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Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Seniors

Nominations received for the PLA for 2020-2021 were phenomenal! This year it was exceptionally difficult to make the award decisions. Because of nominees outstanding achievements and the breadth and depth of the nominations, the committee chose to make additional awards in other categories to ensure as many people as possible could be celebrated and honored.

This award recognizes seniors for their scholarship and outstanding contributions to the Macalester community throughout their college careers.  To be considered for this award, a student must:

  • Be a member of the senior class in good academic standing (GPA of 3.3 is required);
  • Have a history of significant contributions in a variety of areas of campus life throughout their career at Macalester College;
  • Have been a positive role model at Macalester College;
  • Have worked to promote one or more of the core values of the college (i.e. internationalism, multiculturalism, or service)

2020-2021 Award Recipients

  • Willow Rousseau Fortunoff
    Nominated by Paul Dosh, Political Science
  • Hannah Gilbert
    Nominated by Laurie Adamson, OSLE; Kelly Stone, CRSL; Denise Ward, Hamre Center
  • Fatiya Kedir
    Nominated by Wendy Weber, Political Science
  • Margaret Delia Moran
    Nominated by Patrick Schmidt, Political Science; Laurie Adamson, OSLE; Kate Larson, Career Exploration
  • Likhwa Sifiso Ndlovu
    Nominated by Traci Badu ’21
  • Amanda Ortiz
    Nominated by Paul Dosh, Political Science
  • Diana Paz Garcia
    Willow Rousseau Fortunoff ’21
  • Kori Suzuki
    Nominated by Kyle Belmont, Communications and Marketing
  • Amy Vandervelde
    Nominated by Beth Severy-Hoven, Classical Mediterranean and Middle East; Donna Maeda, Ruth Janisch, Meg Thorson, Matt Katsaros all from IGC

Last Year’s Award Recipients


  • Sophia Alhadeff (Medina, Washington)
  • Margaret Breen (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Orianna Galasso (Gresham, Oregon)
  • Karinna Gerhardt (Seattle, Washington)
  • Jason Kohn (Bethesda, Maryland)
  • Dylan Larsen (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Shireen Zaineb (Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts)