DANVILLE, KY—On Tuesday, the Class of 2008 joined Centre President John Roush to take part in the opening ceremony of the Honor Walk. Established with the Class of 2003, the Honor Walk is designed to offer seniors an opportunity to publicly thank the individual who contributed most to their educational journey at Centre.
The evening began with Senior Celebration, a special dinner hosted by Career Services. During the dinner, seniors heard from Heather Hauntz Hise '05 and Ben Golden '05, who shared their stories of post-graduation ups and downs, the importance of friendship and the habitual success of Centre graduates.
The seniors then went to the Old Centre quad where Roush delivered a short address and presented each senior with a Centre Talent—a coin with the Old Centre quad on one side and the Centre College seal on the other. On the eve of graduation next May, the members of the Class of 2008 will pass through Old Centre and present their talents to the individuals they have chosen to honor.
In addition to "giving back," the Honor Walk is also a tradition of "giving forward." The following seniors were named to this year's Senior Gift Committee, lead by Stacy Hammond, assistant director of annual giving: Elizabeth Crouch, Nate Blank, Katie Bouvier, Jillian Dove, John Herbert, Casey Hodges, J.J. McConaha and Matt Nestheide. The committee hopes to raise $2,500, with a 50 percent participation rate, in the Senior Gift Campaign. This effort encourages every senior to make a $20 donation toward a special scholarship for an upperclassman. Seniors will vote within the coming weeks to determine whether the scholarship will provide money for one year of textbook purchases, the opportunity to study abroad, or provide financial assistance to an upperclassman who would be unable to return to Centre without additional financial aid.
To date, the Honor Walk has generated $9,254 in pledges and donations, with the Class of 2005 holding the top spot with $2,598.91 in total gifts. Last year, the Class of 2007 raised $1,637.69.
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