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Six Students Recognized with Named Awards at Commencement

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Julie Cline
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Prestigious end-of-the-year awards for five Washington and Lee students including the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion to 2010 graduates Kathryn Boiles and Kushal Harjani; the Edward Lee Pinney Prize to 2010 graduates Natalie Bunnell and Bena Tshishiku; the Frank J. Gilliam Award to 2010 graduate Garrott McClintock; and the Barber Scholarship Award to Crighton Allen of the Class of 2011 were announced at W&L's Commencement on Thursday, May 27.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion

Washington and Lee has been awarding the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award continually since 1927. It is awarded by vote of the faculty to students who excel in high ideals of living, in spiritual qualities, and in generous and disinterested service to others.

Kathryn Boiles, from Nacogdoches, Texas, received a B.A. in economics, with honors. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon national economics honor society, the W&L's Wind Ensemble, Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A varsity swimmer and ODAC Scholar Athlete (2007, 2008, 2009), Boiles was chair of Traveller sober ride service; was the recipient of the Erik T. Wooley Fellowship for International Internship to Quito, Ecuador; and participated in the Robert E. Lee Research Program.

Kushal Harjani, from Kathmandu, Nepal, received his B.S. in both business administration and economics. He was president and founder of Action Change Tomorrow, which conducted week-long awareness campaigns across campus for world-wide human rights violations, raising over $5,000 and associate editor of the undergraduate Economic Review. He was a member of the Order of Omega, Nabors Service League and the Boxing Club, which he revived.

Harjani was the business and marketing head of inGeneral magazine; was a computer Help Desk technician solving software and hardware problems; and was a Williams School programming intern, debugging, editing and enhancing the University course website using ColdFusion language in Dreamweaver. He volunteered for "Yes Prep," working with children in a chartered school in Houston and "S.E.A.R.C.H.," fighting homelessness in Houston.

The Edward Lee Pinney Prize

The Pinney Prize is awarded by the Student Affairs Committee for extraordinary commitment to personal scholarship and to the nurturing of intellectual life at Washington and Lee.

Natalie Bunnell, from Clarendon Hills, Ill., received her B.A. in art history and Romance languages. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the Arts League. She was a George Washington Honor Scholar, a cellist in the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, head of the W&L Peer Tutoring Program and assistant head resident advisor.

Bunnell was a summer intern in the research department at the Netherlands Institute of Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam; a summer intern with the W&L University Collections; and a summer intern at Holy Trinity School in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Bunnell plans to pursue a master's degree in art history at New York University.

Bena Tshishiku, from Martinez, Ga., received a B.S. in mathematics. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society; Phi Beta Sigma Inc., fraternity; and received a Goldwater Fellowship (2009). He also received the Vincent Bradford Award, a merit-based academic scholarship, and the Williams Prize, awarded to the junior math major with the highest G.P.A. He was a mathematics tutor and tutored at the local elementary and high schools.

Tshishiku gave a presentation at the AMS-MAA National Joint Mathematics Meetings (in both 2009 and 2010), the 2009 SMALL Undergraduate Research Program, the 2009 Undergraduate Knot Theory Conference; and participated in the R.E. Lee Summer Research Program. Tshishiku will soon enter the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the University of Chicago.

The Frank J. Gilliam Award

Named for Dean Emeritus Frank J. Gilliam as a tribute to his long and devoted service to Washington and Lee since 1926, is awarded annually to that student who has made the most valuable contribution to student affairs in one or more fields. Candidates are nominated by members of the student body and faculty, and the
winner is selected by the Executive Committee of the Student Body.

Garrott McClintock, from Tunica, Miss., received a B.S. with a major in art history major and a minor in environmental studies. He was a member of the men's varsity lacrosse team and president of the Interfraternity Council. He was also a member of Kathekon and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

The Barber Scholarship Award

The Barber Scholarship Award honors a member of the junior class who manifests superior qualities of helpfulness and friendliness to fellow students, public spirit, scholarship and personal character.

Crighton Allen, from Thomasville, Ga., a history major with a concentration in poverty studies, is a George Washington Honor Scholar. He also is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa and will be president of ODK during his senior year.

Allen is chairman of the Student Judicial Council and a peer counselor. He is also a student representative on the Shepherd Poverty Program Student-Faculty Advisory Board. Last summer he worked for The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and hopes to attend law school after his graduation.