Award Ceremony Celebrates Student Achievements

On Wednesday, May 8 in front of hundreds of their friends, family, peers and colleagues, Castleton students, faculty, and staff members were honored for their achievements during the 2018-19 academic year at the Annual Castleton Awards Ceremony. Awards were given out honoring success in academics, athletics, student life, and more.

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 was given to . 

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 Cameron Rossi-Crete
Business Administration Megan Ryan
Computer Information Systems Courtney Gauthier
Criminal Justice Antonio Nassivera
Education Alison Boise
English Lindsey Marcy
Health, Human Movement & Sport Megan Wood
History, Geography, Economics & Politics Christopher Merrill
Mathematics Chidinma Ezugwu
Media & Communication Madeline Kopischke
Music Eric Ray
Natural Science Wyatt Pickrell
Nursing Meaghan Csizmesia
Philosophy Jeremy Anastasi
Psychological Sciences Rylie Wills
Social Work Megan Powell
Sociology Jeff Hazard
Spanish Spencer Butter
Theater Arts Jessica Nguyen
Women's & Gender Studies Phoebe Parrish
Student Government Association Awards
Media Award
Member of The Spartan newspaper or WIUV radio station who has demonstrated leadership, commitment, and passion. Brigitta Gough
Club of the Year
Student organization whose vitality, creativity, and commitment have enriched the quality of student life. Athletic Training Club
New Club Recognition Award
New student organization which through its vitality, creativity, and commitment has enriched the quality of student life at Castleton. Random Acts of Kindness Club
Awareness Award

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

Amy Bremel
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. Kaylee Boutin
Coach of the Year

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

Christine Kemp
Outstanding First-Year Award
First-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the freshman class and Castleton community. Abbie Longchamp
Outstanding Second-Year Award
Second-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the sophomore class and Castleton community. Kontessa Siliski
Outstanding Third-Year Award
Third-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the junior class and Castleton community. Isabel Gogarty
Outstanding Graduate Award
Graduating student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the senior class and Castleton community. Jeff Hazard
Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award
Non-traditional student that is active on campus, positive, ready to learn, and eager to help. Jared Goodrich
Outstanding International Student Award
An international student that is active on campus, positive, ready to learn, and eager to help. Chidinma Ezugwu
Outstanding New Faculty/Staff Award
A new faculty member who has contributed to student life through campus involvement. Rachel Sayward
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. Katy Culpo
Outstanding Staff Award
Staff member who has contributed considerable time, energy, and support to the SGA. Shelby Phillips
Delegate of the Year
SGA delegate whose involvement in the SGA, service on committees, and volunteerism are outstanding. Kendra Ross
Leonard Johnson Alumni Award
Castleton Alumnus who has gone above and beyond their job description in service to the University community. Monica McEnerny
Community Service Award
Outstanding volunteer service to the Castleton/Rutland County community. Abby Gray
Community Advisor Award
Any Community Advisor who goes above and beyond to create community and strong relationships on campus Rebecca Santamore
Good Citizen Award
Recognition of devotion to the welfare of the University, and outstanding performance as a campus leader. Patrick Lucey
Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished service in activities, and exhibits abilities and qualities of leadership, conscientiousness, dependability and interest in the University community and its function. Sarah Dunbar
Military Personnel Award
An honorary award in recognition of the service of any Castleton student, faculty, staff or administrator who is a veteran or has served in any branch of the military. KC Ambrose
343 Award
Recognition of any Castleton student who has shown immense school spirit and is actively involved in various clubs, groups, or activities on campus.  James Wolfe
Live Like Lee Award
A special award given this year to honor the legacy of Lee Wiktorski and his service to the Castleton community. It is given to a student, faculty, or staff member who has strong ties to his or her community and who shows the same qualities of reliability and dedication as Lee did.  Kara Blakeman, Matt Patry
Graduate Assistant Award
A Graduate Assistant who has demonstrated a sincere interest in in the welfare of students and generously contributed time, energy, and support to the student body.  Bridget McHugh
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 University throughout the year. Wyatt Pickrell, Kirsten Kruk
Rocky Mezzetta Award
Male athlete in recognition of determination, drive to improve athletic skills, coachability, and team leadership. Moe Harris
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. Linn Ljungemo
Mary Ellen Evans Award
Most outstanding female athlete who has played four years in one sport; must provide service to the University community and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Linn Ljungemo
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. Abbie Lesure
CHANGE Awards
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. Jeff Hazard
Campus Ally
Faculty, staff, or administrator who has allied themselves with CHANGE's mission. Shaun Williams
Student Life Awards
University Service Awards
Students who have made outstanding contributions to Castleton through their participation in various extracurricular activities. Sarah Dunbar, Lyss Eaton, Jeff Hazard
Abel E. Leavenworth Leadership Award
Outstanding student leader who exemplifies Abel Leaven­worth’s characteristics of warmth, integrity, strong principles, and wise counsel. KC Ambrose, James Wolfe
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. Chidinma Ezugwu