2021 Distinguished Leadership Awards

Distinguished Leaders

Denison annually recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the University through their involvement in student organizations, in co-curricular activities, on Denison’s staff, and as athletes and scholars. Nominations of deserving students are made by faculty, staff, and student peers. In selecting the recipients, we look for evidence of an enduring commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community. The students we honor today have made a clear, noticeable and lasting impact on Denisonians’ lives through their leadership efforts.

Elsie G. Bunyan

Elsie G. Bunyan ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.S. Biology
Hometown:
Accra, Ghana

Campus Involvement:

  • Multicultural Students Affairs, Office of Operations Intern
  • Agape Christian Fellowship, President
Hope Cherubini

Hope Cherubini ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Psychology
Hometown:
Denver, CO

Campus Involvement:

  • President of the Denison Mindfulness Club
  • Intern for the Off-Campus Study Office
  • Psychology Department Senior Fellow
Megan Cunningham

Megan Cunningham ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics
Hometown:
Alexandria, VA

Campus Involvement:

  • Founder and President of the Spice Cabinet
  • President of Women in Business
  • Starting Defender on Women’s Varsity Lacrosse
Max Curtin

Max Curtin ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Global Commerce, B.A. Economics
Hometown:
Manchester, NH

Campus Involvement:

  • RED Corps, Fellow
  • Denison Investment Office, Intern
  • The Denisonian, Editor in Chief Emeritus
Edem Awo Dake

Edem Awo Dake ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Studio Art
Hometown:
Accra, Ghana

Campus Involvement:

  • Tehillah Gospel A Cappella, President
  • Power Hour Worship Wednesday Service, Coordinator
  • Residential Communities, Community Advisor
Caeli Davis

Caeli Davis ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.S. Biology, B.A. Health Exercise Sports Studies
Hometown:
Wilmington, DE

Campus Involvement:

  • BLASS, President
  • Academic Resource Center, Ambassador
Fatimah A. Elghazawi

Fatimah A. Elghazawi ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. International Studies, B.A. French
Hometown:
Cleveland, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • First Generation Network, Co-President
  • Muslim Student Association, Co-President, Public Relations Chair
  • Office of Admission, Senior Docent, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Maxwell Giarrusso

Maxwell Giarrusso ’21

Major/Minor: 
Hingham, MA
Hometown:
B.A. Communication, B.A. French

Campus Involvement:

  • Denison Campus Governance Association, President
  • Beta Theta Pi, President
  • Mailroom, Manager
Fatima Haroon

Fatima Haroon ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Data Analytics
Hometown:
Karachi, Pakistan

Campus Involvement:

  • Red Frame Lab, Design Thinking Specialist
  • Residential Communities, Community Advisor
  • Admissions Office, Tour Guide
Sophie H. Hudson

Sophie H. Hudson ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Communication
Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • RED Corps, Research Fellow
  • Communication Department, Department Fellow
  • Tri Delta, Risk Management and Health & Wellness Chair
Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.S. Biology
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • National Panhellenic Council- President
  • Denison Community Association- Vice President, Event’s Committee Coordinator, Saturday Service Coordinator, Food Pantry Coordinator
  • Delta Gamma- VP: communications
Gaquise Ganai Jones

Gaquise Ganai Jones ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Global Commerce
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Black Student Union, Executive Board Member
  • Global Commerce Student Network, Fellow
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, President
Mayank Dev Kumar

Mayank Dev Kumar ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Political Science, B.A. Religion
Hometown:
Kolkata, India

Campus Involvement:

  • Denison International Students Association, President
  • Denison Campus Governance Association, Speaker & Class Senator
  • International Orientation, Mentor & Co-coordinator
Lisette Lopez

Lisette Lopez ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Political Science, B.A. Anthropology/Sociology
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., President
  • First Generation Network, Financial & Career Resources Chair
  • La Fuerza, DCGA community senator
Jeremiah J. Mills

Jeremiah J. Mills

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Economics, B.A. Black Studies
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • NPHC, President
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, 2nd Vice District Representative & International MSP Undergraduate Rep
Sandra Mondragon-Hernandez

Sandra Mondragon-Hernandez ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Anthropology/Sociology, B.A. Educational Studies
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office Intern
  • Paving the Way Pre-Orientation, Co-coordinator, Ambassador
  • Spanish Department, Research Assistant, Tertulia Leader
Matt Nowling

Matt Nowling ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Political Science
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • College Democrats, National President (Interim), Ohio President
  • Research, Engagement and Design Corps, Fellow
  • DCGA, Class Senator
Tarma Obeng

Tarma Obeng ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Black Studies
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • African Student Association, Vice-President
  • Pi Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., President
  • Denison University National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) Scholarship Liaison
Allen Primack

Allen Primack ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Data Analytics, B.A. Global Commerce, B.A. Economics
Hometown:
Milwaukee, WI

Campus Involvement:

  • RED Corps Fellow
  • DCGA Finance Chair
  • D.U. Lead Co-Coordinator (2018), Club Advisor (2019,2020)
Jacob Rains

Jacob Rains ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Political Science
Hometown:
Silver Spring, MD

Campus Involvement:

  • DU Votes, Co-President
  • Varsity Cross Country and Track, Captain
  • Community Adviser
Mark M. Reid

Mark M. Reid ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Environmental Studies, B.A. International Studies
Hometown:
Maumee, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Senior Manager, Student Mailroom
  • Intern, Center for Global Programs
  • Coordinator, Denison Service Orientation
Sarah Schubert

Sarah Schubert ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. International Studies, B.A. Spanish
Hometown:
Louisville, KY

Campus Involvement:

  • DCA, President
  • Residential Communities, CA
  • Off Campus Study, Ambassador
Abby Scully

Abby Scully ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Health, Exercise, and Sports Studies
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC

Campus Involvement:

  • Varsity Field Hockey, Captain
  • Denison Sports Network, Student Intern
  • Denison Strength, Student Intern
Jacob (Coby) Strell

Jacob (Coby) Strell ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, B.A. French
Hometown:
Hoboken, NJ

Campus Involvement:

  • Denison Residential Communities: Community Advisor
  • Denison Office of Student Development: Red Corps Fellow
  • Denison Hillel Shabbat Chef
Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. English Literature, B.A. Educational Studies
Hometown:
Upper Arlington, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Men’s Rugby, President, Match Coordinator
  • Leadership Fellows, Member
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Social/Philanthropy Chair
Heaven M. Wade

Heaven M. Wade ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.S. Biochemistry
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Black Student Union, Chief Minister
  • Community Advisor, Senior member
  • Black-LatinX-Asian-Science Society, Co-founder, Treasurer
Nalani Wean

Nalani Wean ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.A. Public Health
Hometown:
Wilmette, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Denison Coalition for Sexual Respect, President, PR Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator
  • (It’s) My Pleasure Sexual Health Publication, President
  • Office of Admissions, Senior Docent, Tour Guide
Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson ’21

Major/Minor: 
B.S. Biology
Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Camp Kesem, Co-Director
  • Kappa Alpha Theta, Chief Executive Officer
  • Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), President
Posted Date 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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