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Drew Theological School Honors Scholarly Excellence

Over 50 prizes were awarded at the annual Honors Convocation service

April 2024 – Scholarly excellence, progressive leadership, and unwavering service were celebrated at Drew Theological School’s annual Honors Convocation.

Over 50 prizes were awarded during a ceremony in Craig Chapel, also live streamed for those unable to attend in-person.

The ceremony included two student-presented awards to the Theological School’s faculty and staff. The Graduate Division of Religion presented James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies Traci West with the Karen McCarthy Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching and Director of Graduate Academic Services Hilary McKane with the Maxine Clarke Beach Award for Excellence in Service.

“Continue to walk with discipline, but always walk with intention,” said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Robert Seesengood during his welcome remarks. “As you walk from this place, take with you our hope that you will always continue to walk towards liberation and, as the next generation, take us further yet toward freedom.”

Achievement

Mead Hall Study Circle Prize
Christa Harper

Maxine Clarke Beach Leadership Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Rose Sharon

Maxine Clarke Beach Leadership Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Weizhen Chen, Beth Quick

Maxine Clarke Beach Prize for the Outstanding Student Teacher.
HaYoung Kang

Patricia Wickham Prize in Feminist Scholarship
Martha Frame, Lynn Van Nosdall

The Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Preaching
Madison Tatum

The Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing
Melissa McHenry

Rev. Dr. Joyce Bailey Award for All Around Excellence Award
Kenia Vanessa Mendoza

Leadership

Class of 1959 Bernhard Anderson Prize for Excellence in Leadership
Yeeun Kim, Pauline Nijander

Henry L. Lambdin Prize for Excellence in Pastoral Leadership
Sangwoo Ahn, Jacqualine Chipongo

Alton Raynor Prize
Fortunate Danje, Christy Miller

Jasper and Ann Steele Prize
Shan Gao, Jinna Lee

Class of 1956 Dr. Franz Hildebrandt Award
Henry Anyomi, Samantha Nyachoto

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Z. Miller T’59,’75 Prize
Monica Mafarachisi, Emily Muparutsa

Robert Duncan, Sr. Prize
Daekyung Ko, Jack Tironi

Mark Mark McCombs Endowed Prize
Conway Gittens

AfriSCaD Alumni Prize
Marcel Salumu Akito, Hedwige Mutwale

Biblical Studies

Lawrence E. Toombs Prize in Old Testament
Henry Anyomi

F.J. Yetter Prize
Eunji Lee

George R. Warren Memorial Prize
Grace Losso Modla, Justin Spano

Theology

Annin Memorial Prize in Theology
Leksmana Leonard, Melissa McHenry

Preaching, Worship, and the Arts

Dorr Diefendorf Award
Crystal James

George R. Crooks Prize
Vincent Yohanna

John Heston Willey Prize
Isaac Minkah

Rev. William L. D. Lyght T’33 Prize
Lerato Pitso

Lester Berenbroick Award in Church Music
Yeongrok Choi

Fellowship Seminarian Award
Hayoung Kim

Dean Anne B. Yardley Prize for Hospitality through the Arts
Marcel Salumu Akito

Alfred B. Haas Prize
Dohee Woo

Order of St. Luke-Hoyt Hickman Award
Faith Gitonga

Research

Edwards-Mercer Prize
Eunchul Jung

Rabbi Dr. Sheldon J. Weltman Prize for Excellence in Bible Studies
Jennifer Maidrand

Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize
Kyle Warren

Robert J. Duncan, Jr. Prize
Pat Weikart

Reverend Robert W. Edgar Prize for Social Justice
Dawrell Rich

The Priscilla Patten Benham Prize in Dissertation Research
Beth Quick

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