Students honored at Academic Awards ceremony

Students honored at Academic Awards ceremony

April 19, 2011
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Scholarship and the ideals of the liberal arts were celebrated April 16, when 57 awards were presented to 64 students at Maryville College’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

“All of us at the College take great personal satisfaction in the accomplishments of these students as we recognize them for their special commitment to learning, their passion for understanding, their sensitivity to nuance, their appreciation for social and cultural diversity, and their willingness to use their growing wisdom for the common good,” said Dr. Jeff Fager, vice president and dean of the College, who served as the evening’s emcee.

Held at the College’s Alumni Gymnasium, the ceremony was attended by numerous students, parents and family members. Bagpiper Sam Newton, a sophomore at Maryville College, led the procession of faculty members and administrators.

Below is a list of awards given and students recognized in all eight academic divisions, core curriculum and other departments.



The Glenn Hewitt Award in Ethics was presented to senior biochemistry major Kylie Beukema of Knoxville, Tenn., for outstanding work in Ethics 490: Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought.

For earning the highest grade point average in all core courses taken at Maryville College, senior Caroline Redmond, an English literature major from Kingsport, Tenn., was recognized with the Liberal Arts Award.



The David H. Briggs Award recognizes the senior psychology major with the best academic performance in psychology as judged by classroom performance, overall scholarship and grade point average. This year, YiLong Zheng of Shen Zhen, China, was honored.

The Child Development Award, which is awarded annually to a rising senior who has demonstrated competence with children and achieved outstanding performance in the major, as well as in overall scholarship as reflected in grade point average, was presented to three seniors: Katelyn Deininger of Roswell, Ga.; Sonia Dularam of Sevierville, Tenn.; and Maggie Williams of Knoxville.

The Irma Young Outstanding Senior Award in Interpreting was presented to two seniors: Katherine Anderson of Tamarac, Fla., and Ayesha Turner of Dallas, Ga.



Mandi Smith of Mansfield, Ga., was awarded the Phi Epsilon Rho Award, which goes to a rising senior in physical education or recreation who has at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and has exhibited leadership in campus and departmental activities and professional organizations.

The Outstanding Student Teacher in the Elementary Grades Award was presented to two seniors, Emily Headrick and Kristin Muckleroy, both of Maryville.

Stephanie Dunlap, an English literature for teacher licensure major from Lenoir City, Tenn.,was named recipient of the Outstanding Student Teacher in the Secondary Grades Award.

Jessica Herrell of Gatlinburg, Tenn., received the Physical Education, Health & Outdoor Recreation Outstanding Senior Award. This award recognizes a graduating senior in the major who has at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA, serves as a role model in the classroom and community and is involved in professional organizations.



This year, the Barraclough Choir Award, which recognizes a senior who has been a Maryville College Choir member for at least two years and who is judged to have been outstanding in service to the choir, was awarded to two students: Music major Dustin Smith of Friendsville, Tenn., and Ashley Sullivan, a vocal performance major from Knoxville.

Sullivan also took home the Robert Bonham Music Faculty Award for Superior Performance.

William Yager of Harriman, Tenn., was presented the Dorothy Barber Bushing Award, which goes to a junior or senior majoring in music composition or music education who has demonstrated achievement and leadership in professional activities and organizations.

J.P. Speir of Walland, Tenn., took home the Bates Forensic-Drama Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding senior in drama.

The Clark Family Prize recognizes rising juniors or seniors in art who have demonstrated outstanding academic and artistic achievement. It went to four students: Lucy Cleek of Kingsport, Madison Elkins of Kingsport, Emily Julian of Powell, Tenn., and Shelby See of Greenback, Tenn.

For outstanding academic achievement, art history major E. Amanda Helton of Sevierville was recognized with the Sarah Hardrath Kramer Art History Award.

The Outstanding Senior Theatre Student Award was presented to H. Caitlin Corbitt of Nashville, Tenn.

Walker Harrison, a sophomore theatre major from Loudon, Tenn., was recognized with the Evelyn Seedorf Prize in Dramatic Arts, which goes annually to the most deserving student majoring in theatre.



For writing the best paper on relationships between philosophical, theological, social, political and/or economic issues, Christian Lockhart of New Tazewell, Tenn., won the T.T. Alexander Award.

Joseph Courtney of Knoxville, was recipient of the Bates Bible Award, which is presented each year to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most ability in the study of religion or philosophy.

Timmothy Winstead of Rogersville, Tenn., was recognized as the first recipient of the Otto P. Pflanze Prize for Excellence in History.

The Verton M. Queener Award for History went to Michael Arpino of Knoxville. The award recognizes outstanding study of American and English history by a junior.



For achieving the best four-year record in the study of English, Caroline Redmond of Kingsport, was awarded the Alexander English Prize.

Redmond also took home the division’s Edwin R. Hunter Award for Excellence in Research in English or American Literature, which goes annually to the senior judged to have produced the most outstanding Senior Study in English or American Literature.

Jonathan Brent, a writing/communication major from Oak Ridge, Tenn., was awarded the Charlotta Cook Hensley Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement and significant involvement on the staff of The Highland Echo campus newspaper.

The Ruth Lloyd Kramer Memorial Award is given to a junior English major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exceptional service to the College and significant involvement in extracurricular activities. The 2011 recipients are Justin Kirkland of Knoxville, Tenn., and Blythe Tyrone of Spring, Tex.

Impressions, MC’s campus literary magazine, presented three awards to magazine contributors. Junior Karen Leu of Lebanon, Tenn., was honored with the award for Best Poetry; freshman Chelsea Tarwater of Sevierville earned the award for Best Prose; and the award for Best Visual Art went to Morgan Hawk of Blountville, Tenn.

Five students were recognized for outstanding achievement in foreign language study. Sophomore Lailah Farmer of Clinton, Tenn., was honored for her work in French. Sophomore Sarah Bohlman of Johnson City, Tenn., was recognized for her work in German. The award for outstanding achievement in Japanese went to freshman Robert Deighton of Sarasota, Fla. Recognition for achievements in Spanish went to freshman Emily Medley of Harrison, Tenn., and sophomore Lauren Voyles of Tullahoma, Tenn.


Recognized as the most outstanding junior in the department of mathematics and computer science, Katherine Nadler of Greensboro, N.C., was the recipient of the Russell N. and Frances Lane Edwards and Troy Bell Lane Waggoner Award.

The George A. Knapp Mathematics Award, which goes to the most outstanding and most promising junior or senior student majoring in mathematics, was presented to senior Chase Worley of Cumberland, Va.

This year, three students were awarded the West Chevrolet Academic Award, which recognizes students who score in the top 10 on the mathematics competition conducted by the College’s Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. Winners were Jessica Lyle, a sophomore from Maryville; Adam Spannbauer, a freshman from Maryville; and Travis Wilson, a sophomore from Maryville.

Judged for having the most outstanding performance in calculus, sophomore Sarah McGinnis ofHickory, N.C., and sophomore Dylan Walker of Clarksville, Tenn., were presented the William H. Dent Calculus Award.

The Jerry L. Pietenpol Computer Science Award, which recognizes the most outstanding and most promising junior or senior student majoring in computer science, went to Philip Presley of Walland.

The Outstanding Achievement in Statistics Award went to psychology major YiLong Zheng of Shen Zhen, China.



For her outstanding four-year record in biology, senior Morgan Douglas of Knoxville was honored with the A. Randolph Shields Award.

Matthew Hale of Knoxville accepted the Sophomore Biology Award for his outstanding ability and promise in the biological sciences.

Recognized as a woman in the junior class who shows excellence in the study of chemistry, chemical physics major Katherine Nadler of Greensboro, N.C., was awarded the Elizabeth Hillman Award.

The award for Outstanding Performance in Inorganic Chemistry was presented to freshman Stephen Revilla of Knoxville.

The winner of the Outstanding Performance in Structural Chemistry Award, which recognizes outstanding ability in the study of organic chemistry and structural analysis, was sophomore Elisabeth Klouda of Knoxville.

Recognized as the senior who demonstrated the most outstanding accomplishments in chemistry, Kylie Beukema of Knoxville was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Award.


The John W. Burgess Award for meritorious achievement in the field of political science was presented to senior Joshua Allen of Maryville.

Kelli Swaney of Maryville was awarded the Judson B. Murphy Endowed Business Award, which is presented annually to a senior who demonstrates outstanding work in business and organization management with outstanding character and well-rounded achievement and career promise.

The Kyle and Roberta Myers Petree Endowed Award is given to an outstanding student majoring in business. The 2011 recipient is Bryan Adcock of Hendersonville, Tenn.

Jordan Sherrod of Kingston, Tenn., was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in Sociology, which is awarded to the senior who has high achievement in the sociology major, exemplified by GPA in the major, excellence in the senior thesis and comprehensive exam and contributes to the classroom, college and community.

The Hall “Ethical Thinking” Award, which is presented annually to a member of the junior class whose creative or practical essay on ethical thinking on a particular theme from a variety of perspectives could be published in a journal or magazine, was given to two students. First place went to Gallatin, Tenn., native Carolyn Ray, who is majoring in political science. Morgan Hawk, an English major from Blountville, placed second.

For outstanding work in accounting, Joshua Tanner of Maryville was named the first winner of the Marriott Business Services Award.



Ellison Berryhill, a philosophy major from Jefferson City, Tenn., was presented the Ryan Newhouse Award. The recognition goes to the junior or senior student who, in the judgment of the business, fine arts and humanities faculty, typifies the finest characteristics of the liberal arts by uniting the fields of business and the humanities or fine arts in his or her academic life, personal growth and values.

International business major Mutsumi Takeuchi was named winner of the Outstanding International Student Award, which goes to a senior, non-native English speaker who has been a student at the College for one academic year, has a minimum GPA of 3.5 and has shown leadership inside and outside the classroom.

Senior biochemistry major Kylie Beukema of Knoxville was presented the prestigious LeQuire Award by Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart. Named for Granville Dexter LeQuire, a Maryville physician, and his wife, Ellen Brickey LeQuire, the award was created in 1987 to help defray the expenses of applying to medical school, so preference is shown to a student who has chosen medicine as a career goal.

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award, which goes to a senior Alpha Lambda Delta member with the highest GPA through the fall semester of the senior year, was presented to Caroline Redmond of Kingsport.



Kristine Tallent '96, president of the College's Alumni Association, presented the 2011 Outstanding Senior Award to Jordan Sherrod of Kingston. One of the most prestigious honors given a student, the Outstanding Senior Award recognizes a senior student who has been active in a broad range of activities, who most exemplifies the “ideal” Maryville College graduate and who has the potential to be an outstanding alumnus.

Finalists for the award included Tyler Doughterty, a biochemistry major from Knoxville; W. Kyle Finnell, a history and sociology double-major from Kingston; international studies major Arianna Hakiman of Murfreesboro; and biology major Abigail Ogle of Memphis.

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 1,197.