Area Students Receive Awards at St. Lawrence University

CANTON, NY – The following students received awards at Moving-Up Day ceremonies held on April 27 at St. Lawrence University in Canton.

Neil P. Devendorf, of Fulton, received the Outstanding Beginning Student Prize: Swahili. Devendorf is a member of the Class of 2016 and graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School.

The Outstanding Beginning Student Prize is awarded to the students in elementary language classes who have not studied the language before and whose performance in the course has been most outstanding.

Holly J. Hunold, of Phoenix, received the Margaret Mead Award. Hunold is a member of the Class of 2013 and graduated from John C. Birdlebough High School. The The Margaret Mead Award is presented for special achievement in anthropology.

Alissa M. McCaffrey, of Phoenix, received the William D. Mallam Senior History Major Award. McCaffrey is a member of the Class of 2013 and graduated from John C. Birdlebough High School. The The William D. Mallam Senior History Major Award recognizes the outstanding senior major in history.

Moving-Up Day celebrates student achievements in academics and co-curricular activities.

It is a campus tradition dating from 1869, when it began as “Tree Holiday,” to add trees to the campus landscape. In more recent times, the day evolved into an occasion for the recognition of student achievement and a symbolic “moving-up” of students to chapel pews vacated by students a year ahead of them.

Located in Canton, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students, founded in 1856.

The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet.

Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.