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Finalists for 40th Annual President's Award Announced

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Saint Vincent College announced that five seniors have been named finalists for the 40th 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 Tanner C. Beal, a double major in politics and criminology, law and society from Hagerstown, Md.; Joshua Gongaware, an economics and mathematics double major from North Huntingdon; Rebecca McGrail, an environmental chemistry major and biology minor from Steubenville, Ohio; Emily Rosati, an English major and secondary education minor from Oakdale; and Natalie Woodruff, an art education major from Ringoes, N.J.

Tanner Beal

Beal has served students of Saint Vincent as vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA) executive board, chair of the SGA activities programming board, Bonaventure Hall representative, chair of the SGA residence life committee, activities coordinator for Sports Friendship Day and member of the orientation committee. He has also been treasurer of the Active Minds Club, secretary of the Pre-Law Society and president of the Criminology Club. A member and captain of the varsity swimming team, he has served as the men’s swimming representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and chair of the SAAC concessions committee. The recipient of a chancellor’s scholarship, he has been recognized as the Student Government Association rookie of the year, as a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma athletic honor society, political science honor society, dean’s list, Presidents’ Athletic Conference honor roll and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. A prefect (resident assistant) for the office of residence life, he has also worked in the office of admission and financial aid, as an ocean rescue guard for the Kill Devil Hills (N.C.) Fire Department and as a legal intern in the law office of Megan E. Will. After graduation, he plans to attend the Syracuse University School of Law to study law, international diplomacy and foreign service. Son of Christopher Beal and Karen Divelbiss, he is a 2010 graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School. He is a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Md.

Joshua Gongaware

Gongaware, son of Vaughn and Peggy Gongaware, is a 2010 graduate of Norwin High School. He has been active at Saint Vincent on the orientation committee, Saint Vincent College Players, Saint Vincent College Singers and the Company student theatre group (member, music director and president). He has been honored with membership in Alpha Lambda Delta (excellent academic achievement in first year of study), Alpha Chi (recognizing scholarship in all academic disciplines), dean’s list and Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. The recipient of a Wimmer Scholarship, he has served as an economics and mathematics tutor at Saint Vincent and as a market research intern at Pitt Ohio Express. He has participated in a campus ministry service trip to Gassaway, W. Va., and a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy, studied abroad in Berlin, Germany, and completed service projects at Union Mission, Palmer’s Farm, Latrobe Community Meal, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Hearth Shelter and other locations. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and obtain a position as an economics professor at a four-year college or university.

Rebecca McGrail

McGrail has been active at Saint Vincent in the book club (vice president, treasurer), Alpha Lambda Delta (excellent academic achievement in first year of study, sophomore editor, junior and senior advisor, distinguished service award), Chemistry Club and the college Honors Program. The recipient of a leadership grant and the Fr. Bertin Emling Chemistry Scholarship, she has been named to the dean’s list, was awarded an SVC community service award and was named to Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. A note taker for the office of academic affairs, she has traveled to China with the honors program and to Guatemala on a service mission. McGrail has participated in the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas, to present her senior research project and in the Ohio Academy of Science meeting for her National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates project. A teaching assistant and laboratory assistant for the chemistry department, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea and served as a global ambassador for two years. After graduation, she plans to attend either the University of Toledo to earn a master’s degree in biology or Ohio State University to earn a master’s degree in environmental science and natural resources. She has also applied for a six-month chemistry internship position with Walt Disney World. Daughter of James and Deborah McGrail, she is a member of Triumph of the Cross R.C. Church in Steubenville.

Emily Rosati

Rosati is a 2010 graduate of South Fayette High School, McDonald. At Saint Vincent she has been active as a member and president of the Education Club, as student government class secretary, as a member and captain of the varsity volleyball team for two years and as a member of the spikeball club. She has been honored with membership in Kappa Delta Pi (education honor society), Chi Alpha Sigma (athletic honor society), Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society), Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities, The Emerging Leadership Program and dean’s list. A volunteer note taker and English as a Second Language tutor for the Office of Academic Affairs, she has participated in numerous service projects including campus ministry service in Juneau, Alaska, S.W.A.G. (Sacrifice, Witness, Adore, Glorify) rake and run service project, Latrobe Community Meal, Sports Friendship Day and Christmas service angel tree project. She completed her student teaching at Greater Latrobe High School. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in literacy instruction while teaching in local Catholic schools as part of the Providence College Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) program. Daughter of Craig and Amy Rosati, she is a member of Saint Barbara’s R.C. Church, Bridgeville.

Natalie Woodruff

Woodruff has been honored with membership in Alpha Lambda Delta (excellent academic achievement in first year of study), Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, Alpha Chi (recognizing scholarship in all academic disciplines), dean’s list every semester, Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities and Saint Vincent College Community Service Award. She completed a semester overseas at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan where she focused on Mandarin Chinese studies. She has been active at Saint Vincent in Student Council for Exceptional Children, Campus Ministry, Art Club and Best Buddies. A prefect for three years, she was the photographer for The Review student newspaper during her sophomore and junior years and has served as work study/student ambassador for the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. After graduation, she plans to remain on campus for the summer as resident director of the Landmark College summer program for high school students who learn differently. She is currently completing student teaching at Hempfield Area High School and Maxwell and West Point Elementary Schools and is seeking a teaching position in the northern Virginia area. Daughter of Robert and Eva Jane Woodruff, she is a 2010 graduate of Mother of Divine Grace High School, Ojai, Ca. She is a member of St. Magdalen de Pazzi R.C. Church, Flemington, N.J.

College President Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., will present the award at the spring Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Vincent Basilica.

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Photos: Tanner Beal, Joshua Gongaware, Rebecca McGrail, Emily Rosati, Natalie Woodruff

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