2022 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.

Susan Biederstedt

Susan Biederstedt ’22

Hometown:
Indianapolis, IN

Degree(s): B.A. Data Analytics, B.A. Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Women’s Tennis - Captain
  • Office of Admission - Docent, Senior Interview Coordinator
  • Delta Gamma Sorority - Vice President
Payton Burch

Payton Burch ’22

Hometown:
Wilmette, IL

Degree(s): B.A. Communication

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Varsity Baseball - Leadership Council
  • Mission 34 - Executive Board
  • Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council - Executive Board
Maeve Caldwell

Maeve Caldwell ’22

Hometown:
Marblehead, MA

Degree(s): B.A. Educational Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Office of Admission - Senior Docent
  • Women’s Varsity Lacrosse - Junior and Senior Captain
Alasia Renae Campbell

Alasia Renae Campbell ’22

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Degree(s): B.A. Health Exercise and Sports Studies, B.A. Black Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council - President
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc - President
Shivika Churiwalla

Shivika Churiwalla ’22

Hometown:
Kolkata, India

Degree(s): B.A. Data Analytics, B.A. Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Denison International Student Assoc. - President, Treasurer
  • Economics Department - Fellow, Teaching Assistant
  • Varsity Fencing - Team Captain
Essence Cole

Essence Cole ’22

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Degree(s): B.A. Psychology, B.A. Global Health

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - President
  • Black, LatinX, and Asian STEM Society - President
  • Global Health Department - Senior Fellow
Farah Mohamed Farah

Farah Mohamed Farah ’22

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Degree(s): B.A. History, B.A. Anthropology & Sociology

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • African Student Assoc. - C3 Liaison, President, Treasurer
  • Refugee Advocacy Collective - Founder, Treasurer
  • University Programming Council - Director of Operations
Maria C. Kennedy

Maria C. Kennedy ’22

Hometown:
Medfield, MA

Degree(s): B.A. Environmental Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Food Recovery Network - President
  • Office of Sustainability - Student Intern
  • Environmental Studies - Senior Fellow
Grace C. Klein

Grace C. Klein ’22

Hometown:
Edinburg, OH

Degree(s): B.A. Educational Studies, B.A. History

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Club Volleyball - President
  • June-Orientation - Student Advisor
  • Residential Communities & Housing - Community Advisor
Allie Kovatch

Allie Kovatch ’22

Hometown:
Chagrin Falls, OH

Degree(s): B.A. Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Denison University Softball - Team Leader
  • Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council - Representative
Annemare Kraak

Annemare Kraak ’22

Hometown:
Eschede, The Netherlands

Degree(s): B.A. Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Field Hockey - Field Player, Goalie
  • Office of Admission - Senior Docent
  • Residential Communities & Housing - Community Advisor
Mingsheng Li

Mingsheng Li ’22

Hometown:
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Degree(s): B.A. Psychology

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • International Student Services - Orientation Leader & Mentor
  • Off-Campus Study Office - Global Ambassador
  • First-Year Office - Peer Mentor
Chris Linares

Chris Linares ’22

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Degree(s): B.A. Communication, B.A. Religion

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Phi lota Alpha Fraternity - Vice President
  • Denison Campus Governance Association - Co-Governor
  • Communication – Fellow
Chunxi (Stephanie) Liu

Chunxi (Stephanie) Liu ’22

Hometown:
Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Degree(s): B.A. Global Commerce, B.A. Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Red Frame Lab - Red Corps Fellow
  • Global Commerce - Senior Fellow, Community Leader, Student Assistant
  • Office of Admission - Admission Ambassador, Docent
Anahi Lopez

Anahi Lopez ’22

Hometown:
Wayne, MI

Degree(s): B.A. Environmental Studies, B.A. International Studies

Personal Pronouns: they/them/she/her

  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. - President
  • La Fuerza Latina - President
  • DCA Committee - Global Fellows, CRIS Volunteer
Kaela Malone

Kaela Malone ’22

Hometown:
Medford, MA

Degree(s): B.A. Black Studies, B.A. History

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Denison KPOP Dance Group - Vice President
  • University Programming Council - Director of Programming
  • Amnesty International - President
Max Milone

Max Milone ’22

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA

Degree(s): B.S. Biology

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Interfraternity Council - President
  • Beta Theta Pi - Vice President of Communications
Sueshin (Sarah) Moon

Sueshin (Sarah) Moon ’22

Hometown:
South Korea

Degree(s): B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Denison Campus Governance Association - Senior Co-Governor
  • Office of Admission - Senior Docent
  • Knowlton Center for Career Exploration - Peer Coach
Jaleel Poole

Jaleel Poole ’22

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Degree(s): B.A. Global Health, B.S. Biology

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Black Student Union - Chief Minister
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. - Vice President
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council - Vice President
Sullivan Ray

Sullivan Ray ’22

Hometown:
Lexington, VA

Degree(s): B.A. Psychology, B.A. Spanish

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Mindfulness Club - Co-President
  • Delta Delta Delta - Vice President Community Relations
  • Psychology Department - Senior Fellow
Jack Reaney

Jack Reaney ’22

Hometown:
Rye, NH

Degree(s): B.A. Economics, B.A. English (Creative Writing)

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Phi Kappa Psi - Chapter President, Founding Father
  • Denison Spice Cabinet - Co-Founder
  • Institutional Advancement - Annual Fund Student Caller, Writing Intern
Taylor M. Sanchez

Taylor M. Sanchez ’22

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

Degree(s): B.A. Black Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Outlook - President
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. - President
Rojika Sharma

Rojika Sharma ’22

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Degree(s): B.A. Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A. International Studies

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Refugee Advocacy Collective - Founder
  • Women’s and Gender Studies - Eloise A. Buker Fellow
Avantaea Siefke

Avantaea Siefke ’22

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Degree(s): B.A. Anthropology & Sociology, B.A. Communication

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Residential Communities & Housing - Community Advisor
  • Active Minds - President
  • University Honor Committee
Aditi Singh

Aditi Singh ’22

Hometown:
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Degree(s): B.A. Data Analytics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Red Frame Lab - Red Corps Fellow
  • Data Analytics - Teaching Assistant
  • Anderson Summer Scholar
Ellen Sipe

Ellen Sipe ’22

Hometown:
Nashville, TN

Degree(s): B.A. Global Commerce, B.A. Economics

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Kappa Alpha Theta - President
Jess Spitzer

Jess Spitzer ’22

Hometown:
Succasunna, NJ

Degree(s): B.A. Global Health, B.A. Psychology

Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Global Health Department - Fellow
  • Knowlton Center for Career Exploration - Peer Coach, Career Fellow, Assistant
  • Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement - Summer Scholar
Max Sternberg

Max Sternberg ’22

Hometown:
Kentfield, CA

Degree(s): B.A. Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • Varsity Swimming - Captain
  • String Chamber Music - Viola Player
  • Global Economics and Politics of Climate Change - Research
Ray Walker

Ray Walker ’22

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Degree(s): B.A. Communication

Personal Pronouns: he/him/his

  • The Denisonian - Executive Producer/Reporter
  • Black Student Union - Vice President
  • The Center for Belonging & Inclusion - Moderator of Cultural Conversations
Posted Date 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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