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   Date: 9/7/10 Bookmark and Share

High Rate of High Marks

Hamm Prizes awarded at Opening Convocation

At the beginning of every academic year, the sophomores who achieved the
highest grade-point averages during their first year at Smith are acknowledged with the Arthur Ellis Hamm Prize. This fall, an astounding 10 students received the award.

The prize was endowed and first awarded in 1918 by Elizabeth Creevey Hamm '05 in memory of her husband, Captain Arthur Ellis Hamm. The document establishing the fund stated that the income is "to be awarded annually to a member of the freshman class on the basis of the mid-year record." In 1934, the basis of consideration for the prize was extended, and now the award is based on the full year's record.

This year's Hamm Prize recipients are:

  • Sonya Bhatia of Northampton
  • Szilvia B.Kiss of Reutte, Austria
  • Katherine Hoyer of Newton, N.J.
  • Weici Hu of Changsha, China
  • Abigail McElroy of Charleston, W.Va.
  • Jennifer Sadler of Concord, N.H.
  • Maggie Sawdy of Westport, Mass.
  • Qingyang Shen of Toronto, Canada
  • Ekaterina Stankova of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Manzhuang Zheng of Shenzhen, China


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