May 02, 2023

On Thursday, April 27, the 2022-23 academic year officially came to a close as faculty, staff, and students gathered in Johns Auditorium in a final convocation to honor their achievements.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates student academic and leadership achievement as well as faculty excellence in research. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

Final Convocation Award Winners

Faculty processing in regalia at convocation ceremony


John Peter Mettauer Excellence in Research Award, Dr. Victor Szabo

Academic Success

Sophomore Academic Excellence Awards, Devanand M. Clark '25 and J. Kade Minton '25


James R.T. Hewett Biology Award, Caleb Boakye Manu '23 and Andrew Michael Rehak '23


Topham Chemistry Award, Mark Hurst '24
Anderson Prize for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Taylor J. McGee '23   

Economics and Business

Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, Thomas G. Kinter '23
William R. Hendley Award in Economics and Business, Alexander Francisco Kehoe '23  


The Sallie Wright Harrison Poetry Award, Richard Jones '25
The Shelley A. Marshall Short Story Award, Daniel Nivens '24
Grace and Hassell Simpson Prize in English, Pieter William Green '23

Students processing in regalia at convocation ceremony

Fine Arts/Music

Camilla Virginia Taylor Crawley Music Award, Jeffrey Hunsaker '23
Kearfott Stone '35 Memorial Music Award, Zachary Mace '23
Randolph Minter Glee Club Award, Deanna Camp '23

Fine Arts/Theatre

Robert H. Porterfield ’29 Drama Award, Nathan Joyner '23 and Cooper Boyles '23

Fine Arts/Visual Arts

McClintock Award in the Visual Arts, Izac Olatunji '23

Global Education

Gemborys-Choate-Bouin-Swenson Award, Thomas Gregory Kinter '23 and Caleb Boakye Manu '23

Government and Foreign Affairs

James Madison Award for Excellence in Political Science, Alan Jennings (A.J.) Miller '23
John Marshall Award for Excellence in Writing in Political Science, Timothy Andrew Parker '23   


Willard F. Bliss Award, Ethan Casteel '25 and Theodore D. Cicala '25
Etta Sawyer Hart Bliss Award, Daniel Marsden '23 and Seth Black '23Administratiin in regalia standing on stage at the convocation ceremony

Math and Computer Science

Macon Reed Award in Mathematics, Joseph Kade Minton '25
Macon Reed Award in Computer Science, Yue-Bo Jia '25 
Selden-Franke Award in Mathematics and Computer Science, John Torian '24


Cecil Richard Bowman ’67 M.D. Award, Jacob Cole Vonderharr '23

Physics and Astronomy

Weyland Thomas Joyner Physics Aaward, Thomas Davis Ferguson '23
Hardy Cross Award in Physics, Bryant Tolley '23


Gerald T. Carney for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Ryan J. Scott '23


Rhetoric Essay Awards: 100, Hunter Powell '26
Rhetoric Essay Awards: 101 Cabas Prize Best Written Essay, Brandon Finch '26
Susan Pepper Robbins Prize, Evan Old '26
Rhetoric Best Speaker Award: 210, Connor Brooks '23
Rhetoric Best Speaker Award: 310, Samuel Detrick '25, Jonathan Pope '24
Deis & Frye Prize for Creative Nonfiction, Harry Rust '24
Colbert Prize for Excellence in Rhetoric, Pieter William Green '23

Student Affairs

Jeffrey N. Friend Award, George A. Langhammer '24

Student Organizations

Lewis and Nell Drew Student Government Award, Benjamin Hager '23
Resident Advisor of the Year Award, John Michael Rowe '24
Student Government Outstanding Club/Organization Award, H-SC Weightlifting Club/Ryan Scott
Student Justice System Investigator of the Year Award, Michael Daum '23
CAC Member of the Year Award, William Kreuger ‘24     
IFC Member of the Year Award, Jake Kern '23
Senate Member of the Year Award, Noah Moore '23
The ODK Cohen Citizenship Award, Ian C. Novak '23
Outstanding First Year Journalist Award, Jeb Tucker ’26 and Matthew Miscikowski ’26

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