Graduating seniors earn top awards

May 27, 2008

Two graduating seniors were awarded the College’s top academic honors at McDaniel’s May 24 Commencement ceremony. Patrick S. Bonaduce received the Argonaut Award, given to the senior with the highest grade-point average, and Emily J. Paull received an Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the most well-written paper.

Bonaduce, a Studio Art major with minors in both Art History and Writing, earned a more-than-perfect 4.19 GPA, and was also named recipient of both the Philip and Azalea Myers Award for Creativity in English and the Maria Leonard Senior Book Award. He graduates as a College Scholar having completed the Honors Program specialized liberal arts coursework and Senior Honors Colloquium.

His writing professor Dr. Kate Dobson said, “"Patrick is the most remarkable of young men, both brilliant and humble. He writes with vision, clarity, subtlety and flair. His written art commentary measures up to the latest review you may have read in The New Yorker.”

Bonaduce is also highly regarded by his advanced studio art professor, Steve Pearson, who recognizes that Bonaduce’s writing plays a creative role in his visual art. “He creates characters and stories, then brings them to life in illustration.” Pearson added that Bonaduce has been an outstanding mentor to other students in advanced studio work.

Bonaduce is a graduate of Saucon Valley High School and is the son of Stephen and Christine Bonaduce of Hellertown, Pa.

Paull, from McSherrystown, Pa., is a Psychology major with a minor in Religious Studies who won the Ridington award for her paper entitled “"Stereotyping and Nonconformity: The Effects of Punk Music on Social Behavior."

Paull’s research was based on the hypothesis that people primed with Punk music would not conform to group behavior since Punk music listeners are thought to be nonconformists. According to her mentor, Psychology Professor Wendy Morris, when Paull’s research findings showed the opposite behavior, she developed and tested different theories as to why and wrote excellent explanations.

“Emily is bright, super motivated and a pleasure to work with,” Morris said. “She conducted her research on the level of a graduate student, and the first draft of her paper was so good, it didn’t need major changes.”

Paull is a graduate of New Oxford High School and also studied at both Harrisburg Community College and York College. She is the daughter of Patricia Paull of McSherrystown, Pa., and Thomas Paull of Biglerville, Pa.

The Argonaut Award was named for the College’s original honor society founded in 1935 and superseded by formation of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1980.

Established by the College’s Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapter in memory of Edith Farr Ridington, a longtime faculty member, the writing award honors her work as a charter member and historian of the Delta of Maryland Chapter of McDaniel.