Maryville College students honored at 2018 Academic Awards Ceremony

Maryville College students honored at 2018 Academic Awards Ceremony

April 21, 2018 

Scholarship and the ideals of the liberal arts were celebrated April 21, 2018, when 53 awards were presented to 62 students at Maryville College’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony.

“All of us at the College take great 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. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College, who served as the evening’s emcee.

Held in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts, the ceremony was attended by numerous students, parents and family members. Macebearer Dr. Jenifer Greene, chair of the Division of Social Sciences and professor of management, 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. Additionally, the ceremony included recognition of eight honor societies, with 97 student members inducted this year.

CORE CURRICULUM

For earning the highest grade point average in all core courses taken at Maryville College, four seniors were recognized with the Liberal Arts Award: Cara Coleman, a biochemistry major from Maryville, Tenn.; Kameron Graves, a management major from Maryville, Tenn.; Jenna Hunt, a theatre studies for teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn.; and Kathleen Staller, a biochemistry major from Seymour, Tenn. 

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

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, Kristie Lee, a psychology (counseling) major from Knoxville, Tenn., was honored.

The Child Development Award, which is awarded annually to a senior child development and learning major 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 Kerigan Hartline of Maryville, Tenn.

The Irma Young Outstanding Senior Award in Interpreting, which is presented to the student who has shown exemplary potential for interpreting by performance and scholarship, went to two students:  Sarah Gregory, a senior American Sign Language-English Interpreting and American Sign Language-Deaf Studies double major from Prague, Czech Republic; and Brooklynn Stallsmith, a senior American Sign Language-English Interpreting major from Smyrna, Tenn.

Eddie Small, Jr. of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., was awarded the Neuroscience Award, which is presented to a senior neuroscience major with the best academic performance in neuroscience as judged by classroom performance, overall scholarship and grade point average.

EDUCATION

Lillian Marttala, a senior exercise science major from McMinnville, Tenn., was awarded the Phi Epsilon Rho Scholarship 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.

Jacqueline Eul, a senior outdoor studies and tourism major from Glendale Heights, Ill., received the Exercise Science, 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.

The Outstanding Student Teacher in the Elementary Grades Award was presented to senior Sydni Elkins, a child development and learning for teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn.

Madalyn Carpenter, a senior history with teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn., received the Outstanding Student Teacher in the Secondary Grades Award.   

FINE ARTS

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 Ethan Morrison, a music education (instrumental) with teacher licensure major from Lenoir City, Tenn.

Jennings Kelley, a theater studies major from Cleveland, Tenn., received the Bates Forensics 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. This year, the award went to four students: Savannah Bain, a junior design major from Hendersonville, Tenn.;  Evan Gambill, a junior design major from Maryville, Tenn.; Grace Gordon, a sophomore design major from Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lauren McCarter, a junior design major from Seymour, Tenn.

Anna Dieter, a junior theatre studies major from Signal Mountain, Tenn., was recognized with the Evelyn Seedorf Prize in Dramatic Arts, which goes annually to the most deserving student majoring in theatre.

For outstanding achievement, Brandi Payne, a senior design major from Sevierville, Tenn., was recognized with the Sarah Hardrath Kramer Art History Award.

LaKwan Bain, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas, received the Robert Bonham Music Faculty Award for Superior Performance.

Jenna Hunt, a senior theatre studies for teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn., took home the Outstanding Senior Theatre Student Award, which is presented to the graduating senior theatre major who has demonstrated the most outstanding achievement in the major field. 

HUMANITIES

Marshall Dillon Carpenter of Knoxville, Tenn., was the 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.

Kaitlyn Carringer, who is from Robbinsville, N.C., was the recipient of the Frank A. Kramer Student Award, which is given to a junior history major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exceptional service to the college and significant involvement in extracurricular activities.

Madalyn Carpenter, a senior history with teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn., and Jordan McCullough, a senior history major from Lebanon, Tenn., received the Otto P. Pflanze Prize for Excellence in History.

The Verton M. Queener Award for History went to Danielle O’Brien, a senior philosophy and history double major from Mount Juliet, Tenn. The award recognizes outstanding study of American and English history by a junior. 

LANGUAGES & LITERATURE

For achieving the best four-year record in the study of English, Rachel Elizabeth Resciniti, a senior English for teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn., was awarded the Alexander English Prize.

David Peters, a junior design and writing communication double major from Rockford, Tenn., received the Charlotta Cook Hensley Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement and significant involvement on the staff of The Highland Echo campus newspaper.

Janelle Piper, a senior writing communication major from Alcoa, Tenn., received 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.

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 2018 recipient is Megan Wright, a junior literature in English major from Maryville, Tenn.

Impressions, MC’s campus literary magazine, presented awards to magazine contributors. The award for best art or photography went to Sherilyn Smith, a senior writing communication major from Rockford, Tenn.; the award for best poetry went to Albrianna Jenkins, a senior writing communication major from Lenoir City, Tenn.; and the award for best prose went to Megan Wright, a junior literature in English major from Maryville, Tenn.

Eight students were recognized for outstanding achievement in foreign language study. Cara Coleman, a biochemistry major from Maryville, Tenn., and Dawson Hope, a freshman political science major from Lenoir City, Tenn., were honored for their work in French. Leah Hensley of Maryville was recognized for her work in German. The award for outstanding achievement in Japanese went to three students: Shane Byerley, a junior international studies major from Greenback, Tenn.; Amber Vickers, a junior American Sign Language – English Interpreting major from Harriman, Tenn.; and Katherine Zacapa, a junior international business and international studies double major from Knoxville, Tenn. The award for outstanding achievement in Latin went to Bryce Dills, a junior mathematics major from Maryville, Tenn. Recognition for achievements in Spanish went to senior biology major Yasmeen Chan of Jacksonville, Fla.

The Outstanding Spanish Major Award recognizes the Spanish major who demonstrates the best academic performance judged by classroom performance, overall scholarship, study abroad experience and grade point average. The award went to junior Spanish major Colleen Nordstrom of Friendsville, Tenn.

Grace Costa, a senior international studies major from Oak Ridge, Tenn., was the recipient of the Outstanding Spanish Minor Award. This award is given to the Spanish minor demonstrating the best academic performance judged by classroom performance, overall scholarship, study abroad experience, and grade point average.

MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Joshua Metcalf, a senior mathematics and computer science double major from Maryville, Tenn., and Ian Schomer, a senior mathematics and engineering double major from Knoxville, Tenn., were the recipients of the Russell N. and Frances Lane Edwards and Troy Bell Lane Waggoner Award. The award is presented to the most outstanding junior or senior in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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 mathematics major Nicasio Velez of Parkersburg, W.V.

Sophomore biochemistry major Cassandra Clements of Maryville, Tenn., and freshman biochemistry major Daniel Tinoco Hernandez of Lenoir City, Tenn., 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.

Christopher Fernandez, a sophomore mathematics major from Maryville, Tenn., were presented the William H. Dent Calculus Award for having the most outstanding performance in calculus.

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 senior computer science major Evan Ezell of Canton, Ga. Ezell also received the Outstanding Achievement in Statistics Award. 

NATURAL SCIENCES

The Susan Allen Green Award is annually presented to the most outstanding biology major in the junior or senior class. This year’s award was presented to Kathryn Maley, a junior biology major from Knoxville, Tenn.

For her outstanding four-year record in biology, senior biology major Molly Hamant of West Chester, Ohio, was honored with the A. Randolph Shields Award.

Anevay Nichol of Cambridge Springs, Pa., received the Robert K. Godfrey Freshman Biology Award for demonstrated excellence in the study of biology in the first year.

Megan Houston, a biochemistry major from Maryville, Tenn., accepted the Sophomore Biology Award for her outstanding ability and promise in the biological sciences.

Recognized as a woman in the junior class who shows excellence in the study of chemistry, biochemistry major Katelyn Moats of Maryville, Tenn., was awarded the Elizabeth Hillman Award.

The award for Outstanding Performance in General Chemistry was presented to Anastasia Dunn, an American Sign Language-English Interpreting and biochemistry double major from Winston, Ga.

The Outstanding Performance in Organic Chemistry Award, which recognizes outstanding ability in the study of organic chemistry and structural analysis, went to Christopher Fraley, a junior biochemistry major from Sevierville, Tenn., and Megan Houston, a junior biochemistry major from Maryville, Tenn.

Recognized as the senior who has demonstrated the most outstanding accomplishments in chemistry, Kathleen Staller, a biochemistry major from Seymour, Tenn., was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Chemistry Award.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Agnes Thornton Bird Award, which is given to a locally residing sophomore or junior woman interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession, was presented to sophomore political science and international studies double major Maria Vanegas of Kingston, Tenn.

Joshua Anderson, a senior political science major from Knoxville, Tenn., received the John W. Burgess Award for meritorious achievement in the field of political science.

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, went to two students: Jerod Dickey, a finance/accounting major from Auburn, Ala., and Kameron Graves, a senior management major from Maryville, Tenn.

The Kyle and Roberta Myers Petree Endowed Award is given to an outstanding local student majoring in business. The 2018 recipient is Jordan Berry, a junior finance/accounting and management double major from Knoxville, Tenn.

Patrick Messinger, a senior finance/accounting and economics double major from Alpharetta, Ga., received the Outstanding Senior Award in Economics, which is awarded to the senior student demonstrating outstanding work in economics, outstanding character, well-rounded achievement and career promise.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Leeanna Beeler, a junior finance/accounting and music double major from Corryton, 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.

Senior international business major Shintaro Kurachi of Nisshin, Japan, was named winner of the Outstanding International Student Award, which goes to a senior 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 Kathleen Staller of Seymour, Tenn., 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. 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD

Jordan McCullough, a senior history major from Lebanon, Tenn., was named the 2018 Outstanding Senior. 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 Sarah Gregory, an American Sign Language-English Interpreting and American Sign Language-Deaf Studies double major from Prague, Czech Republic; Jenna Hunt, a theatre studies for teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn.; Byjan Kajaei, a Teaching English as a Second Language major from Antioch, Tenn.;  and Corrinne McClure, a political science major from Memphis, Tenn.


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 2018 semester is 1,146.