See photos from the ceremony.
The Mount Holyoke College community honored its outstanding students at the annual Celebration of Student Leadership and Academic Excellence ceremony on Tuesday, April 16. This event recognizes academic excellence, community service, and outstanding accomplishment. The honorees are as follows:
Student Leadership and Service
These are students whose leadership and service have enriched the life of the College and the wider community.
• Mahdiya Ahmed ’14
• So Jin Lee ’13
• Lydia Malone FP ’13
• Ariel Russ ’13
• Syeda Tasnim ’14
Kelly Sottile ’08 Community Service Award
This award honors students who demonstrate a high level of personal commitment to the community beyond the campus.
• Julia Herman ’13
• Ariel Lantz ’13
H. Elizabeth Braun Catalyst for Change Award
The Braun award was established by the Dean of Students in 2010 to recognize leaders who have done extraordinary work creating a diverse and inclusive community.
• Keshia Pendigrast ’13
• Sara Amjad ’13
The Maurice L. Rabbino Award
This award was established in 1978 by Irma L. Rabbino ’53 to honor her father by recognizing a student “who has made a significant contribution to the life of Mount Holyoke College.”
• Rebecca Neubardt ’13
The Helen Warren Smith Award
Established in 1979 by Helen Warren Smith ’08, this award honors a student “whose interest, involvement, and service to the Mount Holyoke College community has been outstanding.”
• Kathryn Brummer ’13
The Frances Harriet Williams Award
Established by the family of Frances H. Williams ’19 in 1981, this award is presented to a student who passionately pursues her goal of academic excellence, social justice, or service to others.
• Courtney Cezair Mayers FP ’13
The Karen Snyder Sullivan Memorial Travel Award
This award provides assistance for a student who has not previously traveled abroad to plan a trip that satisfies her curiosity and heightens her awareness of other cultures.
• Katherine Heffernan ’14
Sarah Williston Prize Winners
These are students with the highest grades in their class who ranked as Sarah Williston Scholars in their sophomore year.
• Rebecca Schneider ’14
• Aichurok Kamalova ’14
• Marlena Sullivan ’14
• Judy Qui ’14
• Emma Styles-Swaim ’14
Phi Beta Kappa
These are students who have been elected into membership of Phi Beta Kappa by the Theta Chapter of Massachusetts in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, based on at least five semesters of study.
• Layli Amerson ’13
• Rachel Foster ’13
• Sisi Gong ’13
• Linnea Johnson ’13
• Rachel Krueger ’13
• Pei Liu ’13
• My-Linh Nguyen ’13
• Sarah Racicot ’13
• Qinxia Wang ’13
• Wanxin Wang ’13
• Xintong Zuo ’13
Mary Lyon Award
The Mary Lyon Award is given to a young alumna who has been out of the College 15 years or less, who demonstrates promise or sustained achievement in her life, profession, or community consistent with the humane values that Mary Lyon exemplified in her life and inspired in others.
• Jennifer W. Kyker ’02
Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts Annual Award for Excellence
This award recognizes the commitment to the ideals and goals of the Weissman Center as demonstrated through passionate and critical engagement in one or more of its programs.
• Cynthia Staniszewski FP’13
McCulloch Center Engagement Award
This award is given to students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to raising awareness on campus of critical global issues.
• Ahdi Mohammed ’13
• Julianna Lord ’13
• Angela Kim ’13