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The Class Of 1988 Volunteer Behind The Scenes Award, established by a gift from the Class of 1988, is presented to active and worthy members of the junior or senior class. The award goes to Erin Murray and Cameron Tate.

Erin, president of Best Buddies, a Blazer Ambassador and a familiar face in the student life suite, is a graduating senior from Copiague, N.Y., pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in criminology and delinquency.

Cameron, known for his passion for sneakers and behind-the-scenes support of student organizations, is a graduating senior from Washington, D.C., and is pursuing a major in art and archaeology with a concentration in studio arts and minors in graphic design and web development.

The Mary Margaret Rose Award is presented to a student who has shown himself or herself to be an exemplary ambassador of Hood. This award was established in honor of Mrs. Margaret Rose, who served as the College receptionist for many years. From her desk in Alumnae Hall lobby, Mrs. Rose, a.k.a. “Mrs. Hood,” touched the lives of faculty, students, staff, alumnae, townspeople and a myriad of visitors to the campus with her gracious, caring manner. Four of her children are Hood alumni. Catherine Traini is this year’s recipient.

Catherine, a member of the Honors Program and graduating senior from Frederick, Md., is pursuing a major in mathematics and minors in economics and women and gender studies. She has served the Hood community in a number of ways, including as a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Mortar Board, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and the Title IX committee; as treasurer of the Ionic Society, a founding member and president of Sisters Aspiring to Success (SAS), a Tischer Scholar and co-lead student facilitator for the One Love Escalation Workshops.

The Dr. H. P. Laughlin Award, established in 1991 by Dr. Henry P. Laughlin H’03, an emeritus member of the Hood College Board of Associates, and M. Page Laughlin H’03, is presented to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the College. Preference is given to a senior, although members of other classes in exceptional circumstances may receive special consideration. This year’s recipients are Katie Bailey, Brenna Elizondo, Lydia Emory, Justin Fox, Maya Gonzalez and Curtis Stubbs.

Katie, a graduating senior from Shelton, Conn., is pursuing a dual major in French and political science with a minor in economics. She has served as president of Student Government Association, volunteer chair of SPURs, and a member of the women’s soccer team, Blazer Ambassadors, Maryland Student Legislature, Model United Nations and the French national honor society. She is a recipient of the Janet and John Nunn French Prize, studied abroad in South Korea and France and participated in the spring break service trip to Haiti.

Brenna, a member of the Honors Program and graduating senior from Littleton, Colo., is pursuing a major in elementary and special education. She has served as president of Mortar Board, vice president and secretary of the Ionic Society, captain of the volleyball team and co-lead student facilitator for the One Love Escalation Workshops. She has also been a member of the Honors Mentor Program, Honors Scholarship Committee, women’s swimming team, Hood College Education Association, SPURs and Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Alpha Sigma and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies.

Lydia, Fulbright Scholar and a graduating senior from Fairfield, Pa., is pursuing a dual major in global studies and Spanish with a focus in global cultures and society. She has served as a Blazer Ambassador, orientation assistant, vice president of Class Council, president of the International Club, head resident assistant, and as a member of Rotoract and the Student Government Association. She is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Ionic Society, Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Lydia has studied abroad in Slovakia as a participant in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program and in Seville, Spain. She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach abroad next academic year, and she will be in Madrid in August for 10 months as an English teaching assistant in math, science or English classes. She will also be helping students gain international awareness during a three-month Model United Nations camp.

Justin, a graduating senior from Bethesda, Md., is pursuing a dual major in integrated marketing communication and art and archaeology with a concentration in studio art. He has served as a resident assistant, as vice president of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society and as president of the Queer Student Union. He volunteers both on and off campus as an advocate for social justice.

Maya, a graduating senior from Brunswick, Md., is pursuing a dual major in psychology and art and archaeology with a concentration in studio arts. She has served as president of the Class of 2016, president of Last Train of Thought, a resident hall desk attendant, an orientation assistant, an orientation coordinator, a member of the Campus Activities Executive Board and a member of the Pit Crew. She is the 2016 recipient of the Ronald J. Volpe Award of the Iris presented by the Ionic Society Class of 2017.

Curtis, a graduating senior from Baltimore, Md., is pursuing a major in business administration with a concentration in finance. He has served as the president of the Black Student Union and as a member of the 2014 March on Frederick planning committee, the African American Studies planning committee and the MLK Day 2016 planning committee. Curtis was a panelist for the campus Black Lives Matter Panel and participated in an alternative spring break trip to rural North Carolina. He was the recipient of the 2015 Justice Thurgood Marshall Award presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award, established in 2009, is presented to a student who best personifies the characteristics and contributions of Mary Ann Kerins, director and staff counselor of the Hood College Counseling Center until her death in December 2008. Ms. Kerins was known for her passion and commitment to helping students and others on their path to wellness. Her quiet and gentle leadership, coupled with her advocacy for human rights, equality and democracy for all individuals, has left a positive impact on the Hood College community. Compassion, empathy, fairness, honesty and respect for oneself and others are among the many positive qualities that she possessed. Chloe Scott is the winner.

Chloe, a graduating senior from Frederick, Md., is pursuing a major in communication arts with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish. On campus, she has served as a founding and executive member of Sisters Aspiring to Success, and as vice president of Last Train of Thought, the Hood College Service Association and the Ionic Society. Off campus, she has served as the founder and co-adviser to the SWAG and META organizations at West Frederick Middle School. Chloe has volunteered with the Paralyzed Veterans of America National Veterans Wheelchair Games and at Lincoln Elementary School, Mission of Mercy, Centro Hispano de Frederick and the Frederick Community Action Agency. She serves as a commissioner for the Frederick County Commission for Women and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her ongoing commitment to service and leadership.

The Dr. Christine McHenry Corde, Mente Et Manu Award is established in honor of Dr. Christine McHenry, Class of 1973, and honors a student who embodies the spirit of Hood’s motto, uniting “heart, mind and hand.” The recipient has demonstrated understanding of a local or global need, a heart for service and a willingness to volunteer in efforts that further the cause of justice and peace. This year’s recipient is Tom Marino.

Tom, a graduating senior from Easton, Pa., is pursuing a major in environmental science with a concentration in environmental policy and minors in coastal studies and economics. He has traveled with and is president of Students Helping Honduras and has been an active participant in alternative break service learning programs and a member of the cross country and track and field teams. He coordinated donations for the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs and coordinated student volunteers to serve meals with him at the Centennial United Methodist Church “2nd and Hope” soup kitchen. Tom is always seeking opportunities to combine service and social justice.

The Bernard Gerrard Prize For “Mature” Students was established in 2013 by Bernard C. Gerrard ’91, M.S.’00. The prize is awarded annually to a student who is beginning or returning to college having completed high school two or more decades prior to enrollment. This year’s prize is awarded to Kristi Whitehair.

Kristi, a junior from Adamstown, Md., is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. After completing the nursing program at Frederick Community College and becoming a licensed registered nurse in 1999, Kristi began working on the medical surgical unit at Frederick Memorial Hospital and became a charge nurse. She later went on to become clinical manager of the Shady Grove Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Her mother is a Hood alumna, and Kristi is looking forward to earning her degree in the BSN Completion Program.

The White Blazer Award, established by the athletics department, honors one male and one female student-athlete from the senior class in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments, significant contributions to the community and excellence in intercollegiate athletics. This award is grounded in a rich Hood tradition, when a single member of each graduating class from 1921 to 1969 was honored as a White Blazer Girl for outstanding achievements in academics and athletics. Jared Bileski and Brenna Elizondo are the recipients of this year’s award.

Jared is a graduating senior from Waterloo, Ontario, with a double major in music and communication arts with concentrations in music performance and digital media. He is a member of the Hood String Ensemble as a violinist and is the station manager for Blazer Radio. He is a member of the BrotherHood, the International Club and was a member of the athletic department’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Students Providing Understanding and Resources (SPURs). For his musical abilities, he has received both the Marie A. Markow Excellence in Music Prize and the Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Music Talent Prize. He is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, has received Convocation Honors and is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll. Jared’s volunteer work includes the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund, the Frederick Half-Marathon, playing the violin for the Grace UCC Brown Bag Lunch, On Our Own Frederick and arranging donations for used lacrosse equipment for children in Africa and Asia. He has coached lacrosse for Team Maryland and Team X. He is a four-year member of the men’s lacrosse team.

Brenna is a graduating senior from Littleton, Colo., majoring in elementary and special education. She is a member of the Honors Program, SPURs and SAAC. She has served as both vice president and secretary of the Ionic Society and the president of Mortar Board. Brenna is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Alpha Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies; and a member of the Student Education Association. Her volunteer work includes the Daybreak Adult Day Center and Valley Elementary School; and she has participated in the Teacher of Promise Mentoring Program. Brenna has worked in the Huntsinger Aquatics Center at the front desk and teaching private swimming lessons. She has served as a coach for the Frederick Volleyball Club. Brenna is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll and has received Convocation Honors. Athletically, she was a two-year member of the swim team and played volleyball for three seasons. Brenna was named the captain of the volleyball team as a senior and was named to the MAC Sportsmanship Team. Splitting time between setter and libero, she ranks among the Blazers’ all-time leaders in assists and digs.

The SGA Student Leader Of The Year Award, established in 2012 by the Student Government Association 2011- 2012 Executive Board, is presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding leadership and mentorship while having a positive impact on Hood students. The recipient is chosen by the SGA Executive Board from nominations submitted by students based on characteristics exemplified by Olivia White, vice president for student life and dean of students. This year’s recipient is Lydia Emory.

Lydia, Fulbright Scholar and a graduating senior from Fairfield, Pa., is pursuing a dual major in global studies and Spanish with a focus in global cultures and society. She has served as a Blazer Ambassador, orientation assistant, vice president of Class Council, president of the International Club, head resident assistant, and as a member of Rotoract and the Student Government Association. She is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Ionic Society, Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Lydia has studied abroad in Slovakia as a participant in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program and in Seville, Spain. She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach abroad next academic year, and she will be in Madrid in August for 10 months as an English teaching assistant in math, science or English classes. She will also be helping students gain international aware- ness during a three-month Model United Nations camp.