Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 26, 2012

Central Catholic alum receives history honor at Quinnipiac University

Andover native Brittany C. Conlin, Central Catholic alumni class of 2008, was presented the Christopher Becker Memorial Prize at a recent senior award ceremony at Quinnipiac University.

The prize recognizes a student with the highest GPA among graduating history majors.

David Valone, associate professor and chairman of the History Department stated, "Brittany has done fantastic work both in her history major and in her other courses at Quinnipiac over the past four years. She wrote a truly outstanding senior thesis that examined the transformation of women's roles in American society during the 1950s and the 1960s."

Conlin has been an active member of the Quinnipiac chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history.

While achieving a 4.0 GPA, she has been active in the Quinnipiac Future Teacher Organization, QU History Club and maintained an internship with the Connecticut Reading Association.

She received her bachelor's degree in history, magna cum laude on Sunday, May 20, and has immediately continued her education by pursuing a masters in arts of teaching, secondary education.

Brittany Conlin hopes to one day inspire middle and high school students with the love of learning and the fascination of history, according to a release.

"Brittany will make an exceptional history teacher," said Professor Valone when congratulating her parents, Dennis and Tina Conlin, of Andover.