Christopher Hone Receives 2010 Rapp Prize for Academic Excellence

Forest Science major Christopher Hone is the 2010 recipient of the Orpha Kelly Rapp and Jesse Rossiter Rapp ’15 Prize for Academic Excellence.  This award is made each spring to the senior in the School of Forest Resources with the highest grade point average.  Elizabeth Rapp Tukey endowed the award in memory of her father Jesse Rossiter Rapp (Class of 1915) and mother Orpha Kelly Rapp.

Hone graduated in May 2010 with a B.S. in Forest Science, Forest Management option, and a minor in Wood Products Marketing.  He served as our college’s student marshal at commencement, an honor bestowed on the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  In addition, he received the 2010 Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Senior in Agriculture Award.

Hone was also enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College.  He completed an honors thesis with Dr. Margot Kaye, assistant professor of forest ecology, on the effects of wood invasive species on leaf litter.  Hone is assisting Dr. Kaye with invasive species research this summer.

As an undergraduate, Hone was active in the Society of American Foresters Penn State Student Chapter.  He was a member of the group’s quiz bowl team and participated in their first M.S. Walk.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hone has lived in several eastern states.  Scouting introduced him to natural resources and fostered his interest in forestry.

The Rapp Prize for Academic Excellence was first awarded in 1992.  Hone is the eighth Forest Science senior to receive the Rapp Prize.  Nine Wildlife and Fisheries Science seniors and two Wood Products seniors have also been beneficiaries of the award.