College recognizes academic excellence in annual ceremony

May 6, 2013
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications

Scholarship and the ideals of the liberal arts were celebrated April 27, when 59 awards were presented to 68 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. Bagpiper Sam Newton, a senior 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.


For outstanding work in Ethics 490: Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Ethical Thought, the Glenn Hewitt Award in Ethics was presented to two seniors: religion major Miranda Clower of Kingston, Tenn., and environmental studies major Morgan Stepp of Townsend, Tenn.

For earning the highest grade point average in all core courses taken at Maryville College, senior Elizabeth Hiatt, an international business major from Marietta, Ga., 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, Windsor Wall of Knoxville, Tenn., and Eric Wilmes of Brentwood, Tenn., were honored.

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 three students: Shelby Edwards of Jonesborough, Tenn.; Tyler Herron of Blacklick, Ohio; and Caitlin Ramsey of Marietta, Ga.


Hannah Montgomery of Tuscaloosa, Ala., 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.

Matthew Davis of Maryville, 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.

The Outstanding Student Teacher in the Elementary Grades Award was presented to senior Cheree Self, a child development with teacher licensure major from Maryville, Tenn.

Bradley Joseph Eich, a physical education with teacher licensure major from Cookeville, Tenn.,was named recipient of the Outstanding Student Teacher in the Secondary Grades Award.


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 Celeste De LaRosa of Knoxville, Tenn., and Tori Elrod, a music education with teacher licensure major from Sevierville, Tenn.

Miranda Wright, a music performance major from Knoxville, 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.

Chase Hatmaker, a music performance major from Caryville, Tenn., took home the Robert Bonham Music Faculty Award for Superior Performance.

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 six students: Sarah Austin of Knoxville, Tenn., Bethany Badeaux of Knoxville, Tenn., Doniqua Flack of Kingsport, Tenn., Ashlyn Kittrell of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Laura Pierpont of Seymour, Tenn., and Ariana Rector of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

For outstanding academic achievement, senior Cameron Clark, a literature in English and art history double major from Maryville, Tenn., was recognized with the Sarah Hardrath Kramer Art History Award.

Walker Harrison, a theatre major from Loudon, Tenn., was presented the Bates Forensic-Drama Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior in drama.

Harrison also 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.

Rachel Jarnagin, a junior theatre studies and sociology double major from Knoxville, 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 papers on relationships between philosophical, theological, social, political and/or economic issues, Miranda Clower of Kingston, Tenn., and Jordan Tarwater of Sevierville, Tenn., won the T.T. Alexander Award.

Caroline Anglim of Maryville, 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.

Adam Duggan of Alcoa, Tenn., was recognized as the third recipient of the Otto P. Pflanze Prize for Excellence in History.

The Verton M. Queener Award for History went to Hayden Brown of Boone, N.C. 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, Cameron Clark of Maryville, Tenn., was awarded the Alexander English Prize.

Clark 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.

Mary Moates, a junior writing/communications and theatre studies double major from Etowah, Tenn., and Amber Roberts, a junior writing/communications and religion double major from Morristown, Tenn., received 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 2013 recipients are Keylan Myers of Cornelia, Ga., and Garrett Painter of Knoxville, Tenn.

Impressions, MC’s campus literary magazine, presented three awards to magazine contributors. Junior Chelsea Tarwater of Sevierville, Tenn., was honored with the award for best poetry; Amber Roberts of Morristown, Tenn., earned the award for best prose; and the award for best photography went to junior Hannah Fry of Buchanan, Tenn.

Five students were recognized for outstanding achievement in foreign language study. Freshman Raine Palmer of Maryville, Tenn., was honored for her work in French. Sophomore Hayley Clanton of Shelbyville, Tenn., was recognized for her work in German. The award for outstanding achievement in Japanese went to freshman Payton Pruitt of Franklin, Tenn. Recognition for achievements in Spanish went to freshman Elizabeth Ballew of Decatur, Tenn., and sophomore Kevin Reagan of Seymour, Tenn.

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 senior Tyler Herron of Blacklick, Ohio.

Elizabeth Hiatt, an international business major from Marietta, Ga., was 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.


Recognized as the most outstanding junior in the department of mathematics and computer science, Travis Sellers of Greenback, Tenn., 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 Sarah McGinnis, a mathematics major from Hickory, N.C., and senior Dylan Walker, a mathematics major from Springville, Ind.

This year, two 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 freshman Chase Condrone of Maryville, Tenn., and freshman Colten McAfee of Maryville, Tenn.

McAffee was also 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 David White of Rogersville, Tenn.

The Outstanding Achievement in Statistics Award went to senior mathematics major Ashleigh Elliott of Seymour, Tenn., and senior mathematics major Jessica Lyle of Maryville, Tenn.


For his outstanding four-year record in biology, senior Matthew Hale of Knoxville, Tenn., was honored with the A. Randolph Shields Award.

The Susan Allen Green Award is annually presented to the most outstanding biology major in the junior class. This year’s recipient was Emily Pickett of Winter Haven, Fla.

Lauren Bonee of Knoxville, 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 Allyson Angel of Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded the Elizabeth Hillman Award.

The award for Outstanding Performance in Inorganic Chemistry was presented to freshman Caleb Willis of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Sophomore biochemistry major Sophia Lively of Greeneville, Tenn., was recognized as the winner of the Outstanding Performance in Structural Chemistry Award, which recognizes outstanding ability in the study of organic chemistry and structural analysis.

Recognized as the senior who has demonstrated the most outstanding accomplishments in chemistry, Elisabeth Klouda of Knoxville, Tenn., 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 Devan Reynolds of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Kelly Hertzel, a junior political science and business management double major from Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded the Agnes Thornton-Bird Endowed Memorial Award, which is given to a locally residing sophomore or junior woman interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession.

Delena Gray of Sweetwater, Tenn., and Kelsie Kestner of Franklin, Tenn., were 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 local student majoring in business. The 2013 recipient is Autumn Brown of Maryville, Tenn.

For outstanding work in accounting, Jessica Vail,a junior business and organization management major from Knoxville, Tenn., was named the second winner of the Marriott Business Services Award.

J. Zane Winders, of Maryville, Tenn., was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award for a Student Majoring in Economics. The award is presented to the senior student demonstrating outstanding work in economics, outstanding character, well-rounded achievement and career promise.

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: Josh Dickson, a religion major from North Vernon, Ind.; and Jacob Ashe, a sociology major from Auburn, Ala.


Senior Jerica Johnson, a business and music double major from Chattanooga, 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.

English major John Robertson of Fyvie, Scotland, 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 biology major Matthew Hale of Knoxville, 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.

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 two students: Blake Douglas of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Adam Duggan of Alcoa, Tenn.


Emily Julian, an art/photography major from Powell, Tenn.,was named the 2013 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 Blake Douglas, a philosophy and political science double major from Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Lindsey O’Neal, a biochemistry major from Sparta, Tenn.; writing/communication major Leah Petr of Knoxville, Tenn.; and political science and economics double major Devan Reynolds of Oak Ridge, 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 2016 semester is 1,198.