Emory & Henry College Honored Students at Awards Day Convocation

Posted by Leah Prater
Emory & Henry College held its annual Awards Day Convocation at the Memorial Chapel on campus Sunday, April 24 and presented more than 70 students with awards for academics and performance.

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Faculty and administrators gathered to present students with honors, including outstanding senior awards to 26 recipients. Outstanding seniors were awarded according to their major. The outstanding seniors for 2022 awarded at the Convocation were Lorin Zehr of Holly Pond, Ala., studio art major; Mary Brewer of Bristol, Va., exercise science major; Keely Doyle of Lexington, Va., bachelor of science biology major; Connor Buchanan of Meadowview, Va., bachelor of arts biology major; Madison McMillion of Daniels, W. Va., civic innovation major; Braxton Justice of Princeton, W. Va., economics major; Orville Peterson of Forest, Va., health & human performance major; Jayden Crabtree of Abingdon, Va., education major; Emilie Davis of Raeford, N.C., English major; Emily DeBord of Rural Retreat, Va., environmental studies major; Brinley Thomas of Farmville, Va., equine major; Eliana Durham of Fredericksburg, Va., geography major; Cat Sweigart of Bridgewater, Va., mass communications major; Amber Blevins of Chilhowie, Va., music major; Clare Carter of Knoxville, Tenn., philosophy major; Emily Dougherty of Sandy Hook, Va. and Luis Ramirez-Hernandez of Abingdon, Va., political science majors; Madison Patrick of Abingdon, Va. and Elizabeth Combs of Cana, Va., psychology majors; Carter Momson-Hudson of Hillsborough, N.C., religion major; Zane Seymore of Glade Spring, Va., sociology major; C.J. Freeman of Abingdon, Va. and Lauren Naff of Callaway, Va., theater majors; and Lia Haskins of Danville, Va. and Morgan Stone of Salem, Va., French and Spanish world language majors respectively.

In addition to the outstanding seniors the College awarded students based on their academic performance. These awards were awarded by major. The 25 awards for academic excellence were awarded to Mary Chura of Cincinnati, Ohio, studio art major; Mary Brewer of Bristol, Va. and Laken Crockett of Woodlawn, Va., exercise science majors; Taylor Mauldin of China Grove, N.C., biology major; Elijah Chapman, business major, Destiny Fulton, mass communications major, Madison Medley, civic innovation major of Abingdon, Va.; Anna Thomas of Climax, N.C., accounting major; KC Schultz of Bristol, Va., chemistry major;; Sofia Inchausti of Bloomsbury, N.J., for her economics and mathematics majors; Clay Woods of Bluff City, Tenn. and Morgan Moser of Sweetwater, Tenn., health & human performance majors; Madeleine Cavendar of Chelsea, Ala., education major; Caitlin Manuel of Glade Spring, Va., English major; Abby Mills of Marshville, N.C., environmental studies major; Makalyn Williams of Granville, Ohio, equine major; Eliana Durham of Fredericksburg, Va., geography major; Lia Haskins of Danville, Va., for her history and world languages major; Kaitlin Howell of Chilhowie, Va., music major; Clare Carter of Knoxville, Tenn., philosophy major; Elizabeth Combs of Cana, Va., psychology major; Faith Hamblin of Appalachia, Va., sociology major; and Grant Myers of Stephenson, Va., theater major.

These groups of awards were accompanied by honors like the Global Citizen Award, an honor presented to Brahim Jack Bellimam Alexandria, Va. and Abby Mills of Marshville, N.C. for their exemplification of the values of global citizenship. It was noted in the program that Bellimam and Mills are informed, open-minded, responsible and attentive to diversity. They are aware of how their actions impact local and global communities and they are addressing the world’s more pressing and enduring issues with intellect and equality.

Caitlin Barker of Collinsville, Va., Maggie Buchanan of Meadowview, Va., Makayla Dowdy of Blacksburg, Va. and Peerapol Huangching of Howey in the Hills, Fla. were awarded with the Marius Blesi Reading award, awarded to first-and-second-year students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for reading challenging books and an ability interpreting challenging literature.

Caitlin Manuel was awarded the Marius Blesi Senior English award, for a graduating member of the English major who shares the Belsis’ love of literature and language. The Blesis taught at Emory & Henry College. Additionally, Spencer Scott of Stephens City, Va. was awarded the Emily Williams English Speaking Union Scholarship, which is awarded to students who intend to study abroad.

The Buchanan Memorial Endowed Award for Chemistry was awarded to Sarah Savona of Rockville, Md. and the Buchanan Memorial Endowed Award for Biology was awarded to Elizabeth Combs. The Turner N. Clinard English Award was awarded to Tiffany Collins of Falls Church, Va., a rising senior, for her academic excellence and writing ability. The Lucille Webb English Award was presented to Logan Greear of Coeburn, Va. for their dedication to language and literature and sharing that dedication with their community. Alexa Shockley of Narrows, Va. was awarded the William A. Stuart Prize in English for her high level of proficiency and academic achievement in writing and Jacob Cordle of Lebanon, Va. was awarded the Charles Collins Award in Writing for his excellence in English composition.

The Nature Conservancy Award in Environmental Studies was awarded to Rachel Turner of Elizabethton, Tenn., and Miles Cavines of Barren Springs, Va. and Cody Hubbard of Kingsport, Tenn. received the Bruce C. Carruth Citation for Departmental Service for their service to the psychology department, working diligently for the betterment of the department. Cody Hubbard was also awarded the Friends of The Sciences Summer Research Fellowship in Science to go to Brown University for research in psychology.

The Edgar H. Thompson Memorial Awards for Exceptional Student Teaching were awarded to Josie Salyer of Mount Carmel, Tenn. for the elementary level, Jaedian Berry of Chilhowie, Va. for the secondary level and Mary Baldwin of Appomatox, Va. for pre-k through grade 12 level. Morgan Stone was awarded the W. Thomas Graybeal Mathematics Award.

Finally, the Clarence Haven Strader Award was awarded to rising senior Jett McReynolds of Kingsport, Tenn. The Clarence Haven Strader Award is given to recipients with distinguished records of achievement in the study of religion.

  • Awards winner Orville Peterson with Professor Beverly Sheddan.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg" alt="Israel O'Quinn speaks at Founders Day 2018" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2138" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers">O’Quinn Challenges College to Conquer New Frontiers</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> In the 181 years of existence, Emory & Henry College has had many opportunities to conquer new frontiers, according to Virginia House Delegate Israel O’Quinn (’02), the keynote speaker during the annual Founders Day celebration.</p><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/280-emory-henry-college-opens-interfaith-prayer"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.jpg" alt="Student Safa Farhoumand helps dedicate the Interfaith Prayer Room." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/3171_InterfaithPrayerRoom16_2.rev.1518211260.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/280-emory-henry-college-opens-interfaith-prayer">Emory & Henry College Opens Interfaith Prayer Room</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Equipped with chairs, tables, prayer rugs and religious texts, a room in the lower-level of Memorial Chapel on the Emory & Henry College campus is now available for students of all faiths to have a quiet place to pray and meditate.</p><a href="/live/news/280-emory-henry-college-opens-interfaith-prayer" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg" alt="Shelley Koch" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/38/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,492,2136,2630/6049_Shelley_Koch-2.rev.1552061534.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2136" data-max-h="2138" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food">Koch Uncovers the Inequalities of Food</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Dr. Shelley Koch has released her third book, <em>Gender and Food: A Critical Look at the Food System</em>. The book looks at different aspects of food and how it is affected by gender inequalities. <a href="/live/news/735-koch-uncovers-the-inequalities-of-food" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>