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BRISTOL, Tenn., April 18, 2017 – King University held its annual honors convocation
on Monday, April 17 to honor students for their academic and athletic accomplishments
as well as their commitment to community service. The following students were presented
awards in recognition of their achievements.
Jack E. Snider Honors Fellows Graduates
Aaron Hitefield, Bristol, Tenn.
Blakeleigh Mathes, Bristol, Tenn.
Jessica Mays, Bluff City, Tenn.
Emily Powers, Rome. Ga.
T.J. Thompson, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Grace Willis, Bluff City, Tenn.
The King Institute for Faith and Culture Award
Victoria Osburn, Morristown, Tenn.
THE COLLEGE of ARTS and SCIENCES
Religious Studies Award
Anna Christine Morrell, Bristol, Tenn.
Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice Award
Fall 2016 Marianne Hull, Florencia, Costa Rica
Spring 2017 Lauren Campbell, Abingdon, Va.
Miyah Cook, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Hunter Herndon, Bristol, Tenn.
Graham Landrum Memorial Scholarship Fund
Desmond Darko, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
French Language Award
Haley Roe, Bluff City, Tenn.
Advanced Studies in French Award
Courtney Harvey, Dickson, Tenn.
Spanish Language Award
Katelyn Sauls, Bristol, Va.
Advanced Studies in Spanish Award
Vanessa Gomez, Baldwin Park, Calif.
American Choral Directors National Student Award
Nathan Jones, Norton, Va.
Evelyn W. Snider Applied Music Scholar
Lauren Castor, Brentwood, Tenn.
Allen Trousdale Guild Players Award
James Laxton, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Jessica King, Powell, Tenn.
Anna Pollard, Johnson City, Tenn.
Women’s History Club Award
Eric Coleman, Lebanon, Va.
John W. Burgess Award in Political Science
Arthur W. King Memorial Scholarship in Physics
Tequania Lake, The Valley, Anguilla, British West Indies UK
Sarah Katherine Stamper Award in Biology
Amanda Ignacz, Hampton, N.J.
Eula Cosby Coffey Awards in the Basic Sciences
General Biology: Ashley Hall, Bluff City, Tenn.
General Chemistry Macarena Martin, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
General Physics Erin Jennings, Smyrna, Tenn.
Natural Science and Mathematics Award
Marianne Hull, Florencia, Costa Rica
Interdepartmental Sciences and Mathematics Seminar Award
William E. Torbert Memorial Scholarship
Security and Intelligence Scholar Award
The SCHOOL of BEHAVIORAL and HEALTH SCIENCES
Mary Richmond Award
Karren Bennett, Marion, Va.
Jane Addams Award
Bobby Flowers, Kingsport, Tenn.
PSI CHI National Honor Society in Psychology
Abby Anderson, Adams, Tenn.
Samuel Barker, Bristol, Tenn.
Ashton Beckner, Kingsport, Tenn.
Mikaela Carter, Kingsport, Tenn.
Catherine Vezey, Harare, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe
The SCHOOL of BUSINESS and ECONOMICS
Outstanding Business and Economics Graduate Award
Moritz Poswiat, Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration Graduate Award
Matthew Murray, Bristol, Tenn.
Outstanding Master of Business Administration Graduate Award
Philip Kamps, Maidstone, Kent, England UK
The SCHOOL of COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION, and DESIGN
Digital Media Art and Design Excellence Award
Samantha Taylor, Newcastle, England UK
The SCHOOL of EDUCATION
Excellence in Teaching Award for
Jordan Smith, Bristol, Tenn.
Outstanding Master of Education Graduate Award
Callie Todt, Bristol, Tenn.
The SCHOOL of NURSING
Professional Pillar Award for Commitment
Jon Anthony (Tony) Stewart, Piney Flats, Tenn.
Senior Academic Athlete of the Year
Chris Hicks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England UK
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Female Student of the Year
Nicola Robertson, Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland UK
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Male Student of the Year
Christopher (C.J.) Good, Johnson City, Tenn.
Team Academic Award
Women’s Golf Team
Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Honor Society for Student Athletes
Acrobatics & Tumbling
Deanna Coleman, East Lyme, Conn.
Cassidy Davis, Blue Ridge, Ga.
Courtney Poister-Landers, Kingsport, Tenn.
Emily Powers, Rome, Ga.
Brandon Barbour, Union Hall, Va.
Jonathan (J.P.) Perez-Castaneda, Miami, Fla.
Braden Cook, Luray, Va.
Austin Dayton, Kingsport, Tenn.
Evan Harof, Williamsville, N.Y.
Matt Henshaw, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Brandon Leonard, White Pine, Tenn.
Christian Lindsey, Jackson, Tenn.
Heath Loyd, Johnson City, Tenn.
Andrew Phemister, Lynchburg, Va.
Dylan Sligh, Rustburg, Va.
Sam Barker, Bristol, Tenn.
Katelyn Gilbert, Bristol, Tenn.
Alesha Roberson, Elizabethton, Tenn.
Eden James, Titusville, Fla.
Amber Smith, Bristol, Tenn.
Madison Starnes, Kingsport, Tenn.
Danielle Stauffer, Franklin, Va.
Chelsey Yoakley, Johnson City, Tenn.
Ben Allan, Aberchider, Aberdeenshire, Scotland UK
Luis Calderon, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Sam Mburu, Camberley, Surrey, England UK
Kari Sveinsson, Reykjavik, Iceland
Ryan Delong, Victor, N.Y.
Chris Gerber, Franklin, Mass.
Nathan Veli, Harrisburg, Pa.
Chandler Wellman, Brenham, Texas
Lennard Keswani, Rumst, Antwerp, Belgium
Ankith Madasani, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Track & Field
Lindsey Burnett, Walland, Tenn.
Tanner Cook, Abingdon, Va.
Maggie Edwards, Clinchco, Va.
Morgan Greene, Blountville, Tenn.
Keyanna Blakely, Laurelton, N.Y.
Amy Van Deventer, Cary, N.C.
Student Leadership Award
Resident Assistant (RA) of the Year Award
Eric Chance Coleman, Lebanon, Va.
Sarah Jane Burfield, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Bristol’s Promise Community Service Award
Miranda Gayle Goodman, Bristol, Tenn.
The STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
Student Organization Leader Award
Andrew Lai, Bluff City, Tenn.
Student Organization Award
STEA-KE (Student Tennessee Education Association at King University)
Faculty Appreciation Award
Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
Brandon Story, M.A., Assistant Professor of English
Staff Appreciation Award
Jason Thead, B.S., B.A., Student Success Specialist
2017/2018 Student Government Association Leadership
President: Chase Bolling, Bristol, Tenn.
Vice President: Jessica Vargo, Signal Mountain, Tenn.
2017/2018 Faculty and Student Lecturers
Faculty: Don Michael Hudson, Ph.D., Chair of Philosophy and Religion
Benjamin Tkach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Security and Intelligence
Student: Samuel Barker, Bristol, Tenn.
Desmond Darko, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in
1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional
degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business
administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning
opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA
Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV
certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community
College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.