Students Earn Academic Awards
Bluefield College recognized dozens of outstanding students for academic excellence during its year-end Honors Convocation.

Students Earn Academic Awards

By Chris Shoemaker | July 2, 2014 | RSS

Tazewell’s Isaac Johnson (right) accepts Bluefield College’s Biology Award.

Each spring, the college acknowledges academic achievement and service among its students through the capstone awards program. In welcoming students to this year’s ceremony, President David Olive spoke about the importance of the year-end event. Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Mimi Merritt spoke about the sacrifices made by the students being honored.



“This is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the brightest stars of Bluefield College,” said Merritt, “our academic scholars, the students who make the necessary sacrifices to excel in the classroom. This is your day.”


Among the students honored and the awards presented during the 2014 Honors Convocation:

  • Melissa Baines of Smyrna, Delaware: Graphic Communication Award
  • Samuel Bennett of Woodbridge, Virginia: Valena May Parsons Communication Award
  • Alandra Blume of Forest Hill, Virginia: Most Outstanding Music Student Award
  • Cameron Carter of Roanoke, Virginia: Marsha A. Mead Scholarship Award
  • Beverlie Connor of Roanoke, Virginia: Teacher of Promise Award, Heather Smith Student Teacher Award, Virginia Collegium Scholar Award
  • Margaret Craig of Stafford, Virginia: Ronald W. Hedrick Behavioral Science Award
  • Elizabeth Decker of Martinsville, Virginia: Music Department Performance Award
  • Kalyn Dolan of Lynchburg, Virginia: Kelly N. Thompson Award for Tutoring Excellence, Teacher of Promise Award
  • Gordon Dunford of Austinville, Virginia: Valena May Parsons Communication Award
  • Kara Georgiades of Virginia Beach, Virginia: Outstanding Art Student Award
  • Ariel Goins of Bland, Virginia: Dr. Gerald E. Clay Scholar Award, Dr. John W. Tresch, Jr. History Scholarship
  • Megan Hardison of Yorktown, Virginia: Teacher of Promise Award, Academic Excellence in Education Award, English Department Achievement Award
  • Chelsea Hardy of Stuart, Virginia: Dr. Gerald E. Clay Scholar Award
  • Jahlisa Harvey of Pompano Beach, Florida: Colley Rampage Student Newspaper Award
  • Amanda Heller of Chesapeake, Virginia: Teacher of Promise Award
  • Isaac Johnson of Tazewell, Virginia: Marvin G. Williams Biology Award
  • Micah Johnson of Tazewell, Virginia: Beazley Scholar Award
  • Lochlan Kitchen of Auckland, New Zealand: General Chemistry Award
  • Steven Mahood of Bluefield, Virginia: Marvin G. Williams Biology Award
  • Hannah Mayo of Falls Mills, Virginia: Beazley Scholar Award
  • Jade McDaniel of Lerona, West Virginia: Virginia Collegium Scholar Award
  • Kourtney McGrady of China Grove, North Carolina: Chemistry Senior Honor
  • Steven Quakenbush of Max Meadows, Virginia: Biblical Languages Award
  • Emily Reynolds of Falls Mills, Virginia: Delta Kappa Gamma Education Award, Beazley Scholar Award
  • Brittany Rhoton of Weber City, Virginia: Kelly N. Thompson Award for Tutoring Excellence, Teacher of Promise Award, Jason Elswick Student Teacher Award
  • Kayla Richardson of Wren, Ohio: Beazley Scholar Award
  • Benjamin Rife of Vansant, Virginia: Communication Academic Achievement Award
  • Renee Robbins of Chesapeake, Virginia: Music Department Academic Achievement Award
  • Wully Rojas of Woodbrigdge, Virginia: Kelly N. Thompson Award for Tutoring Excellence
  • Janee Simmons of Orangeburg, South Carolina: Exercise and Sport Management Award
  • Kristen Slade of North Tazewell, Virginia: Paul W. Beasley Service Award
  • Nikolas Stathopoulos of Athens, Greece: Exercise and Sport Medicine Award
  • Jefferson Watson of Woodbridge, Virginia: Frank S. Easley Business Award
  • Joe Whitt of Cedar Bluff, Virginia: Most Outstanding Music Student Award
  • Katie Wilkins of Woodbridge, Virginia: Graphic Communication Award



Another 17 students were acknowledged for their induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.Five more were recognized for induction into the Kappa Pi International ArtHonor Society. Three were honored for awards earned in the Phi Beta Lambda State Business Conference, and two were acknowledged for induction into Sigma Beta Delta’s Honor Society for business.



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