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College honors student leaders

MIDDLEBURY - Student Leadership Awards, Public Service Leadership Awards, Student Government Association Awards and joint Dean of the College/Student Government Association Awards - a total of 26 honors all together - were presented to Middlebury College students, advisors and organizations at a ceremony at Atwater Dining Hall last week.

President Ronald D. Liebowitz and Dean of the College Shirley Collado greeted the gathering of students, faculty, staff and community members, and gave opening remarks about the leadership and initiative demonstrated by Middlebury students.

Student Leadership Awards

The Angels Award, for a sophomore woman of color who demonstrates leadership, scholarship and activism, was presented to Barbara Ofosu-Somuah '13, of the Bronx, N.Y., by Associate Dean of the College Karen Guttentag.

The Barbara J. Buchanan '62 Memorial Prize for a senior woman who represents Buchanan's academic excellence and ideal of service was presented to Shabana Basij-Rasikh '11 of Kabul, Afghanistan, by Dean of the College Shirley Collado.

The Carri A. Smith '98 Award for Outstanding Intercommons Council Member, which goes to a student who exemplifies the ideals of the commons system, a passion for the college and a commitment to student life, was presented by Dean Collado to Kathryn Benson '13 of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Barbara Ofosu-Somuah '13, of the Bronx, N.Y.

The Interfaith Cooperation Award of the Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life was presented to Anoushka Sinha '13 of Houston, Tex., and Charles Arnowitz '13 of Highland Park. Ill., for their joint celebration of Holi and Purim. The award, presented by Chaplain Laurel Macaulay Jordan '79 and Associate Chaplain Ira Schiffer, goes to students who actively promote and facilitate interfaith understanding, communication or programming.

The Religious Life Innovation Award of the Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life was presented to Zachary Fenster '12 of New York, N.Y., David Imber '13 of Medfield, Mass., Daniel Metzger-Traber '11 of Lexington, Mass., Moriel Rothman '11 of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Jacob Udell '12 of New York, N.Y., who conducted adult bar/bat mitzvah preparation classes on campus. Presented by Chaplain Jordan and Associate Chaplain Schiffer, the award goes to students who show unusual originality in the development of religious activities on campus.

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