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Senior Katherine Drake
Honored by "USA TODAY"

Posted February 16, 1998

          HOLLAND -- Hope College senior Katherine Drake of
  Rochester Hills has been named to the 1998 All-USA College
  Academic Team by "USA TODAY."
          Drake, who was named to the publication's "Second
  Team," was one of only 115 college and university students
  nationwide included in the listing, which named 20 students
  each to First, Second or Third teams, and 55 Honorable
  Mentions.  Those recognized were listed in the newspaper's
  Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, issue.
          "USA TODAY" described the team as a salute to "the
  best and the brightest" students at America's colleges and
  universities.  The 10 judges who chose the students
  considered grades, academic awards, leadership roles and
  public service.  There were 1,194 nominees.
          Drake is a chemistry, mathematics and physics
  triple major at Hope.  The publication cited the time she
  has spent conducting research on parallel plate avalanche
  counters at the National Superconducting Cyclotron
  Laboratory, in a collaboration between Hope College and
  Michigan State University, as one of her achievements.
          Her primary academic and research interest is in
  the blending of chemistry and physics.  She has been working
  with other researchers in nuclear chemistry/nuclear physics
  at Hope since her freshman year.
          Recognition for her work has included the
  college's freshman chemistry and physics awards, the John H.
  Kleinheksel Mathematics Award and the Junior Chemistry
  Journal Award.  She is a member of the college's chapter of
  Mortar Board, as well as the campus mathematics and physics
  honorary societies.
          In the early spring of 1997, Drake received a
  Goldwater Scholarship for the 1997-98 academic year, one of
  only 11 students native to Michigan and 282 nationwide to
  receive one.  In April of 1997, she was one of only 40
  students from around the nation to participate in a Council
  on Undergraduate Research (CUR) poster session research
  presentation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
          She is the daughter of Michael and Ann Drake of
  Rochester Hills.  She is a 1994 graduate of Rochester High
  School.
          Hope was one of only three schools from Michigan
  to have a student named to the 1998 All-USA College Academic
  Team.  The others were Michigan State University (Honorable
  Mention) and the University of Michigan (Second Team).
          This is the third time that "USA TODAY" has named
  a Hope senior to its "All-USA College Academic Team" since
  the program's inception in 1990.  The previous two Hope
  honorees received "Honorable Mention" recognition:  Jennifer
  Haskin in January of 1990, and Anna-Lisa Cox in February of
  1994.
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