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Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award Winners The faculty and staff of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics congratulate our 2021 graduates who have received awards and honors for academic excellence during their time at W&L.

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The faculty and staff of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics congratulate our 2021 graduates who have received awards and honors for academic excellence during their time at W&L. We are pleased to honor these outstanding individuals with Williams School awards and departmental awards in accounting and finance, business administration, economics, and politics.

“Acknowledging the hard work of some of our very best students is always among the highlights of Commencement week. This year it was particularly special given what the class or 2021 has gone through,” noted Robert D. Straughan, Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School and professor of business administration.

The day prior to Commencement, Williams School faculty and staff were able to recognize its graduates with small, socially distanced, outdoor gatherings that included a handful of faculty, the award winners and their invited guests. Straughan remarked of the day, “It was rewarding to renew the tradition after not being able to present the awards in person last year. Even as we celebrate the achievements of the last four years, we anticipate the many great things that these graduates will accomplish in the years to come.”

Michael Anderson, Robert E. Sadler, Jr. professor of economics and associate dean of the Williams School, reflected on the gatherings as a “time of renewal,” and shared that “the awards won are all the more impressive given the difficult environment the award-winners faced this past year.” Anderson said of the class of 2021, “they are a promise for the future. This wonderful group of students has only begun to show what they are capable of achieving.”

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Kylie-Piotte-‘21-proudly-displays-her-L.-K.-Johnson-Rosasco-Scholar-award-233x350 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersKylie Piotte ‘21 proudly displays her L. K. Johnson – Rosasco Scholar award

L.K. Johnson – Rosasco Scholars

This scholarship was created by friends and former students honoring the memory of Lewis Kerr Johnson, longtime professor of business administration. Former L.K. Johnson student William S. Rosasco III ’51 increased the scholarship fund in 1981. The scholarship is awarded to rising juniors majoring in business administration and accounting who possess the basic characteristics of integrity, initiative, independence, self-discipline, drive and leadership.

  • Temitope Elizabeth Adeyanju ’21
  • Kylie Rose Piotte ’21
  • Christopher William Woodings ’21
Dean-Straughan-presents-Temitope-Elizabeth-Adeyanju-‘21-with-the-L.-K.-Johnson-Rosasco-Scholarship-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersDean Straughan presents Temitope Elizabeth Adeyanju ‘21 with the L. K. Johnson – Rosasco Scholarship

 Business Administration Award

The Business Administration Department Award goes to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA.

  • Chi Shing Adrian Lam ’21
Prof.-Amanda-Bower-presents-Chi-Shing-Adrian-Lam-’21-with-the-Business-Administration-Award-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersProf. Amanda Bower presents Chi Shing Adrian Lam ’21 with the Business Administration Award

L.K. Johnson Marketing Management Excellence Award

John W. Sinwell ’57 created the L.K. Johnson Marketing Management Excellence Award in 1998 to recognize the achievements of a graduating senior and honor the memory of L.K. Johnson, longtime professor of business administration.

  • Elizabeth Barbara Bell ’21
Prof.-Amanda-Bower-with-Elizabeth-Barbara-Bell-’21-winner-of-the-L.K.-Johnson-Marketing-Management-Excellence-Award-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersProf. Amanda Bower with Elizabeth Barbara Bell ’21, winner of the L.K. Johnson Marketing Management Excellence Award

Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarship in Politics

The Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarships were founded on a bequest made by Elizabeth B. White in 1918. This fund provides for department scholarships in economics, English, French, history and politics. The Garrett Scholarship recognizes the student with the best politics seminar paper.

  • Anna Grace Luttrell ’21
  • Reilly Lane Thornbury ’21

 Schlegel Scholarship for International Studies

The Schlegel Scholarships honor the memory of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Robert Allan Schlegel ’85, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Established in 2002 through a fundraising campaign spearheaded by members of Chi Psi fraternity, of which Schlegel was a member, the scholarships support W&L students who participate in foreign affairs conferences, including the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point.

  • Sawera Khan ’21
Sawera-Khan-’21-proud-recipient-of-the-Schlegel-Scholarship-for-International-Studies-with-Prof.-Brian-Alexander-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersSawera Khan ’21, proud recipient of the Schlegel Scholarship for International Studies, with Prof. Brian Alexander

 Milton Colvin Scholarship

The Milton Colvin Scholarship Endowment was created in 1997 by his sister, Katharine Colvin Hart,

and other members of the Colvin family to honor this distinguished teacher and his 30-year career as a professor of politics at Washington and Lee. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Politics Department, an award from the Colvin Scholarship Endowment is made to a rising senior majoring in politics.

  • Carissa Margraf ’21
Carissa-Margraf-’21-is-awarded-the-Milton-Colvin-Scholarship-by-Prof.-Brian-Alexander-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersCarissa Margraf ’21 is awarded the Milton Colvin Scholarship by Prof. Brian Alexander

John W. Warner ’49 Public Service Award

The Warner Public Service Award honors Washington Term students who will be staying on for the summer to serve in a second political internship, thereby manifesting a serious interest in public affairs and, potentially, a serious interest in future public service.

  • David Neill Hotze ’21

 Accounting Department Award

The Accounting Department Award is presented to a graduating senior in commendation of outstanding academic performance.

  • Gabriela Priscilla Bowman ’21

Adrian L. McCardell Scholarship

The Adrian L. McCardell Scholarship was established in 2002 through the will of Adrian L. McCardell, Class of 1929. The scholarship is awarded to a junior with interests in banking and finance in the Williams School.

  • Rohan Jairam ’21

James Robert Wingert III ’85 Award

The James Robert Wingert III ’85 Award is awarded to a graduating senior to recognize academic excellence in accounting.

  • Rohan Jairam ’21
Rohan-Jairam-‘21-receives-his-three-awards-virtually-from-Associate-Dean-Michael-Anderson-Prof.-Afshad-Irani-and-Dean-Rob-Straughan-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersRohan Jairam ‘21 receives his three awards virtually, from Associate Dean Michael Anderson, Prof. Afshad Irani, and Dean Rob Straughan

Joseph and Georgiana Topinka Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Joseph Topinka ’63 in honor of his parents. It is awarded to at least one accounting major who plans on a career in accounting after graduation.

  • Jacob McMurray Day ’21
  • Mattison Grace Grant ‘21
The-Day-family-celebrating-graduate-Jacob-Day-‘21-winning-the-Joseph-Georgiana-Topinka-Memorial-Scholarship-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersThe Day family celebrating graduate Jacob Day ‘21 winning the Joseph & Georgiana Topinka Memorial Scholarship

 Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarship in Economics

The Elizabeth B. Garrett Scholarships were founded through a bequest made by Elizabeth B. White in 1918. This fund provides for department scholarships in economics, English, French, history and politics.

  • Rohan Jairam ’21
Prof.-Linda-Hooks-presents-Madelyn-Weber-‘21-with-the-Kim-Family-Prize.-Looking-on-are-Prof.-Carl-Kaiser-Prof.-Michael-Anderson-and-Prof.-Chris-Handy.-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersProf. Linda Hooks presents Madelyn Weber ‘21 with the Kim Family Prize. Looking on are Prof. Carl Kaiser, Prof. Michael Anderson, and Prof. Chris Handy.

 Kim Family Prize

The Kim Family Prize recognizes the senior economics major with the top research paper in the Economics 399 Advanced Research Seminar class. The students are selected by the Economics 399 faculty team and receive a cash prize in addition to the Kim Family Prize medallion.

  • Madelyn Jane Weber ’21
Phuong-Mai-‘21-displays-her-Edwin-Claybrook-Griffith-Scholarship-certificate-with-a-smile--233x350 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersPhuong Mai ‘21 displays her Edwin Claybrook Griffith Scholarship certificate with a smile!

Edwin Claybrook Griffith Scholarship

Edwin F. Schaeffer established this scholarship in honor of Edwin Claybrook Griffith, professor emeritus of economics. It is awarded to an economics major who demonstrates academic excellence and leadership in student activities.

  • Phuong Mai ’21

John McKenzie Gunn Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1994 by Professor John Gunn’s former students in honor of his retirement after more than 30 years of distinguished teaching. The scholarship is awarded to rising seniors majoring in economics on the basis of outstanding achievement, leadership and character.

  • Kathryn Rose Harris ’21
  • Daniel Benjamin Lynch ’21

Economic Academic Excellence Award

The Economics Academic Excellence Award, given to a rising senior or seniors, is based on the excellence of academic work in the major. The faculty of the Economics Department select the recipients.

  • Alec Benjamin Feurer ’21
  • Jack Joseph Giardino ’21
  • Daniel Solano Guarin ’21
  • Robert Sellors Lahourcade ’21
  • Olivia Luzzio ’21
  • Carissa Mae Petzold ’21
  • Chase Franklin Robinett ’21
  • Christopher Cargill Watt ’21

BETA ALPHA PSI

Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor organization for students who have displayed academic excellence in the study of accounting and financial information. Founded in 1919, there are currently over 300 chapters on campuses around the world, with more than 300,000 members initiated since the club’s formation.

Members from the Class of 2021

  • Temitope Elizabeth Adeyanju
  • William Hamilton Atkins
  • Gabriela Priscilla Bowman
  • Taylor Reese Cashman
  • Tai Hee Choi
  • Anne Mathilda Cunningham
  • Phillip Shaffer Day
  • Alec Benjamin Feurer
  • Mattison Grace Grant
  • Vivian Katherine Guyton
  • Courtney Rose Jones
  • McKenzie Lynn Koch
  • William Somervell Linthicum
  • Tye Shozaburo Loan
  • Mary Kathryn Roach
  • David Merrick Shook
  • Andrew Tosten Thompson
  • Christopher William Woodings
  • Avery Suzanne Younis
L.-K.-Johnson-Rosasco-Scholar-Christopher-Woodings-‘21-his-family-with-Prof.-Colin-Reid-Prof.-Lloyd-Tanlu-and-Dean-Straughan-600x400 Williams School Congratulates Class of 2021 Award WinnersL. K. Johnson – Rosasco Scholar Christopher Woodings ‘21, his family with Prof. Colin Reid, Prof. Lloyd Tanlu, and Dean Straughan

BETA GAMMA SIGMA

Beta Gama Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International. Membership in Beta Gama Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Members from the Class of 2021

  • Gabriela Bowman
  • Matthias Conklin
  • Hanh Minh Doan
  • Rohan Jairam
  • Chi Shing Adrian Lam
  • Allison Miller
  • Mims Reynolds
  • William Salchert
  • David Shook
  • Harrison Travis
  • Christopher Woodings
  • Avery Younis
  • RuoPeng Zhang

OMICRON DELTA EPSILON

Omicron Delta Epsilon is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in economics. The mission is to “encourage devotion on the part of its members as economists to the advancement of their science and to the scholarly effort to make freedom from want and deprivation a reality for all.” Omicron Delta Epsilon traces its history as an honor society to 1915 and currently has almost 700 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, France, Kazakhstan and United Arab Emirates.

Members from the Class of 2021

  • Megan Nicole Duncanson
  • Jack Joseph Giardino
  • Daniel Solano Guarin
  • Kathryn Rose Harris
  • Rohan Jairam
  • Robert Sellors Lahourcade
  • Olivia Luzzio
  • Daniel Benjamin Lynch
  • Tomasz Jan Paluchowski
  • Carissa Mae Petzold
  • Xinxian Wang
  • Christopher Cargill Watt
  • Daniel Roy Whalen

PI SIGMA ALPHA

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the U.S. At present, there are 621 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country and in Guam. Pi Sigma

Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Pi Sigma Alpha seeks “to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.”

Members from the Class of 2021

  • Wesley James Culp
  • Julia Hartman Foxen
  • Andrew Charles Frailer
  • Ryan Thomas Fulton
  • David Neill Hotze
  • Olivia Allison Luzzio
  • Turner Marshall Malmo
  • Valerie Caroline Marshall
  • Jenna Ruby Marvet
  • Margaret Eleanor Shetler
  • Claire Rhodes Smith
  • Noah William Tapp
  • Jamie Kushner Winslett