Alma College seniors Caroline Asiala of Bay City, Hannah Korell of Romeo and Katherine Krauss of Jackson are the 2015 nominees for the Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.
Established in 1949 by Dr. Joel Barlow, a 1929 honors graduate of Alma College, the award will be announced at the Honors’ Day closing reception on Thursday, April 2.
The award recognizes academic achievement for students in the top 10 percent of their class as well as contributions to campus and community. The Barlow winner is determined by a vote of Alma’s Student Congress and faculty.
Caroline Asiala has participated in numerous activities that demonstrate a passion for learning through service, including Alternative Break trips to the U.S.-Mexico border to experience the issues related to immigration. As a member of the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee, she helped organize a week of immigration awareness events on campus.
A three-year member of the Model United Nations team, Asiala competed at both the Midwest and national conferences, and she twice joined her teammates in New Delhi, India, to participate in U.S. State Department-sponsored public diplomacy initiatives.
In experiences funded by the Posey Global Fellowship Program, Asiala was a volunteer at a community hospital in Sierra Leone, and she interviewed natives in the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest about their traditional medicines made from local flora.
In addition, Asiala was a Global Challenge mentor for the Public Affairs Institute, recruited volunteers for community programs as a member of the Service Learning Office team, was a member of Amnesty International, and sang with the Alma Choir, Glee Club and Chorale.
Hannah Korell has balanced a four-year record of academic achievement with Greek leadership activities and student tutoring. An English major, she was a teaching assistant with the English Department as well as a tutor and student director with the Writing Center. She has presented at several academic conferences and participated in independent research with faculty members.
As chapter president of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Korell helped lead efforts to enhance Greek life on campus, develop a scholarship for incoming freshmen, and plan community events that raised nearly $5,000 for autism research.
Korell also was involved with the Theatre Department, acting in 12 plays during her four years at Alma, primarily in main roles. In addition to acting, she designed costumes, worked as an assistant stage manager and light board operator, and directed a one-act performance.
In addition, she served as an executive committee member for Alpha Psi Omega, the drama/theatre honor society, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Korell is a multiple recipient of the President’s Cup for achieving a 4.0 grade point average.
Katherine Krauss has filled numerous student leadership roles while achieving academic success relevant to her studies in mathematics, education and modern languages. She completed a summer term of study at Europa Kolleg in Kassel, Germany, and participated in a summer research experience for undergraduates at Illinois State University.
As an officer of the German Club, Krauss contributed to the promotion of cultural appreciation on Alma’s campus. She helped establish the annual Christmas Market event celebrating French and German cultures, and contributed to Modern Language’s annual Carnival celebration.
As treasurer of the Education Club, Krauss promoted reading for young children with the creation of the monthly Story Time at Stucchi’s event and helped organizing monthly presentations from educational professionals and college faculty.
She also invested in Alma’s religious life as a Chapel volunteer and student ministry coordinator. In addition, she was a member of the Math Club, the Kappa Delta Pi education honorary, the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary and the Alpha Mu Gamma modern language honorary.