Alex Desiré-Tesar, this year’s valedictorian, has been announced as the 2012 Sir John William Dawson Essay Prize in Science and Religion, for his CTMP 3201 essay "Natural Necessity and Moral Possibility: Vindicating Natural Evil."
This year’s runner-up, Gavin Keachie, also made headlines at Encaenia. He won the King’s Medal and the University Medal in Religious Studies. His essay, written for RELS 3200, is called "The Fate of the Body and the Soul in The Divine Comedy."
The Dawson Committee is made up of the directors of CSP, EMSP, HOST, and the university chaplain, along with the course instructor. The papers are judged blind.
"Both Alex and Gavin are receiving their awards as a result of their hard work and superlative academic abilities," says Dr Stephen Snobelen, associate professor, HOST.
Hearty congratulations to both Alex and Gavin!