Jill Christine Boo '05
B.A., German and Education; Ramsey, Minn.
Jill Boo has been inducted into Phi Society (freshmen honorary), Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Phi Alpha (German), Kappa Delta Pi (education), and Delta Epsilon Phi (German). A fellow in the modern languages department, Boo holds a Trustee Scholarship and an Alumnae Endowed Scholarship. She studied abroad in Freiburg, Germany, and has been offered both a German and Austrian teaching fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation. Boo is a four-year All-NCAC swimming team member, three-time national champion in the 100 Butterfly, and four-year, 18-time All American. She has 14 performances that rank in the Top 10 at Denison and 12 that rank in the Top 20 in Small College History. She also was named to Who's Who.
"Jill, the phrase that is a ringing bell in your letters of nomination for the President's Medal is "consummate scholar-athlete." Phi Beta Kappa, a double major in Education and German, and all-time doyen of the study of German language and culture, you graduate this year with a formidable academic record. The climactic moment of your academic achievement is your winning of not one, but two highly competitive national postgraduate scholarships: A Fulbright Teaching Scholarship in Germany, and also a Fulbright to Austria. You have taken your love of German to the field of education, where you have made significant contributions to the education of students in area public schools. As one noted local educator boasted, you are a "gift to our class and to Denison University....bright, practical and endowed with a great measure for common sense and intelligence for positive, everyday living.
3-time National champion in 100 Butterfly
4-year All NCAC
14 performances that rank in the top 10 in Denison history
12 performances that rank in the top 20 in small college history
"While achieving at this spectacular performance level, you have also demonstrated powerful team leadership, serving as strong leader, emotional anchor, and North Star for the rest of the team.
"You accomplished all this through a deep combination of talent and sheer hard work, a role model for younger students in the classroom and in the pool. In commenting on your wide range of accomplishments, your German professor sums it up well: "You are the picture of Minnesota grit and should be placed beside 'A Prairie Home Companion' as the best Minnesota has to offer!"