course of discovery, and ultimately find safe harbor.
Lingyan Yue
Lingyan Yue
Expert: Lingyan Yue, Weiss Memorial Award in Economics. A math and economics double-major, Lingyan achieved a near-perfect GPA in econ. Through her senior thesis, she became expert at analyzing the determinants of foreign direct-investment flows.She will attend graduate school at Boston University in mathematical finance.
Lyssa Jackson
Lyssa Jackson
Businesswoman: Lyssa Jackson, Wall Street Journal Award for Applied Management. Known for her energy, intellect, and professionalism (not to mention dry sense of humor and willingness to speak her mind), Lyssa founded Skidmore’s Women in Business Club and won a prestigious scholarship from Zonta International. She has been managing 20 employees as an executive intern at Target Corporation. Thank you: Student Government Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Madison Morency
Madison Morency
Deep: Madison Morency, Levine Prize for Political Theory. Maddy brings a quiet and persistent mind to the great texts of political philosophy. She is drawn to thinkers full of paradoxes, like Rousseau and Václav Havel, and pursues their complexities with wonder. She is one of those students at whom a professor may look and be completely certain that deep thinking is occurring.
Marjoram Lynn
Marjoram Lynn
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Mary Cleary
Mary Cleary
Subversive: Mary Cleary, Whitman Family Prize in Art History. Mary's thesis, on Renaissance women’s use of dress to achieve agency, includes analysis of how Mary Queen of Scots, even while imprisoned, spread political ideas to followers via subversive embroideries and how Isabella d'Este gained allies by gifting uniquely perfumed gloves, carrying her scent to distant courts.
Maya Obstfeld
Maya Obstfeld
Committed: Maya Obstfeld, Stonequist Award in Sociology. A thoughtful and committed sociologist, embodying the qualities of Prof. Stonequist, Maya does great work and brings the best out of those around her. She presented her capstone research—on American patriotism and attitudes toward immigrants—at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings.
Michael Bruschi
Michael Bruschi
Brave: Michael Bruschi, Consulate General Prize for German. Michael ventures bravely into new territory, whether studying at the University of Freiburg or tackling a double major in German and government. His senior thesis proposes innovative migration policies to foster cultural integration in Germany. He heads to graduate school in European studies at the Universities of Maastricht and Cologne.
Miles Calzini
Miles Calzini
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Monica Horowitz
Monica Horowitz
Tactful: Monica Horowitz, Bennett Prize in Fiction. Monica relates a day in the life of a family, through which runs a fault line of instability caused by precarious mental health. Monica approaches her characters with tact, concision, and patience. Each scene has a feeling of inevitability, a very elusive and desirable quality in fiction.
Nathaniel Lazar
Nathaniel Lazar
Impeccable: Nathaniel Lazar, Olsan Prize in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. This business major and art minor took his first course in metalsmithing as a freshman and immediately showed an affinity for the medium. Nate has impeccably high standards, a keen attention to detail, and a curiosity for new methods.
Nava Caluori
Nava Caluori
Strong: Nava Caluori, Sass Award in Psychology and Stange Award in Religion. Nava has made strong contributions in psychology labs, presenting her data at major conferences and preparing a manuscript for publication. In religious studies, she has been a stellar researcher on biblical prostitution, ritual empowerment among neo-pagans, and animals in the afterlife. Inquisitive and disciplined, Nava engages classmates and professors critically and kindly. She will be a lab manager at the University of Maryland before applying to doctoral programs.
Nevon Kipperman
Nevon Kipperman
Analyst: Nevon Kipperman, American Studies Faculty Award. As a departmental student assistant, Nevon enriched many research projects and co-authored a chapter in a forthcoming anthology. With her curiosity and work ethic, she is especially skilled at analyzing and applying theoretical ideas to real-world examples and experiences.
Nicholas Friedman
Nicholas Friedman
On the grow: Nicholas Friedman, Barbara Hume Memorial Award. Nicholas earns this prize for exhibiting remarkable personal growth as a result of new interests developed while at Skidmore. Given usually to a junior, the prize honors Barbara Hume ’67.
Nina Orlando
Nina Orlando
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Peter Spears
Peter Spears
Surreal: Peter Spears, Weidenman Memorial Prize in Lithography or Printmaking. With extraordinary skill both technically and conceptually, Peter uses places and personal memories to extract a surreal sense of real and imagined spaces, and the viewer becomes enmeshed by the fury and logic in each construction.
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Admirable: Porter Hall, Dowd-Lester Award in Biology. Majoring in biology and physics, Porter has performed admirably and met academic challenges with dynamism. His inquisitive nature and energetic spirit are exemplified by his independent research on transcript invasion of corresponding genes. He will enter the Ph.D. program in biophysics at Cornell.
Rachel Castellano
Rachel Castellano
Intrepid: Rachel Castellano, Galant Prize for Comparative Politics. Rachel produced graduate-level work and co-authored an article on the roots of genocidal violence. Her intrepid fieldwork in Bangladesh included interviewing former rebels. Sharing her overseas experience in several courses, she inspired others to pursue deeper knowledge of developing countries.
Rachelle Soriano
Rachelle Soriano
Pre-med: Rachelle Soriano, Hebard Memorial Prize in Health and Human Services. A pre-med student majoring in sociology, Rachelle plans for a degree in public health and an M.D., to practice infectious-disease medicine internationally. She was accepted to public health and policy programs in the U.S. and England, with medical school to follow.
Ramsey Daniels
Ramsey Daniels
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Rebecca Stern
Rebecca Stern
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore.
Rianna Lloyd
Rianna Lloyd
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore. Intercultural: Chinese Prize, early experience abroad inspired Rianna to study Chinese as well French, Spanish, Korean, and sign language, widening her perspectives on different cultures and also deepening her understanding of her own language. She is now reading Tang poetry and expressing her insights impressively in spoken and written Chinese.
Sarah Markiewicz
Sarah Markiewicz
Driven: Sarah Markiewicz, DeSieno Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science. A professor writes, “Sarah is diligent, talented, humble, and driven.” A hardworking perfectionist, Sarah wrote papers that were used in several courses as an answer key for grading other students’ work. Her GPA is nearly perfect. She presented her honors thesis on causal inference tools at the Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference.
Sean van der Heijden
Sean van der Heijden
Adept: Sean van der Heijden, Marcil Prize in Fiction. In her story, Sean presents a character plagued by a sexual addiction. Told adeptly with raw and painful emotions, and from an unusual second-person point of view, the narrative allows us to glimpse the roots of her emptiness and need for love.
Sibin Wang
Sibin Wang
Near-perfect: Sibin Wang, Fahey Prize in Chemistry. Among the things that Sibin is not good at are swimming and piano, but he earned a nearly perfect GPA in chemistry, always with a smile and quick wit. His work on developing a urine-based diagnostic test for malaria was presented nationally three times. He will pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
Skye Elliott
Skye Elliott
Determined: Skye Elliott, Karsen Prize in Spanish. Skye came determined to learn Spanish, and he leaves with proficiency in the language and in Latin American cultures. He combined humanities and science in his double major in Spanish and physics. He will soon begin a Ph.D. program in aerospace engineering at Notre Dame.
Tashawn Reagon
Tashawn Reagon
Citizen: Tashawn Reagon, Rautenberg Memorial Award in Sociology. A socially conscious scholar-citizen, Tashawn presented her research on prison privatization and mass incarceration for the Eastern Sociological Society. A leader in the Raices club and intergroup relations, she did research at New York City’s Innocence Project and the Ford Foundation’s Gender Rights and Equality Program. Giving: Katherine Scranton Rozendaal Citizenship Award, in recognition of outstanding citizenship in the Skidmore community.
Woodrow Proctor
Woodrow Proctor
Recognize and thank graduating senior leaders who have contributed consistently to the co-curricular life of the College. These senior award recipients have unselfishly devoted countless hours of their time, as well as their energy, skills and talents to building a richly diverse and vibrant campus life at Skidmore. Unbridled: Theater Prize, one of the program’s most talented actors, Woody appeared in major roles at Skidmore and also with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company and Curtain Call Theater. He epitomizes the spirit of the theater department, which cherishes his unbridled enthusiasm, joyous spirit, and leadership.

Not pictured: Brian Fredericks, Hulwa Khaleel, Mackenzie Furman, Olivia Frank, Paul Deutchman, and Peter Howes.

Tags: Career Development, Class of 2016, Honors Convocation, SGA Leadership
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