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Hoffman receives Outstanding Senior Award

Caitlin Housley | Friday, May 20, 2011

Saint Mary’s senior Emma Hoffman recently received the Outstanding Senior Award for her involvement in Campus Ministry, her studies abroad and her work in the Student Government Association (SGA).

“As the valedictorian represents the mind, and the Lumen Christi Award recipient represents the soul, the Outstanding Senior embodies the heart of Saint Mary’s,” a press release stated.

According to the release, the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association Board of Directors presents the award to a student who has upheld and demonstrated the values and spirit of Saint Mary’s, and who is dedicated to her faith, academics, leadership positions and to the College itself.

Hoffman said in an email interview she was stunned and excited to receive the honor of Outstanding Senior.

“I’m very honored to receive the Outstanding Senior Award from the Alumnae Association,” Hoffman said. “I am grateful for my Saint Mary’s education because I gained the confidence to use my education, discovered my passion for environmental health and made friends that will stay with me the rest of my life.”

Hoffman was elected class president during her freshman year and served on the Class Board during her sophomore year. She was Mission Commissioner of SGA as a junior and student representative to the Board of Trustees as a senior.


As a biology major, Hoffman conducted her senior research project on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua. During the project, she interacted with locals as she tested a water purification system, the release stated.

Through her experience at Saint Mary’s, Hoffman said she has gained confidence in her opinions.

“As my senior year comes to an end, I do not have to worry that I will be lost in a crowd. My leadership abilities will set me apart,” Hoffman said. “My path is not certain, but the tools and friends I have gained at Saint Mary’s will always hold me in good stead.”

After commencement, Hoffman will continue her service to the biology field by returning to Little Corn Island. She also plans to apply to graduate school to continue her studies in environmental health or apply for the Peace Corps.