WPI Skull Honor Society Recognizes Two Outstanding Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 30, 1999
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Every year at September Homecoming celebrations, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Skull Honor Society recognizes an outstanding new student. This year's Skull Trophy for Outstanding Achievement is shared by two women: Kelly Jaramillo of Belen, N.M., and Nikole Howard of Lafayette, Ind.

The Skull Trophy is given to freshman students who have done the most for the class and for WPI. It recognizes outstanding performance in extracurricular and academic activities and is awarded at the beginning of the recipient's sophomore year.

Jaramillo, who is majoring in mathematics, serves as the class representative to the Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program (EMSEP) Advisory Board. An exemplary student, she is a member of WPI's Air Force ROTC Program and participates in the Women on Women's Issues program as well as serving as a peer learning assistant in the math department. In addition to her activities at WPI, she has been involved in the greater Worcester community, helping to coordinate student volunteers for the Hoop Dreams program and acting as an after-school tutor at Friendly House.

Howard is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and serves the chapter as publications coordinator. She is a double majoring in aerospace and physics in the mechanical engineering department and maintains a 3.82 GPA. In addition to her studies, she performs in the Concert Band, Symphony, Woodwind Ensemble and Brass Choir and participates in the Society for Women Engineers, the Pen Pal Program and the Women on Women's Issues program. Recipient of the Charles O. Thompson Scholar and Gertrude R. Rugg awards, she has been named 1998-99 New Member of the Year by the Greek Alumni Council.

The Skull Honor Society is one of the oldest traditions at WPI. It began in 1911 when a group of students decided that outstanding juniors should be honored for their dedication and contributions to the university. Induction into this society was intended to recognize individuals for their achievement and encourage others to strive to do their best.

Founded in 1865, WPI is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.