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The Dr. Leonard Latkovski Memorial Prize in History was established in 2009 by the Department of History and renamed in 2015 in memory of Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history. The award is presented to a junior or senior for outstanding achievement in history. This year’s award goes to Sienna Bronson and Alexandra Cook.

Sienna is an Honors Program student with a double major in history and mathematics. While being a role model in her history classes, she has also worked at the National Civil War Medicine Museum. She has done exemplary archival research on Hood College during the Depression and wrote her senior seminar paper on the reputation of Clara Barton.

Alexandra has participated in a history-themed Living-Learning Community, has interned at the Howard County Historical Society and has used archival sources to write about her own family’s history during the Civil War era. An achiever in many arenas, she is writing a Departmental Honors paper jointly in history and English on social issues in Frances Burney’s novel “Cecilia.”

The James b. Ranck Book Prize In American History is an annual gift honoring the late Professor Emeritus James B. Ranck. It provides prizes of significant books on American history or political life to a student who is outstanding in this field. Professor Ranck taught history and political science at Hood from 1929 to 1967; he died in 1988. The prize is awarded to Victoria Wright.

Victoria has interned at the Montgomery County Historical Society and served as a judge for National History Day. She brings her considerable intellect and wit to every course, and to her Departmental Honors paper on Native American women activists in the late 19th century. She has also been active in the Hood Choir, Wisteria and the Feminist Student Union. After graduation she will be working as a historical interpreter at Gathland State Park.

The Hildegarde Pilgram ’31 Book Prize was established in 2010 by Emilie Amt, Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History, in honor of Pilgram, who endowed the Hildegarde Pilgram Chair in History. The prize is awarded to a student who has shown excellence in medieval history or medieval studies. Ms. Pilgram served on the Hood College Board of Trustees for 14 years; she died in 1995. Michael Dormer is this year’s recipient.

Michael is a gifted writer with a passion and flare for early history, the history of warfare and archives. He has interned at the Maryland Room of the C. Burr Artz Library, where he has organized the World War II collection and made it more accessible to users.

The Elizabeth Yourtee Anderson ’82 History Prize was established in 2011 by the Anderson family in memory of Elizabeth Yourtee Anderson ’82. The prize is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, integrity and passion for Maryland history, public history or historic preservation. The recipient is Anthony King.

An outstanding practitioner of public history, Anthony has interned at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and has also worked at Monocacy National Battlefield and the Maryland Room of the C. Burr Artz Library. At the sheriff’s office, he is creating an archival system for their records and establishing an ongoing internship position that can be filled by other Hood students in the future. In every pursuit, Anthony has impressed supervisors and instructors with his excellent work.