Three Bridgewater College seniors were awarded the 2023 Raymond N. and Virginia Andes Award for academic excellence in world languages.
The award honors Dr. Raymond N. Andes ’40, former chair of the College’s World Languages and Cultures department and professor of French, emeritus, and his wife, Virginia Andes, who taught languages and supported international students attending Bridgewater College.
Nathan Good and Christopher Jacobs received the award for Spanish, given to the top students majoring in the language.
Good, a Spanish and communication, technology and culture double major from Grottoes, Va., is editor-in-chief of BC Voice, a student-run media organization on campus. He is also a member of the Philomathes Society and Lambda Pi Eta, an honor society of the National Communication Association.
During his time at BC, he completed a research project titled “Professional Email Requests: A Pragmalinguistic Comparison of Formality between American English, Argentine Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese” under the direction of Department Chair of Communication Studies and Theatre Dr. Melanie Laliker.
After graduation, Good intends to work in a mentoring position with the local Spanish-speaking community. He also plans to pursue graduate programs in the following academic year.
Jacobs is a Spanish and political science double major from Broadway, Va.
Diana Fewell received the award for French, given to the top student studying the language.
Fewell is a digital media arts major with a minor in French from Bealeton, Va.
During her time at BC, Fewell presented works in the 2023 senior thesis art exhibition. Her collection, “Garden of Emotions,” used photography and typography to create flower images that referenced the Victorian Language of Flowers—a symbolic language created in the Victorian era in France by women who wished to convey messages through bouquets given as gifts.
Fewell is continuing her education at Bridgewater College as a student in the master of arts in digital media strategy (MDMS) program.