Maryville College student leaders lauded at annual ceremony
May 6, 2003
David Rasnake, Office of Communications
More than 30 awards were presented to Maryville College students
during the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony held April 30 in the
Music Hall of the College’s Fine Arts Center. The awards
recognized individual and group achievement in campus and community
“The Leadership Awards Ceremony is significant because it
represents Maryville College’s commitment to leadership and
service, and recognizes the many meaningful learning experiences
that take place outside the classroom,” Seymour stated. “Although
the ceremony recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions
to our community through leadership and service, in reality we
honor all students who get involved in the life of our college.”
Awards for leadership in campus clubs, organizations and residence
halls, and the prestigious Spirit of the Covenant and Student Development
Awards were presented at the ceremony.
CLUB AND ORGANIZATION AWARDS
- Amber Burley, a junior deaf studies
and Sign Language interpreting major from Cincinnati, Ohio, received
the Black Student Association Leadership Award.
- Sophomore Sarah Roberts of Knoxville,
Tenn., was named Most Dedicated Staff Member by her colleagues
at “The Chilhowean,” the College’s yearbook.
- The WZUP Leadership Award for directing and managing the College’s
student radio station went to Ben Roe, a
senior business and organization management major from Maryville,
and Andy Robinson, a senior psychology
major from Winchester, Va.
- D’Lisa Hopewell, a senior
Sign Language interpreting major from Lithonia, Ga., was recognized
with the Erskine Leadership Award.
- “The Highland Echo,” MC’s student newspaper,
honored editor Jennie Lowe, a senior
English major from Powell, Tenn., with an award for outstanding
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship recognized junior Lydia
Edrington, a deaf studies and Sign Language interpreting
major from Bradenton, Fla., with the Folami Ford Servant Award.
- International studies major Rachael Garza, a
senior from Springfield, Va., was named the Outstanding Peer
Mentor of the year. Garza and Lenoir City, Tenn., native and
political science major Tim Self were
honored with the President Rob Lough Award for Outstanding Service
later in the evening.
- Ben Wicker, a senior business major
from Farragut, Tenn., was recognized as MC Student Government
Association’s Representative of the Year.
- Junior business majors Frank Twum-Barimah, of
Accra, Ghana, and Aaron Yarborough, of
Oliver Springs, Tenn., received praise as MC Student Government
Association’s Senators of the Year.
- Seniors Roy Bartlett, a business
major from Alpharetta, Ga., and Rebecca Garvin, a
psychology major from Carrollton, Texas, and sophomore Diego
Herrera, an international business major from Argentina,
were named Student Programming Board Members of the Year.
- Business major Dejaesic Zellers, a
Hapeville, Ga., junior, was presented the Voices of Praise Leadership
- The MC Wellness Council conferred its Leadership and Commitment
Award upon junior Stevie Neifert, a
computer science and business major from Hendersonville, Tenn.,
and sophomore Tia Xixis, an international
studies major from Hillsboro, Tenn.
RESIDENCE LIFE AWARDS
- Brianna Merrill, a sophomore English
and religion major from Bradenton, Fla., was named MC’s
Resident Assistant of the Year.
- The Residence Life Distinguished Service Award was presented
to senior Kenneth Kirby, Jr., a biology
and physical education major from Kodak, Tenn.
MULTICULTURAL SERVICE AWARD
- The prestigious Sojourner Truth Award, which recognizes efforts
to advocate campus diversity, was presented to sophomore deaf
studies and political science major Echoe
Lewis, of St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARDS
- Knoxville Central High School graduate Joseph
Ambler, a senior sociology major at the College, was
recognized as the student volunteer of the year with the Spirit
of Service Award.
- Jennifer Rock, a senior history
major from Louisville, Ky., received accolades as Student Activist
of the Year.
SPIRIT OF THE COVENANT AWARDS
The six students honored with the Spirit of the Covenant Award,
which recognizes dedication to the MC campus and community, included:
- Gisele Campos, a senior ESL and
Spanish major from Miami, Fla.; Lois Gray, a
senior child development for teacher licensure major from Shelbyville,
Tenn.; Meredith Maynard, a sophomore
environmental studies major from Elkin, N.C.; and Tony
Murchison, a senior theatre major from Manchester, Tenn. Hopewell and Twum-Barimah were
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
- The Outstanding Freshman Leader Award was presented to Eric
Weatherbee of Maryville.
- Mary Amber Brooks, a political science
major from Clinton, Tenn., received the Outstanding Sophomore
- Child development major Christie Latimer, of
Hickory, N.C., was honored with the College’s Outstanding
Junior Leader Award.
- Junior Mary Rose Linker, a sociology
major from Louisville, Ky., accepted the Sharon A. Murphy Crane
Award for outstanding campus leadership and activism.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.