Shavely Marie Peralta '11, President's Medalist
B.A. in communication and Spanish
Shavely, you have demonstrated your ability to endure challenging times and become even better and stronger than before. Your grace under pressure was a steadying hand when our community was experiencing turbulence. Whether handling conflicts that arise in a pluralist community that is working to ensure justice across cultures, or reeling from the grief that touched us all in the loss of our fellow student and your personal friend Maria Toledano, yours has been a journey of rising to meet the challenges that life puts before you. And in so doing, you showed us the many ways that we, too, can meet life with our heads held high. You have excelled in your Communication and Spanish majors, been chosen as a Senior Fellow in Modern Languages and president of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication honor society. You have been awarded the Emma L. Bowen Foundation Scholarship, Geraldine Crocker Scholarship, Rebecca Shelly Lee Scholarship and a Posse Foundation Scholarship for academic merit and leadership. However, we know you best for your leadership on campus and your inimitable ability to give of yourself, serving as campus coordinator for Teach for America, being a resident assistant, serving as a senior interviewer for Admissions and a member of the Career Services Student Relations Committee, and holding the office of vice president of DCGA. You have been the student coordinator for the Paving the Way program, a student facilitator in the Quest Program and a performer in the Theatre production “For Colored Girls…” You have volunteered beyond campus at the Main Place, the Salvation Army, an alternative spring break program to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and joined the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on its mission trip to Guatemala. In Spring 2009, you studied abroad in Australia with the Arcadia Sydney Semester Internship Program. Your blogs about your experiences abroad won accolades from Denison’s Off-Campus Study Program for enlarging our global perspective and earned you a Co-Curricular Learning Certificate. In all of these endeavors, you have shown a passion for giving of yourself that epitomizes leadership. We are grateful for your generosity, happy to know that you will continue beyond Denison as a Teach for America recruit and proud to award you the President’s Medal as a reflection of all that you have achieved.
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia - Arcadia Sydney Semester Internship Program; Rebecca Shelly Lee Scholarship Recipient; Geraldine H. Crocker Scholarship (Communication Department); Edward and Neil Vosmer Endowed Scholarship; Distinguished Leadership Award; Emma L. Bowen Foundation Scholar; Posse Foundation Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship; Teach for America - Campus Campaign Coordinator; Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Department Honorary)-President; Office of Campus and Residential Life- Resident Assistant; Student Activities Office - Leadership Fellow; DU Lead- 2010 On-Site Coordinator; Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) - Vice President/Chair of Committee on Residential Life; Office of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs - “Paving the Way” Pre-Orientation Student Coordinator; LeaderShape Institute; Department of Modern Languages -Spanish Fellow; Senior Class Gift Committee; Office of Admissions - Senior Interviewer; Sophomore Quest Program-Student Facilitator; Office of Career Services - Student Relations Committee; Theatre Production “For Colored Girls…,” – Cast Member