Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


The Nancy P. Norton Prize in History and American Studies

Recent winners of the Norton Prize

Hannah Gavalis '10 transferred to Wheaton College from Suffolk University in the fall of 2007.  A European History concentrator, she also studied Political Science and Women's Studies.  In 2009 she spent the summer interning at the Thoreau Institute in Lincoln, MA, acquiring and cataloguing materials read or owned by Thoreau.  Gavalis worked in the Wallace Library at Wheaton College and after graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in Library/Archival Studies.

Albert Kramer '10, a native of New York City, concentrated in Asian History.  At Wheaton, Kramer was very active in campus groups; he was class treasurer, preceptor, co-president of the Wheaton College Democrats, and a political talk show host on Wheaton College Radio.  He studied abroad in Denmark in Spring 2009.  He interned for New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver and New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and when he leaves Wheaton he will take a fellowship in New York City's Urban Fellows Program.

Stephen Penney '10, a native of Brail, concentrated in European History.  Penney spent his junior year at Harvard University in its prestigious Visiting Undergraduate Program, and he also took courses at Boston College, Boston University, and Brown University.  He speaks English, Portuguese, French and Spanish, and he studied Mandarin Chinese at Wheaton.  While a college student, Stephen helped found a start-up company offering consulting services for foreign businesses interested in the Chinese market.  He hopes to pursue a career in the business world.

August Avantaggio '09 concentrated in U.S. History and also developed interests in Latin American History.  In the summer of 2007 he lived and worked on a coffee and sugar-growing cooperative in Peru. In 2008 he studied in Chile, where he explored issues of identity and indigenous activism.  He plans to teach high school history in Maine and hopes to enroll in a Ph.D program in Latin American History.

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