Students Recoginzed At 47th Annual Honors Convocation Ceremony

2013 Student Honors Convocation

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Columbia State Community College celebrated its 47th Annual Student Honors Convocation Friday, May 3, where students were honored and recognized for excellence in academics, leadership and service.


Maury County

Maury County

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Pictured, first row, left to right: Katie Morgan, Teresa McQuarter, Miranda Stooksbury, Brittney Hodge, Jeffrey Silas, and Jacqueline Ward. Second row, left to right: Courtney Nicoles, Samantha Keyser, Megan Ring, Zackery Pylant, Nichell Sasse, James Ring and Tate Mouser. Third row, left to right: Joshua Owens, Houston Paul, Jocelyn Payne and James McEwen. Fourth row, left to right: Jennifer Evans, Colleen Conway, Ramon Pellizaro, Amanda Barnes and Dylan Platt. Morgan (Columbia) received the academic discipline award for art and the Betty L. Hedrick Memorial Award; McQuarter (Spring Hill) received the business management academic discipline award; Stooksbury (Columbia) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Hodge (Mount Pleasant) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Silas (Spring Hill) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Ward (Mount Pleasant) received the academic discipline award for human anatomy and physiology; Nicoles (Columbia) was recognized for academic excellence and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Keyser (Culleoka) received the radiology technology academic discipline award and was recognized for academic excellence for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Ring (Mount Pleasant) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Pylant (Columbia) was recognized for academic excellence, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Sasse (Columbia) received a service award for being the Student Government Association vice president and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Ring (Culleoka) received the agriculture academic discipline award; Mouser (Spring Hill) received the academic discipline award for engineering; Owens (Mount Pleasant) was recognized as a President’s Leadership Society graduate and for academic excellence and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Paul (Columbia) received the academic discipline award for Spanish and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Payne (Columbia) was a nominee for the Jo L. Hutton award for the outstanding student and received the chemistry academic discipline award, and she was recognized as a President’s Leadership Society graduate, a peer leader and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; McEwen (Columbia) was a nominee for the Jo L. Hutton award for the outstanding student and was recognized for academic excellence, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Evans (Columbia) was recognized for being a peer leader and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Conway (Columbia) was honored for being a member of the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team, the vice president of Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, the secretary/treasurer of the Student Government Association and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Pellizzaro (Columbia) received the mathematics academic discipline award, and he was recognized for academic excellence, being a peer leader, being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Barnes (Columbia) was recognized for being the Phi Theta Kappa vice president of leadership; and Platt (Spring Hill) received the Jo L. Hutton award for the outstanding student and was a member of the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team. Platt was also recognized for academic excellence, being a President’s Leadership Society graduate, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and for being the president of both Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association.

Bedford County

Bedford County

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Benjamin Woods (Shelbyville) received the academic discipline award for theater.

Davidson County

Davidson County

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Elisa Riddell and Bryson Connelly. Riddell (Nashville) received an academic excellence award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA. Connelly (Brentwood) was recognized with a student service award for being a peer leader.

Giles County

Giles County

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Christopher Justus, Justin Prince and Alvin Doggett. Justus (Lynnville) received recognition as a President’s Leadership Society graduate, Prince (Lynnville) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and Doggett (Pulaski) received the academic discipline award for general technology.

Hickman County

Hickman County

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Adam Smith, Rheann Maxwell and Naya Pigg. Smith (Centerville) and Maxwell (Lyles) were recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and Pigg (Duck River) received service awards for being a peer leader and a graduate of the President’s Leadership Society.

Lawrence County

Lawrence County.
Photo Caption: Pictured, front row, left to right: Lauren Mabry, Kaley Glass, Rachel Aaron, Rachel Matthews, Jessica Boyd and Brittney Potts. Middle row, left to right: Baylee Curtis, Morgan Sanders, Kira Curtis, Laklin Long, Keelie Allen, Mary Robbins and Nickolas Messer. Back Row, left to right: Darlene Bishop, Sean Williams, Brady Brown, Meagan Barnett, Rebecca Lambert and Betsy Crump. Mabry (Summertown) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Glass (Summertown) received the academic excellence award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Aaron (Summertown) was nominated for the Jo L. Hutton Award for the outstanding student and recognized as a President’s Leadership Society graduate and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Matthews (Lawrenceburg) received an academic excellence award and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Boyd (Lawrenceburg) was recognized as a TRiO graduate and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Potts (Summertown) was recognized as the Phi Theta Kappa vice president of fellowship and a President’s Leadership Society graduate, as well as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Curtis (Ethridge) was recognized for academic excellence and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Sanders (Lawrenceburg) was recognized as a peer leader; Curtis (Summertown) was recognized as the PTK vice president of service and a President’s Leadership Society graduate, as well as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Long (Lawrence County) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Allen (Leoma) received the political science award and was recognized as a President’s Leadership Society and TRiO graduate, as well as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Robbins (Lawrenceburg) was recognized for academic excellence and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Messer was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Bishop (Ethridge) received the early childhood education academic discipline award; and Williams (Loretto), Brown (Lawrenceburg), Barnett (Ethridge), Lambert (Lawrenceburg) and Crump (Lawrenceburg) were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Lewis County

Lewis County

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Coby Carroll and Kyle Cassidy. Carroll (Hohenwald) received the academic discipline award for communication studies, and Cassidy (Hohenwald) was recognized as a graduate of the President’s Leadership Society.

Marshall County

Marshall County

Photo Caption: Pictured, front row, left to right: Tina Henderson, Ashley Bradford and Deanna Ferrell. Pictured, back row, left to right: Emelia King, April Haley, Jennifer Kirscht, Lauren Killawee, Michael Reynolds and Joshua Gill. Henderson (Lewisburg) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Bradford (Chapel Hill) received the English academic discipline award; Ferrell (Lewisburg) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; King (Lewisburg) received the campus leadership award for the Lewisburg campus and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Haley (Lewisburg) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Kirscht (Lewisburg) received the economics academic discipline award; Killawee was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Reynolds (Lewisburg) received the physics award and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Gill (Lewisburg) received the American history award and was recognized for academic excellence for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

Williamson County

Williamson County

Photo Caption: Pictured, front row, left to right: Elizabeth Pearson, Kristina Eagle, Kaili Wessels, Tristan Gregory and Mary Kinsman. Pictured, back row, left to right: Stacey Chunn, David Robbins, Elizabeth Mitchell and Stacey Crockett. Pearson (College Grove) was recognized for academic excellence for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received the academic discipline award for respiratory care and Lambda Beta honor society awards; Eagle (Spring Hill) received the academic excellence award for education and was recognized as a President’s Leadership Society graduate, a peer leader and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Wessels (Spring Hill) received the academic discipline awards for world civilization and geography and was recognized for academic excellence, as a President’s Leadership Society graduate, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Gregory (Franklin) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Kinsman (Nolensville) received the academic discipline award for psychology and was recognized for academic excellence; Chunn (Thompson Station) received the Ricky Martin Memorial Leadership award and was recognized as a peer leader, a President’s Leadership Society graduate, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Robbins (Franklin) received the campus leadership award for the Williamson County campus; Mitchell (Franklin) received the academic discipline award for humanities; and Crockett (Spring Hill) received the academic discipline award for biology.

Bowie, MD/Washington, DC

Bowie, MD / Washington, DC

Photo Caption: Bryan Akinkugbe (Bowie, MD/Washington, DC), a Columbia State basketball player, was recognized with a student service award for being a graduate of the President’s Leadership Society.


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