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The Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 Prize was established in 2012. The Shirley Conner Hardinge Center for Global Studies was established in 2011. The prize is awarded to a student who has made outstanding contributions to global studies. The prize recipient is Kyle Oakes.

Kyle is a graduating senior who began his tenure at Hood College in 2014 after transferring from the United States Military Academy. Kyle will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in both business administration and global studies. While at Hood, Kyle has worked to increase interest in the Model United Nations Club, helping it reach more than 30 members, while attaining the level of head delegate. He is also the president of the Zeta Nu chapter of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Relations. This year, Kyle was invited to write a Departmental Honors paper for global studies. Following graduation, Kyle will be pursuing a master’s degree from American University, School of International Service in global governance, politics and security as well as an MBA from American University, Kogod School of Business.

The Margaret Louise Kleist Prize, established by Mrs. C. Walter Kleist and the late Mr. Kleist, is awarded to an outstanding member of the freshman class selected from nominations by the freshman-sophomore advising group. This year’s recipient is Maisha Khan.

Maisha is a commuter, first-year student from Frederick and a member of the Honors Program. She plans to major in biochemistry and pursue a career in medicine. She is a natural scientist who crosses disciplinary boundaries and excels at philosophical inquiry, literary analysis and political thought.

The Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center And Office Of Service Learning Distinguished Intern Award, established in 2014, is presented to a student who successfully completes an internship either for academic credit or experience. This student receives exceptional evaluations from intern supervisors and shows outstanding career attitude and professionalism. This year’s recipient is Laura Lokey.

Laura is a senior majoring in communication arts. She has completed 15 credits worth of internships during her time at Hood College. This semester, she is interning with the Downtown Frederick Partnership assisting with updating their blog, booking bands for the popular Alive @ Five events as well as helping with promotion of the First Saturday events. Her site supervisor, Brittany Barber, stated “Laura has exceptional writing and communication skills and truly goes above and beyond with every single project she is given.” Laura has been nothing short of a goal-oriented professional in her interactions with the career center.

The Bromer Peace Award was established in 2012 by Sara Peterson Anderson, Ray Anderson and Flora Peterson Smith in memory of Dr. Edward S. Bromer, former chair of the Board of Trustees; Frances Bromer Peterson ’25; Edna Bromer Morehead ’11; Dorothy Bromer Reinhart ’29; and Anna M. Peterson ’27. The prize is awarded annually to a student who, through course work, individual initiative or participation in a relevant student organization, does significant work developing and implementing tools for nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliation and a solutions-based approach to peace maintenance either on the Hood campus or in a neighboring school or community group, or whose academic research on peace is presented in a public forum. This year’s recipient is Le Nguyen.

Le is a senior double majoring in economics and business administration with concentrations in marketing, international economics, and international economics and finance, with a minor in web development. She is also a member of the Honors Program and has upheld numerous leadership positions including the president of the International Club, vice president of the Rotaract Club, event coordinator for the Ionic Society and numerous others. Recently, she was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace for her “Foundation of Hope” project this summer in a Peace Village in Vietnam.