BETHANY, W.Va. — Valedictorian Meghan L. Philp of New Martinsville, W.Va., completed her college career with top honors during Bethany College’s 2012 Commencement ceremony on May 12. Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, presented Philp with the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.
“Meghan Philp truly embodies the spirit and talent of all Bethany students,” Fields said. “She is a bright, diligent and passionate scholar with a warm wit, charm and energy that affects all those around her.”
Philp, a double major who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Cultural Studies, passed her Senior Comprehensive Exams — written and oral assessments required for graduation from Bethany College — with Distinction, an honor reserved for those who perform unusually well.
Joseph B. Lovano, Professor of World Languages and Cultures, remarked, “Meghan Philp is an exceptionally bright, perceptive, insightful and hard-working student and individual. She is the ideal undergraduate college student whose academic abilities and accomplishments at Bethany mirror that of a graduate student. Throughout her four years, she has been Bethany College’s shining star.”
During the College’s Honors Day Convocation in April, Philp was awarded the Bethany 2000 Prize (Senior Achievement Award) honoring the senior who has best demonstrated loyalty and commitment to Bethany College in a wide range of activities. She has twice received the Margaret R. Woods Prize, presented to the outstanding Spanish major(s), and this year was also presented with the Pearl Mahaffey Prize, given to the outstanding senior majoring in Languages.
She has earned a wide variety of awards and honors, including the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish National Honorary Society’s study abroad scholarship. She studied at the world-renowned Estudio Sampere Spanish Language Institute in Salamanca, Spain.
She served as a Spanish Apprentice Teacher and as Spanish Club Secretary and then President, helping to organize educational Club trips to Spain, Chile and Puerto Rico.
Known for her enthusiasm and finely tuned leadership skills, Philp has helped organize a variety of campus events, including Día de los Muertos, the World Languages International Christmas Caroling event, a Mexican Revolution Celebration and Salsa Night.
She also served as Senior Fellow for World Languages and Cultures. Senior Fellows are students who have demonstrated unusual excellence in a major along with the character and ability necessary to do the work in the department.
Philp’s other responsibilities have included service as Student Government Association Vice President, German Club Secretary, Religious Studies and Philosophy Club member, Independent Student Council Vice President, Lifestyles Editor of The Tower (student newspaper), and Alpha Xi Delta Historian.
Philp is the daughter of Claudia and Wesley Philp.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.