Twin Sisters from Glastonbury, Connecticut, Named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Trinity College’s Class of 2016

Jami R. Cogswell and Darcy J. Cogswell Share Classical Studies Major, Love of the Outdoors

​Hartford, Connecticut, May 22, 2016 – The valedictorian and salutatorian of Trinity College’s Class of 2016 are twin sisters and Glastonbury residents Jami R. Cogswell and Darcy J. Cogswell, respectively.

​Trinity College Class of 2016 salutatorian Darcy J. Cogswell and valedictorian Jami R. Cogswell
​Trinity College Class of 2016 salutatorian Darcy J. Cogswell and valedictorian Jami R. Cogswell.
Jami completed a double major in mathematics and classical studies, with a minor in Latin, while Darcy majored in classical studies and minored in history. “We both took Latin in high school, and I think that pulled us into the classics major,” Jami said.

Both sisters enjoy outdoor recreation; Jami has a passion for rock-climbing, while Darcy prefers sailing. Through outdoor education at Trinity, they have traveled together on several trips, including one to Florida’s Everglades National Park. “There have been a lot of opportunities at Trinity,” Jami said.

While the high school from which they graduated – East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut – does not name a valedictorian and salutatorian, it does name the 12 highest-achieving students in the graduating class; Jami and Darcy were both in the top 12. The sisters say they are not competitive with each other when it comes to academics. “We both just try to be our best,” Darcy said.

 

Trinity College Class of 2016 Valedictorian Jami R. Cogswell

​Valedictorian Jami R. Cogswell is congratulated by Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney
​Valedictorian Jami R. Cogswell is congratulated by Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney after receiving a Trustee Award for Student Excellence.
Jami R. Cogswell, who was a Jacob W. Edwards Memorial Scholar and R.C. Knox and Company Scholar at Trinity, earned her bachelor of science degree summa cum laude with dual majors in mathematics and classical studies, the latter of which she completed with honors. In addition, she completed a minor in Latin.

Jami has received the Dr. Robert A. Moran ’85 Prize for Academic Excellence and shared the James Goodwin Greek Prize at Trinity’s Honors Day. She is a member of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa, the classical studies honor society Eta Sigma Phi, and the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.

During her time at Trinity, Jami conducted research with faculty and presented her findings at multiple symposia. She was president of the Rock Climbing Club and of the Newman Club and served as a tutor in math, physics, and Latin. She held leadership roles in outdoor and pre-orientation programs and the social houses on campus and was involved in many other student organizations.

Some of Jami’s favorite experiences at Trinity were the Quest pre-orientation backpacking excursions for which she served as a leader. “There are some really great people among the Quest leaders,” she said.

Jami plans to work this summer as a climbing instructor at the Wilderness School run by the State Department of Children and Families in East Hartland, Connecticut. She said that her long-term plans may include graduate school to continue her education in classical studies and possibly a career teaching at the high school or college level.

At Commencement on Sunday, May 22, Jami was presented a Trustee Award for Student Excellence. This honor is presented to students with outstanding academic records and whose achievements in one or more other areas of activity, such as athletics, campus or community service, or leadership of student organizations, exemplify the high standards of excellence to which Trinity College expects all of its students to aspire. The recipients are chosen by the Board of Trustees in the spring.

 

Trinity College Class of 2016 Salutatorian Darcy J. Cogswell

Salutatorian Darcy J. Cogswell receives her diploma from Melanie Stein
Salutatorian Darcy J. Cogswell receives her diploma from Melanie Stein, interim dean of the faculty and professor of mathematics. Looking on is Sonia Cardenas, interim dean of the faculty and professor of political science.
Darcy J. Cogswell, who was an Oliver F. Johnson Memorial Scholar and R.C. Knox and Company Scholar at Trinity, earned her bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude with a major in classical studies and a minor in history.

Darcy has been named a Thomas Holland Scholar and shared the Melvin W. Title Latin Prize at Trinity’s Honors Day. She is a member of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa, the classical studies honor society Eta Sigma Phi, and the social sciences honor society Pi Gamma Mu.

Outdoor education programs are some of the highlights of Darcy’s time at Trinity. “One of my favorites was when we went during winter break to the Everglades for a week, canoeing and camping out. That was really fun,” Darcy said. “I also really liked backpacking for a week in the Grand Canyon.”

In the summer of 2015, Darcy was among 17 undergraduates from top U.S. colleges and universities who sailed a tall ship across the world’s second-largest ocean. SEA Semester: Transatlantic Crossing allows students of all majors to join the ranks of world-class sailors and pre-19th century world travelers, navigating from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cork, Ireland, while engaging in oceanographic research and cultivating lifelong leadership and management skills.

After completing preparatory course work on shore at the Sea Education Association (SEA) campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Darcy and fellow shipmates set off for a monthlong voyage aboard a state-of-the-art research vessel, the Corwith Cramer, a 134-foot brigantine sailing school vessel operating in the Atlantic Ocean.

That voyage was one in a series of sailing-related adventures Darcy has pursued during her college career. She began with a five-day program in Mystic, Connecticut, the summer following her first year at Trinity, during which she learned to sail on the Mystic Seaport schooner, Brilliant. She enjoyed that experience so much that she secured a job the following summer as a crew member on the schooner Mystic Whaler, which sails out of New London, Connecticut. Then, during the spring 2015 semester, she studied away on the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, based out of Mystic Seaport.

Darcy’s journeys will soon continue. “I have a job on a tall ship starting July 11,” she said. “I’ll be on the schooner SoundWaters out of Stamford, Connecticut.”

 

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