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~Wellesley Announces 2002 Malone Prize Winners~

For immediate release:
Oct. 23, 2002

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - The 2002 Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence have been awarded to three Wellesley students. The First Year Prize has been given to Ee Cheng Ong of Penang, Malaysia; the Sophomore Prize went to Heather Long of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and the Katherine Malone Scholar is senior Katherine Shea of Atkinson, N.H.

The Malone Awards were established by alumna Claudine Malone '63 in honor of her mother Katharine. According to the Wellesley Alumnae Office, this year's winners were chosen from an extremely gifted pool of candidates. The prizes were established to praise and reward those Wellesley scholars exemplifying the outstanding qualities of mind, body and spirit. The First Year and Sophomore Prizes includes a cash award of $7,500. The Katharine Malone Scholar includes an award of $30,000 at graduation.

Ee Cheng Ong, the daughter of Nai Keh Ong and Saw Hwa Ang of Penang, Malaysia, attended Convent Green Lane Secondary School and Penang Free School in Malaysia before coming to Wellesley College, where she has served as a student admissions representative and as academics editor and photographer for the college yearbook.

She is a member of Optik, the college's photographic society, and has exhibited photographic works in the First Annual Fall Exhibition and the Second Annual Exhibition and Silent Auction. She also has been a member of the Wellesley Glee Club, performing in the Parent/Family Weekend Concert, the Fall Concert and other events.

In addition, she has volunteered as a tutor and mentor for Somali refugee middle school students at the Robert Gould Shaw Middle School in Roxbury, Mass. She uses creative lesson plans with her students, including "poetry to broaden their view of the world, enhance their imagination, and develop their resourcefulness while improving their command of English, and to strengthen their verbal and social skills and provide moral support through a difficult period of adjustment."

A research assistant in the Chinese Department, last summer she participated in the Campaign to Save the Environment in Pasadena, Calif., serving as an intern at a project of the Fund for Public Interest Research, a national, non-profit, grassroots organization. She also worked as a photography instructor and counselor at Robin Hood Camp in Sargentville, Maine. She is the recipient of the 2001 AT&T Asia-Pacific Leadership and the 2001 American Universities Alumni of Malaysia Excellence awards.

"I was stunned when I received the news," Ong said. "I'm extremely humbled to be chosen as the recipient. I wish to dedicate this award to my parents, for their incredible love, care and sacrifice. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful family, great friends, and fantastic professors. And of course, I'm indebted to Miss Claudine Malone, and am exceedingly grateful for her generosity."

Heather Long, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the daughter of Charles Long of Wichita, Ks., and Carole Long of Champaign, Ill. She is a graduate of Valley High School in Mechanicsburg. At Wellesley, she has been a sabre fencer on the varsity fencing team and has fenced at the 2002 NCAA Regionals and Junior Olympics. Elected student bursar on College Government Cabinet, which entails distributing and accounting for $500,000 in Student Activity Fee money to 150 student organizations, she also serves on the Budget Advisory Committee to the President and the Board of Trustees' Finance Committee.

A member of Wellesley's Protestant Christian Chaplaincy Advisory Board, she has revamped and edited a campus journal, Wellesley Wragtime, and volunteers weekly at a women's prison in Framingham, Mass., to help the women produce a newspaper called "Behind the Wall" and an annual poetry magazine. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity and has tutored mathematics at a local middle school. She also has helped write and choreograph an original musical about mothers and daughters.

"The Malone prize was icing on the cake for an exceptional college experience thus far," Long said. "Since I entered college, I made it a goal to push the limits of my academic, athletic, leadership and creative abilities. In high school, I performed in musicals. In college, I help write and choreograph them. I have also taken on new passions I never imagined in high school such as fencing and fighting to better the conditions for female prisoners in the United States. The Malone award encourages me to keep pursuing excellence inside and outside of the classroom. Applying for the Malone award last spring caused me to pause and reflect on all that I have accomplished in the two years I have been at Wellesley, and also to see the many stars I still want to reach. Winning the award brings some of those stars a light year closer."

A graduate of Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H., Shea is the daughter of Jean M. Shea of Atkinson, N.H., and William P. Shea of Marlborough, Mass. Majoring in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry, she has been selected to Phi Beta Kappa, has earned First Year Distinction, has participated in the Biological Sciences Honors Program and has received the Beckman Scholars Award, which includes the opportunity to pursue student research.

In May 2001 she won a National Science Foundation Award for the Integration of Research and Education as a result of her work as a student researcher in the Wellesley College Biological Sciences Department. Her research was presented at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and at Wellesley's Ruhlman Conference.

She works at a peer tutor for Biological Sciences and Chemistry departments, helping fellow students with course material and study skills as a biology drop-in tutor and as an assigned chemistry tutor. She also has worked at Children's Hospital in Boston as a student in pathology, conducting research, and at the Channing Laboratory of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a research assistant for several asthma, allergy and lead clinical research studies.

She has served as a residential advisor, as secretary and treasurer of Peer Advocates and as a health representative at Wellesley.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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