All-College honors announced at graduation ceremonies

Posted on May 15, 2010 by Staff Writer

Each year Sweet Briar College gives special recognition to several graduating students through its all-College awards. The following recipients were honored during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15.

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award was established by Edgar F. Czarra Jr., father of Penelope Lane Czarra of the Class of 1975. The award honors the senior or seniors who best combine scholastic achievement, student leadership and effective contributions to the improvement of the quality of student life at Sweet Briar. The recipient for the Class of 2010 is Alexandra Marcel Taylor.

The family of Professor Judith Molinar Elkins established a prize in her name to recognize the outstanding achievements of a senior majoring in the mathematical, physical or biological sciences, actively participating in the college community, and demonstrating the ideals and dedication to learning exemplified by the life of Professor Elkins. The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize went to Laura Nicole Jett.

In honor of Dr. Connie M. Guion, Mr. and Mr. J. Wilson Newman and their daughters, Clair Newman Blanchard, Class of 1960, and Mildred Newman Thayer, Class of 1961, established an award given to a member of the graduating class for her excellence as a human being and as a member of the College. The recipient of the Connie M. Guion Award for the Class of 2010 is Dorothy Rose Buchli.

The Walker Family Award honors a senior with high scholastic standing, a cheerful, positive disposition, and who shows warmth, generosity and humility. This year’s recipient is Donna Carrol Kerley.

Each year the College recognizes academic achievement by conferring upon the highest ranking member of each class the honorary title of Emily Watts McVea Scholar. The recipient for the Class of 2010 is Laura Nicole Jett.