The Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is given annually to the senior who has achieved the highest grade-point average during four years of study. It is accompanied by a cash prize. The award was made possible in 1928 from a $1,000 bequest from the Rev. Andrew Archibald, who died in 1926. The award commemorates 15 years of work by the Rev. and Mrs. Archibald for the Congregational Church in Iowa. Archibald was a Grinnell College trustee from 1890 through 1899.

About the Medal

Sheena Brown Thomas '71, a designer/goldsmith with Elements Ltd. in Des Moines, Iowa designed the first Archibald Prize Medal, which is compatible in design with the President's Medal, also awarded during Commencement. Both medals are adaptations of the President's Medallion, which is worn by the president of the College as an emblem of office at all Grinnell academic ceremonials and when the president officially represents the College at academic occasions elsewhere.

Cast and fabricated from silver, both medals are formed in a soft triangular shape and include the Grinnell College seal. The seal uses a modified oval design enclosing four laurel leaves and the founding date: 1846. Raised letters surrounding the laurel leaves proclaim Collegium Iowense Grinnelli and Veritas et Humanitas — Latin for "Truth and Humanity." The honoree's name is engraved on the back.

Archibald Prize Winners

  • 2017: Shanaz Milou Daneshdoost, Elizabeth Grace Eason, Brianna Lynn Wilson
  • 2016: Michael John Fitzpatrick, Jordan C. Hellman
  • 2015: James Francis St. Germaine-Fuller
  • 2014: Naomi Jennifer Katzen Ramsay
  • 2013: Tianxiang Liu
  • 2012: Emily Elizabeth Blythe
  • 2011: Pengjun Shen
  • 2010: Christopher Card Williams
  • 2009: Noga Ashkenazi, Henry Thomas Reich
  • 2008: Katrina Michelle Honigs
  • 2007: Sarah E. Parker
  • 2006: Benjamin Kramer Johannsen
  • 2005: Moe Hein Aung
  • 2004: William C. Stroebel
  • 2003: Atanas Djumaliev
  • 2002: Jacob N. Rhoads
  • 2001: Dmitry Eugenievich Krivin
  • 2000: Martin Richard Zwikel
  • 1999: Jonathan Edel
  • 1998: Erin P. Sugrue
  • 1997: Matthew Gast
  • 1996: Slavi Trifonov Slavov
  • 1995: Scott H. Samuelson
  • 1994: Alison Mitsuko Gima
  • 1993: Morgan M. Robertson
  • 1992: Kristine L. Hauser
  • 1991: Michael Sadd
  • 1990: Sharon Hutchins
  • 1989: May-lee Chai, Ingrid Scott
  • 1988: Rachel S. Krantz
  • 1987: Douglas L. Duvel
  • 1986: Frederick V. Weber
  • 1985: Jonathan Hughes
  • 1984: James Rabchuk
  • 1983: Kevin Lang
  • 1982: Joan Flynn
  • 1981: Lori Anne Llewelyn
  • 1980: Lisa Margaret Bowers
  • 1979: Brent C. Williams
  • 1978: Susan E. Duffey
  • 1977: David B. Chalkley
  • 1976: Peter I. Axelrod
  • 1975: Andrew Jeffrey Borson
  • 1974: David I. Wright
  • 1973: Judith Barton Gibbons
  • 1972: Andrew Pinfield Kramer
  • 1971: Margaret Wall Schottstaedt
  • 1970: Roger Clark Swartz
  • 1969: Eleonore Annerose Spiegel
  • 1968: Ronald Merton Cogswell
  • 1967: David Russell Cole
  • 1966: John Elwood Kelsey
  • 1965: John Michael Young
  • 1964: William Douglas Morain
  • 1963: Thomas Bentley Christensen
  • 1962: John William Chase
  • 1961: Robert August Pois
  • 1960: John Richard Hoyer
  • 1959: Judith Harriet Churchill
  • 1958: Thomas Allan Skornia
  • 1957: George James Allen
  • 1956: George Albert Drake
  • 1955: George W. Simon
  • 1954: Robert Hugh Bonner, Portia McNally
  • 1953: David Frederic Bowersox
  • 1952: Mary Jane Bender
  • 1951: Frances Fumiyo Nakamura
  • 1950: William Harold Lundahl
  • 1949: Stanley Arthur Winter
  • 1948: Scott Edward Crom
  • 1947: Margaret Ruth Tregillus
  • 1946: Helen Frances Greef, Jessie Lamoin Ternberg
  • 1945: Virginia May Foote
  • 1944: Catherine Mary Funk
  • 1943: Sarah Marie Young
  • 1942: Alice Jean Heinsen
  • 1941: Charlotte Ann Riche
  • 1940: Doris Pearl Weaver
  • 1939: Alice Meacham, Leonard Arthur Miller
  • 1938: Wilma Kathryn Altenbernd, Thomas Babcock Keehn
  • 1937: Carl Roger Nelson
  • 1936: Lillian Arent, Frances Mussey
  • 1935: Joseph Conard
  • 1934: Jack Maxfield
  • 1933: Mary Lorraine Kout
  • 1932: Maurine Lenore Jones
  • 1931: Helen Louise Kingery
  • 1930: Rebecca Conard
  • 1929: Katherine Simons
  • 1928: Grant Warren Smith

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