Shelburne student receives highest academic honor from Connecticut College

Catherine “Cassie” Smith

Catherine “Cassie” Smith

Catherine “Cassie” Tracy Smith, a senior at Connecticut College, has been named a Winthrop Scholar, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college. Winthrop Scholars are members of the senior class who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and promise. Smith, a 2009 graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, is the daughter of Matt and Lori Smith of Shelburne. At Connecticut College, Smith is an economics major.

Smith was one of 14 Winthrop Scholars recognized at a ceremony Feb. 7. All have also been chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education, and will be initiated officially in May.

Connecticut College Dean of the Faculty Roger Brooks said the Winthrop Scholars have taken advantage of all that Connecticut College has to offer, including small classes, immersive learning, rigorous and challenging capstones, honors theses, and senior integrative projects.

“These pedagogical processes are magical and transformative, producing in each of you a graduate interested in and prepared to take on the problems of the 21st century,” Brooks said to the honorees at the ceremony.

Connecticut College instituted the practice of honoring Winthrop Scholars in May 1928. The award is named for John Winthrop the Younger (1606-1676), who is credited with founding the city of New London and served as governor of Connecticut. He was a remarkable scholar, one of the most learned and versatile men in New England.

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