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Honors Day 2019

From left: Hendrix College President William M. Tsutsui, Kirin "Sai" Techawongtham, and Sai's guide dog, Luther.

CONWAY, Ark. (April 25, 2019) – Hendrix College students received honors for outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and service today at the 2019 Honors Day Convocation in Staples Auditorium.

“Thank you for all you have done at Hendrix and congratulations on all your achievements,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui in his address to the students. “We all feel a great deal of pride in you and your accomplishments. We’ve all seen how hard you work and how much you care, about your academic pursuits, about co-curricular activities, about the world in which we live, and about the community we have at here at the College.”

Kirin “Sai” Techawongtham ’19, a psychology major from Bangkok, Thailand, was awarded the President’s Medal, which is presented each year to the graduating 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.

Techawongtham said she was surprised to receive the award. “I thought about it, but I didn’t really expect it,” she said. Following commencement, she will take a gap year, spending the first half applying to graduate schools and perhaps volunteering or working at an internship. For the second half of that year, she plans to attend an intensive residential independent training program for the blind. Her long-term plan is to become a mental health counselor.

Before announcing the student honors, Hendrix Provost Dr. Terri Bonebright presented two awards to faculty members.

Dr. Leslie Zorwick, professor of psychology, received the 2018-2019 United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, which 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.

Dr. Laura MacDonald ’09, a biology professor, received the Carole Herrick Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, which recognizes high-quality academic advising, including contributions in advising that help students formulate and achieve their intellectual, career, and personal goals.

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[NOTE: Please notify if there are any mistakes or omissions in the list of award winners. Questions related to graduation with distinction should be directed to the Registrar:]   

Residence Hall Award Recipients

  • Alex Lambert – The Darrell G. Trotter Memorial Award (Couch Hall)
  • Alexandria Smith – The Jessie Embry Award (Galloway Hall)
  • Jacob Buchanan – The Hardin Hall Outstanding Citizen Award 
  • John David Holaway – The Captain W. W. Martin Award (Martin Hall)
  • Morgan Akers – The Raney Hall Award
  • Maddie Clendening – The Violet Braly Award (Veasey)
  • Grishma Patel – The Apartment Council Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
  • Graham Anderson – The Houses Council Award

Student Organization Award Recipients

  • John Tran – The Betty F. Bumpers International Leadership and Fellowship Award 
  • Emily Harris – The Dr. I.L. Claude, Jr. International Studies Achievement Award
  • Ginny Greer – The Mary Melekian Richardson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Congress, Model UN, or Mock Trial   
  • Isabella Crang – The Matt L. Ellis Volunteer of the Year Award 
  • Grishma Patel – The Alice Hines Award for Excellence in Multicultural Leadership and Service 
  • Mohammad Ali, Jamie Jennen, and Justin Lockhart – The Student Impact Award  
  • Committee On Gender and Sexuality – The Student Organization of the Year Award
  • Jalin Parry and Roshaneh Ali – The Quiet Leader Award   
  • Megan Cassingham – The Sustainability Fund Service Award 
  • Grace Featherston – The Ellis Arnold Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership 
  • Brock Sullivan – The Danny Powell Service Leadership Award 

The Bennett Essay Prize

  • Leyton Elyse Gassaway – “The Price of Justice: A Critique of the Ethics of Forced Arbitration”

Departmental Academic Award Recipients


  • Katie Bell and Greta Kresse – The Don and Camilla Marr Endowed Art Scholarship
  • Chantal Danyluk – Graduating with Distinction in Art

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

  • Sarah Glass – The Bruce W. Haggard Award
  • Jacob Belding, Tanner Cooper, Sydnee Curry, Brett Daiger, Katy Divino, Michaela Edwards, Sarah Gilmour, Sarah Glass, Connor Griffin, Hailey Hayes, Jack Jenkins, Luke Lefler, Amber Melcher – Graduating with Distinction in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology


  • Claire Nissen – The Albert M. Raymond AED Award
  • Hanna Liebermann and Sofia Varriano – The Dr. G. Thomas Clark Biology Award 
  • Savannah Draud – The Johnson Biology Award 
  • Allison Monroe – The Earle A. Spessard Biology Award 
  • Kaersti McLellan – The Keith Sutton Award 
  • Nathan Andress, Lindsey Barrett, Sam Byrd, Savannah Draud, Jacob Idec, Hanna Liebermann, Kaersti McLellan, Brendan Midkiff, Allison Monroe, Brock Sullivan, Sofia Varriano, Eberle Yarborough, Maggie Young – Graduating with Distinction in Biology


  • Katy Divino – The Teague Service Award 
  • Rachel Stewart – The John E. Stuckey Award in First Year Chemistry
  • Savannah Wiegel – The Robert W. Shideler Chemistry Award
  • Aubrey Brink – The Analytical Chemistry Award
  • Reece Mitchell – The Physical Chemistry Award
  • Morgan Dasch – The American Institute of Chemists Award 
  • Megan Cassingham – The McHenry Chemistry Award 
  • Megan Cassingham – The American Chemical Society’s Inorganic Chemistry Award
  • Megan Cassingham, Morgan Dasch – Graduating with Distinction in Chemistry


  • Katy Divino, Trenna Lemons, Rebecca Levin – Graduating with Distinction in Classics

Economics and Business

  • Steffan Bonilla – The Frank Dicken McAlister Memorial Scholarship 
  • Larissa Ndimbira – The James C. Pruden Memorial Scholarship
  • Jalin Parry and Melissa Pizza – The Mosley Economics and Business Award 
  • Alex Reynolds – The E. W. Martin Memorial Accounting Award 
  • Ivan Burrell and Annika Patterson – The Eloise W. Raymond Masters Award
  • Holden Branscum, Dominic Dachille, Annalise Kellner, Jalin Parry, Melissa Pizza, Alex Reynolds, Hayden Seay, Emily Stockalper, Shea Trombka – Graduating with Distinction in Economics and Business


  • Phineas Chapman, Zelda Engeler-Young, and MiKayla Millard – The Robert L. Campbell-Walter A. Moffatt Award 
  • Michelle Ashmore, Peyton Coffman, and Susannah Stubbs – The Isaac Andrew Campbell Memorial Prize for Creative Writing 
  • Marlee Bird and Susannah Stubbs – The McCuistion English Prize 
  • Abby Lynch and Marchelle Williams – The Kenneth Story Best Senior Thesis Award
  • Roshaneh Ali, Marlee Bird, Disheanna Brown, Peyton Coffman, Trey Dyer, Abby Lynch, Susannah Stubbs  – Graduating with Distinction in English

Environmental Studies

  • Luke Lefler, Hanna Liebermann, Rachel Partridge, Maggie Young – Graduating with Distinction in Environmental Studies


  • Trenna Lemons, Meredith Warren – Graduating with Distinction in French


  • Emily Harris – Graduating with Distinction in German

Health Sciences

  • Joshua Beggs – The Jim Kelly Award
  • Joshua Beggs, Ryan Brady, Jared Goff, Hannah Moore – Graduating with Distinction in Health Sciences


  • Rachel Chenault – The Larson Prize 
  • Beth Norman and Baker Wells – The James Jennings Prize
  • Ginny Greer and Rachel Partridge – The Richard B. Yates Prize
  • Liam Edwards, Ginny Greer, Beth Norman, Rachel Partridge, Baker Wells – Graduating with Distinction in History

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Allen Bogoslavsky and Keegan Vacanti – The McHenry-Lane Mathematics Award 
  • Kate Sanders – The Parker Undergraduate Research Award
  • Will Brabson and Jacob Hines – The Hogan Mathematics Prize 
  • Callahan Hirrel – The Robert C. Eslinger Computer Science Award 
  • Will Brabson, Jacob Hines, Daniel Sweeney – Graduating with Distinction in Mathematics


  • Jalin Parry – The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra Award 
  • Jon Dale Nichols – The Ashley R. Coffman Wind Ensemble Award
  • Michaela Edwards – The Hendrix Choir Student Recognition Award
  • Avery Kennedy – The Robert McGill Endowed Scholarship


  •  Ben Curry, Moira Moore – Graduating with Distinction in Neuroscience

Odyssey Program (recognizing students who, by commencement, will have completed experiences in all six of the Odyssey categories and shown an exemplary achievement of the Odyssey learning goals)

  • Ryan Brady, Cordell Campbell, Caitlin Camper, Brett Daiger, Alice Fan, Jacob Idec, Amanda Jimerson, Rebecca Levin, Justin Lockhart, Johnny Martinez, Kaersti McLellan, Anna Reckling, Meraj Sayyed, Jun Shin, Sai Techawongtham, Hueseng Xiong – Graduating with Distinction in Odyssey


  • Jon Moore – Graduating with Distinction in Philosophy


  • Andrew King – The Joe G. Robbins Physics Award 
  • Ryan Bullis, Dylan Mitchell, and Katherine Parham – The Richard Rolleigh Undergraduate Research Award 
  • Jacob Hines, Jon Dale Nichols, Katherine Parham – Graduating with Distinction in Physics

Politics and International Relations

  • Henry Edwards – The Brandon Matthew Ryan Scholarship in Politics and International Relations
  • Eliot Peterson – The Dr. John A. Ziegler Law Award
  • Hannah Burdette – The W.C. Buthman Prize in Politics
  • Meredith Warren – The Ian T. King Prize in International Relations 
  • Graydon Carter, Maxfield Hancock, John Tate, Alex Tiller, Meredith Warren – Graduating with Distinction in International Relations
  • Noah Adams, Blythe Bull, Hannah Burdette, Cordell Campbell, Wes Hance, Meraj Sayyed – Graduating with Distinction in Politics 


  • Elise Fry – The Margaret E. Fitch Award in Psychology
  • Alex Berner, Kyle Christenson, Elise Fry, Caroline Lee, Justin Lockhart, Adrienne McGooden, Lisa Ngo, Abby Rains, Mary Staton, Gray Stewart, Kirin Techawongtham, Emily Waller – Graduating with Distinction in Psychology

Religious Studies

  • Sam Coker, Laura Durham, and Abbey Maynard – The Moore Religion Award
  • Caitlin Camper, Sam Coker, Laura Durham, and Abbey Maynard – Graduating with Distinction in Religious Studies


  • Anna Reckling – The Ferris C. Baker Sociology Award 
  • Sam Lewis and Cora McCain – The Juanita D. Sandford Social Justice Award
  • McKenzie Cresswell, Baylee Jennings-Wells, Sam Lewis, Cora McCain – Graduating with Distinction in Sociology/Anthropology


  • Joshua Beggs, Brett Daiger, Kaersti McLellan, Jon Dale Nichols, Everett Roddy – Graduating with Distinction in Spanish

Theatre Arts and Dance

  • Emily Gardner – The Rosemary E. Henenberg Scholarship
  • Peter Grant – The Ella Myrl Shanks Scholarship 
  • Jenna Bracas and Rachel Partridge – The Dr. and Mrs. F. Marion Tolleson Prize 
  • Grace Featherston – The Graham-Duncan Award
  • Rachel Allmon – The Vivian Hill Drama Award
  • Rachel Allmon – Graduating with Distinction in Theatre Arts and Dance

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit