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Rodrian Wins Hilda Welch Wood Award

The Hilda Welch Wood Award for outstanding achievement by a female student went to Laura Rodrian, of Waddy, who received a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Laura Rodrian Wins Hilda Welch Wood Award

Each year Berea College presents the Wood Achievement Awards to a male and female in the graduating class who “have achieved outstanding scholarship and have made excellent contributions to the life of the College.”

Rodrian, an English major with a 3.98 GPA, was a member of the Fleur de Lis, Vincit Qui Patitur, Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Mortar Board honor societies. Rodrian has pursued numerous eclectic interests at Berea, including geology, physical education, and study abroad in France and New Zealand. She is also a former member of the Biology Club, the Geology Club, and the women’s soccer team.

“My sophomore year someone told me that college would change me drastically," says Rodrian. "I was skeptical, but now I have to admit it was true. … Whatever the case may be, I know that Berea has amply provided the environment and opportunities that I needed to learn more about myself and the world I live in.”

Rodrian has been recognized for her academic excellence with the Florence Prize for Essays, the Paul Vernon Kreider, Jr. Memorial Award, the Class of 1942 Scholarship, the Mary McCauley Smith Memorial Scholarship, the Henry and Edna Austin Scholarship, the William C. Burroughs Memorial Award in Geology, and is also a two-time recipient of the Emily Ann Smith Scholarship.

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