Saint Martin's honors Chimacum senior with its Contris award

Monday, May 17, 2004

Lacey, Wash. - Heather Peters, Chimacum, a senior majoring in English at Saint Martin's College, has been selected as the college’s 2004-05 Contris Scholar.

The scholarship commemorates Michael J. Contris, a noted Olympia journalist and, for almost 50 years, a professor of English at Saint Martin’s College.

The annual award, which carries a scholarship of $1,500, honors a Saint Martin’s student who represents the highest ideals of work in the humanities. As part of the scholarship’s criteria, Peters will write and present a paper on an aspect of the humanities during spring semester 2005.

Peters was chosen for the award based on her outstanding scholarship in the humanities. Among her many activities, she edited the college’s student newspaper for three semesters, was a peer reader at the writing center; tutored children at a low-income housing complex; and served as the president of H.A.N.D.S., a college service club. Her major papers include “Where Was God During the Holocaust?” and “The Politics of Slang in America.” She is a Saint Martin’s College Valedictorian Scholar and also is a member of the college’s honor society, the Society of Fellows.

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