More than 60 students honored at Academic Awards Ceremony

April 20, 2004
Karen B. Eldridge, Director of News and Public Information

Scholarship and the ideals of the liberal arts were celebrated April 17, when 55 different awards were presented to more than 60 students at Maryville College’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony, held in Wilson Chapel and attended by hundreds of students, parents and family members, began with a procession of faculty members and administrators led by mace bearer Dr. Margie Ribble, associate professor of mathematics and the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award.

“We all take great personal satisfaction in the accomplishments of these students as we recognize them for their special commitment to learning, passion for understanding, sensitivity to nuance, appreciation for social and cultural diversity and willingness to use their growing wisdom for the common good,” said Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and dean of the College.

Below is a list of awards given and students recognized in all seven academic divisions, general education and other departments.


Rhyannon Bemis, a senior psychology major from Maryville, received the David H. Briggs Award.

Junior child development majors Courtney Bartlett of Powell, and Jessica Sutton of Maryville were honored with the Child Development Award.

Sign language interpreting major Helen Tadsen of Alpharetta, Ga., was presented with the Irma Young Outstanding Senior Award in Interpreting.


Ashley Patterson, a senior physical education major from Clinton, was awarded the Phi Epsilon Rho Scholarship.

The award for Outstanding Student Teacher in the Elementary Grades was presented to child development major Jennifer Beasley, a senior from Sevierville.

The award for Outstanding Student Teacher in the Secondary Grades was given to history major Steve Dunn, a senior from Maryville.


The Barraclough Choir Award was presented to senior Brian Bacon, a music major from Knoxville.

The Davies Fine Arts Award went to Rennie Salata, a junior music theory-composition major from Maryville.

Jennifer Olander, a junior music major from Knoxville, was the recipient of the Maryville College Music Faculty Award for Superior Performance.

The Clark Family Prize was awarded to three art majors: Kate Bravard, a junior from Hopkinsville, Ky.; Amanda Davis, a junior from Maryville; and Mary Sullivan, a sophomore from Nashville.

Junior Sonja Hanchar, a theatre major from Clarksville, earned the Bates Forensics-Drama Award.

Maryville native Jeff Watkins, a junior theatre major, was awarded the Evelyn Seedorf Prize in Dramatic Arts.

Aja Rodriguez, a writing/communication and theatre major from San Benito, Texas, received the award for the Outstanding Senior Theatre Student.

Music education majors Laura Atkinson of Louisville, Ky., and Brittany Lloyd of Knoxville, were each presented the Dorothy Barber Bushing Award.


Wesley Blalock, a senior business and organization management major from Sevierville, was honored with the Glenn Hewitt Award in Ethics.

Additionally, Blalock and Rhyannon Bemis were winners of the Liberal Arts Award.


The Ruth Lloyd Kramer Memorial Award went to Scarlet Bell, a junior theatre and English major from Knoxville.

Ashley Groth, a senior writing/communication major from Maryville, was awarded the Alexander English Prize.

Senior religion major and Tallassee resident Rebekah Carpenter took home the Bates Bible Award.

Senior Ruth Cartlidge, an English major from Maryville, received the Edwin R. Hunter Award for Excellence in Research in English or American Literature.

Gihani Perera, an English and writing/communication major from Knoxville, and Megan Shegrud, a Spanish and writing/communication major from Oak Hill, Va., were each presented the Charlotta Cook Hensley Memorial Award.

The T.T. Alexander Award went to David Rasnake, an English and history major from Maryville.

Impressions, MC’s campus literary magazine, presented four awards for excellence to magazine contributors. The award for Best Drawing was given to junior Sheena Alton, an art major from Oak Ridge; Mary Sullivan was honored again with the award for Best Photography; senior writing/communication major Scott King of Blountville earned the award for Best Poetry; and the award for Best Prose went to Jeff Taylor, a junior English major from Charleston, S.C.

Three students were recognized for outstanding achievement in foreign language, including junior Chris Lehman, a biology major from Louisville, Tenn., in French; Olga Vasilyeva, a native of Belarus, in German; and freshmen Anna Benson of Lawrenceburg, and Steve McQueen of Greenback, in Spanish.


Junior mathematics majors Beth Davis of Oneida and Kim Millard of Hixson received the Russell N. and Frances Lane Edwards and Troy Bell Lane Waggoner Award.

The George A. Knapp Mathematics Award was given to junior Meg Graham, a mathematics and computer science major from Knoxville, and senior Nate Lee, a mathematics major from Sevierville.

Three Blount County students received West Chevrolet Academic Awards: sophomore Julie Cook, a mathematics major from Maryville; freshman Tom Jedlicka, of Maryville; and freshman Ernest Reihl of Rockford.

Tomas Mann, a freshman from the Republic of Panama, was presented the William H. Dent Calculus Award.

Sara O’Neal, a senior mathematics and computer science major from Copperhill, and Meg Graham and were recipients of the Jerry Pietenpol Computer Science Award.

Graham also took home the award for Outstanding Achievement in Statistics.


Brian Kincaid of Maryville received the Sophomore Biology Award.

The Susan Allen Green Award was presented to junior Jessica Pope, a biology major from Maryville.

Eric Johnson, a senior biology major from Maryville, was honored with the A. Randolph Shields Award.

The award for Outstanding Performance in Inorganic Chemistry was presented to Alice Brank, a freshman from Humble, Texas.

The award for Outstanding Performance in Structural Chemistry was given to sophomore biology majors Damon DeLeon of Maryville and Russell Tipton of Louisville, Tenn.

Biochemistry major Kim Collins of Oak Ridge was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Award.

Maryville sophomore Brandon Roberts, an engineering major, was presented the George A. Knapp Physics Award.

Chelsea Kissinger, a junior biochemistry major from Knoxville, received the Elizabeth Hillman Award.


The John W. Burgess Award was presented to senior political science majors Jack Dennis of Seymour, and Stephanie Rowan of Lenior City.

Maryville’s Eric Everett was honored with the Outstanding Senior Award for the Student Majoring in Economics.

Rebecca Clark, a junior international business major from Knoxville, received the Wall Street Journal Award.

Wesley Blalock was honored again with the Judson B. Murphy Endowed Business Award.

Two political science majors, junior Lindsey Laughner of Kingsport, and sophomore Heather Mathis of Maryville, were presented with the Agnes Thornton-Bird Endowed Memorial Award.


Eun Hwa Oh, a senior business and organization management major from Chin-Ju, Korea, was recognized with the Mary Elizabeth Jackson Award for outstanding achievement as an international student.

As the recipient of the 2004 LeQuire Award, Eric Johnson was honored a second time.

The Newhouse Award was presented to junior Amy Anderson, a sociology major from Maryville.

Kim Millard and Knoxville sophomore Melanie Fann were named recipients of the College’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship.

Maryville junior Mary Grace Taylor, a child development major, received the Alpha Gamma Sigma Award.

Both Rhyannon Bemis and Wesley Blalock were honored again, receiving the Alpha Lambda Delta Award.

Christie Latimer, a child development major from Pfafftown, N.C., was presented the award for Outstanding Senior.

Finalists for the award included Scott King, Stevie Neifert, a computer science for business major from Hendersonville; Mikey Rickman II, a sign language interpreting/Deaf studies major from Knoxville; and Helen Tadsen.

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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.