Student Life Awards

Columbia College students are recognized for their leadership and contributions to the Columbia community in eight categories through King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Awards. Select honorees also received the Dean’s Award for Leadership Excellence in their category, indicated by an asterisk, and named awards for extracurricular achievements. Students who demonstrated achievement in their academics and extracurricular activities are honored as Senior Marshals. Named and Class Day Awards are given to members of the senior class in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Columbia College.

Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cords are presented to seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism through OMA, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors and/or personal dedication. Residential Life “Of the Year” and “Of the Month” recognition is given for exceptional programming and service offered in the residence halls. Columbia Athletics also honors students for excellence in their athletic and academic endeavors.

Only Columbia College recipients are listed.

King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Awards

Civic Responsibility

Recipients best promote civic engagement, responsible citizenship and global citizenship. This includes both on-campus and off-campus activities, initiatives and service.

  • Jane M. Brennan ’14
  • Aurora E. Gilbert ’14
  • Kaitlyn A. Offerdahl ’14
  • Shamm H. Petros ’14*
  • Wesley D. Rodriguez ’14
  • Samuel I. Roth ’14
  • Christopher L. Godshall ’15
  • Mandeep Singh ’15*
  • Shondrea N. Thornton ’15

Columbia Spirit

Recipients capture and display the best of Columbia spirit. This includes the essence of “school spirit” and pride as a dedicated member of the Columbia community as well as leaders and groups that contribute to local, regional and national recognition for sports, performance, cultural and arts activities, and academic competition.

  • Daniela A. Quintanilla ’14
  • Ayushi K. Roy ’14
  • Joshua Z. Vargas-Sullivan ’14
  • Ana B. Vinueza ’14
  • Kalena A. Zimmerman ’14
  • Jourdan E. Sayers ’15
  • Charles Sanky ’16
  • Sarah Yee ’16

Community Building

Recipients have worked to create, establish or strengthen a particular community at Columbia. This could be accomplished through, but not limited to, relationship building, programming, shared goals or purpose, or creating a vision for the future.

  • Nelson S. Castano ’14
  • Sarah A. Fakhry ’14*
  • Andrew M. Wright ’14
  • Benjamin Z. Xue ’14
  • Terranisha R. Hiley ’15
  • Jackson L. Tse ’15

Health and Wellness

Recipients best exemplify the spirit of caring for and about the members of Columbia’s vast and diverse community. A special focus is placed on the individual/group’s ability to establish an example for a healthy balance of responsibilities, duties and activities through their leadership.

  • Kebe Kebe ’14*
  • Haylin Belay ’15
  • Dennis Dacarett ’15
  • Brianna A. Olamiju ’15
  • Christine J. Wang ’15*

Inclusion and Advocacy

This award recognizes students who have promoted social justice and/or fostered understanding between diverse constituencies through valuing diversity and appreciating multiple identities.

  • Kyla Y. Cheung ’14
  • Lena E. Jorde ’14
  • Andrew E. Morrow ’14*
  • Briana C. Rice ’14
  • Christopher P. Zombik ’14
  • Tia C. Aga ’15
  • Xavier A. Jarrett ’15
  • Caitlin O. Lowell ’15*
  • Lucero C. Jorge ’16

Indelible Mark

This award recognizes the accomplishments of students and groups in implementing sustainable change for the benefit of our community and/or in leaving a lasting impression on the campus community.

  • Onella Nawalage Coory ’14
  • Alexander R. Donnelly ’14
  • Benjamin E. Harris ’14*
  • Milo Inglehart ’14
  • Walter A. Jean-Jacques ’14
  • Gerardo Romo ’14
  • Laura C. Quintela ’14
  • Hahn Chang ’15
  • Julian B. Noisecat ’15

Innovation and Enhancement

Recipients of this award have created, improved or enhanced a service, program or process thus contributing positively to the Columbia campus and its diverse stakeholders.

  • Sara L. Chase ’14
  • Nora Habboosh ’14
  • Nikhil R. Krishnan ’14
  • Lucelys Popoter ’14
  • Kevin Zhang ’14*
  • Tony J. Lee ’15*
  • Michael J. Li ’15
  • Lorenzo A. Gibson ’16*

Principled Action

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated ethical decision making and sound moral judgment, as well as fostered and encouraged similar actions from others.

  • Mariam Maki ’14
  • Adam G. Wilson ’14*
  • Liam J. Bland ’15
  • Kareem D. Carryl ’15
  • Jessica Y. Chi ’15
  • Elliot S. Kwon ’15
  • Shawn R. Patel ’15
  • Trinidad Reyes ’15*
  • Sejal Singh ’15*
  • Darilaliza A. Chevalier ’16

Senior Marshals

  • Mario A. Alvarez ’14
  • Michael A. Cadiz ’14
  • Daphne L. Chen ’14
  • Yilin Chen ’14
  • Bintu N. Conteh ’14
  • Kristin I. Emodi ’14
  • Samuel D. Engel ’14
  • Aurora E. Gilbert ’14
  • Abdul R. Hanif ’14
  • Lucy He ’14
  • Marilyn He ’14
  • Shaynah D. Jones ’14
  • Joanna G. Kelly ’14
  • Hamza A. Khan ’14
  • Luisa Lizoain ’14
  • Roniquee Marksman ’14
  • William A. Maxfield ’14
  • Bruno R. Mendes ’14
  • Samuel A. Mickel ’14
  • Evan M. Munro ’14
  • Katie E. Peyser ’14
  • My Seppo ’14
  • Alexander T. Smyk ’14
  • Sruti Sriram ’14
  • Amanda R. Suarez ’14
  • Scarlett Tohme ’14
  • Josh Z. Vargas-Sullivan ’14
  • Christina Vlahos ’14
  • Benjamin Z. Xue ’14
  • Kalena A. Zimmerman ’14

Named and Class Day Awards

Alumni Association Achievement Award

The award is presented annually to the member of the Columbia College senior class who is judged to be most outstanding for qualities of mind, character and service to the College.

  • Samantha L. Goldfarb ’14

Alumni Prize

This prize is awarded by the Columbia College Alumni Association to the Columbia College senior judged by classmates to be the most faithful and deserving.

  • Conan M. Cassidy ’14

Charles H. Bjorkwall Prize

Established by Ottle Emma Bjorkwall in memory of her brother Dr. Charles H. Bjorkwall, this prize is awarded annually to a member of the Columbia College graduating class for unselfish service to the College community.

  • Jane M. Brennan ’14

Charles M. Rolker Prize

This prize is awarded to the member of the Columbia College graduating class who is judged by classmates to be most worthy of special distinction because of scholarship, participation in student activities or any combination thereof.

  • Nora Habboosh ’14

Columbia College Scholar Athlete Award

This award is presented from time to time by the Office of the Dean to the graduating Columbia College student who has distinguished himself or herself as a varsity athlete and scholar.

  • Marvellous Iheukwumere ’14

David B. Truman Alumni Award

Established in 1970 in honor of David B. Truman, former dean of the College, this award is presented to the Columbia College student who has made the most distinguished contribution to the academic affairs of the College.

  • Nora Habboosh ’14

Edward S. Brainard Prize

This prize is awarded to the member of the Columbia College graduating class who is judged by classmates to be most worthy of distinction for qualities of mind and character.

  • Ayushi K. Roy ’14

James Christopher Caraley Memorial Prize

Established in memory of James Christopher Caraley ’81, this prize is awarded to a Columbia College junior who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to the value of the preservation of the natural environment or of world peace and order.

  • Ryan Elivo ’15

Leonard A. Pullman Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College senior who displays those qualities of outstanding scholarship and significant service to the College exemplified by the life of Leonard Pullman ’62.

  • Walter A. Jean-Jacques ’14

Milch Prize

Established by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Milch, this prize is awarded to a Columbia College junior who, by leadership in extracurricular as well as scholastic activities, has, in the judgment of instructors and classmates, done the most to enhance the reputation of Columbia College.

  • Julian B. Noisecat ’14

Richard H. Fox Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College senior who has shown for the College the greatest interest and helpfulness. The student must have participated in non-athletic activities and must combine intelligence with a kindly interest in his or her fellows.

  • Milo Inglehart ’14

Robert Harron Award

This award was established in memory of Robert Harron, who, in the course of his 30 years of service at Columbia, served as assistant to the president and director of University Public Relations. It is presented annually to a member of the junior class for qualities of grace and generosity.

  • Jourdan E. Sayers ’15

Robert Lincoln Carey Memorial Prize

The prize is awarded annually by the Columbia College Alumni Association to the Columbia College senior who, through a combination of leadership qualities as exercised in the non-athletic extracurricular program of the College and outstanding achievement in the academic program of the College, best exemplifies the ideals that Robert Lincoln Carey sought to engender in the students of Columbia College.

  • Jordan A. Lebovic ’14

Robert Shellow Gerdy Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College senior who throughout the undergraduate years has made a significant contribution as a member of the staff on one or more College student publications, especially Jester, Columbia Review and Spectator.

  • Daniela A. Quintanilla ’14

Stanley I. Fishel/Zeta Beta Tau Prize

This prize is awarded to a Columbia College fraternity member who has demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and participation in athletics or other campus activities.

  • Wesley D. Rodriguez ’14

Van Am Prize

Established by the Class of 1898 in honor of its 25th anniversary, this prize is awarded to a Columbia College sophomore most distinguished for service, character and courtesy in relations with faculty members, fellow students and visitors.

  • Lucero C. Jorge ’16
  • Charles Sanky ’16

Office of Multicultural Affairs Graduation Cord Recipients

  • David R. Abud-Sturbaum ’14
  • Doreen Agboh ’14
  • Priom Ahmed ’14
  • Gabriella A. Aitcheson ’14
  • Lauretta A. Ambe ’14
  • Megan A. Baker ’14
  • Afua A. Bampoh ’14
  • Gabrielle A. Beans ’14
  • Jake Obeng-Bediako ’14
  • Danielle M. Benson ’14
  • Jane M. Brennan ’14
  • Imani L. Brown ’14
  • Amanda M. Buch ’14
  • Nelson S. Castano ’14
  • Sara L. Chase ’14
  • Raquel Chavez ’14
  • Mark K. Choi ’14
  • Valerie D. Comenencia Ortiz ’14
  • Bintu N. Conteh ’14
  • Onella N. Cooray ’14
  • Chaya Y. Crowder ’14
  • Raphaelle F. Debenedetti ’14
  • Feride Eralp ’14
  • Kristin I. Emodi ’14
  • Sarah A. Fakhry ’14
  • Jacqlyn E. Fields ’14
  • Melanie Y. Gao ’14
  • Austin T. Glover ’14
  • Soleil M. Grant ’14
  • Marian T. Guerra ’14
  • Priya A. Gunaseharan ’14
  • Abdul R. Hanif ’14
  • Benjamin E. Harris ’14
  • Starlyte Harris ’14
  • Taylor S. Harvey ’14
  • Andrea Hazday ’14
  • MariKate H. Hulbutta ’14
  • Emily F. Hyatt ’14
  • Milo Inglehart ’14
  • Cristal V. James ’14
  • Walter A. Jean-Jacques ’14
  • Roshawn A. Johnson ’14
  • Shaynah D. Jones ’14
  • Lena E. Jorde ’14
  • Kebe Kebe ’14
  • Hamza A. Khan ’14
  • Peter Chang Yup Kim ’14
  • Veena V. Kumar ’14
  • Tenaya L. Izu ’14
  • Jessica Li ’14
  • Susan Li ’14
  • Jieun Lim ’14
  • Alexandra R. Lopez ’14
  • Mateo O. Lopez ’14
  • Kristen Lu ’14
  • David T. Ma ’14
  • Mariam Maki ’14
  • Roniquee Marksman ’14
  • Mark L. Martinez ’14
  • Isai A. Mays ’14
  • Saiah B. Mays ’14
  • Charlotte McGuckin ’14
  • Kelsey N. McLeod ’14
  • Bruno R. Mendes ’14
  • Natasha Merali ’14
  • Orly Michaeli ’14
  • Andrew E. Morrow ’14
  • Wangari Mungai ’14
  • Anirudh R.Nandan ’14
  • Jasmin C. Neal ’14
  • Heben F. Nigatu ’14
  • Kaitlyn A. Offerdahl ’14
  • Natalie D. Paret ’14
  • Shamm H. Petros ’14
  • Katie Peyser ’14
  • Panalee Phatraprasit ’14
  • Nita Ponnaganti ’14
  • Lucelys Popoter ’14
  • Marial Quezada ’14
  • Briana C. Rice ’14
  • Wesley D. Rodriguez ’14
  • Gerardo Romo ’14
  • Marlen Rosas ’14
  • Ayushi K. Roy ’14
  • Briana L. Saddler ’14
  • Rachel C. Schenkel ’14
  • Alexa M. Semonche ’14
  • Geneva A. Smith ’14
  • Floyd P. St. Bernard ’14
  • Amanda R. Suarez ’14
  • Hilary S. Szot ’14
  • Laura D. Vigilante ’14
  • Ana B. Vinueza ’14
  • Krista N. White ’14
  • Keith A. Williams ’14
  • Adam G. Wilson ’14
  • Janice Yoon ’14
  • Samantha L. Zeller ’14
  • Kalena A. Zimmerman ’14

Residential Life Awards

“Of the Year” Recognition

  • Noor S. Habboosh ’14 (Community Adviser of the Year, Southfield)
  • Natalia M. Remis ’14 (Resident Adviser of the Year, West Campus)
  • Hahn Chang ’15 (Resident Adviser of the Year, East Campus)
  • Aramael A. Pena-Alcantara ’16 (Resident Adviser of the Year, Southfield)

“Of the Month” Recognition

  • Rebecca A. Gibson ’14 (Community Adviser of the Month, February 2014, West Campus)
  • Sida Li ’15 (Community Adviser of the Month, March 2014, Southfield)
  • Brianna A. Olamiju ’15 (Resident of the Month, February 2014, West Campus)
  • Andrew B. Ren ’15 (Community Adviser of the Month, November 2013, Southfield)
  • Hanya K. Riedl ’15 (Resident Adviser of the Month, March 2014, Wallach)
  • Estefania Y. Chavez ’16 (Resident of the Month, November 2013, Hartley)
  • Karina C. Jougla ’16 (Resident Adviser of the Month, February 2014, Wallach)

Athletics Accolades

All-East Region Scholar, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

  • Beverly Leon ’14

Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award

Established in 1992 in memory of Arthur Ashe Jr., the award is presented to four NCAA student-athletes of color out of a pool of more than 600 by the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

  • Marvellous Iheukwumere ’14

Blair Bat

This award is presented to the Ivy League batting champion in conference games.

  • William M. Savage ’17

Connie S. Maniatty Award

Established in 1994, this award is presented to the best male and female athletes in Columbia’s senior class.

  • Harrison G. McFann ’14
  • Michelle Piyapattra ’14

Division I Scholar of Distinction, National Field Hockey Coaches Association

  • Danielle M. Cosentino ’14

Dwight D. Eisenhower Watch

This award is presented to the senior male student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.

  • Michael K. Attal ’14

Ivy League Team Championships

  • Baseball
  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Fencing
  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s Tennis

Ivy League Individual Championships

  • Marvellous Iheukwumere ’14, Outdoor 200m
  • Alena E. Kluge ’14, 200 Individual Medley
  • Harrison G. McFann ’14, Outdoor 800m
  • Nadia C. Eke ’15, Indoor Long Jump, Outdoor Long Jump, Indoor Triple Jump
  • Mikaila M. Gaffey ’15, 100 Breaststroke
  • Tait Rutherford ’16, Indoor 3000m

Ivy League Relay Event Championship, Outdoor 4x800m

  • John P. Gregorek ’14
  • Harrison G. McFann ’14
  • Robert Napolitano ’17

Ivy League Most Outstanding Performer, Fencing

  • Geoffrey M. Loss ’16

Ivy League Player of the Year, Tennis

  • Winston Lin ’15

Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, Baseball

  • David A. Speer ’14

Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Baseball

  • William M. Savage ’17

Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Soccer

  • Andrew V. Tinari ’17

Marion R. Philips Watch

This award is presented to the senior female student-athlete with the highest composite grade point average.

  • Danielle M. Cosentino ’14

National Championship Gold Medal in the Varsity Lightweight Fours

  • Edward L. Brokaw ’14 (3rd seat)
  • Anders J. Smedsrud ’14 (stroke)
  • Matthew L. Bellesheim ’15 (2nd seat)