Sixty-seven of the brightest and most dedicated students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were honored Tuesday (April 12) with the University’s most prestigious awards for academic achievement and leadership in activities.
Chancellor Holden Thorp presided at the annual Chancellor’s Awards ceremony, in which Executive Associate Provost Ron Strauss presented academic awards and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp presented service and leadership awards.
Two students won two awards apiece. Senior Kimberly Brooke Garner of Charlotte won two awards in women’s studies. Senior Wen-How Edward Hsyeh of Lenexa, Kan., won the award for most outstanding senior in the Johnston Undergraduate Awards Program and an award for the senior man judged to be outstanding in several categories.
The awards, which vary from certificates to plaques to cash, were created by donors.
Student recipients, their parents and awards are listed below, with North Carolina winners first by hometown followed by out-of-state winners. Students listed in more than one place are noted with an asterisk.
Ariel Elyse Rudolph, daughter of Tom and Beth Rudolph of Alexander: the Alexander Julian Prize, to an undergraduate in studio art exhibiting an outstanding sense of design that the faculty interprets as a mature integration of formal issues and content.
Faye Farrah Fang, daughter of Zheng Fang and Hong Xue of Apex: the Undergraduate Prize in Art History, to the undergraduate who, in the opinion of a faculty committee, has done the most outstanding work in art history.
Morgan Leigh Taylor, daughter of Trent and Amy Taylor of Archdale: the Sport Clubs Council Achievement Award, to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the vitality and strength of club sports.
Rhea Sarah Keller, daughter of Jerry and Carrie Keller of Asheville: the Panhellenic Council Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contributions in leadership, scholarship and service to her chapter and the Greek and University communities.
Kelsey Carley Salvesen, daughter of David Salvesen and Kathleen Carley of Carrboro: the Jacques Hardré Undergraduate Award for Excellence in French, to an undergraduate whose work in French language and literature has been judged most outstanding by a faculty committee.
Kimberly Brooke Garner, daughter of Robert and Sandra Garner of Charlotte: the Chi Omega Award for Scholarship and Leadership, to the senior student in the women’s studies department chosen as most outstanding in scholastic achievement and exemplary leadership; and the Mary Turner Lane Award in Women’s Studies, to the senior judged to have made an outstanding contribution to research on women’s issues.
Matthew Scott Hoehn, son of Scott and Cynthia Hoehn of Charlotte: the Bernard Boyd Memorial Prize, to the senior majoring in religious studies who has been selected by a faculty committee as most outstanding in academic achievement.
Eric Prescott Jones, son of James and Barbara Jones of Charlotte: the I.R. Hagadorn Award, to the outstanding rising senior biology major with the highest grade-point average in biology who has demonstrated excellence and dedication in undergraduate research.
Trenton Tyler Kool, son of Marc Kool and Elaine Bailey of Charlotte: the Rob Park Memorial Award, to a senior who has made a significant contribution by improving educational and community service programming to assist undergraduate students in learning about the legal system, the rigors of a legal education and the changing nature of the legal profession.
*Stuart Hampton Neal II, son of Stuart Neal of Monroe and Paula Simpson of Charlotte: the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, to one man and one woman in the senior class who have best demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare.
Jeffrey Scott Reichard, son of David and Patricia Reichard of Charlotte: the George H. Cocolas Pharmacy Student Body Award, to the member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the highest qualities of character, deportment, scholarship, professionalism and participation in co-curricular activities.
DaShon Lanell Williams, son of Lanell and Stacy Williams of Charlotte: the National Pan-Hellenic Council Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contributions in leadership, scholarship and service to his or her individual chapter and the Greek and University communities.
*Corinne Marie Arundell, daughter of Joseph Arundell of Concord and Beth Bryenton of Matthews: the James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award in the Nursing Program, to a senior in the Johnston Nursing Awards Program for outstanding academic achievement and leadership contributions in the School of Nursing and the Johnston Scholarships program.
Matthew William Enderlein, son of William and Christine Enderlein of Concord: the George C. Marshall Award, to the senior Army cadet who excels in professional excellence, leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and selfless service to the nation.
Ashley Morgan McAlarney, daughter of Thomas and Christine McAlarney of Concord: the Robert White Linker Award, to the most outstanding undergraduate residence hall officer.
Elizabeth Frances Rhyne, daughter of Jeff and Alma Rhyne of Dallas: the Earl Slocum Band Award, to the senior in the University Bands who has demonstrated meritorious achievement in musicianship, leadership and academic excellence, and who also has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the band program.
Lisle Finna Bull, daughter of Prince and Gloria Bull of Durham: the George Moses Horton Award for Multicultural Leadership, to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative and creativity in multicultural education programs.
Stewart Martin Edie, son of Fred and Alison Edie of Durham: the Op White Prize in Geology, to the outstanding senior in geology.
Max Lonnie Rose, son of Ken Rose and Beth Silberman of Durham: the L. Richardson Preyer Award for Excellence in Political Science, to a senior judged by a faculty committee to have established the most distinguished record of scholarship in political science and community service.
Sarah Anne Core, daughter of Ken and Carol Core of Four Oaks: the Ferebee Taylor Award, to the senior who has made the greatest contribution to the continued vitality and strength of the honor code.
Kara Elise Timmons, daughter of Benson and Lorna Timmons of Gastonia: the George Livas Award, to the most outstanding senior in the School of Nursing.
Grace Anne MacNair, daughter of John and Ruth MacNair of Gerton: the Robert B. House Memorial Prize in Poetry, to a senior for distinguished work in poetry.
Gudrun Bjorg Gylfadottir, daughter of Gylfi Olafsson and Ingibjorg Einisdottir of Goldsboro : the Marc Adam Eisdorfer Award in Linguistics, to the senior judged most outstanding in academic achievement in linguistics.
Nida Waheed, daughter of Waheed Akhtar and Shabana Anwar of Goldsboro: the Class of 1938 Joseph F. Patterson Jr. and Alice M. Patterson International Leadership Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contribution to increasing international awareness and understanding.
Kara Elise Pearce, daughter of Joel and Dawn Pearce of Grandy: the Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American studies, to the undergraduate in that discipline who best exemplifies Baxter’s intellectual excellence, personal warmth and creativity.
Nisha Verma, daughter of Madan and Anita Verma of Greensboro: the Edward Kidder Graham Award, to the senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the University through his or her work as a member of an officially recognized student organization.
Evan Chen Lien, son of Bon-Hsiang and Chuan-Chuan Lien of Huntersville: the Venable Medal, to the two most outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry.
Monica Andrea Palmeira, daughter of Henrique and Paula Palmeira of Kinston: the Camões Prize in Portuguese, to the outstanding undergraduate in Portuguese.
Erica Michelle Pressley, daughter of Eric and Tracy Pressley of Mars Hill: the Willie P. Mangum Medal in Oratory, to the senior who, in the opinion of judges, gives the best oration at an annual contest.
*Corinne Marie Arundell, daughter of Beth Bryenton of Matthews and Joseph Arundell of Concord: the James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award in the Nursing Program, to a senior in the Johnston Nursing Awards Program for outstanding academic achievement and leadership contributions in the School of Nursing and the Johnston program.
Lauren Nami Brown, daughter of Matthew and Roberta Brown of Mocksville: the Edward McGowan Hedgpeth Award, to the undergraduate in Alpha Epsilon Delta voted most outstanding in service to campus and community through the society.
*Stuart Hampton Neal II, son of Stuart Neal of Monroe and Paula Simpson of Charlotte: the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, to one man and one woman in the graduating class who have best demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare.
Bethany Amanda Corbin, daughter of Bill and Deborah Corbin of Mooresville: the Mary Turner Lane Award in Women’s Studies, to the senior judged to have made an outstanding contribution to research on women’s issues.
David Doren Bellard, son of James and Leslie Bellard of Raleigh: the Undergraduate Prize in Economics, to the economics major judged most outstanding based on performance in major and related courses.
Diana Edith Bloom, daughter of Allan and Anne Bloom of Raleigh: the Ria Stambaugh Undergraduate Award for Excellence in German, to the senior judged to have achieved the most distinguished academic record in German language and literature.
Wyatt Elliott Bruton, son of John and Hollis Bruton of Raleigh: the James O. Cansler Service Award, to a student whose faith has inspired outstanding service to the needs of humanity.
Zachary Stephen Cole, son of Stephen and Sharon Cole of Raleigh: the Roger A. Davis Memorial Award, to the undergraduate judged to have given outstanding service to the University, especially through residence hall leadership.
George Perry Harabin, son of Victor and Angelika Harabin of Raleigh: the Archibald Henderson Prize in Mathematics, to the undergraduate judged by the mathematics department to have demonstrated a high degree of mathematical ability and the greatest promise of originality in the field.
Elizabeth Landon McCain, daughter of Paul and Beth McCain of Raleigh: the Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award, to the junior woman judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
Hannah Louise Rich, daughter of Henry and Gloria Rich of Raleigh: the Albert Suskin Prize in Latin, to the undergraduate who shows the best ability to understand Latin poetry and translate selected passages at sight.
Sista Jakelin Bonilla, daughter of Oswaldo and Delmy Contreras of Siler City: the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award, to the undergraduate student who best exemplifies the spirit of unselfish commitment through service to the University and the surrounding community.
Frank Bauer O’Hale, son of Jack and Claudia O'Hale of Smithfield: the Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American studies, to the undergraduate in that discipline who best exemplifies Baxter’s intellectual excellence, personal warmth and creativity.
Matthew John Olmsted, son of John and Frankie Olmsted of Summerfield: the Boka W. Hadzija Graduate Award, to a graduate or professional student judged as outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
Cameron Justin Tyler, son of Joseph and Nancy Cash of Valdese: the E. Eugene Jackson Award, to the member of the graduating class whose leadership and selfless dedication have strengthened class pride and University loyalty, enriched the lives of seniors, and made a significant contribution to the University.
David Thomas Horton, son of Tony and Sandra Horton of Wendell: the Frank Porter Graham Award, to the senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to realization of the human ideals of equality, dignity and community.
Angela Ruth Spong, daughter of Arthur and Ann Spong of West End: the Cornelius O. Cathey Award, to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the quality of campus life through sustained, constructive participation in student programs, or through creative, persistent effort in development of new student programs.
Benjamin Ruiz Rosado, son of Edward and Sandra Rosado of Wilmington: the Ernest L. Mackie Award, to the junior man judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
William Tucker Piner, son of William and Laura Piner of Winston-Salem: the Interfraternity Council Man of the Year Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contributions in leadership, scholarship and service to his chapter and the Greek and University communities.
Len Takahashi Evans, son of Michael Evans and Yoshiko Takahashi of Fresno: the Paul E. Shearin Outstanding Senior Award in Physics, to the senior physics major judged most outstanding in scholarship, scientific insight and professional seriousness.
Sarah Victoria Frier, daughter of Kenneth and Laura Frier of Los Altos: the Ernest H. Abernethy Prize in Student Publication Work, to the undergraduate judged by a committee to have done the most distinctive work during the current year in student publications.
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Kathryn Eleanor Cox, daughter of Stephen Cox and Elizabeth Shrader of Washington, D.C.: the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, to one man and one woman in the graduating class who have best demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare.
*Rachel Ann Ensing, daughter of Chris Ensing of Crystal River and Amelia Oxendine of Walkerton, Va.: the Greek Alliance Council Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contributions in leadership, scholarship and service to his or her chapter and the Greek and University communities.
Ashleigh Elizabeth Fata, daughter of Louis and Lori Fata of Miami: the Eben Alexander Prize in Greek, to the undergraduate who, in the opinion of the classics faculty, presents the best rendering into English of selected passages of Greek not previously read.
Nora Granfield Brody, daughter of Mark and Sue Brody of St. Petersburg: the Patrick F. Earey Award, to a senior in the exercise and sport science department who has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and leadership.
Sarah Reece Johnson, daughter of Michael and Anne Johnson of Atlanta: the McNally Award for Excellence in Geography, to a senior selected by the geography faculty for superior academic performance.
Stephen David Brown, son of Allie Fellows of Macon and the late Stephen Brown: the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Award, to the member of the Student Congress whose service through the Congress is judged most outstanding on criteria of statesmanship, commitment and constructive involvement in issues affecting the quality of the University community.
Chelsea Christine Phillips, daughter of Bruce and Kimberly Phillips of Carmel: the J. Maryon Saunders Award, to the senior who has contributed most to the preservation and enhancement of loyalty and goodwill between the University and its students, alumni and friends.
Wen-How Edward Hsyeh, son of Chih Chi Hsyeh and Yalu Pao of Lenexa: the James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award, to a senior in the Johnston Undergraduate Awards Program for outstanding academic achievement and leadership contributions to the University and the program; and the Walter S. Spearman Award, to the senior man judged most outstanding in academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and strength of character.
Diana Michelle Hofler, daughter of Michael Hofler and Suzanne Morse of Belchertown: the Worth Award, for sustained excellence in undergraduate study of philosophy, based on course performance and faculty recommendation.
James Andrew LaVela, son of Joseph and Elizabeth LaVela of Chatham: the Hampton Shuping Prize, to a senior who excels in academics, integrity and leadership; shows concern for ethical management; and respects individual commitment to the success of free enterprise.
Kuamel Winston Stewart, son of Anthony Parrish and Delores Payne of Brooklyn: the Wallace Ray Peppers Award in Performance of African and African-American Literature, to the junior or senior in that department who is judged by a faculty committee to be most outstanding in performance of African and African-American literature.
Adele Smith Ricciardi, daughter of Martin and Kathleen Ricciardi of Delmar: the Irene F. Lee Award, to the senior woman judged most outstanding in leadership, character and scholarship.
Ryan Thomas Flanagan, son of Thomas and Koral Flanagan of West Islip: the Jim Tatum Memorial Award, to the varsity intercollegiate athlete who has performed with distinction in his or her sport and contributed to the University community through constructive participation in extracurricular activities.
*Deanna Mayo Santoro, daughter of Frank Santoro of Bensalem and Sara Williams of Columbia, S.C.: the John Johnston Parker Jr. Medal for Unique Leadership in Student Government, to the senior who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in perpetuating the spirit and honor of student self-government.
Natassia Theresa Rodriguez, daughter of Richard Rodriguez and Wendy Wagner of Philadelphia: the Howard W. Odum Undergraduate Sociology Award, to the senior judged by the sociology faculty to be the most outstanding in academic performance.
*Deanna Mayo Santoro, daughter of Sara Williams of Columbia and Frank Santoro of Bensalem, Pa: the John Johnston Parker Jr. Medal for Unique Leadership in Student Government, to the senior who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in perpetuating the spirit and honor of student self-government.
Adam O’Fallon Price, son of William and Patricia Price of Nashville: the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Prize in Creative Writing, to the outstanding fiction writer in the senior class.
Erika Michelle Stratton, daughter of Robert and Patricia Stratton of Lorton: the Josephus Daniels Scholarship Medal, to the senior midshipman in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps with the highest average in academic courses.
Courtney Clark Whitaker, daughter of Guy Whitaker and Dorothy Drake of Norfolk: the Undergraduate Prize in Art History, to the undergraduate who, in the opinion of a faculty committee, has done the most outstanding work in art history.
David John Giancaspro, son of Michael and Kimberly Giancaspro of Richmond: the Sterling A. Stoudemire Award for Excellence in Spanish, to a senior who has excelled in Spanish.
*Rachel Ann Ensing, daughter of Amelia Oxendine of Walkerton and Chris Ensing of Crystal River, Florida: the Greek Alliance Council Award, to the undergraduate who has made the most significant contributions in leadership, scholarship and service to his or her individual chapter and the Greek and University communities.
Jenya Spallino-Mironava, daughter of Uladzimir Razhkou and Alena Razhkova of Minsk, Belarus: the Paul Debreczeny Prize in Slavic Languages and Literatures, to the senior whose work in Russian or Slavic language, literature and culture is judged most outstanding by a faculty committee.
Chen Cheng, son of Xiangming Cheng and Qingchen Zhong of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China: the Venable Medal, to the two most outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry.
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