In the tradition of “women moving women up,” William Smith College honored the outstanding achievements of students at the Celebrating Excellence dinner on Feb. 15 in the Vandervort Room. The evening included recognition of more than 100 students for remarkable achievements and the induction of new members to the Laurel Society, the honors organization for sophomores and juniors.
“We find joy in a tradition that recognizes William Smith students who excel inside and outside of the classroom,” says William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig. “William Smith students are reaching new heights academically, breaking records on our athletic teams, and leading innovative programs within the HWS and Geneva communities. It is our pleasure to recognize and congratulate their achievements each year.”
This year, the inaugural William Smith Dean’s Awards recognized students “who have demonstrated extraordinary resiliency despite significant challenges, who are representative of all their colleagues who have overcome adversity to succeed in remarkable ways,” says Kaenzig. “During a time when the resiliency and persistency of women is being nationally recognized, we felt that this new award was particularly important.”
The dinner also included remarks from student leaders such as Emily Knipper ’18, a biochemistry major and member of Hai Timiai, and Shreeya Desai ’21, a member of the William Smith chapter of the Public Leadership Education Network, as well as a performance of the Alma Mater by Three Miles Lost, William Smith’s a cappella group.
“The Excellence Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work, passion and integrity that William Smith students are so well known for,” says William Smith Congress President Allison Cheney ’18. “For me, it is a celebratory bonding experience for William Smith women where we may recognize each other’s successes.”
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