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Standout Students Win 2017 Awards

Carson Blaylock giving a presentation
Carson Michael Blaylock ‘17

Carson Michael Blaylock '17 from Jacksonville, Florida, was this year's winner of the W. Kendrick Pritchett Award in Classics. The award is named for a Davidson graduate from the class of 1929 who became a professor of classics at the University of California, Berkeley. The award goes to a senior who show the characteristics for which Pritchett was known: distinguished academic performance, personal integrity, and love of ancient literature, history and archaeology.

"Carson has exemplified the characteristics of the Pritchett award. He's taken a wide range of courses, excavated in Italy, and inspired us all with his enthusiasm," said W.R. Grey Professor of Classics and Chair of Classics Peter Krentz.

Catherine Johnson '20, from Orlando, Florida, won the Outstanding Student Award from the Society for Classical Studies. The award goes to the first- or second-year student who does best in the major gateway CLA 111 class.

Johnson also received a Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies. This award goes to the top student in elementary Greek. A second CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies, given to the top student in elementary Latin, went to Foivos Isakoglou '20 from Thermi, Greece.

Two Davidson students did well in the 2017 CAMWS Latin Translation Contest, an anonymously graded test taken by 471 college students from 40 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Cole Warlick '19 from Vale, North Carolina, received a certificate of commendation for scoring in the top 12 percent in the intermediate contest. Catherine Johnson completed her triple crown this year by placing third overall in the advanced contest, winning a cash prize.