Senior Achievement Award

The Senior Achievement Award is presented to a senior student who has distinguished him/herself through active leadership involvement in the co-curricular life of the college.

Christian Smith ’20

Business administration major Christian Smith is a leader both in and out of the classroom. A Wesson Honors scholar, Christian came to Colby-Sawyer from his home in Sanbornton, N.H., thinking that he might follow an accelerated track and graduate in three years. Once he got to campus and became involved, he quickly changed his plans, picked up a minor in healthcare management and became determined to have a great four years.

Christian was involved with the Campus Activities Board, first as a member and then as treasurer. During his sophomore year, he joined the Presidential Blue Key Society. The following year, he became its co-chair, and as a senior, he assumed the role of chair, building agendas, leading meetings and coordinating programming.

Working with entering Colby-Sawyer students became a primary focus for Christian. As a student ambassador in the admissions office, he gave tours to prospective students and their families, sharing his story of how he fell in love with the college. As a two-year orientation leader and a resident assistant in a first-year hall, Christian served as a resource, helping new students find their way at the college. In all of these roles, his message to new students was clear: if you put forth the effort, you will have an incredible experience at Colby-Sawyer.

In addition to his academic work and involvement in co-curricular activities at the college, Christian held a work-study position in the president’s office and completed three internships – first in Colby-Sawyer’s human resources office, then with human resources at Pellettieri Associates in Warner, and finally in the admissions office at the college.

Upon graduation, Christian will join the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., providing administrative support to the pediatric neurology team. He will also begin a graduate program at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., where he will pursue a Master of Education in Organizational Management.