The Raymond L. And Louise K. Prize, endowed by Gary Gillard, assistant professor emeritus of information
technology, is in memory of his parents. The prize is awarded annually to a student based on merit. The prize is awarded
to Davon Hill.
Davon is a computer science major and web development minor and plays guard on the Hood basketball team. Davon
is from Clinton, Md., and a graduate of the Potomac School. He has three brothers and a sister.
The Computer Science Undergraduate Achievement Award is given to a senior student who has
demonstrated continued excellence in computer science studies. Joshua Williams is this year’s winner.
Joshua has lived in Maryland all his life. He graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown and then
moved to Frederick. He wanted to be an accountant, but realized he enjoyed programming more after landing a job
as a data programmer for a local company. Currently, he also works as an intern at Fort Detrick and plans to continue
working there after graduation. He is a father of two boys: a two-year old and a newborn baby. Joshua enjoys playing with
Legos with his son, writing code, building things with his 3D printer and experimenting with Raspberry Pi.
The Computer Science Faculty Prize is awarded to a student selected by the department faculty to
recognize excellence. The recipient is Devin Hill.
Devin is a computer science major and web development minor and is an assistant coach for the Hood basketball team.
Devin is from Clinton, Md., and a graduate of the Potomac School. He has three brothers and a sister.
The Computer Science Chair's Fund Prize is awarded to students in the introductory course sequence who
show great potential as students in computer science. The prize is awarded to Mickayla Bachar and Karen Canas.
Mickayla is a freshman who graduated from Boonsboro High School. Mickayla was a National Honor Society member
and officer, team leader of a robotics team, a member of the programming team and a member and concert mistress
for the orchestra and jazz orchestra. She has received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, graduating with
highest honors and MVAL honorable mention for high school soccer. She enjoys music, playing her guitar and violin
and singing. She also enjoys programming and solving problems that make her really think. She wants to be a software
Karen is a third-year student. She is a computer science major and hopes to complete mathematics and web
development minors. Karen is part of the Honors Program and two of their committees: the Honors Academic Planning
Committee and the Scholarship Committee. She works at C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick and at Hood College’s
Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.