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Student Honors in 2014

With every May comes the parting of students and the end of the academic year. Many of our French students were presented with awards for their determined scholarship and dedication. Every Spring, the college holds an Honors Convocation to recognize these excellent students.

French awards were given to graduating seniors:

  • Lauren Wade: AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award
  • Katherine Pitchford and Natalie Woodberry: Linda D. Palmer Memorial Award in French
  • Susan Haigh and Whitney Yoder: Marguerite Prins French Award
  • Kian Hashemi-Rad, Taylor Mann and Mary Molheok: French Faculty Book Award

Seniors graduating also received many other noteworthy awards:

  • Natalie Woodberry: Southland Medal/ Gerrit H. Albers Gold Medal
  • Arnaud Muhimpundu: Paul G. Fried Prize in International Education and the Global Awareness and Involvement Award
  • Kian Hashemi-Rad: Student Leadership, Service and Advocacy Award

French students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honors society:

  • Natalie Woodberry
  • Whitney Yoder

Based on cumulative grade point averages:

  • Rebekah Skinner: graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Whitney Yoder: graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Chloe Rose: graduated Cum Laude

The French program also applaudes those students who earned recognition for their work in other disciplines through other departmental awards:

  • Rebecca Fox, Hannah Gingrich, Katherine Sauer: Erika Brubaker '92 Award for Promising Achievement in the Study of Literature
  • Rebekah Skinner: Sandrene Schutt Award for Proficiency in Literature
  • Katelyn Kiner, Miriam Roth: Phi Alpha Theta Freshman Book Award
  • Rebecca Fox: Phi Alpha Theta Sophomore Book Award
  • Natalie Woodberry: Seymour Pre-Physical Therapy Award, William and Mabel Vanderbilt Sr. Family Award
  • Shekinah Chandy: Renze Lyle Hoeksema Prize in Political Science
  • Alexa Duimstra: Brad Williams Memorial Award (Theatre)

Two former French students, Susan Haigh ('14) and Gretchen Baldwin ('12), have been awarded highly competitive Fullbright Scholarship Grants for 2014- 2015.
Susan Haigh received a Fullbright Scholarship Grant to teach English in France, one of only five in this category that are awarded nationally each year. Graduating with majors in International Studies and Global French Studies, Susan's "activist" background made her an attractive candidate for the Fullbright. While a sophmore, she traveled to Uganada with an organization called Building Tomorrow to oversee the construction and maintenance of quality primary schools in remote villages that would otherwise have no access to education. She then founded a Building Tomorrow Chapter at Hope to help fund more schools in Uganda. Susan has also studied abroad in Rennes, France and in India. Susan will be teaching in Perpignan, a city in the south of France, adjacent to Spain, just minutes from the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees Mountains.
Gretchen Baldwin who majored in International Studies with minors in French and Studio Art, received a Fullbright to research the role of nongovernmental agencies in communities of beekeepers in Ngaoundere, Cameroon this October- June. Gretchen previously studied abroad in Cameroon, and has also worked in and traveled to such places as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southeast Asia.
Congratulations, Susan and Gretchen!

Student Honors in 2013

With every May comes the parting of students and the end of the academic year. Many of our French students were presented with awards for their determined scholarship and dedication. Every Spring, the college holds an Honors Convocation to recognize these excellent students.

French awards were given to graduating seniors:

  • Devin Ryan: AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award
  • Athina Alvarez: Linda D. Palmer Memorial Award in French
  • Charles Patchak: Marguerite Prins French Award

Several French students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honors society:

  • Athina Alvarez
  • Rachel Elzinga
  • Charles Patchak
  • Rebekah Skinner

The French Department encourages diversity and well-rounded scholarship. The following students were awarded departmental awards for their wide array of talents:

  • Athina Alvarez: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars in the Arts and Humanities, Art Department Purchase Award, John Montgomery Wilson Award in Art History
  • Zoe Caltrider: Phi Alpha Theta Sophomore Book Award
  • Nicholas DeJongh: Russell J. Kraay Award in Computer Science
  • Dorothy Dickinson: George Birkhoff English Prize, Erika Brubaker ’92 Award for Promising Achievement in the Study of Literature, Charles E. Lake Memorial Prize for Philosophical Promise
  • Rachel Elzinga: Catherine Morrison '89 Senior Math Education Award
  • Marie Schrampfer: Biblical Studies Award
  • Rebekah Skinner: Christian Worldview Essay Award
  • Lauren Wade: C. James Stringer Jr. Memorial Award
  • Mary Elizabeth Winther: Theatre Department Senior Prize

Congratulations to our outstanding French scholars!

Student Honors in 2012

With every May comes the parting of students and the end of the academic year. Many of our French students were presented with awards for their determined scholarship and dedication. Every Spring, the college holds an Honors Convocation to recognize these excellent students.

French awards were given to graduating seniors:

  • Delaney Erickson: AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award
  • Joe Habbouche: Linda D. Palmer Memorial Award in French
  • Gina Veltman: Marguerite Prins French Award

Katelyn Hemmeke: Erika Brubaker '92 Award for Proficiency in Literature as well as a Fulbright Scholarship by the United States government for the following year.

The Mortar Board, a national honor society, inducted Charles Patchak and Leah LaBarge.

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honorary society inducted two French scholars, Joe Habbouche and Katelyn Hemmeke.

The French Department encourages diversity and well-rounded scholarship. The following students were awarded departmental awards for their wide array of talents:

  • Athina Alvarez: John Montgomery Wilson Award in Art History
  • Jessalyn Bolkema: Albert E. Lampen Mathematics Prize,Dorothy Grace Renzema Moore Award for Excellence in Math and Music
  • Nicholas DeJongh: John H. Kleinheksel Mathematics Award
  • Sa'eed Husaini: Renze Lyle Hoeksema Prize in Political Science
  • Carter Jones: Robert W. Cavanaugh Scholarship in Voice
  • Rachel Kabagabu: Political Science Department Book Award
  • Leah LaBarge: Reinking Memorial Scholarship
  • Shaylyn Pritchard: Biology Book Award
  • Marie Schrampfer: Phi Alpha Theta Freshman Book Award
  • Brent Wilkinson: Metta J. Ross History Prize

Congratulations to our outstanding French scholars!