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The George C. Pearson Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding senior student in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Established in 1927 by George C. Pearson, the prize is awarded upon recommendation of the department faculty. The prize goes to Kristen Squires.

Kristen is from the Philadelphia region of Pennsylvania. She is double majoring in art and archaeology and religion and completed two Departmental Honors papers: one in her junior year and one in her senior year. In addition to working in the library, Kristen is a participant in the Honors Program and an active member of both the Archaeology Club and the Feminist Student Union. She has participated in a number of archaeological digs. In Maryland, Kristen participated with Hood College’s Pearl House excavation in Mount Pleasant. She also spent two summers at the archaeological site of Çadir Höyük in Turkey.

The Logic Prize is awarded for outstanding performance in logic. This year’s prize is shared by Tracy Forcino and Katherine Hardey.

Tracy is a graduating senior from Williamsport, Md., who is double majoring in history and law and society with a minor in French. She is a member of the Honors Program. She plans to attend law school.

Katherine graduated from Hood in December 2015 with a degree in law and society and plans to pursue a career in law.

The James R. Boston Prize is named for James R. Boston, professor emeritus of religion, who taught at Hood from 1965 to 1999. The Department of Religion and Philosophy faculty select a first-year or sophomore student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in a religion or philosophy class. This year’s recipient is Christopher Gaumond.

Christopher is a first-year student from Gaithersburg, Md., and a member of the Honors Program.

The Hood College Prize In Ethics was established in 2014 by Krista Schaffert ’04. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of the best paper on ethics submitted by a current student as part of an undergraduate course at Hood College in the last calendar year. The winning paper is selected by the faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and should critically evaluate, challenge or defend an established concept of moral conduct or the application of a moral standard in a particular scenario. Claire Scarborough is this year’s winner.

Claire is a junior from Myersville, Md. She is double majoring in Spanish and global studies with a dual concentration in global governance and conflict as well as global cultures and society. A member of the Honors program, Claire is also active in Mortar Board and Sigma Iota Rho. She hopes to promote international development by serving as a participant in the Peace Corps after college. She is being awarded the prize for her paper “The Right to Life: Global Health and Justice.”