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Belles honor fellow students

Jillian Barwick | Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saint Mary’s students have a chance to honor fellow Belles who are using their education to make a difference through the Belles Honoring Belles Award.

Student body vice president Meghan Casey said she hopes students will take the time to recognize those students who stand out through the award.

“At the beginning of the year, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a retreat the week before classes began,” Casey said. “We thought that it would be a good idea to use the idea of the Women Honoring Women event that happens in the spring semester and do a ‘student honoring student’ dinner.”

According to the application, the nominees should be women who are influential both in and out of the classroom and who empower other Saint Mary’s College students to pursue a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility and social responsibility.

“Students will be able to be among other students who people nominated because they embody what they believe a Saint Mary’s woman is,” Casey said.

The nomination form asks about the nominees’ background information, which includes their majors, their involvement on and off campus, their academic accolades and other achievements.

The form also asks for a description of how the nominee represents the College, their impact on campus and their impact on the world.

“Fifteen honorees will be chosen from among the nominees and will be honored at a reception on Monday, Nov. 26,” Casey said. “If your nominee is chosen to be honored, you will be invited to speak for a few moments on her behalf.”

The reception for the nominees and nominators will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Stapleton Lounge in LeMans Hall. One honoree will be chosen at the reception as the Belle of the Year.

“I am hoping that Student Academic Council continues this dinner because it is necessary to recognize those who go the extra mile as a student here at Saint Mary’s,” Casey said. “While this is the first year we are having the Belles Honoring Belles award, I think it would be a great way to inspire students at the College to encourage their fellow Belles to push harder at making a difference for our school and the world.”

The deadline for the nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m.

For more information or to nominate a Belle, contact Meghan Casey at [email protected]