Mark Johnston of Portland, Ore., and Jessica Pauletto of Reno, Nev., are this year’s recipients of the Cheverton Trophy, Chapman University’s highest student achievement award presented to graduating seniors.
Johnston, a double major in history and political science, graduates with a 3.9 grade point average. He was president of Chapman College Democrats, a head delegate on the Model United Nations team and a Student Ambassador. In 2010 Johnston was among the students chosen to participate in a panel discussion with George Shultz when the former Secretary of State visited campus, and presented a paper and debated arms reduction with scholars from the Nixon Center.
Johnston credits his multiple accomplishments to the variety of opportunities available at Chapman.
“One of the reasons I came here is for the individualized education, and I really tried to do as much of that as possible at Chapman,” Johnston says.
Johnston will work for
Teach for America
for two years and is considering post-graduate work in either public policy or international service.
Pauletto, a public relations and advertising major with a minor in communication, graduates with a 3.7 grade point average. She won a Dodge College Cecil Award for a PR campaign she created for
Ready, Set, Read!
, a non-profit children’s literacy organization and was a Cecil Award finalist for an entertainment marketing plan and package she created for the student film,
Twincest! The Musical
. Pauletto was also founder of Chapman’s first student-run public relations firm. Pauletto also regularly performed the national anthem at university events.
Pauletto was a freshman starter on the women’s softball team. The softball program was one of the main draws that brought her to Chapman, but Pauletto says she found her niche even after a torn ACL ended her softball career.
“I think that just goes to show just how much Chapman offers you,” she says.
Johnston says she doesn’t have immediate post-graduation plans but is hoping to live in Italy for a while.
“I have family back there. It’s my passion to go there,” she says.