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King University Students Honored for Accomplishments and Service

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.





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.


Arabic Award

Miyah Cook, Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Philosophy Award

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.


History Award

Anna Pollard, Johnson City, Tenn.


Women’s History Club Award

Eric Coleman, Lebanon, Va.


John W. Burgess Award in Political Science

Victoria Osburn, Morristown, Tenn.


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

Marianne Hull, Florencia, Costa Rica


William E. Torbert Memorial Scholarship

Tequania Lake, The Valley, Anguilla, British West Indies UK


Security and Intelligence Scholar Award

Anna Pollard, Johnson City, Tenn.





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.

Lauren Castor, Brentwood, Tenn.

Catherine Vezey, Harare, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe





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





Digital Media Art and Design Excellence Award

Samantha Taylor, Newcastle, England UK





Excellence in Teaching Award for

Jordan Smith, Bristol, Tenn.


Outstanding Master of Education Graduate Award

Callie Todt, Bristol, Tenn.





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.

Jordan Smith, Bristol, Tenn.

Madison Starnes, Kingsport, Tenn.

Danielle Stauffer, Franklin, Va.

Chelsey Yoakley, Johnson City, Tenn.


Men's Soccer

Ben Allan, Aberchider, Aberdeenshire, Scotland UK

Luis Calderon, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Chris Hicks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England UK

Sam Mburu, Camberley, Surrey, England UK

Kari Sveinsson, Reykjavik, Iceland


Men's Volleyball

Ryan Delong, Victor, N.Y.

Chris Gerber, Franklin, Mass.

Nathan Veli, Harrisburg, Pa.

Chandler Wellman, Brenham, Texas



Marianne Hull, Florencia, Costa Rica

Lennard Keswani, Rumst, Antwerp, Belgium

Ankith Madasani, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Moritz Poswiat, Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


Track & Field

Lindsey Burnett, Walland, Tenn.

Tanner Cook, Abingdon, Va.

Maggie Edwards, Clinchco, Va.

Morgan Greene, Blountville, Tenn.


Women's Basketball

Keyanna Blakely, Laurelton, N.Y.

Amy Van Deventer, Cary, N.C.





Student Leadership Award

Aaron Hitefield, Bristol, Tenn.


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.





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 Studies


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 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.