They came. They saw. They led.

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Of the Class of 2014’s 526 students, 20 were awarded Denison’s Distinguished Leadership Award, an honor recognizing a small but powerful group of seniors who have made a lasting impact in their academic and extracurricular involvements during their time at the college.

The ceremony took place earlier this month in Burton Morgan’s Knobel Hall. Family, friends, faculty, and peers gathered in this space to celebrate the achievements of these soon-to-be Denison alumni who hail from all over the country, including Illinois, Arizona, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—and one recipient from Brazil. Each now has made his or her personal mark on the Hill.

Vice President of Student Development Laurel Kennedy presented this year’s awardees with engraved miniatures of Swasey Chapel. She also spent time praising each student for hard work in a variety of areas, including sustainability, first-year orientations, athletics, student government, and religious life, among others.

“This year’s nominees are persons of character,” said Kennedy. “They were not merely involved, but leaders in their commitments.”

To choose these applicants, the selection committee read more than 800 pages of essays and letters written by 92 students and their references. This is the largest group to apply in Denison’s history. According to Kennedy, this does not prove the growing popularity of the award but a larger and more conscious effort by students to be better leaders.

To read more about these students and their impact on Denison, visit our Awards and Honors page.

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