Maggie Hudson named Valedictorian for the Class of 2014

Maggie Hudson was named Valedictorian for the Class of 2014. In her valedictory oration, she reminded her classmates of the familiar words of Ecclesiastes 3 (“For everything there is a season”), and suggested that this is not a time to stop learning, but a time to put aside their books and to use the knowledge they have gained over the last four years. Hudson, a Chemistry major from Paris, Tennessee, proposed that the graduates think of the Sewanee angels who will go with them from the gates as carriers of knowledge, helping the graduates take with them the experiences and understanding they earned on the Mountain.

In addition to her major in Chemistry, Maggie completed a minor in German and significant coursework in art history.  Maggie was active in research, working with Professor Bachman all four years at Sewanee on an investigation into the aggregation of a class of platinum complexes with interesting, and potentially useful, optical properties.  This work has been presented at numerous local regional and national conferences, earning the award for Best Physical Sciences Poster at Scholarship Sewanee in 2013.  Maggie and Professor Bachman are currently preparing the work for publication.   A year round learner of boundless energy and enthusiasm, Maggie also spent a summer studying German in Munich, Germany and another pursuing a research project related to the optical properties of paint pigments as part of an NSF-sponsored program hosted collaboratively by Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maggie also made an impact on the life of Sewanee beyond the classroom.  She was an active member of both the student Chemistry Club and SPOT (Students Positively Organized Together), serving in numerous leadership positions including President in both organizations.   She also worked with the Office of Admissions as an Arcadian. 

In recognition of her many contributions in and beyond the classroom, Maggie was the recipient of numerous honors, including the E. Puckette Award, the Louis George Hoff Memorial Scholarship, the Thomas O'Connor Scholarship and the Susan Miller Selden Award.