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Students Earn Academic Awards

Bluefield College recently recognized dozens of outstanding students for academic excellence, service and character during its year-end Honors Convocation.

Chris Shoemaker

May 2, 2017

View dozens of photos from Honors Convocation.

 

Bluefield College recently recognized dozens of outstanding students for academic excellence, service and character during its year-end Honors Convocation.

 

Members of Bluefield College's Alpha Chi National Honor Society were among those recognized during the school's year-end Honors Convocation.

 

View dozens of photos from Honors Convocation.

 

President David Olive welcomed faculty, staff, students, families and friends to the annual celebration. He and Dr. Marshall Flowers, vice president for academic affairs, spoke about the importance of the year-end event.

 

“Honors Convocation recognizes student achievement,” said Dr. Flowers. “Beyond awarding tokens of recognition, its purpose is to exemplify excellence in academics, service, and character. The students we recognize today have been exemplary students in academics and service. As part of a Christian community, we can celebrate with them. Our applause to these students is also an expression of praise to God for the gifts and abilities He has given them.”

 

Using Biblical scripture from Philippians, Dr. Donna Watson, who served as the distinguished faculty speaker for the convocation, commended the students on their pursuit of excellence, but encouraged them to do so in the same way as the Apostle Paul, not necessarily for recognition, but for the glory of God.

 

“Having an inward higher standard based on Jesus’ teaching helps you live your life without the need of recognition, living just to please the Lord,” said Dr. Watson. “But sometimes, like today, we celebrate individuals whose excellent work or performance encourages us to hold the standard high, not the worldly standard, but a higher holy standard. With Paul, we say ‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ As followers of Christ we become salt and light: salt that gets the job done in ways that makes the world around us a better place, and light that reflects glory back to our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

 

The 2017 Honors Convocation awards and their recipients included:
· Freshman Award for Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average: Abigail Johnson of Tazewell, Virginia
· Sophomore Award for Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average: Benjamin Ayers of Bluefield, Virginia, and Lillian Gray of Roanoke, Virginia
· Junior Award for Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average: Allyson Carter of Cool Ridge, West Virginia
· Non-graduating Senior Award for Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average: Ellen Johnson of Little River, North Carolina
· Outstanding Art Graduate: Heather Hagerman Horn of Pilgrim’s Knob, Virginia
· Marvin G. Williams Award for the Outstanding Biology Graduate: Isaac Johnson of Tazewell, Virginia
· Frank S. Easley Award for the Outstanding Business Administration Graduate: Kayla Clifton of North Tazewell, Virginia
· Outstanding Communication Graduate: Whitney Browning of Bluefield, West Virginia
· Outstanding Graphic Communication Graduate: Stephanie Dunning of Painted Post, New York
· Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate: Baily Garin of Virginia Beach, Virginia
· Outstanding Early Childhood Education Graduate: Amanda Dowell of North Tazewell, Virginia
· Outstanding English Graduate: Breanna Buterakos of Bluefield, Virginia
· Outstanding Exercise and Sport Science Graduate: Lee Harris-Brown of Perth, Australia
· Outstanding Forensic Science Graduate: Noah Hamlett of Lynchburg, Virginia
· Outstanding Human Services Graduate: Kelly Sluss of Bastian, Virginia
· Outstanding Management and Leadership Graduate: Kimberly Brewer of Draper, Virginia
· Outstanding Master of Arts in Education Graduate: Amanda Heller of Chesapeake, Virginia
· Outstanding Music Graduate: Esther Mabe of Raven, Virginia
· Ronald W. Hedrick Award for Outstanding Psychology Graduate: Gabriele Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia
· Outstanding Nursing (RN-BSN) Graduate: Kelly Owens of Haysi, Virginia
· Gerald E. Clay Award for Outstanding Graduate in Teacher Education: Taylor Richardson of Pounding Mill, Virginia
· Outstanding Theatre Graduate: Christian Barham of Fredericksburg, Virginia
· Biblical Languages Award: Kalin Folden of Princeton, West Virginia
· Music Award: Rebekah Ivester of Woodbridge, Virginia
· Theatre Award: Heather Sharp of Bluefield, Virginia
· Virginia Teachers of Promise: Taylor Richardson of Pounding Mill, Virginia, Abigayle Peck of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Esther Mabe of Raven, Virginia, and Melissa Buchanan of North Tazewell, Virginia
· Dr. Gerald E. Clay Scholar Award: Courtney Oxford of North Tazewell, Virginia, and Kendall Haynes of Cana, Virginia
· Heather M. Smith Scholarship Award: Laura Kincer of Tazewell, Virginia
· Heather M. Smith Student Teacher Award: Kristin Ewing of Lynchburg, Virginia
· Delta Kappa Gamma Education Award: Haley Thompson of Bluefield, Virginia
· Jason Elswick Student Teacher Award: Amanda Overby of Stuart, Virginia
· Valena May Parsons Communication Award: Nathalia de Lima Elias of Para, Brazil
· Paul W. Beasley Service Award: Whitney Browning of Bluefield, West Virginia.

 

Students in the school’s honor societies were also recognized, including:
· Alpha Chi National Honor Society members Megan Black of Wytheville, Virginia; Kimberly Brewer of Draper, Virginia; Whitney Browning of Bluefield, West Virginia; Kayla Clifton of North Tazewell, Virginia; Stephanie Dunning of Painted Post, New York; Lee Harris-Brown of Perth, Australia; Gabriele Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia; Hasan Muzaffer of Welch, West Virginia; Misbah Muzaffer of Bluefield, Virginia; Richard Reed of Smithfield, Virginia; Gabrael Spencer of Pilot, Virginia; Hannah Tatum of Bluefield, West Virginia; Haley Thompson of Bluefield, Virginia; Ashlyn VanDyke of Blowing Rock, North Carolina; and Gabrielle Viers of Jewell Ridge, Virginia
· Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society members Jara Armstrong of Princeton, West Virginia; Arminda Kate Dolinger of Bristol, Virginia; Mikaela Hurst of Fort Worth, Texas; Laura Kincer of Tazewell, Virginia; Gabriele Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia; and Hasan Muzaffer of Welch, West Virginia.

 

And, students in the Bluefield College Honors Program, an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a stimulating academic learning environment and intellectual challenge for highly motivated students, were acknowledged. The Honors Scholars included Gabriele Morgan of Bluefield, West Virginia; Hasan Muzaffer of Welch, West Virginia; Misbah Muzaffer of Bluefield, Virginia; Hannah Tatum of Bluefield, West Virginia; and Ashlyn VanDyke of Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

 

In addition, the school named its 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Award winner. Chosen by the faculty using the criteria of creative and effective teaching, scholarship, personal and professional integrity, and commitment to the mission of the college, the award went to Wendy Beavers, assistant professor and chair of the Department of History.

 

 

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