Kendré Barnes and Wayde Marsh, 2013 graduates of Washington and Lee University, have been named this year's winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion.
W&L has been awarding the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion continually since 1927. It is awarded by a vote of the faculty to a male and female in the graduating class who excel in high ideals of living, in spiritual qualities and in generous and disinterested service to others.
Barnes, from Omaha, Neb., received a B.A. with majors in Spanish and in English. She has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Panama for next year. At W&L, she held the Henry Louis Smith scholarship and John Rugel Memorial scholarship and belonged to Omicron Delta Kappa. Barnes was a literacy tutor at Waddell Elementary School and in Rockbridge County, a peer counselor and was a member of the Chamber Singers and SAIL.
She served as co-chair of the Nabors Service League and received the Barritt-Williams Prize in Spanish, a Johnson Opportunity Grant and the Wornom Award for Distinguished Critical Writing from the English Department. Barnes was an immigration and refugee services intern for the Lutheran Family Services Inc. She also was a WLUR DJ, presenting "The Flamenco Hour."
Barnes participated in Green Dot Bystander training to help the campus lower the rate of sexual assaults. She lived in Buenos Aires during the summer of 2012 as a Shepherd Alliance Intern, assisting families who came to the city for medical treatment. She also taught English classes there to women and children.
Marsh, from Milford, Del., received a B.A. with majors in politics and religion, with honors in religion. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and participated in varsity track and field. He was the captain of varsity swimming and All-American in swimming, was All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference Selection (swimming) and held three school records in swimming.
Marsh was president of Phi Eta Sigma First-Year Honor Society, won a Religion Department Award for Excellence and belonged to Pi Sigma Alpha Politics Honor Society, Generalprobe (German Play Company) and the German Club.
Marsh was president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and vice president of 1 in 4 Sexual Assault Prevention group. He was head resident adviser for upper division housing and a student leader in this year's Questioning the Good Life seminar series. He also volunteered as a Special Olympics swim coach.