Seniors honored by department

Christina Benedetti receives the Departmental Scholarship for Excellence in Mass Communications from Department Head Pam Luecke.

Three graduating seniors were honored by the department at its annual year-end reception May 22 and two were recognized for scholarships they have held during their last two years at Washington and Lee.


Brooke Sutherland received the Departmental Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism -- and is the university's valedictorian.






Two students received the Departmental Scholarship: Christina Benedetti and Brooke Sutherland .  Christina, from Derwood, Md., received the award for excellence in Mass Communications.  She is a double-major in math and plans to attend the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia to pursue a master’s in marketing and management.  Brooke, from Lawrence, Kansas, received the award for excellence in journalism. Brooke was a double-major in French, is a member of  Phi Beta Kappa and ODK, and is valedictorian for the Class of 2012.  Brooke will begin work next month at Bloomberg News in New York City, where she interned last summer.

Eleanor Kennedy receives the Waring-Alnutt award from Avis Waring, one of the benefactors and mother-in-law of Prof. Douglas Cumming.

Eleanor Kennedy, from Munster, Ind., received the Waring-Alnutt award, which recognizes a student “who has manifested a respect, love and care for the language and the necessity of helping audiences understand complex topics through clear, concise journalism in all its forms.”  Eleanor will be working in a post-graduate internship this summer at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Seniors Jessica Strait and Melissa Powell have held the Lane and Ellis scholarships the past two years.






The department also recognized two students who were selected by the faculty to receive endowed scholarships during their junior and senior years.  The Landon B. Lane Memorial Scholarship has been held by Jessica Strait and the Joseph Franklin Ellis Scholarship has been held by Melissa Powell.  Jessica, who is from Houston, will be working for William Morris Endeavor in New York City. Melissa, who is from Hattiesburg, Miss., will work for The Roanoke Times, where she was previously an intern.





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