Saint Vincent College announced that five seniors have been named finalists for the 44th annual President’s Award, the College’s highest student honor, presented to the member of the graduating class who best embodies what the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college values in its students – outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service.
The finalists are Joshua T. Centore of Canonsburg, a biochemistry major and mathematics minor; Mitchell G. Farrell of Lower Burrell, an accounting and music major; Taylor A. Hanson of Greensburg, a biology major; Douglas J. Hough of Steubenville, Ohio, an early childhood education major and special education minor; and Claire C. Jackman of Strongsville, Ohio, a biology major and psychology and mathematics minor.
College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., will present the award at the spring Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in Saint Vincent Basilica.
Joshua T. Centore
Centore is the president of the SVC Chemistry Club and a member of the Student Government Association (senior class vice president). He has also been honored with membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society, Dean’s List, and Fred Rogers Scholars Program. He has received the Maria Leonard Book Award and also the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh College Chemistry Award. He has served as a facilitator for the Collaborative Learning Program, as an organic chemistry lab teaching assistant, a chemistry department lab prep assistant, as an Admission Ambassador and Residence Life Prefect. He participated in the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Program. Centore has served as a student representative on the Educational Policy Committee and as a standard I member of the Middle States Reaccreditation Committee. He also volunteered on the Orientation Committee and Campus Ministry (Sports Friendship Day buddy). Son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Centore, he is a 2014 graduate of Canon McMillan High School. He is a member of St. Mary Parish, Cecil. After graduation, he plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to pursue a Ph.D. in nutrition.
Mitchell G. Farrell
Farrell, son of Greg and Michelle Farrell, is a 2014 graduate of Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights. Active in the Student Government Association as executive board treasurer (2017), class treasurer (2015-16) and class secretary (2014), he has also served as a member of the Orientation Committee and as a member of the Middle States Committee. A member of the Dean’s List, Farrell is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society in Business Administration and was the recipient of a Student Leadership and Service Award. He has volunteered for three service trips to Haiti, serves as director of the Banana Project, member of the Saint Vincent College Singers and has performed in several productions by the Saint Vincent College Players including the lead role in Beauty and the Beast. A volunteer for Campus Ministry, he has served as a cantor for Mass and ecumenical services and as a member of the leadership team. An Admission Ambassador, he has also served as a work-study assistant in the Music Department and the McKenna School. In his home community, he has served as a volunteer for Cochlear Americas and as a Director of Harvest for Haiti. He is a member of Mount Saint Peter Parish, New Kensington. In June, he will join Sisterson and Co. LLP in Pittsburgh as a staff associate and plans to pursue CPA certification.
Taylor A. Hanson
Daughter of Leslie Rodriguez and Russ Hanson, Hanson is a 2014 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School. A member and president of the Gilbert and Sullivan Club, member of The Company theatre group and member of the Saint Vincent College Players, she has also served as secretary of the Student Government Association’s Council of Presidents. A Wimmer Scholar, she has been honored with membership in the Dean’s List, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. She was the recipient of the Maria Leonard Senior Book Award, Award for High Score on ETS Biology Major Field Exam and the Biology Department Award. A Biology Department tutor and an Admission Office Ambassador, she also participated in the Saint Vincent College Players’ production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She has completed internships at the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Action for Animals and Ridgeview Veterinary Clinic. After graduation, she plans to attend veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish.
Douglas J. Hough
Hough was a senator (2015-16) and served as Student Government Association executive board secretary in 2017. He is a member of the Education Club (president in 2016-17 and senior adviser this year), Early Childhood Education Club, Student Corps for Exceptional Students, Campus Ministry Leadership Team (Festival of Praise Team, Ignite Retreat Lead Team, Men’s Retreat Lead Team, Eucharistic Minister and Lector), Benedictine Leadership Studies and Fred Rogers Music Visits (student co-lead). He has been honored as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society. He has served as an Admission Ambassador and Tour Guide and as a Residence Hall Prefect. Other extracurricular activities include participation in the Bearcat B.E.S.T. Transition Program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America of Westmoreland County, Challenge Camp of Saint Vincent College, Homecoming Court, Mr. SVC, and intramural soccer, volleyball, basketball, football and spikeball. Hough’s community service includes the Step-Up Enrichment Program, Greensburg United Methodist Church Kids Rock Volunteer Teacher, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve volunteer, Sports Friendship Day, Saint Vincent College Wraps, Private Industry Council Family Literacy Night, Greensburg Public Library Holiday Events, Literacy Alive Event at Latrobe Library, Community Dinners at Holy Family Church and Westmoreland County Food Bank. After graduation, he plans to undertake a graduate fellowship position at Laurel Valley Elementary School of Ligonier Valley School District while obtaining his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Saint Vincent. Son of Brian and Nicole Hough, he is a 2014 graduate of West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Steubenville.
Claire C. Jackman
Active in the Student Government Association, Jackman has served as a senate member (2014-2015), executive secretary (2016), and executive board president (2017). A member of the Women’s Rugby Club and the Orientation Committee, she was named to Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Dean’s List and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She has served as a volunteer for Catholic Relief Services, Sports Friendship Day, and the 2015 Campus Ministry China/Taiwan Service Trip. After graduation, she plans to attend Kent State University where she will pursue a doctorate in psychology in the field of behavioral neuroscience with research focused on animal cognition.
Photos: Joshua T. Centore, Mitchell G. Farrell, Taylor A. Hanson, Douglas J. Hough, Claire C. Jackman
Don Orlando, Director, Public Relations
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