Student Designers Cast New Discovery Scholar Medals | Benedictine College

New Discovery Scholar Medals Cast

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Benedictine College Discovery Committee is pleased to announce the new official medal for Discovery Scholars. On May 8, 2018, one of the student designers cast the new medal, worn by seniors who completed Discovery Projects at Benedictine. The medals will be ready for the seniors to wear as part of their academic attire for Commencement.

The medal design is loaded with symbolism and is the culmination of two years of work by two groups of students. In 2017, Miriam Walski designed the front of the medal. In 2018, Madeline Stella created the reverse side. The Discovery Committee approved the entire design and production of the 32 medals for the Class of 2018 began.  After the initial suggestion from the Discovery Project, Stella, a senior Art and Theology major, worked with Bryan Park, assistant professor in the Art Department, to create the actual medals.

She first made a clay model. That model was done in pieces and then cast in resin. The resin casts were put together into the complete design to create the final look of the medal and a rubber mold was made. Using computer design and a digital 3D printer, two mechanical engineering students, Anthony Olimpio and Brett Burke, created some of the fine lines and the “Benedictine College Discovery Scholar” wording around the edge of the medal.

Classic Benedictine symbolism incorporated into the medal design includes:

  • A Raven in flight to represent Benedictine College and the Raven Fight Song
  • The word “Obsculta,” which means “listen” and is the first word in St. Benedict’s Rule
  • A tree, representing the personal growth of the students
  • The tree roots, represent staying grounded in faith
  • The “lookout” from behind the Abbey to represent the campus and looking forward in life
  • Three books with the titles “Koinonia,” “Pistis” and “Mathisis” written in Greek, meaning Community, Faith and Scholarship

Stella and 31 of her fellow seniors will be recognized as Discovery Scholars and will wear the new medal for the 2018 Commencement.

“I feel very privileged and honored that I was allowed to do this for the college,” Stella said.

Future Ravens participating in the Discovery Program will appreciate her legacy for many years to come.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.