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2013 Student Awards Announced

Monday, Jun. 3, 2013

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2013 selected to receive University awards. It is my pleasure to acknowledge the following students for their contributions to the University community and beyond.

The valedictorian is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.  This year’s valedictorian is Ashley Armstrong, who will address her classmates at the Undergraduate Commencement.

The St. Clare and Nobili medals are presented to the female and male graduates judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. At the commencement exercises next week, the St. Clare Medal will be awarded to Katherine Bercovitz and the Nobili Medal to Aven Satre-Meloy.

The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award is awarded to graduating seniors who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. For 2013, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented to Laura Snowden at commencement.

At the Toast to the Class of 2013 held on May 31, Xochitl Davila, Nathan Funkhouser, Alexandria Leenatali, Michelle Maddex, and Michelle Tang each received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to service through their work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.

Brenda Alba, Ryan Clark, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Oliver, Jenna Saso, and John Schneeman received Student Life Awards to recognize their contributions to improving the overall quality of life in the University community.
Michelle Tang received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus.

Michelle Tang received the Student Inclusive Excellence Award for her commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment on campus.

Stephen Layton and Alec Molloy were awarded the Handlery Prize for contributions to the success of a student publication during their time at the University.

This year’s recipient of the 2013 Alumni Association Board of Director’s Service Award is Sonia Suri.

Please join me in congratulating and thanking these outstanding members of the Class of 2013.

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