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    February 27, 2019
    LATROBE, PA – Three Saint Vincent College seniors have been named recipients of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society’s Maria Leonard Book Award, recognizing their excellent academic achievements over their three-plus years at the College.
    Mallory Truckenmiller, Benjamin Watt and Raylen Welling were honored with the award, which recognizes the graduating Alpha Lambda Delta members who attained the highest cumulative average at the end of the first semester of their senior year. They were awarded the book Note to Self by Gayle King.

    A native of Belle Vernon, Truckenmiller is an English major with a concentration in literary translation, while she is minoring in both secondary education and Spanish. She is president of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, as well as a member of the Psi Sigma Iota national foreign language honor society, the Kappa Delta Pi national education honor society and the Alpha Chi national honor society, which recognizes students in the top 10 percentile of their class. Truckenmiller, who spent the past summer in Spain to study Iberian language and literature, serves on the editorial staff of the Saint Vincent Generation literary magazine. Recently, she was named a recipient of a full scholarship into the competitive University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop, where she will pursue a Master of Fine Arts in literary translation.
    Watt, a native of North Huntingdon, is a mathematics major with minors in biology and English. Among his academic achievements, he is a Wimmer Scholar and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. He has served on student government and as co-president of the Saint Vincent Respect Life Club, while currently, he is co-president of the SVC Mathematics Club. He is also active with SVC’s choral singing groups, has volunteered with Heritage Hospice and in 2016, participated in an immersion trip to Haiti. He plans to pursue a career in medicine and has been accepted into medical schools at Penn State and Case Western Reserve.
    Welling, a native of New Brighton, is a double major in international business and marketing, and double minor in Spanish and international business. She is currently completing an internship at Westinghouse Electric after previously completing an internship at Kennametal. During her junior year, she spent a semester studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. In addition to the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Welling is also a member of Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society, and Alpha Chi, an honor society which recognizes students in the top 10 percent of their class. She has served as a residence hall prefect for three years, and is the head writer and editor of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government’s newsletter. Following graduation, Welling plans to pursue a job in sales and marketing research with a global company.
    Since 1939, Alpha Lambda Delta has been awarding a book to the top graduating students in each chapter, with Rockwell Kent’s World Famous Paintings the first book awarded. In 1959, the award was named after the Society’s founder, Maria Leonard.
    Alpha Lambda Delta is an international honor society for first-year students with outstanding academic achievement. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during their first year of study to be eligible for membership in the organization. Truckenmiller, Watt and Welling were honored during Saint Vincent’s 2019 Alpha Lambda Delta induction ceremony on Feb. 23, during which a total of 121 students were inducted as part of SVC’s 25th Alpha Lambda Delta class.
    Briana Tomack, President