Students Celebrated at Annual Award Ceremony

On Monday, April 25 in front of hundreds of their friends, family, peers and colleagues, Castleton students, faculty and staff were honored for their achievements during the 2015-16 academic year at the Annual Castleton Awards Ceremony. Awards were given out honoring success in academics, athletics, student life and more.

"Hard to believe that I came to Castleton almost four years ago with only one goal on my mind, which was to fulfill a promise I made to my grandfather. But I didn't know I would do so many other things here and end up loving this place more than a second home," said senior Paolo Loli, the recipient of several academic awards at the celebration. "Today I was give some awards but I feel that I should be the one giving back to Castleton for everything that this place and its people have given me. Thanks Castleton for changing my life."

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 Mariah O'Hara.

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 Amber Leavitt
Business Christopher Shattuck
Communication Vincent Guerrera
Computer Information Systems Paolo Loli
Criminal Justice Nicole Rainville
Education Jacquelyn DeFreest
English Josselyn Sweet
History, Geography, Economics & Politics Alexander Adams
Math Parker Audsley
Music Anthony Ciranni
Natural Science Rachel Bombardier
Nursing Mikaela Whitaker
Philosophy Peter Kazakis
Physical Education Hannah Saroff
Psychology Shannon Moriarity
Social Work Danielle Payton
Sociology Karen Marino
Spanish Sierra Lane
Theater Devyn Potter

   

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

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

Habitat for Humanity
New Club Recognition Award
New student organization which through its vitality, creativity, and commitment has enriched the quality of student life at Castleton. Republican 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.

Martha Coulter
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. Catherine Wielgasz
Coach of the Year

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

Steph Moberg
Outstanding First-Year Award
First-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the freshman class and Castleton community. Natalie Gonzalez
Outstanding Second-Year Award
Second-year student who has contributed time, dedication, and enthusiasm to the sophomore class and Castleton community. Kyle Gosley
Outstanding Third-Year Award

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

Emma Blaiklock
Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award

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

Allison Dwinell

Outstanding International Student Award

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

 Paolo Loli
Outstanding New Faculty

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

Cora Churchill
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. Andrew Vermilyea
Outstanding Staff Award

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

Victoria Angis
Delegate of the Year

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

Allison Dwinell
Leonard Johnson Alumni Award

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

Renee Beaupre White
Community Service Award

Outstanding volunteer service to the Castleton/Rutland County community.

Susan Gay, Kelly Mills, Daniel Warnecke
Residence Life Award

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

Jason Irish

Good Citizenship Award

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

Catherine Wielgasz
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. Emma Faucher, Bre Morse, Jessica Ralston

 

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

First-Year Theatre 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.

Matthew Eckler
Technician of the Year Award
Upperclass technical theatre 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 passion for theatre through other students. Peter Michelsen
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 theatre through other students. Brittany Rathburn

 

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. Soren Pelz-Walsh and Jess Cameron
Rocky Mezzetta Award

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

Matt Couture
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. Rachel Bombardier
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. Meghan Els
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.

Jade Desroches

 

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. Sam Carpenter
Campus Ally
Faculty, staff, or administrator who has allied themselves with CHANGE’s mission. Victoria Angis

 

Student Life Awards
College Service Awards
Students who have made outstanding contributions to Castleton through their participation in various extracurricular activities. Anna Daniels, Allison Dwinell, Bre Morse
Abel E. Leavenworth Leadership Award
Outstanding student leader who exemplifies Abel Leaven­worth’s characteristics of warmth, integrity, strong principles, and wise counsel. Emma Faucher, Paolo Loli
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. Mariah O'Hara