Leadership and service awards are back in person

Rachel Alldis presents Francesca Petruzzelli '22 with the Outstanding Service Award

By Keely Sexton

The 2022 Student Leadership and Service Awards were held on April 27 in Chapin Auditorium. It was a celebration of two things: the students and alums who put their visions and values to work in the world and the actual event, which was being held live and in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. 

Marcella Runell Hall, dean of students and vice president for student life, opened the remarks with an acknowledgment of how special the moment was. 

“I just want you all to give yourselves the biggest, warmest round of applause for being here together in this moment,” she said. “This event is special because it brings together faculty, staff, alums, students and community members … to honor you for your work and contributions.”

This year there were more than 100 nominations for leadership awards, celebrating the skills and leadership of community members. Awardees traveled from across campus and the country to receive their honors.

President Sonya Stephens congratulated recipients and noted that their leadership and values shone a light on Mount Holyoke’s mission to educate fearless and bold champions of change.

“It’s very much a part of the Mount Holyoke mission to put you at the center of your learning, to involve you in envisioning the future … to shape and support individuals capable of envisioning that society and acting to create the conditions for [a just] society,” she said. 

The 2022 awardees are:

Sarah Williston Prize

Given to the students with the highest grades in their class, who ranked as Sarah Williston Scholars their sophomore or junior year.

Class of 2022 Recipients

  • Clara Brandt
  • Hannah Castner
  • Saachi Khandpur
  • Yehee Lee
  • Weijing (Vickie) Liu
  • Imaan Moin
  • Grace Rhodes
  • Hope Rogers
  • Rose Sheehan
  • Martha Thompson
  • Emma Bowler

Class of 2023 Recipients

  • Nafeesah Ahmed-Adedoja 
  • Carolina Alvarez
  • Lucy Anderson
  • Dushma Badr
  • Gabrielle Barber
  • Meredith Becher
  • Isabel DiBiasio-Hudson
  • Maya Frey
  • Julia Griffin
  • Isabela Haskell
  • Nicole Joh
  • Kristen Johnson
  • Ansley Keane
  • Rebecca Kilroy
  • Marlena Klein
  • Lauren Leese
  • Grace O'Rourke
  • Xinyu (Teah) Shi
  • Abigail Tadlock
  • Laurel Tashjian
  • Nicole Tripp
  • Jinghan (Jessie) Xu
  • Luming (Judy) Zhang
  • Julia Berestecky
  • Kebing (Janice) Bi
  • Ceara Bowler
  • Ngoc Bui
  • Sonya Carrizales
  • Ava Comeau
  • Cadence Cordell
  • Sean Fabrega
  • Sarah Forster
  • Klara Grygo
  • Emma Harrell
  • Zoe Hellman
  • Arrow Hill
  • AJ Johnson
  • Joan Kang
  • Katje Kroncke-Wisdom
  • Zoe Latham
  • Tingshu Liang 
  • Shuojia (Marina) Lin
  • Stephanie Maldonado
  • Nhi Nguyen
  • Hannah O'Grady
  • Louise Olivier
  • Audrey Ostenson
  • Emma Pope McCright
  • Jahnavi Pradeep
  • Kyra Sanborn-Burch
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Sevigny
  • Aarushi Sharma
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Siegling
  • Caroline Steenhoek
  • Lucille (Lucy) Sternberg
  • Urvi Suwal
  • Dan Khanh (Aurora) Vo
  • Grace Wallsinger
  • Suxuan (Linda) Wang
  • Yimeng Wang
  • Yuxuan Wang
  • Marguerite (Margot) Whitmore
  • Annie Williams
  • Siyu Yin
  • Sydney Zarlengo
  • Wenqi Zhang
  • Lu Zhao

McCulloch Center Global Engagement Award

Recognizing students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to raising campus awareness of critical global issues. 

  • April S. Liu ’22

Miller Worley Center for the Environment Sustainability and Justice Engagement Award

Honoring students who have demonstrated excellence in engaging the Mount Holyoke community on topics of sustainability and environmental justice and have supported the mission to create a greener and more equitable world.

  • So Hess '22

Weissman Center for Leadership Award for Excellence

Honoring students who have demonstrated leadership across campus, with a particular commitment to Weissman Center for Leadership activities and events. 

  • Aditi Parashar ’22
  • Maryam Ware ’22
  • Grace Thompson ’24
  • Hinako Yamaguchi ’22
  • Renee Russo ’23

Community-Based Learning Awards: 

Learning Fellow Partnership
For community-based learning fellows who have demonstrated excellence in their collaboration with a community partner.

  • Piper Lacy ’22

Fellows Award
For students who have demonstrated excellence as community-based learning fellows.

  • Aftan Sethia ’23
  • Steph Maldonado ’23

Frances Perkins Fellow Award
For a Frances Perkins Scholar who has demonstrated excellence as a community-based learning fellow.

  • Hilary Vergera FP’24

Sally Montgomery Award
Recognizing partnerships between Mount Holyoke students and local community organizations.

  • Abby Martinez ’25

Anna C. Edwards Award for Excellence in Debate

Honoring students who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting debate on campus.

  • Kalra Grygo ’23

The Mary Lyon Award

Given by the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association to a recent alum (who graduated 15 or fewer years ago) who demonstrates exceptional promise or sustained achievement in their life, profession, or community, and whose work embodies the humane values that Mary Lyon exemplified in her life and inspired in others.

  • Abena Opokua Foli ’10
  • Mei R. Lum ’12
  • Courtney Janine Brunson ’16

The Resident Advisor of the Year Award

For the resident advisor who has best fulfilled the spirit as well as the letter of their position over the previous academic year. They have demonstrated excellence in programming, modeling care for others and building up their staff, building and campus community.

  • Ashley Igie ’24

Resident Fellow of the Year Award

Presented to the resident fellow who has excelled in all areas of their position over the previous academic year. Their supervision skills, their ability to handle difficult situations and the relationships they have built among their staff and building have made them a role model to the Mount Holyoke community.

  • Tessa May Ballard ’22

Outstanding Service Award

Recognizing students for their service and commitment to the Office of Residential Life throughout their time at the College.

  • Francesca Catherine Petruzzelli ’22
  • Kesshni Bhasiin ’22

Interfaith Leadership Award

This award, inaugurated this year, is offered by the Religious and Spiritual Life program, of the Office of Community and Belonging, to a senior who has advanced interfaith leadership, literacy, community-building and spiritual justice during their college education.

  • Isabelle Antoinette Tomlow ’22

Golden Lyon Award

Recognizing students who have positively influenced a program or organization from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary and a commitment to excellence. 

  • Micah Reiter ’23
  • Adrianne Wu ’22

Emerging Leader Award

Honoring students in their first or second year at the College, who show leadership promise through their contributions to student life and community building.

  • Anne Rizvi ’24
  • Chloe Wang ’25

Frances Harriet Williams Class of 1919 Award

Established in 1981 by the family of Frances H. Williams, class of 1919, this award is presented to a student who passionately pursues their goal of academic excellence, social justice or service to others.

  • Cynthia Akanaga ’25
  • Miranda Lawson ’22

Irma Rabbino Award, in fond memory of Rose and Murray Rabbino

Established in 1978 by Irma L. Rabbino, class of 1953, to honor her father by recognizing a student who has made a significant contribution to the life of Mount Holyoke College. 

  • Amanda Caroline Windsor ’22
  • April S. Liu ’22

Kelly Sottile Class of 2008 Community Service Award

Honoring a student who demonstrates a high level of personal commitment to the community beyond the campus. 

  • Angelina Egan ’22
  • Hannah Grace Meyerson ’22

Helen Warren Smith Class of 1908 Award

Established in 1979 by Helen Warren Smith, class of 1908, to honor a student whose interest in, involvement with and service to the Mount Holyoke College community have been outstanding. 

  • Ananya Singh ’22

Student Leadership and Service Award

Honoring students who have consistently given their time, energy and talents to promote positive change and growth in the Mount Holyoke community and, in so doing, have motivated others to do the same. 

  • Alexandra Rebecca Moreno ’22
  • Ana Maria Stan ’24
  • Angelis Liriano ’23
  • Declan Apuzzo Langton ’22
  • Emma Mair ’23
  • Giovanna Rose Wiseman ’22
  • Juliette Gagnon Strong Heart ’24
  • Linh Dieu Nguyen  ’22
  • Sierra Faith Millay ’22
  • Zineb Takafi ’23

Excellence in Programming Award

Recognizing a student organization or committee for its exceptional creativity, planning and execution of a campuswide program.

Distinguished Student Group Award

Recognizing student organizations and their distinguished level of contribution to the Mount Holyoke community through planned events and programs on campus.

MoZone Community Builders Award

Recognizing the student organization that has done extraordinary work to create a diverse and inclusive community.  

H. Elizabeth Braun Catalyst for Change Award

Established by the Office of the Dean of Students in 2010 to recognize leaders who have done extraordinary work creating a diverse and inclusive community.  

  • Katherine Mae Murray ’22
  • Imaan MoinCourtney Janine Brunson ’16
  • Jaya Nagarajan-Swenson ’22
  • Lasya Priya Rao Jarugumilli ’23

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