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The Virginia E. Lewis Best Paper Award, established in 2010 by the Department of Political Science, is given to any student for the best paper in any political science course. The prize is named in honor of the late Virginia E. Lewis, emerita professor of political science, who taught at Hood College from 1947 until 1981. Professor Lewis died in 1985. Marko Petric is the recipient of this award.

Marko submitted a paper on the statutory interpretation of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He is a political science major and a member of the Class of 2016.

The Virginia E. Lewis Prize For Outstanding Achievement In Political Science, established in 2010 by the Department of Political Science, is awarded to a student majoring in political science. The prize is named in honor of the late Virginia E. Lewis, emerita professor of political science, who taught at Hood College from 1947 until 1981. Professor Lewis died in 1985. The prize is awarded to Devon Kenefick.

Devon is a resident of Mount Airy, Md., and an outstanding student in the discipline. She has excelled in all of her courses. She is in the Honors Program and has a minor in American studies. While at Hood, she has volunteered with the Frederick chapter of the League of Women Voters. She also served on the Hood College First-Year Reads committee for two years. She will be attending Pennsylvania State Dickinson Law School in the fall 2016.

The Law and Criminal Justice Prize was established in 2011 by the Department of Political Science as the Law and Society Prize. The name was changed in 2016 to the Law and Criminal Justice Prize. This prize is for outstanding achievement and commitment to legal issues and notions of justice in contemporary society. The recipient of this prize is Allen Paxton.

Allen created his own interdisciplinary major under the law and criminal justice program. He was also the first recipient of the Ronald J. Volpe Scholars award. Allen will be attending law school in the fall.

The Award in Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Studies is given to an outstanding student who has minored in nonprofit and civic engagement studies. This award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of students to the study of nonprofit organizations and their commitment to civic engagement and active citizenship. Kyle Gatlin is this year’s winner.

Kyle is a law and society major and the first student to complete the new minor in nonprofit and civic engagement studies. His field work in Perry, Ala., took place during the summer 2015 when he volunteered with a faith-based nonprofit whose mission was to work on issues pertaining to rural development. In this capacity, he has submitted grants, written articles for newspapers, talked on radio shows and updated websites. Kyle intends to continue to work for the nonprofit sector and to help improve the lives and working conditions for residents in the rural United States.