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The Blue and Grey Editorial Award is presented for the best editorial writing appearing in The Blue and Grey, formerly Hood Today, in the past academic year. The award has been given for several decades to students who serve on the editorial staff. Eleanor Blaser is this year’s recipient.

The Esther E. Shaw Award is given for the best news story appearing in The Blue and Grey in the past academic year. This year’s recipient is Eleanor Blaser.

Eleanor is a Hood College senior, majoring in communication arts and minoring in literature. She was also the lifestyle and entertinament editor for The Blue and Grey newspaper. Currently, Eleanor is a Tischer Scholar, >writing a paper on author Jane Austen’s role in modern lm. Eleanor is a passionate writer whose interests include feminism, reading and creative writing. She hopes to enter into a career where she gets to utilize these interests.

The Margaret Condron Sterner Scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed three years at Hood and has made the most distinguished contribution in the field of creative writing or journalism. This scholarship was established through the bequest of Carlton R. Sterner in memory of his wife, Margaret Condron Sterner ’39. The winners are Mary Milligan and Cameron Rogers.

Mary is from Bowmansville, Pennsylvania. She is a senior graduating in May. She hopes to work at a nonpro t post- graduation, doing social media and blogging. Eventually, she hopes to achieve the ability to be a freelance blogger and writer.

Cameron is a senior from Severn, Maryland, majoring in communication arts and minoring in management. His hobbies include writing, reading, swimming and visiting historical sites. After graduation, Cameron would like to be involved in the eld of communications as a journalist or PR professional. He is also working to become a published author. He has been swimming for more than a decade and closed out his nal competitive season for Hood in February.

The Aldan T. Weinberg Communication Arts Prize is awarded annually to one or more students, with first priority given to students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in broadcasting, particularly with regard to college broadcast organizations, or second, to students who have demonstrated excellence in communication arts at Hood. The prize is named for Aldan Weinberg, professor emeritus of journalism, who retired in 2015 after 30 years as a faculty member. This year the prize is awarded to CJ Blickenstaff and Brandon Green.

CJ, originally from Ocean View, New Jersey, is communications major with a digital media concentration in her senior year. She loves photography and being outdoors. She loves to cook as much as she loves to eat. When not at school, she is a busy mother of three and a Coast Guard Veteran, and Coast Guard spouse. She actively participates in Blazer Radio and the Blue and Grey and is hoping to take those skills into her career. Her next step will be graduate school in fall 2017 as she has been accepted into the emerging media program at Loyola University of Maryland.

Brandon is a communication arts major with a minor in literature from Waldorf, Maryland. He wants to be a sports reporter after he graduates. Brandon interned at WHAG-TV in their sports department for the past two semesters. He is the president of the college radio station, Blazer Radio, and he has a show that airs every Thursday at 6 p.m., Real Talk with Bee Green. He has also written articles for The Blue and Grey.

The Alyce Weinberg Honor Scholarship, named in honor of the late Alyce Weinberg, is awarded to a senior majoring in English or communication arts who has done meritorious work in English, particularly in communications. Mrs. Weinberg established this scholarship because she believed firmly in the value of education. She took numerous courses at Hood as an adult learner, but she did not enroll as a degree-seeking student. Mrs. Weinberg could be considered the ultimate continuing education student, a genuine lifelong learner. She loved Hood, its professors and courses, and enrolled semester after semester to learn as much as possible. Sometimes she even repeated courses she liked particularly well. Mrs. Weinberg is the author of the book “The Spirits of Frederick”. Her son, Al Weinberg, ’75, is an emeritus professor of journalism at Hood. The prize is shared by John Curran, Jeanne Robinson and Logan Samuels.

John is from Walkersville, Maryland. He is a senior in the communication arts program at Hood College and will be graduating this May. His interests include traveling, shopping, hanging out at cafes and going to art museums. He participates in several human rights and civil rights causes. He is politically active and plans to attend law school next fall.

Jeanne is a senior from Cartersville, Virginia. She is majoring in communication arts with a concentration in digital media. During her free time, she enjoys strengthening her photography skills, studying lm and listening to the same music since middle school. Her favorite part about Frederick is all she has experienced while volunteering for the Weinberg Center for the Arts and meeting people on the sidewalk after rst talking to their dogs. In the near future, she wants to continue her conquest of Europe and then later decide what to do with the rest of her years.

Logan is a senior from Manalapan, New Jersey, with a dual major in communication arts and English (literature) and a self-developed minor in leadership studies. She is a member of the Hood Honors Program and is a Christine

P. Tischer scholar for the Department of English. Logan serves as the president of the Student Government Association and Sigma Tau Delta, and is the chief copy editor of The Blue and Grey. She is also an active member of the Feminist Student Union, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, the Ionic Society and Dance Ensemble. She is a writing tutor for the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention and has previously interned with Mayor Randy McClement and the Frederick State’s Attorney’s Of ce. Logan will be attending law school to earn her juris doctorate in communications and intellectual property law, and plans to later pursue her Ph.D. in British literature.

The Janice E. Cole Writing Prize, established in 1992 by Hood’s humanities faculty, is awarded to a student or students who submit in the annual prize competition the most outstanding essay originally written for a course in the humanities. The prize was introduced in 1992 as the Center for the Humanities Prize. It was renamed in spring 1997 in honor of the late Dr. Janice E. Cole, professor of English at Hood for 31 years from 1965 to 1996. The first place winner is Logan Samuels, second place is Jennifer Forester and third place winner is Molly Masterson.

Logan is a senior from Manalapan, New Jersey, with a dual major in communication arts and English (literature) and a self-developed minor in leadership studies. She is a member of the Hood Honors Program and is a Christine Tischer scholar for the Department of English. Logan serves as the president of the Student Government Association and Sigma Tau Delta, and is the chief copy editor of The Blue and Grey. She is also an active member of the Feminist Student Union, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, the Ionic Society and Dance Ensemble. She is a writing tutor for the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention and has previously interned with Mayor Randy McClement and the Frederick State’s Attorney’s Of ce. Logan will be attending law school to earn her juris doctorate in communications and intellectual property law, and plans to later pursue her Ph.D. in British literature.

Jennifer is a senior at Hood College, with a major in English and a concentration in literature. She currently lives in Gaithersburg, and when not absorbed in Shakespearian plays or the literature of Utopian worlds, she spends her time creating nail art, caring for her aquarium sh, playing videogames and seeing friends. Following graduation, she hopes to either work in admission here at Hood or teach English abroad. Either way, she hopes to make a difference.

Molly is a senior in the Hood College Honors Program and is from Indiana, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in archaeology and Spanish. She has a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Outside of class, Molly is the vice president of the Hood College Student Government Association, a member of the Hood College Democrats, the Archaeology Club and the Feminist Student Union. Molly was a semi nalist for a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the University of Shef eld, U.K.. As the Fulbright scholarships are very competitive, Molly is also planning to attend a post-baccalaureate program at the University of California-Davis to study ancient Greek and Latin. Molly plans to obtain her Ph.D. in archaeology and remain in academia as a professor.

The Emily Myers Davis Prize is awarded to a student or students for excellence in English courses. This prize was established by T. Crawley Davis in memory of his wife, Emily Myers Davis, ’43. The prize is awarded to Logan Samuels.

Logan is a senior from Manalapan, New Jersey, with a dual major in communication arts and English (literature) and a self-developed minor in leadership studies. She is a member of the Hood Honors Program and is a Christine P. Tischer scholar for the Department of English. Logan serves as the president of the Student Government Association and Sigma Tau Delta, and is the chief copy editor of The Blue and Grey. She is also an active member of the Feminist Student Union, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, the Ionic Society and Dance Ensemble. She is a writing tutor for the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention and has previously interned with Mayor Randy McClement and the Frederick State’s Attorney’s Of ce. Logan will be attending law school to earn her juris doctorate in communications and intellectual property law, and plans to later pursue her Ph.D. in British literature.

The Martha Briney Honor Scholarship, established in honor of the late Professor Martha Briney, is awarded to upperclassmen who excel in English literature courses. This year’s recipients are Miranda Barrientos, Amber Goodwin and Olivia Imirie.

Miranda of Germantown, Maryland, is an English major with a creative writing concentration. As a member of the Class of 2018, she is in her third year at Hood. Among her many interests are name meanings and origins, animals, fantasy stories, literature, theater, social equality, ags, cartoons and assorted trivia. Miranda is the secretary of the

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society. She is also a member of the Hood College Feminist Student Union, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Hood College Student Musical Theatre and the Hood College Queer Student Union.

Olivia is a junior this year at Hood and currently resides in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As an English major, she enjoys reading, especially ction. She is also quite passionate about music. She would love to call herself a teacher one day and is currently pursuing a career in teaching at a community college. She volunteers regularly at her church as the praise team leader and loves working with the young kids in any way she can.

The Janice E. Cole Scholarship Fund, established in memory of Professor Janice E. Cole, is awarded to a student who has done excellent work in English. The late Professor Cole taught English at Hood from 1965 to 1996. Beloved by her students and highly respected by her colleagues, Professor Cole gave unstintingly of her time to countless faculty and College committees. Most of all, she was devoted to the students of Hood College, particularly her advisees and those enrolled in her classes. The prize is shared by Samantha Baldwin, Jacqueline Hase and Taylor Polito.

Samantha is in her senior year at Hood College. She was born in Frederick, but grew up and lives in Boonsboro, Maryland. Samantha has always loved reading, but particularly loves ancient Greek and Roman mythology. After Hood, Samantha plans on pursuing her Master of Science in Library and Information Science in order to become a research or reference librarian.

Jacqueline was born in Tacoma, Washington, and has lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, since she was about nine years old. She is currently a junior at Hood and double majors in English and Middle Eastern studies. She spent her spring semester of junior year living abroad in London, and hopes to return again soon. She does not have career plans at the moment, but knows that she wants traveling to be a part of whatever she chooses to do. Her interests include reading, tea, Wikipedia spirals and the dark, unending void known as the Internet, not necessarily in that order.

Taylor is a junior from Colts Neck, New Jersey, and is an English and integrated marketing communication major. She is a member of the Hood College Equestrian Team, Mortar Board and Wisteria Magazine. She plans on earning a master’s degree to become a speech pathologist and wants to become a published poet. Taylor is also involved in the Frederick 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center and is working toward PATH therapeutic riding instructor certi cation.

The Margaret P. Ford Honor Scholarship,was established in honor of the late Professor Emerita Margaret P. Ford, who taught English at Hood from 1964 to 1987 and served as chair of the department for many years. She taught numerous courses in American literature and was a student of the life and writings of William Faulkner. This scholarship was established by Hood’s Board of Trustees to honor Professor Ford. The prize is awarded annually at the discretion of the English department faculty. James Rogers and Kassandra Stout are this year’s recipients.

James “Jake” is a senior, from a small town in New Jersey called Wharton. After graduation, he intends to attend Drew University’s MFA in poetry program. During his time at Hood, he has participated in extracurricular activities including playing soccer, contributing to Blazer Radio, Hood Improv Troupe and Wisteria, as well as performing in “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer” and a Rude Globe production.

Kassandra is senior from Buffalo, New York, who is earning a double major in integrated marketing communication and English. She is involved on campus as the president of the Apartments Area House Council, a representative in House Forum as well as a member of the Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Mortar Board and PRSSA. She is also a current research intern for a local marketing research rm in the Frederick area. Outside of academics, Kassandra enjoys a multitude of activities including cooking, running, reading, writing, skydiving and traveling. She is ecstatic to say she will be traveling to Scotland this summer before attending graduate school in the fall 2017 to further her marketing career goals.