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Sophia Mena Molina Receives Ken and Tessa Nelson Brown Award


From left to right, Ms. Jennifer Marsh, Ms. Julie Deyrup, Dr. Laura Dennis, Ms. Sofia Mena Molina (award winner), and Dr. Ela Molina.

Williamsburg, Ky. – Sophia Mena Molina (Williamsburg, Ky.) was honored with the 2014 Spanish Writing Award at the 55th Annual Honors Day held in the Gatliff Chapel at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Molina was born in Mexico City but has lived in the United States since 2011. She is a junior Spanish and English major. Her winning essay, written in Spanish, explores religious syncretism in Guatemala, focusing on a particular church that blends the beliefs and practices of Catholic and Mayan traditions.

Thanks to the generosity of a former faculty member, the Spanish faculty is pleased to recognize an outstanding student with the first Ken and Tessa Nelson Brown Award for Excellence in Writing in Spanish. Through this award, Dr. “T,” as she became known during her many years in the English Department, commemorates her first husband Ken’s enjoyment of all things Spanish, as well as Ken's successful career teaching Spanish.

And last, but certainly not least, Sophia was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Who’s Who is open to juniors and seniors who have been selected by the faculty and staff. These students have excelled in one or more of the following areas: participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; citizenship and service to the school and community; and potential for future achievement.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit