13 awarded College's highest academic honor
The 2014 Winthrop Scholars. Front row, from left: Yue Wu, Alexandra Lopez, Linh Vu, Yumi Kovic, Gabrielle Arenge, Alexandra Munson. Back row, from left: Andrew Majkut, Sarah Taylor, Emil Lalov, Daniel Gutierrez, John Dronzek and Mary Buchanan. Not pictured: Louis D’Amanda.
Thirteen Connecticut College seniors have been named Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college.
The scholars were recognized at a ceremony Feb. 18. All have also been chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education, and will be initiated in May.
President Katherine Bergeron lauded the students for their accomplishments and called upon them to actively apply their talents and skills to today's global issues.
"One of the greatest pleasures of being a president is to be able to acknowledge the talent and achievement of our students," Bergeron said. "We need your intellectual acuity and your intellectual ingenuity to address the most pressing issues of our time."
The 2014 Winthrop Scholars are:
- Gabrielle Paige Arenge, a psychology major from Bordentown, N.J.
- Mary Leigh Buchanan, a biological sciences major from Madison, Conn.
- Louis D’Amanda, a history major from Pultneyville, N.Y.
- John Werner Dronzek, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Virginia Beach, Va.
- Daniel Cathal Gutierrez, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Bethesda, Md.
- Yumi Kovic, an ACS-certified chemistry and biochemistry major from Norwich, Conn.
- Emil Tsvetanov Lalov, an economics and mathematics major from Bulgaria
- Alexandra Marie Lopez, a human development and psychology major from Edison, N.J.
- Andrew Steven Majkut, an international relations major from Upton, Mass.
- Alexandra Paige Munson, a government and philosophy major from Torrington, Conn.
- Sarah Taylor, an art and psychology major from Newport, R.I.
- Linh Dieu Vu, an economics major from Vietnam
- Yue Wu, an economics and psychology major from China
Parents, friends, faculty and staff attended the Feb. 18 recognition ceremony. The keynote address, “Why Everything You Learn Matters,” was delivered by Jefferson A. Singer, the Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology.