“I was honored and amazed to hear that I was the first recipient of the Jed Fels Award,” said Emma Studebaker, who will be a sophomore this fall. The first Jedediah Adam Leland Fels Award was announced at undergraduate commencement in May 2015. The award was established this year in memory of Jed (Adam) Fels, class of 1992, by a groundswell of support from more than 80 alumni donating nearly $13,000. The award recognizes a freshman or sophomore who demonstrates a passion for the literary and/or dramatic arts and “whose sense of humor and unique or even provocative community presence embodies the core values of the college.”
“In my first year at Marlboro, I was very excited at all the opportunities to be a part of the community,” said Emma, who has studied primarily visual arts, as well as theater and writing. “I wanted to do everything and tried to do just that. It’s cool to be receiving an award that recognizes how ambitious I was in this first year.” Emma worked in admissions and in the marketing department, served one semester on selectboard, got hired as an RA for this coming school year, and was involved with a few Plan shows.
“Next year I hope to do more work in theater and maybe dance and music as well. I’m very grateful to be pushed to study so broadly and also feel very lucky to be able to mix so many realms of study.”