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2016 Academic Awards

2016 Valedictory Award

Sharon Kellermann, a Product Design major, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2016. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony. Sharon was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance throughout her Otis career and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on detail-oriented, farsighted design.




Born in Munich, Germany to an Argentinian mother and Polish father, Sharon Kellermann brought to Otis an international, multicultural background. She attributes her high level of drive and passion for design excellence to all that she was exposed to through her many travels. In her words, “the sense of home is not limited to a single place; it can emerge as a feeling of comfort that can be evoked by good design.” Recently, she was honored by the Kamm Teapot Foundation Collection, which added to its holdings a special addition of her original vessel design.  Sharon also had the pleasure of interning for the product development arm of Williams-Somoma’s Pottery Barn division, where she contributed analysis and brand strategy related to a desk clock collection, the Functional Accessories category, and Millennial Home Furnishing behavior. Among her future goals is to professionally design new products in a way that facilitates communication and translates complex ideas into captivating product concepts for everyday uses. 

In all these ways, and in so many others, Sharon Kellermann truly embodies the aspirations of the College. Samples of her work may be seen at

2016 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee. Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony. 



The 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:


Ryan English, A/L/I
Justine Hall, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration

Stacie Martinez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design

Shane Parton, Digital Media

Khanhlinh Su, Fashion Design

Alyssa Zack, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres
Olivia Obrecht, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Sharon Kellermann, Product Design
Arpine Keurjikian, Toy Design


Xiao Zhu, MFA Graphic Design
Emily Ansara Baines, MFA Writing

Kathryn Kert-Green, MFA Fine Arts
Maria Margarethe Drexel, MFA Public Practice



Architecture/Landscape/Interiors 2015-2016 Awards for Excellence in Design

Juan Febres - Cordero- Studio 1, Fall 2015

Juan Febres - Cordero- Studio 2, Spring 2016

Adam Harris - Studio 3, Fall 2015

Adam Harris - Studio 4, Spring 2016

Po-Chiang (Kelvin) Tseng - Studio 5A, Fall 2015

Tim Jordan - Studio 5B, Fall 2015

Tim Jordan - Studio 6A, Spring 2016

Ghadeer Alburaiki - Studio 6B, Spring 2016

Darien Noguchi - Constructions, Spring 2016


Toy Design Department’s Distinction in Studio Awards

Eloy Martinez-Aguilar - Toy Design I Studio, Fall 2013

Narae Annabelle Jeong - Toy Design II Studio, Spring 2014

Miguel Nash - Toy Design III Studio, Fall 2014

Monique Givens - Mattel Sponsored Studio, Fall 2014

Arpine Keurjikian - Toy Design IV Studio, Spring 2015

Yeon Kyung Lim - Toy Design IV Studio, Spring 2015

Alex Martin - Toy Design V Studio, Fall, 2015

Molly Womack - Mattel Sponsored Studio, Fall 2015



An honor given to graduating seniors (Undergraduate only) who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher as of Spring semester. See this year's list here.


Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List.