Jessica Xiao Ling Quah '15 is named Greensboro College's
top traditional undergraduate senior.
"GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College today named Jessica Xiao Ling Quah of Penang, Malaysia, the winner of the 2015 Harold H. Hutson Award, given annually to the top traditional graduating senior.
Quah is a double major in music and in English, with a Humanities minor, and received her degree during today's Commencement ceremony summa cum laude, with highest honors -- a grade-point average of 3.9 or better.
She is a member of honor societies such as Alpha Chi and the national honors society in English, Sigma Tau Delta. She graduated as a member of the George Center for Honors Studies, writing a thesis that blended her love of music and English.
She has been a student marshal; a volunteer peer tutor; a writer and editor of the student newspaper, the Collegian; and a writer and co-editor of the literary magazine, the Lyre.
During the recent academic awards convocation, Quah received the Mary L. Ginn Award for Excellence in English, the highest recognition that the Department of English, Communication and Media Studies bestows. She also received the Luella Pugh Knott Music Award for outstanding musicianship.
In addition to winning many accolades for her music performances and scholarship, Quah has had an impact with her literary and writing pursuits, including being a runner-up for best poem in the North Carolina College Media Association awards in 2012-13, being published in the 2015 Gargoyle literary magazine, and being published in the 2014 The Lyricist of Campbell University.
This year she was awarded first place in the School of Business's Atlas Shrugged Student Essay Contest after having won second place in 2014. And in the 2013 North Carolina State University Poetry competition, she was one of 15 finalists from among almost 300 contestants from the state's colleges and graduate-level fine-arts programs.
She has received a full scholarship to begin graduate work in musicology this fall at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
The Hutson Award is given in honor of Dr. Harold H. Hutson, president of Greensboro College from 1952 to 1964. It is presented to a graduating traditional undergraduate student who, during his or her years at Greensboro College, has:
1. developed a sense of direction;
2. demonstrated a high degree of confidence to be used in approaching his or her career objectives;
3. demonstrated a sense of values in that he or she can take each new experience and judge it in terms of things he or she feels important;
4. demonstrated a sense of scholarship, working not for grades alone but for the satisfaction of scholarly accomplishment well done;
5. demonstrated a wide range of interests including music, art, athletics, and reading; and
6. shown a definite degree of maturation in his or her four years at Greensboro College.
The recipient of this award is selected by the faculty of the college from among all nominees.
Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,150 students from 26 states, the District of Columbia and 10 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."
- A Press Release