Outstanding Seniors 

Winnie Kawira Kaaria, a Westminster senior from Kenya, co-presented at a White House panel on Human Trafficking July 9 at Howard University in Washington D.C. with Westminster advisor Kat Barden as a part of the Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

Three colleges out of 270 were invited to share their institution’s programs and events around the area of human trafficking and KONY, which will be a new and additional emphasis for the Presidential Interfaith Initiative’s second year.

Bradley Louis DiMarianoreceived a 2013 American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Outstanding Senior in French Award. The award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French cultures and the many cultures where it is spoken.

Brad also won a $2500 Benedict Fellowship from Alpha Chi for his paper "French Muslims or Muslim Frenchmen? The Politics of Immigration and the Integration of Islam in France." Brad's paper was judged as one of the 12 best papers for students intending graduate study next year, and his fellowship will be applied to his graduate study. He is Westminster's second winner of the Sledge/Benedict Fellowship.

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David Strawhun, a senior at Westminster College from Cincinnati, OH, was honored as one of only 162 students in 32 different states to receive the prestigious 2012 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

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Andrew McHugh co-founded the What If …? Conference on campus in 2011 with Westminster Professor Matt Murrie, and the enterprise continues to grow.  Officials involved with local TEDx events, The League of Innovators in Columbia, Mo. and teachers in the Gifted Program of the Columbia Public School District have all become involved. The Columbia Gifted Program planned its own What If…? event in March 2013.

McHugh and Murrie have been invited to share their What If....? concept with schools from all over the world in June 2013 at the Future Problem Solving Conference in Bloomington, IN.

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