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BC Students Receive Academic Honors

April 18 - Many of Berea's greatest minds converged on the dining hall for the annual Scholarship Day and Academic Awards Banquet.

Several students were honored at the annual banquet.

Among those honored was Carman Smith, a senior Education Major and recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award. The purposes of this national honor society are to recognize high scholarship and character of students in all departments and areas, to foster the significant purposes for which institutions of higher learning have been founded and to stimulate academic achievement.

Smith was also invited to be the speaker for the awards ceremony. In her speech, titled "Never Miss An Opportunity To Learn," Smith detailed the importance of listening to elders, as well as children’s interpretations of their parents and grandparents, and how we may learn from them. "Very young children do not discriminate, but begin to judge others based on what they hear and see. Children merely see people as people. We can learn a lot from this," said Smith. She closed by saying, "I encourage you to talk, and more importantly, listen to your elders and your children because much can be learned about what it means to be a better human from these experiences. I wish to leave you encouraged and motivated to never miss an opportunity to learn, for it is when we least expect it that we learn the most."

Several prestigious awards and scholarships were given to students, which included the Bishop Yu Yue Tsu Scholarship. This fund was established by friends and family of the Bishop on his 96th birthday. The scholarship is given to a junior or senior religion major who demonstrates achievement in their field. Kelli Burton was this years' recipient, and was proud to receive the award. "The professors in the religion department know me well and have seen me struggle through difficult ideas and topics almost daily for the past few years. To have them nominate me for this award was a huge honor," commented Burton.

The Walter Morris Gay Memorial Award is given to a senior pre-law student chosen on the basis of high academic achievement, excellence of character and patriotism. One of the recipients of this award was Elizabeth Ford , who said, "The award that meant the most to me was probably the Walter Gay Memorial Award... from everything I've heard it's a fairly prestigious award, and I knew it would really help me out next year in law school. I honestly didn't think my chances were very good."

Rachel Rosolina was also one of the big winners of the night, winning multiple awards including the Seabury Award, and the Mary Macauley Smith Memorial Scholarship in the Humanities. Rosolina commented on her achievements, saying, "Receiving multiple awards at the Academic Awards banquet was, quite honestly, overwhelming. I did not expect to receive so much for my academic work here. It was a great honor to be recognized so many times."

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