Adrienne Carmack ’18, right, with her parents in Lorimer Chapel

Only one student award is traditionally noted at Colby’s commencement ceremony—the Condon Medal. The coveted honor for engaged citizenship, chosen by the senior class, this year goes to a deeply involved senior whose four years at Colby have been marked by her passion for activism and civic engagement as well as her academic excellence.

Adrienne Carmack ’18, of Veazie, Maine, was announced as the winner at the 2018 student awards ceremony May 8. “She has a contagious desire to improve the lives of those around her, and a gifted ability to communicate with others,” said President David A. Greene. He noted that through her many involvements, she has made remarkable contributions to campus culture, especially around issues of racial diversity and gender equality.

A PDF, 2018 Student Award Recipients, lists all award winners.

Numerous other students from across the College were also recognized for their academic, service, and leadership achievements at the 10th annual student awards ceremony in Lorimer Chapel. More than 30 academic departments and programs—including the Oak Institute, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the Farnham Writers’ Center—acknowledged student scholarship, service, and activism with awards and prizes.

Marnay Avant ’18 (center, with glasses) at the student awards ceremony

Marnay Avant ’18, of St. Louis, Mo., was announced as the class speaker. Avant, chosen by the Class of 2018, will share the stage at commencement May 27 with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). A Ralph J. Bunche scholar and sociology and African-American studies double major, Avant has been a campus leader with a global focus, spending a semester abroad in Ghana and traveling widely with the Bunche program. She is a Phi Beta Kappa inductee and was also honored with the MLK Colby Drum Major for Justice Award and academic awards in both her majors.

Three Colby seniors were recognized for having been awarded prestigious Fulbright Grants for 2018: Clare Murray ’18, Nellie LaValle ’18, and Alyssa Kullberg ’18. Benard Kibet ’18, who has won two Davis Projects for World Peace prizes, was recognized for having received a Watson Fellowship that will take him to several African nations next year to study programs for people with disabilities.

The 26th annual Charles Bassett Senior Class Teaching Award, presented by the Student Government Association, went to Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Travis W. Reynolds. Reynolds’s work has won support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and every year he selects Colby undergraduates to participate in his projects on international development issues, including his unique work on the “church forests” of Ethiopia.