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Awards given to achievers

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:43 a.m. CDT
Andrew Cessna (from left), Abigail Davis, Len Michaels, and Allison Byrd received Sauk Valley Community College Foundation awards April 24. They are in the college's honors program. Photo submitted by Rachel Marco.

DIXON – Four Sauk Valley Community College Honors Program students were recognized April 24 for their outstanding academic achievement.

The recipients are Abigail Davis of Chadwick; and Allison Byrd, Andrew Cessna, and Len Michaels, all of Sterling.

Davis, a liberal arts major, received a $150 award. Her current project is a translation of a chapter of the book “Til We Have Faces” from English to French.

Byrd, a biochemistry major, also received a $150 award. Her current project is a calculus based paper on radiocarbon dating.

Cessna, a business major, received a $550 award. His most recent projects include a detailed report of the role of credit rating agencies in the subprime mortgage crisis and the subsequent global financial crisis of 2008, and a research-based position paper addressing the topic of interrogational torture in a philosophical framework. Also in his project list is a study of the evolution of intellectual property law as it pertains to patents and major problems that exist within the current system, a detailed analysis of speeches by Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr., and a study of how ethical models apply to business.

Michaels, a current scholar-at-large, received a $150 award. His most recent projects include a persuasive research paper on the unified belief system theory of religion and an essay/lecture on romantic heroes of literature.

Valarie Wittman and Steve Shaff, co-directors of Sauk’s Honors Program, presented the awards, which are made possible by the Sauk Valley College Foundation.

For more information on SVCC’s Honors Program, call Wittman at 815-835-6388 or Shaff at 815-835-6238.

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