Bluefield University in the News


by | May 5, 2010

Bluefield College recognized dozens of outstanding students for academic excellence during an Academic Honors Convocation in May.

Each spring, the college recognizes academic achievement among its students through the year-end awards program. Among the awards presented and the students honored in 2010 were:

— Beazley Scholar Award for academic achievement, leadership and service learning: Jeanna Church of Ovapa, WV, Dana Frech of Culpeper, VA, and Benjamin Shumate of Bluefield, WV.

— Virginia Collegium Scholar Award for academic achievement, leadership and service learning: Amber MacDonald of Beckley, WV, Kaitrin Maginnis of Ruther Glen, VA, Sara Melby of Richmond, VA, and Hannah Parobek of Lower Burrell, PA

— Frank S. Easley Business Award to the outstanding senior business major: Luke Davis of Mathews, VA

— Judaica Studies Hebrew Award to the outstanding Hebrew student: Hannah L. Parobek of Lower Burrell, PA

— Christian Studies Award for the outstanding Christian studies major: Jennifer Holbrook of Bluefield, VA

— Gerald E. Clay Scholar Award for the outstanding student from the Teacher Education Program: Allison Deel of North Tazewell, VA, Michelle Neel of Tazewell, VA, and Stefany Turner of Bland, VA

— Delta Kappa Gamma Education Award for academic achievement in teacher education: Kara Woodward of Bluefield, WV

— Heather Smith Memorial Student Teacher Award to the most promising female student teacher: Sara Mota of Brownsville, TX

— Jason Elswick Memorial Student Teacher Award to the most promising student teacher: Courtney Willard of Archdale, NC

— Student Virginia Education Association Service Award for service learning: Meagan Whittington of Pounding Mill, VA

— Teacher Research Award in Student Teaching: Nicole Riffe of Bluefield, WV

— Virginia Department of Education Teachers of Promise Awards: Addison Blackburn of Tazewell, Virginia, Kim Carroll of Pearisburg, Virginia, Sara Hale of Bluefield, Virginia, Sara Mota of Brownsville, Texas, Whitney O’Quinn of Tazewell, Virginia, Robert Ratcliffe of Radford, Virginia, and Ben Thurman of Moneta, Virginia.

— Exercise and Sport Science Award to the outstanding ESS major: Tabatha Robins of Tazewell, VA

— Sports Management Award to the outstanding sports management student: Christian Ruark of Parsonsburg, MD

— Art Awards to the outstanding art majors: Dana Frech of Culpeper, VA, and Jerry Frech of Culpeper, VA

— Music Achievement Award for academic achievement in the study of music: Beth Tinsley of Montross, VA

— Music Department Outstanding Performer Award: Jamar Bennett of Ridgeway, VA

— Music Department Outstanding Service Award: Jamar Bennett of Ridgeway, VA

— Thomas A. “Tom” Colley Rampage Award for outstanding contribution to the student newspaper: Lindsey Hazelwood of Stuart, VA

— Communications Award: to the outstanding communications major: Lydia Freeman of Bristol, VA

— Valena May Parsons Scholarship for excellence in the study of communications or graphic communication:  Celia Jones of Brookneal, VA, and Melissa Kerr of North Tazewell, VA

— English Department Award for outstanding academic achievement in the study of English: Holli Harmon of High Point, NC

— Biology Award presented in memory of former BC biology professor Dr. Marvin G. Williams to the outstanding senior biology major: Jeanna Church of Ovapa, WV

— General Chemistry Award for excellence in the study of general chemistry: Luke Stevens of Camp Creek, WV

— Senior Chemistry Award to the outstanding senior chemistry major: Kayla Hayes of Narrows, VA

— Ronald W. Hedrick Memorial Behavioral Science Award to the outstanding senior behavioral science major: Courtney Robinson of Woodlawn, VA

— David M. Armbrister History Award for outstanding classroom performance and scholarly writing in history: Kara Woodward of Bluefield, WV

— John W. Tresch History Scholarship Award for excellence in the study of history: Meredith Black of Wytheville, VA.

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