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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.

Eleanor is a junior majoring in communication arts and minoring in literature. She grew up in the Annapolis area and hopes to pursue a career in critical pop culture analysis. Her interests include feminism, books and films.

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 Katie Misuraca.

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 winner is Katie Misuraca.

Katie is a senior from Severna Park, Md. She is majoring in communication arts with a minor in theater and drama. Katie’s many interests include watching television shows on Bravo, re-watching television series on Netflix, as well as tuning into the nightly news. Katie’s career plans are to be involved with television. She hopes to become a news producer for a major network. Katie has been highly involved within the past four years at Hood. She has been a part of orientation, House Council and House Forum. She also has been a part of the student newspaper, the Blue and Grey. She started as a staff reporter and quickly moved to sports editor her sophomore year. In 2014, she became editor-in- chief and has been in that position for the past two academic years.

The George E. Randall Award is presented to a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in journalism or writing, has worked on student publications and has maintained a strong GPA. The recipient is Christine Wisniewski.

Christine is from Wolfsville, Md., and is a junior who recently transferred from Frederick Community College. She is a communications and journalism major. She likes to travel locally, countrywide, and abroad. She also loves going to concerts, hiking, baking and doing generally anything outside. She dreams of writing for either a nature magazine, like National Geographic, or a music/concert magazine, like Revolver. She would like to write for some sort of publication that does not just have an online presence. She has also been working at a shop in Downtown Frederick for almost two years.

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 of journalism at Hood, who retired in 2015 after 30 years as a faculty member. This year the prize is awarded to Jared Bileski.

Jared is a senior from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is a music and communication arts double major with concentrations in violin performance and digital media. Jared is also a four-year member of the Hood men’s lacrosse team and is a co-station manager of Blazer Radio. Jared spends his free time producing electronic music under the name “kcik” and plays DJ gigs in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Virginia Beach and Frederick. He hopes to work in the music industry once he graduates.

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, Class of 1975, retired as a professor of journalism at Hood in 2015. The prize is shared by Carly Berkowitz, Christopher Hamby and Chloe Scott.

Carly is a graduating senior majoring in communication arts. She has an interest in comics and writing and hopes to write comics for a living. Currently, she writes for an online community, an e-zine, and her own blog about indie comics and the people who write them.

Chris is a rising senior at Hood College, majoring in the field of communications and digital media. As a commuter student, he currently serves on the board of the College’s Commuter Council. He entertains his friends with his knowledge of cult classic film and TV programs and writes two blogs on vintage film. Hamby is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and a past winner of the MHz Networks “Shortie” award for his short animated film, “Trump’s Bad Hair Day” in 2006. He would like to pursue a career in film, television or multimedia once he graduates from Hood.

Chloe Scott is a graduating senior from Frederick, Md., majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. Growing up in Frederick, Chloe understood the value of community at a young age. She has gained various recognitions and awards through her leadership, academics and volunteerism. Chloe is a founder and current member of Sisters Aspiring to Success, and has participated in various other campus organizations including the Ionic Society, Last Train of Thought, the Service Association, and La Comunidad. Post-graduation, she plans to attend law school to further enhance her education and career success.

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 Janice E. Cole, Ph.D., professor of English at Hood for 31 years from 1965 to 1996. The co-winners are Anthony King and Hannah Thompson.

Anthony King’s winning paper was titled “The Third Battle of Manassas: The Stonewall Jackson Monument.” He is a senior history major and is from Jonestown, Pa. Some of his interests include traveling to various historical sites, playing the drums and guitar, collecting vinyl records and watching various movies. He is involved in numerous on-campus organizations including the Ionic Society, the BrotherHood and Blazer Radio, in addition to volunteering at several historically based organizations locally. His current plan for the future is to graduate and find a job in the public history field, preferably museum work.

Hannah’s winning paper was titled “To be or not to be: How Hamlet’s Editors Have Answered the Question.” She is a senior from New Windsor, Md., completing her degrees in art and archaeology and English. Her interests include writing, ancient civilizations, world languages and cultures, volunteer service and outdoor activities. Hannah is a member of the Commuter Council and the Archaeology Club. She is also a student worker in the English department, and an hourly employee for Carroll County Public Schools. Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a career in archaeology and communications, and a higher degree in linguistic anthropology.

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, Class of 1943. The prize is awarded to Alexandra Cook.

In her senior year at Hood, Alexandra is completing double majors in English and history with a minor in film studies. She lives in Glenelg, Md., and enjoys reading and writing, as well as exploring family history and genealogy. A current project is working with her grandmother to document her childhood in East Prussia. Alexandra is considering a career in book publishing and hopes to attend the Denver Publishing Institute in the summer of 2016.

The Martha Briney Honor Scholarship, established in honor of the late Professor Martha Briney, is awarded to an upperclassman who excels in English literature courses. This year’s recipients are Samantha Baldwin, Grant Gallagher, and Jake Rogers.

Samantha has lived in the Frederick area all her life! She lives in Boonsboro, but calls Frederick her stomping ground. For three and a half years, Sam attended Hagerstown Community College, where she was incredibly involved in Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges. She served as the vice president of fellowship for the Pi Theta Chapter, was the Phi Theta Kappa middle states regional president in 2014-2015, and served as a campaign manager for a friend who campaigned for international vice president of division I. Her time in Phi Theta Kappa gave her experience in research, leadership, public speaking and more. Now at Hood, Sam is in her junior year as an English major and is also pursuing a classical studies minor. She plans to attend a graduate school after graduating from Hood to get a Master of Arts in English literature. She wishes to work as an English professor at a community college where she can become involved in Phi Theta Kappa again as a chapter adviser or on the regional level. But for now, she is spending most of her time tucked away in the library learning as much as she can about ancient mythologies, one of her passions.

Grant, originally from Monmouth County, N.J., is studying English and sociology. He is in his third year and presently works as an intern at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C. His research on segregated World War I memorials will be presented at the 30th annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Asheville, N.C., and his paper on urban development in Frederick is slated for publication in “Proto,” an undergraduate humanities journal. Grant is interested in labor history, gender and aesthetics.

Jake was born and raised in New Jersey, and is currently a junior studying English literature, creative writing and philosophy. He played soccer at Hood for two seasons before hanging up his cleats to focus on his other interests, including participation in Hood’s radio station and the improv comedy troupe, as well as performing in two student productions this spring. In January and June, he works as a resident assistant for Drew University’s MFA in Poetry and Poetry Translation program, which he intends to enroll in after graduation from Hood next May.

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 Kassandra Stout, Hannah Thompson and Nicole Turner.

Kassandra, a junior from Buffalo, N.Y., is a dual major in integrated marketing communication and English. She enjoys a multitude of activities including traveling, reading, skydiving, gardening, motorcycle riding and most recently, cooking. Her plans include creating a career in the marketing field when she graduates whether it is in Washington, D.C., or another state. She is also in the process of looking to apply to graduate school in order to earn an MBA. Outside of academics, she hopes to travel to Scotland one day and explore their rich history, culture and beautiful countryside.

Hannah is from New Windsor, Md. She is a senior, completing her degree in art and archaeology and English. Her interests include writing, world languages and cultures, volunteer service and outdoor activities. Hannah is a member of the Commuter Council and the Archaeology Club. She is also a student worker in the English and communication arts department, and an hourly employee for Carroll County Public Schools. Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a career in archaeology and communications, and a higher degree in linguistic anthropology.

Nicole is a senior from Ocean County, N.J. She transferred to Hood after studying at both Ocean County College and Montgomery College in 2013, and she will be continuing her education at Georgia State University, pursuing a master’s degree in literary studies this coming fall semester. Her goal is to work as an English professor, where she can continue to learn and develop her understanding of the world through literature.

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. Taylor Murphy and Logan Samuels are this year’s recipients.

Taylor is originally from Lewes, Del. This is her senior year at Hood College, and she’s excited to graduate in May. As an English major, Taylor has enjoyed working on a Departmental Honors paper focused on Hamlet and tutoring in the writing center. She is an executive member of Mortar Board and part of Hood’s new chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Following graduation, she will be studying medieval mystery plays in England with Professor Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D. as part of the Summer Research Institute program.

Logan is a junior from Manalapan, N.J., with a dual major in communication arts and English literature with a leadership studies minor. Logan is a writing consultant for the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention and an intern for the Frederick County state’s attorney’s office. She is the president of the Ionic Society, PRSSA and the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Logan is the former news editor and current chief copy editor of the Blue and Grey newspaper and the public relations chair of the SGA. She is also a member of the Feminist Student Union, Wisteria, Dance Ensemble, Blaze-X Dance Team, the Honors Program, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Hillel, SAS and the Middle States Reaccreditation Committee. This summer, Logan will be traveling to England with Professor Heather Mitchell-Buck, Ph.D., to do research on Middle English mystery plays in York and London. Logan aspires to pursue a dual degree program to earn her Juris Doctorate and master’s in communications or English with the hopes to secure a career in media or intellectual property law and teach English at the undergraduate level.