Celebrating Spartan Pride

On Thursday, May 3 in front of hundreds of their friends, family, peers, and colleagues, Castleton students, faculty and staff were honored for their achievements during the 2017-18 academic year at the Annual Castleton Awards Ceremony. Awards were given out honoring success in academics, athletics, student life and more.

"Looking back on my four years at Castleton almost doesn't seem real. I've changed and grown in so many ways and yet through Castleton, I'm more me than ever," said senior Olivia Maher, recipient of the Academic Excellence Awards in Media and Communication at the celebration. "Accepting the award gave me the confidence and reassurance to accept my diploma and enter the real world after graduation ready for the next adventure and excited to succeed in whatever I do."

The event culminated with the presentation of the Caroline Woodruff Award, given annually to the individual or individuals who have consistently exemplified Dr. Woodruff’s qualities of leadership, creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication to Castleton. The award is the highest honor that a student leader can achieve, and this year it was given to Tegan Waite.

A complete list of award winners is below.

Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is given annually to a student who is deemed the top student in his or her major.

Art Deborah Connors
Business Caleb Larson
Computer Information Systems Sarah Wells
Criminal Justice Emily Taylor
Education Heather Robinson
English Jack Jillett
Health, Human Movement, and Sport Brittney Verge
History, Geography, Economics & Politics Cameron Pratt
Math Christopher Cowey
Media and Communication Olivia Maher
Music Saige King
Natural Science Trevor Hanna
Nursing Kelsey Scarborough
Philosophy Jeffrey Virge
Psychological Sciences Eric Korzun
Social Work Amy Manning
Sociology Andrea Kibling
Spanish Joseph Callahan
Theater Arts Jessica Nguyen   

 

Student Government Association Awards
Media Award
Member of The Spartan newspaper or WIUV radio station who has demonstrated leadership, commitment, and passion. Jac Culpo
Club of the Year

Student organization whose vitality, creativity, and commitment have enriched the quality of student life.

Rotaract Club
New Club Recognition Award
New student organization which through its vitality, creativity, and commitment has enriched the quality of student life at Castleton. Badminton Club
Awareness Award

Student, faculty, or staff who has gone above and beyond to educate the college community on diversity, equality, global awareness, or similar issues.

Kyle Gosley
Executive Board Recognition Award
SGA member whose involvement in any aspect of the SGA that has shown outstanding devotion to their job, activity or position. Kathleen Ambrose
Coach of the Year

Part-time or full-time coach who has generously contributed time, energy, and support to the student body.

Kevin Trigonis
Outstanding First-Year Award
First-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the freshman class and Castleton community. Skyler Boyd
Outstanding Second-Year Award
Second-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the sophomore class and Castleton community. Isabel Gogarty
Outstanding Third-Year Award

Third-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the junior class and Castleton community.

Kathleen Ambrose
Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award

Non-traditional student that is active on campus, positive, ready to learn, and eager to help.

Tina Bennett
Outstanding International Student Award

An international student that is active on campus, positive, ready to learn, and eager to help.

Zijie "Frank" Wan
Outstanding New Faculty

A new faculty member who has contributed to student life through campus involvement.

William DeForest
Outstanding Faculty Award
Faculty member who has demonstrated a sincere interest in the welfare of students, and generously contributed time, energy, and support to the student body. Jennifer Turchi
Outstanding Staff Award

Staff member who has contributed considerable time, energy, and support to the SGA.

Tita Annis
Delegate of the Year

SGA delegate whose involvement in the SGA, service on committees, and volunteerism are outstanding.

Thomas Tifft
Leonard Johnson Alumni Award

Castleton Alumnus who has gone above and beyond their job description in service to the university community.

Meredith Fletcher
Community Service Award

Outstanding volunteer service to the Castleton/Rutland County community.

Tegan Waite, Natasha Lewis
Community Advisor Award

A Residence Life member whose involvement in any aspect of Residence Life that has shown outstanding devotion to their job, activity or position..

Christin Martin

Good Citizenship Award

Recognition of devotion to the welfare of the university, and outstanding performance as a campus leader.

Isabel Gogarty
Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished service in activities, and exhibits abilities and qualities of leadership, conscientiousness, dependability, and interest in the college community and its function. Kathleen Ambrose, Loic Soria, and Chidinma Ezugwu
Graduate Assistant Award
Graduate Assistant who has demonstrated a sincere interest in the welfare of students, and generously contributed time, energy, and support to the student body. Mariah O'Hara
Military Personnel Award
An honorary award in recognition of the service of any Castleton student, staff, faculty, ro administrator who is a veteran or currently serving in the military (in any of its branches) who has positively influenced the Castleton community. Nathan Lumsden
343 Award
Recognition of any Castleton undergraduate or graduate student who has shown immense school spirit and is actively involved in various clubs, groups, or activities on campus. Jac Culpo and James Wolfe

 

Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society Awards
Freshman of the Year Award

First-Year Theater major who has proven both academically and theatrically, displayed a passion for theatre, respect for students and professors, and has immense dedication to our department and the shows we produce.

Alain Ace Burtonboy
Technician of the Year Award
Upperclass technical theater and design major who has shown willingness to go above and beyond what is asked and expected of students both in class and performances is dependable and responsible and has fostered a passion for theater through other students. Susan Pipolo
Actor of the Year Award
Upperclass acting and directing major who has shown willingness to go above and beyond what is asked and expected of students both in class and performances, is dependable and responsible, and has fostered passion for theater through other students. Kathryn Albert

 

Athletic Awards
Coaches Awards
Top male and female varsity athletes who have shown leadership, determination, sportsmanship, coachability, willingness to give of oneself, and have a sense of responsibility to the team, coach, and college throughout the year. Kiley Baran and Ryan Mulder
Rocky Mezzetta Award

Male athlete in recognition of determina­tion, drive to improve athletic skills, coachability, and team leadership.

Ryan Mulder
Sharon Brown Memorial Award
Female athlete who relates well to peers and coach, shows a desire to learn and excel, demonstrates dedication, persistence, and team leadership. Must carry a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Nadine Downing
Mary Ellen Evans Award
Most outstanding female athlete who has played four years in one sport; must provide service to the college community and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Amanda Beatty
John Young Memorial Award

Male or female basketball player who shows great leadership and outstanding offensive abilities. This individual must have a positive attitude and is interested in pursuing a degree in teaching or interested in coaching in the future.

Amanda Beatty

 

Peer Advocate of the Year
Member of Peer Advocates for CHANGE (PAC) who has dedicated themselves to being an informed educator and advocate on our campus. Anonymous
Campus Ally
Faculty, staff, or administrator who has allied themselves with CHANGE’s mission. Jennifer Turchi and Ellie Goldense

 

Student Life Awards
University Service Award
Students who have made outstanding contributions to Castleton through their participation in various extracurricular activities. Toné Sawyer 
Abel E. Leavenworth Leadership Award
Outstanding student leader who exemplifies Abel Leaven­worth’s characteristics of warmth, integrity, strong principles, and wise counsel. Christin Martin
Caroline Woodruff Award
This is the highest honor that a student leader can achieve at Castleton. The Caroline Woodruff Award goes to an individual who has consistently exemplified Dr. Woodruff’s qualities of leadership, creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication to Castleton. Tegan Waite