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Honors Day 2017

President's Medal Winner (1 of 1)CONWAY, Ark. (April 27, 2017) – Hendrix College students were honored for outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and service today at the 2017 Honors Day Convocation in Staples Auditorium. 

“This is a joyful day for the campus, recognizing the contributions and achievements of so many members of our community, in the classroom and beyond,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui.  “But it is also a bittersweet day, for this convocation is one more milepost for the Class of 2017, another sign, like the fourth blooming of the azaleas in your time at Hendrix or the increasingly insistent chorus of the ‘So what are you doing next year?’ question from relatives and friends, that the end is truly in sight.” 

Peter Alan Butler ’17, an interdisciplinary politics, philosophy, and economics major from Naperville, Illinois, was awarded the President's Medal.

The President’s Medal is presented each year to that student who best exemplifies the highest ideals of the College. Criteria include excellence in scholarship, outstanding citizenship, and service to the community.  Each year's recipient of the President's Medal is named by the President of the College upon the recommendation of a nomination group.  

Prior to announcing the student honors, Hendrix Provost Dr. Terri Bonebright presented the 2016-2017 United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award to physics professor Dr. Todd Tinsley.

The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and community.

Anthropology professor Dr. Anne Goldberg received the Carole Herrick Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

The award is given to recognize high-quality academic advising, which includes contributions in advising that help students formulate and achieve their intellectual, career, and personal goals. 

[NOTE: please notify if there are any mistakes or omissions in the list of award winners] 


  • Mac Nadurak – The Darrell G. Trotter Memorial Award (Couch Hall)
  • Hannah Christeson – The Jessie Embry Award (Galloway Hall) 
  • Kyle Christenson – The Hardin Hall Outstanding Citizen Award  
  • Ben Talcott – The Captain W. W. Martin Award (Martin Hall)
  • Isabella Crang – The Raney Hall Award   
  • Grace Featherston – The Violet Braly Award (Veasey) 
  • Jackson Fitzgibbon – The Apartment Council Outstanding Leadership and Service Award 
  • Joshua Copeland – The Houses Council Award 


  • Pratheepa Ravikumar – The Betty F. Bumpers International Leadership and Fellowship Award  
  • Chirag Lala – The Dr. I.L. Claude, Jr. International Studies Achievement Award and The Mary Melekian Richardson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Congress, Model UN, or Mock Trial    
  • Mattie Thacker – The Matt L. Ellis Volunteer of the Year Award  
  • Dimple Shah – The Alice Hines Award for Excellence in Multicultural Leadership and Service  
  • Faizan Khan, Anna King, and Matthew Tran – The Student Impact Award   
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA) – The Student Organization of the Year Award
  • Payton Rausch and Morgan Carrico – The Quiet Leader Award    
  • Abby Gatmaitan – The Sustainability Fund Service Award  
  • Pratheepa Ravikumar – The Ellis Arnold Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership  
  • Barrett Goodwin and Mark Hickey – The Danny Powell Service Leadership Award  


Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 

  • Mouad Abdulrahim and Alexander Curtis Jones – The Bruce W. Haggard Award 
  • Mouad Abdulrahim, John Christopher Anderson, Nicholas John Baltz, Lauren Elyse Dickinson, Annlee-Taylor Elizabeth Glass, Victoria Katherine Hughes, Michelle Lan Huynh, Alexander Curtis Jones, Ilya Alexandrovich Pound, Cameron Patrick Ryan, Matthew Tam-Linh Tran – Graduating with Distinction  


  • Kevin James Krajcir – The Dr. G. Thomas Clark Biology Award  
  • Elizabeth Marie Soo – The Johnson Biology Award  
  • Amelia Holland Grayson – The Jim Kelly Award 
  • Olivia Campbell Sims – The Earle A. Spessard Biology Award  
  • Troy Matthew Koser – The Keith Sutton Award  
  • Jessica Laure Bonumwezi, Kendall Machelle Davis, Alexandra Claire Forst, Amelia Holland Grayson, Heather Moran Hirsch, Troy Matthew Koser, Kevin James Krajcir, Julia Ellis Lefler, Katherine Anne Rebein, Michaela Rose Seltzer, Olivia Campbell Sims, Elizabeth Marie Soo, Spencer Joseph Taylor – Graduating with Distinction  

Chemical Physics

  • Kylie Aurora Dickerson and John Carmichael Gann – Graduating with Distinction in Chemical Physics


  • Sydney Bea Fobare – The McHenry Chemistry Award  
  • Abigail Nora Gatmaitan – The American Institute of Chemists Award  
  • John Carmichael Gann – The American Chemical Society’s Inorganic Chemistry Award & The Physical Chemistry Award 
  • Dimple Himansu Shah – The Teague Service Award  
  • Sydney Bea Fobare, Abigail Nora Gatmaitan, Brittany Grace Griffin, Ian Michael McVinney –Graduating with Distinction


  • Megan Elizabeth Prettyman and Walker Houston Rice – Graduating with Distinction  

Economics and Business

  • Aaron Robert Steele – The E. W. Martin Memorial Accounting Award  
  • Calista Zoe Corwyn – The Frank Dicken McAlister Memorial Scholarship  
  • Chirag Lala – The Mosley Economics and Business Award  
  • Elizabeth Forbes – The James C. Pruden Memorial Scholarship 
  • Robbi Dallas Riggs – The Eloise W. Raymond Masters Award 
  • Shaquille Rashad Grant, Kyaw Kyaw Win Maung, Hieu Trung Nguyen, William Alexander Raab, Payton Alexis Rausch, Julia Bertina Secor, Olivia Grace Sloan, Ryan Edward Stanowski, Stephen Mark Stearman, Aaron Robert Steele, Elizabeth Janell Stultz, Jacquelyn Antoinette Whitaker, Jun Zhang – Graduating with Distinction in Economics and Business


  • Alundra Marvis Dickson – The Robert W. Meriwether Secondary Education Award 
  • Alexis Ann Pahl – The Hendrix College Early Childhood Education Award & Graduating with Distinction in Elementary Education


  • Roshaneh Turab Ali – The Robert L. Campbell-Walter A. Moffatt Award  
  • Margaret Hardy Boyles and Anushah Jiwani – The Isaac Andrew Campbell Memorial Prize for Creative Writing  
  • Anushah Jiwani and Marie Virginia Kressin – The McCuistion English Prize  
  • Kara Mariah Coffman and Zachary Quinn Villemez – The Kenneth Story Best Senior Thesis Award 
  • Kara Mariah Coffman, Anna Maurine Conard, Anushah Jiwani, Marie Virginia Kressin, Zachary Quinn Villemez – Graduating with Distinction in English

Environmental Studies

  • Erica Benoit, Hanna Lynn Davis, Troy Matthew Koser  – Graduating with Distinction  


  •  Anna Maurine Conard, Emily Irene Hardick, Savannah Katherine Herrera,Clare Marie Zarker – Graduating with Distinction  

Health Sciences 

  • Colton Joseph Poellinger, Elizabeth Joy Stapper – Graduating with Distinction  


  • Riva Jean Cullinan – The Larson Prize  
  • Joshua William Copeland and Megan Elizabeth Prettyman – The James Jennings Prize 
  • Emily Irene Hardick – The Richard B. Yates Prize 
  • Kevin Neil Austrian, Joshua William Copeland, Ian Russell Goza, Emily Irene Hardick, Joshua Allen Knight, Sydney Elizabeth Meyer, Megan Elizabeth Prettyman, Michala Joy Roberts – Graduating with Distinction  

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Leah Marie Bishop – Graduating with Distinction in Interdisciplinary Studies: Political Economy 
  • Peter Alan Butler – Graduating with Distinction in Interdisciplinary Studies: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics 
  • Gregory Robert Lanese – Graduating with Distinction in Interdisciplinary Studies: Mathematical Economics 
  • Olivia Scott Ensley – The Bennett Essay Prize  

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Reece Buchanan Mitchell and Sarah Kathryn Nicolson – The McHenry-Lane Mathematics Award  
  • Ryan Thomas Rose and Candyce Dawn Sarringar – The Hogan Mathematics Prize  
  • Travis Austin Howk – The Parker Undergraduate Research Award 
  • Ryan Thomas Rose and Andrew Collin Shaddox – The Robert C. Eslinger Computer Science Award  
  • Travis Austin Howk, Olivier Kwizera, Ryan Thomas Rose, Candyce Dawn Sarringar – Graduating with Distinction in Mathematics 
  • Leslie Leuchovius, Patrick Niyongabo, Ryan Thomas Rose, Andrew Collin Shaddox – Graduating with Distinction in Computer Science


  • Jalin L. Parry – The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra Award  
  • Jonathan Paul Saunders – The Ashley R. Coffman Wind Ensemble Award 
  • Sydney Siebert Hickok – The Robert McGill Choral Music Award


  • Mouad Abdulrahim and Sydney Siebert Hickok – The Robert G. Shoemaker Award  
  • Karla Marlene Sintigo – Graduating with Distinction in Philosophy


  • Jacob Fletcher Hines and Bethany A. Starr – The Joe G. Robbins Physics Award  
  • Karthik Venkata Garimella – The Richard Rolleigh Undergraduate Research Award  
  • Karthik Venkata Garimella, Ethan Daniel Hoppe, Travis Austin Howk, Shuyin Hua, Alexander Curtis Jones, Joseph Robert Matson, Trang Thi Quynh Nguyen – Graduating with Distinction

Politics and International Relations

  • Barrett Connor Goodwin and Samantha Michelle Sexton are the recipients of the W.C. Buthman Prize in Politics   Both Barrett and Sami will be Graduating with Distinction in Politics.
  • Chirag Lala, Andrew Charles McWard, and Brooke Taylor Nelson – The Ian T. King Prize in International Relations  
  • Abigail Hope Gampher – The Brandon Matthew Ryan Scholarship in Politics and International Relations  
  • Mustafa Ishaq Filat, Ahushah Jiwani, Chirag Lala, Andrew Charles McWard, Brooke Taylor Nelson, Kay Beth Tyson – Graduating with Distinction in International Relations
  • Morgan Nicole Carrico, Barrett Connor Goodwin, Samantha Michelle Sexton – Graduating with Distinction in Politics


  • Jessica Laure Bonumwezi, Kelly Nicole Brice, Brynn Williams Davis, Emilie Margaret Delpire, Alundra Marvis Dickson, Grace Lois Dostart, Caitlin Beth Hendrickson, Sarah Elizabeth Moore, Natalie Anna Mulkey – Graduating with Distinction  
  • Jessica Laure Bonumwezi, Brynn Williams Davis, and Alundra Marvis Dickson – The Margaret E. Fitch Award in Psychology


  • Olivia Scott Ensley and Matilda Bell Thacker – The Ferris C. Baker Sociology Award  
  • Anna Katherine Burke King and Elissa Kelly McDavid – The Juanita D. Sandford Social Justice Award.   
  • Seaera Danielle Carney, Olivia Scott Ensley, Delaney Greer Farris, Casey Patrick Garrison, Bria Blair Guthridge, Nicholas Allen Haer, Anna Katherine Burke King, Elissa Kelly McDavid, Anna Lauren Nester, Rachel Wright Parker, Ariana Marisa Bloomer Poole, Isabelle Camie Rupp, Haley Knight Shefferman, Matilda Bell Thacker – Graduating with Distinction  


  • Erica Benoit, Sadie Carroll Bullard, Claire Marguerite DePree, Catherine Elizabeth Dobbins, Anna Katherine Burke King, Kevin James Krajcir, Elizabeth Anne Phelps, and Krystle Caitlin Stetler – Graduating with Distinction  

Theatre Arts and Dance

  • Rachael Brenna Arp – The Rosemary E. Henenberg Scholarship 
  • Wesleigh Caitlin Harrison – The Vivian Hill Drama Award & Graduating with Distinction  
  • Amanda Kathleen Ayers – The Graham-Duncan Award

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