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Mr. Jason Albaugh has received the department's 2017 Alumni Achievement Award. He graduated from the department in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Latin Secondary Education. Jason has been a Latin teacher at East Grand Rapids High School since 2010. He serves as Principal Examiner for Paper 2 of the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Assessment in Latin.

In his teaching he modifies materials and curricula for a wide range of student abilities, including students with severe visual/auditory impairments, mental and emotional difficulties, and extreme reading deficiencies. Mr. Albaugh has been active in the Michigan Junior Classical League since his high school days. As Latin Club Advisor, he now leads students to the MJCL conventions and assemblies. He received the Glenn M. Knudsvig Award for Outstanding Latin Teaching in Michigan Secondary Schools in 2016.

Distinguished alumni

Each year the Department of World Languages and Literatures nominates an alumnus or alumna for an Alumni Achievement Award.

2018: Sarah Murray

2017: Jason Albaugh

2016: Rebekkah Zanotti

2015: Ellen Knuth

2014: Jessica Sturm

2013: Monique Coyne

2012: Jeanne Friedman

2011: Dr. Cynthia Ruoff

2010: Dr. Aaron Boesenecker

2009: Roberto Zuniga

2008: Dr. John Van Gessel

2007: Dr. Lawrence Kuiper

2005: Thomas Petzold

2004: John Beaudoin

2003: Dr. Mary-Kathleen (Gernant) Blanchard

2002: Dr. Steven F. Kokmeyer

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