Valedictorian Veronica Jae Receives Bethany College Oreon E. Scott Award

BETHANY, W.Va. — Veronica S. Jae of West Mifflin, Pa., earned the title of Valedictorian of the Bethany College 2009 graduating class. Jae was also the recipient of the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, presented annually to the graduate with the highest overall grade point average.   

Dr. Joseph Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures, said Jae “is an exceptionally bright, perceptive, industrious, dedicated, considerate and enthusiastic individual. Indeed, she represents the ideal college student in every way.” Lovano continued, “She attained the challenging ‘advanced level’ in her French language skills while studying abroad at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France.” 

Jae, who graduated with a grade point average of 4.160, officially received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French during the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 16. She passed her Comprehensive Examinations in both majors with distinction. 

Jae was awarded theTheodore R. Kimpton Prize and Pearl Mahaffey Prize in April during Bethany’s Honors Day Convocation. She was selected for the Theodore R. Kimpton Prize on the basis of her outstanding work as a French student. The Pearl Mahaffey Prize is awarded to the outstanding senior majoring in Languages. 

She also received the College’s Aleece C. Gresham Leadership Award in May. This prize is given to a senior woman who has exhibited sound academic accomplishment, participated in and displayed leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities and shown dedication and commitment to the College. 

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.