For her contributions to the arts at The Johns Hopkins University, graduating senior Annelise Pruitt of Indianapolis has been awarded the university's President's Commendation for Achievement in the Arts and the Florence "Meg" Walsh/Second Decade Society Leadership Award.
Pruitt received her bachelor of arts degree on May 20; she majored in writing through the Writing Seminars in the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She is the founder of J Magazine, a small publication focused mainly on opinion pieces submitted by students but also featuring criticism, fiction and poetry. Pruitt guided the layout, photography and writing of the magazine.
"My interests are really in how different media work together," said Pruitt, 22. "That's why J Magazine is less fiction and poetry, and more nonfiction and photography working together."
In addition to creating J Magazine, Pruitt has been involved in campus theater groups, including the Theatre Hopkins performance of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" in fall 2003. She also plays the violin.
"She just had her fingers in everything by way of the arts and had done so much for the arts at Homewood," said Julie Morgan, chair of the Sudler Prize Committee and assistant to university President William R. Brody.
Each year, the President's Commendation is given to a graduating senior whose achievements exemplify the arts and service on campus. Also awarded annually, the Florence "Meg" Walsh/Second Decade Society Leadership Award honors a graduating senior from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences who has shown leadership qualities either at Johns Hopkins or in the community, and has raised the public profile of the university. The recipient of the Walsh award receives $20,000 towards post-graduate travel and research. Pruitt will travel to London and Singapore to explore how theater traditions of the East and West intersect. She conducted a similar study through the university's Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, traveling to Russia and Japan to study traditional theater and its relationship to the West. Pruitt was also inducted in to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society this spring.
Pruitt is the daughter of Tim Pruitt and Luanne Runshe and graduated from the Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis.
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