College of DuPage Students Recognized for Outstanding Work at Excellence in History Ceremony

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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage students Deyna Parvanova (second from left) and Vanessa Hadweh Smith (right) are co-winners in the 2018 Carter Carroll Excellence in History Award for outstanding work in the field of history writing. Phoebe Parker (second from right) is the second place winner in this year’s competition. Click here for photos.

The annual award, which includes a $250 stipend to the first place winner, was created to encourage and reward high-quality academic writing in the field of history. It is named for Professor Carter D. Carroll, a founding faculty member at COD who taught History at the College for more than two decades. He passed away in December 2017.

Parvanova (Naperville), a student in Sam Mitrani’s United States Since 1945 course, tied for first place for her paper entitled “New International Order.” Completing an A.A. degree at COD this spring, she completes her studies at COD this spring and plans to earn bachelors and master degrees in Accounting, subsequently becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

A student in John Paris’ fall 2017 American Revolution Honors course, Hadweh Smith (Aurora) tied for first with her paper “The 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Controversial Medical Treatments of Benjamin Rush, M.D.” She is currently finishing her associates degree. at COD and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Med at Benedictine University to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery.

Parker (Itasca), who took second place for her historical analysis of Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” written for Paris’ fall 2017 History of the United States to 1865 course, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Producing for Cinema at Columbia College in Chicago.

Following the awards ceremony, COD and Joliet Junior College history Professor James Heniff shared his grandfather’s experiences as a Marine in the Pacific Theater of World War II and discussed the significance of the Yosegaki Hinomaru, a “well wishes” or “good luck” flag used by Japanese combat forces.

(Pictured above: From left: COD History Professor Sam Mitrani, Deyna Parvanova, COD History Professor John Paris, Phoebe Parker and Vanessa Hadweh Smith.)

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