Awards for Service During Valedictory Exercises

During Valedictory Exercises for the Class of 2016 at the University of Virginia, the Ray of Light Award was given to Annie Clark and the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was given posthumously to Margaret Lowe. 

Student trustee Elise Bottimore had these words to say about Annie: "Clark has tutored prison inmates through Madison House’s Beyond the Bars program, conducted advocacy workshops dedicated to the prevention of intimate partner violence through the One Love Foundation, and served as a leader in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is known by her peers for her integrity and compassion."

And, here is what Daniel Judge, chair of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Committee, said about Margaret: "Margaret Lowe was a fourth-year Classics-Ancient Greek major who was looking ahead to medical school when she unexpectedly passed away last year while running – one of her favorite activities. During her time at the University of Virginia Lowe co-chaired the student-led Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, and led various educational efforts aimed at reducing the risks of alcohol use among her peers, volunteered with Madison House, and was a counselor with Camp Kasem, a summer camp for children who have a parent living with cancer. She also biked last summer from coast to coast with Bike and Build to promote and raise funds for affordable housing. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a leader within the Inter-Sorority Council."

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Photos from this article were taken by Dan Addison and Sanjay Suchak.