April 26, 2012
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications
J. Ridge Carter, a senior biochemistry major at Maryville College, was presented the distinguished LeQuire Award during the College’s Academic Awards Ceremony held April 14 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Established in 1987 by descendants and friends of Maryville physician Granville Dexter LeQuire and his wife Ellen Brickey LeQuire, the LeQuire Award includes a cash gift to help defray the expenses of applying to medical school and an engraved pewter julep cup.
Winners of the award are nominated by faculty members in the College’s humanities and natural sciences divisions.
According to Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, who presented the award, Carter has impressed the faculty and staff since his arrival at the College in 2008.
“… his professors have been impressed with his eagerness to take the more difficult path when offered. One example was his Senior Study: He built a portable Raman Spectrometer based on a green diode laser pen as the monochromatic light source for the instrument,” the president said, adding that Carter continued to work on the instrument after he had earned the required course credits.
While at the College, Carter has served as a peer tutor and as a student representative on important committees, including the dean search committee and the core review task force.
“He is also an achiever in athletics, where his legacy forever will be linked to the soccer field as an outstanding member of the Scots Soccer Team,” the president continued. “He has several [soccer] honors. … In 2010, ESPN/CoSida named him an Academic All-American and in 2011, he was named a 1st-Team Capital One Academic All-District.”
After graduation, Carter plans to pursue research opportunities before he applies to medical school. He is considering M.D.-Ph.D. programs.
The son of Michael Carter and Anna Shugart of Maryville and a 2008 graduate of Maryville High School, Carter was also recognized at the ceremony with the Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Award and the Liberal Arts Award, which is presented annually to the senior who has earned the highest grade point average in all core courses taken at Maryville College.
He also was one of five finalists selected for the College's Outstanding Senior Award, which is one of the most prestigious honors presented a current student.
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.