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Congratulations to the winners! Students recognized at 2017 Celebration of Scholars

  • Carthage College
April 28, 2017

Several Carthage students were recognized for their achievements in leadership, scholarship, research, and creativity during the sixth annual Celebration of Scholars on Friday, April 28. The event included a poster exhibition and an evening awards ceremony.

Western Heritage Scholarship

The Western Heritage Scholarship celebrates the high quality of student learning through the Western Heritage seminars. Students enter by submitting an assigned essay written in Western Heritage.

First Place: Kory Scherer ’20
The Media: Modern Day Sophists
Kory Scherer ’20 won first place in the 2017 Western Heritage Scholarship competition.In Plato’s “The Republic”, true philosophers find their wisdom to be lost in a sea filled with the fallacious ideas of sophists, those whose reasoning prevails at the hands of deception and exploitation. Upon analysis, this concept of sophists dictating the beliefs of society creates a thought-provoking parallel to arguably one of the strongest voices in the modern nation, the media. Explanations to the manipulation of people’s thoughts by today’s media can not only be emulated through the motives that underlie the behavior of sophists, but also by Socrates’ subjective notion of truth. The temptations of wealth and public acceptance prove to offer a strong allure, much greater than the “useless” label that true lovers of wisdom have been given by society. The spreading of popular opinion simply provides more personal gain, in both material possessions and reputation, than the spreading of truth. In both “The Republic” and modern society, those who have a voice that is heard are those who express what the large majority desires to hear. However, even beyond tricky sophists and media, it is possible that the truth will always struggle to persevere in its purest form. Even in Socrates’ ideal society, the ones who held the power of knowledge and wisdom, philosophers, would be given the opportunity to share falsehoods. The meaning of truth may always inevitably be altered.

Second Place: Bradley Morelli ’20
Achilles Interrupted: Mortality and the Paradox of Glory
Bradley Morelli ’20 took second place in the 2017 Western Heritage Scholarship competotion.This essay sought to address the question of the paradox of glory in the Greek system of kleos aphthiton. Most importantly, how one moves beyond this dilemma to become a fully realized human. What does it mean to die with only a future promise of glory? In the context of the Trojan War, is there any good reason to die for your country? Though the descriptions of grotesque battles may imply that Homer is pro-war, his keen understanding of the motivations of humans shows he was using ultimate destruction to reach a deeper meaning of lasting immortality. There is something below the surface of the heroic prose of war that speaks to higher matters of the human condition. “The Iliad” is not a story of war but a meditation on the inevitability of death, and what it is that makes us human. My research aimed to demonstrate that if the only choice in life is an honorable or dishonorable death, why does it matter to die with honor? Achilles’ search for the answer was a major point of interest in the paper. The answers Homer gives us matter because the exploration of our mortality still remains at the heart of civilization, and Western Heritage.

Global Heritage Prize

The Global Heritage Prize honors exceptional work in projects with a focus on non-Western traditions and peoples. Projects take many forms, including essays, poems, visual or dramatic compositions, documentaries, musical compositions, among others. Winning projects demonstrate a high level of cultural understanding and make an original contribution to understanding of non-Western traditions, with excellent quality of execution.

First Place: James Durdan ’19
Mi Carta de Amor y Esperanza al Pueblo de Guatemala (“My Letter of Love and Hope to the People of Guatemala”)
James Durdan ’19 won the Global Heritage Prize at the 2017 Celebration of Scholars event.This set of poetry was put together to demonstrate my love, respect, and hope for the people of Guatemala. I spent 25 days in this country and spent a lot of time with the people and was able to see their culture up close. My poetry relates to the historic Guatemalan tradition of fighting through adversity, valiant optimism, and the intense joy of living. Thus, the poetry seeks to capture the character, spirit, and hope of the Guatemalan people. All in all, the poems do not seek to relate to a generic tradition, but to an old tradition of perceiving and enjoying life. My opening poem, of Guatemalteco: El Pueblo (translation: Guatemalan: The People), describes the people of Guatemala and captures the character and personality of these people. Next, the poem Guatebuena, explores the desire of making Guatemala better and leaving behind its bloody and horrific civil war in the past. Promoting a Guatemalan idea of togetherness, it contains the tireless optimism that I saw in Guatemala. Together, we can create a Guatemala and a world that we are proud to call home. This is made clear with its title Guatebuena (in Spanish, buena means good and mala means bad) and the changing of the nation’s name from Guatemala to Guatebuena in the poem symbolizes a bright future. Lastly, the poem Esperanza: Una Nota Para La Siguiente Generación (translation: Hope: A Note For The Next Generation) is a message of sorts to the future generations of Guatemala. It instills a theme of hope that is evident in Guatemalan culure. Now, I invite you to read them with an easy side-by-side translation. ¡Disfruta! (Translation: Enjoy!)

Celebration of Scholars Logo Contest

First Place: Megan Rivard ’18
Megan Rivard ’18 won the Celebration of Scholars logo contest. Her design will be the logo for ...Each year, the students of Carthage College are invited to design a logo for the following year’s exposition. This event displays the outstanding efforts of both students and faculty through research, scholarship and creativity. I was both honored and excited to have the opportunity to create an identity system for this prestigious exposition. The challenge of this competition was to visually convey the research, scholarship, and creativity of students and faculty through a unique symbol. Throughout my research process, I paid particular attention to color and the connection to emotion, as well as how various shapes can communicate to an audience. The overall circular design represents the endless pursuit of knowledge students and faculty display throughout a lifetime. Each of the three individual circles represents the research, scholarship, and creativity of the competition. Circles are seen as harmonious and aesthetically pleasing while the orange and blue colors symbolize confidence and dependability. Research and creativity eventually lead to a break in the circle or the development of a concept. From this comes a progression of growth, new connections and ideas.

SEAL Award Winners

Students Excelling in Activities and Leadership (SEAL) Awards are an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to recognize Carthage students for their leadership within the campus community.

  • Silver Leadership Award (for first year, sophomore, or first-year transfer students): Anastasia Anastopoulos, Amanda Armitage, Sabiella Gomez, Renee’ Jalbert, Michael Meisenger, Hailey Morgan, Rachael Shaw, Nathalie Veraza
  • Gold Leadership Award (for junior, senior, or second-year transfer students): Ricky Figeroa, Jessica Livingston, Owen Myers, Annika Nielsen, Colleen Ochab, Kiran Sehgal, Dani Targosz, Mary Weir
  • Community Service Student Activator of the Year: Kathryn McAuliffe
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate of the Year: Charlotte Brooks
  • Community Service Program of the Year: Pi Delta Chi and Delta Upsilon - “2nd Annual Veteran’s Luncheon”
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program of the Year: Residence Life Council - “Show of Hands”
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Residence Life Council - Amber Krusza
  • New Student Organization of the Year: Curling Club
  • Student Organization of the Year: Carthage Model United Nations