Bridgewater College Presents First John Painter and Vashon “J.J.” Jefferson Award

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Bridgewater College senior Emily Dell is the first recipient of the inaugural John Painter and Vashon “J.J.” Jefferson Award.

Officers Painter and Jefferson sacrificed their lives to protect others at Bridgewater College on Feb. 1, 2022. They are remembered as two members of the BC family who cared deeply for their community. To that end, the John Painter and Vashon “J.J.” Jefferson Award recognizes a current Bridgewater student who exemplifies these character traits.

Dell, a business administration and economics double major from Keymar, Md., is a member of the women’s lacrosse team, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the student-athlete mental health organization Morgan’s Message. In addition, she is a member of the Philomathes Society, the College’s scholastic honor society, and Chi Sigma Alpha, the national college athlete honor society.

Dell is pursuing a career in forensic accounting following her graduation from Bridgewater.

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