Columbia State Recognizes Students at 48th Annual Student Honors Convocation

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – May 15, 2014) - - - More than 160 Columbia State Community College students were celebrated May 2 when they were recognized and honored for excellence in academics, leadership and service at the 48th Annual Student Honors Convocation.

Bedford County


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Connie Vasquez (Rockvale) received a Lambda Beta Honor Society Award for being a member of the respiratory care honor society.

Latvia/Maury County

Photo Caption: Arturs Bremers (Columbia/Latvia) was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Davidson County

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Colleen Conway (Nashville) received Student Service Awards for being the president of the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the vice president of the Student Government Association, and she received the Jo L. Hutton Prize for the Outstanding Student Award. Not pictured: Michael Petty (Nashville) earned an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

Decatur County

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Summer Smith (Parsons) received the Campus Leadership Award for the Clifton campus.

Giles County

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(Pictured, left to right): Ryan Norwood (Minor Hill), Theresa Douthit (Pulaski) and Nathan Davis (Pulaski). Norwood received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate, the Academic Discipline Award for agriculture, and he was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Douthit was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Davis received Academic Discipline Awards for engineering and mathematics. Not pictured:  David Haynes (Ethridge), Mary Haynes (Ethridge), Erin Harris (Lawrenceburg), Joseph Hyde (Lynnville) and Emily Plunger (Lynnville), all of whom were recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Hickman County


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(Pictured, left to right): Amelia Everett (Centerville) and John Armstrong (Centerville). Everett received Student Service Awards for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and the secretary/treasurer of the Student Government Association, and Armstrong received the Academic Discipline Award for the EMS Academy.

Lawrence County

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Row one (Pictured left to right): Daniel Patterson (Ethridge), Blake Clark (Summertown) and Janelle Williams (Loretto). Row two (Pictured left to right): Jane Scott (Lawrenceburg), Haley Imhoff (Westpoint), Michaela Randolph (Lawrenceburg), Heather Davis (Westpoint), Sonya Moore (Five Points) and Julie Markus (Lawrenceburg). Row three (Pictured left to right): Nicholas Jackson (Westpoint), Morgan Sanders (Lawrenceburg), Hallie Boston (Lawrenceburg), Molly Tucker (Summertown), Melissa McDonald (Summertown), Ashley Johnson (Lawrenceburg), Aaron Etienne (Loretto), Shirley Brown (Leoma), Tyler Ruchti (Saint Joseph) and Sean Williams (Loretto). Patterson was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Clark received an Academic Discipline Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, Student Service Awards for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and the president of the Student Government Association, and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Williams was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Scott was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Imhoff received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Randolph was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Davis was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Moore received the Academic Discipline Award for radiologic technology and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Markus received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Jackson received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Sanders received Student Service Awards for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and a peer leader; Boston received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Tucker received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; McDonald was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Johnson received a Student Service Award for being a TRiO Student Support Services graduate and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Etienne was awarded a Lambda Beta Honor Society Award for being a member of the respiratory care honor society, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and received the Academic Discipline Award for respiratory care; Brown received the Campus Leadership Award for the Lawrence County campus; Ruchti received the Academic Discipline Award for general biology; and Williams was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Ethridge residents not pictured: Miranda Dotson, Alexis Ellis, Alexis Herwick, and Zachary Richardson were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Iron City residents not pictured: Dalaney Hollis was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and Courtney Simmons received a Student Service Award for being a TRiO Student Support Services graduate. Lawrenceburg residents not pictured: Audrey Belt, Alexzandria Black, Hannah Crews, Kaylee Cross, David Diaz, Rachel Fisher, Daisha Fowler, Olivia Green, John-David Hood, Logan Kerstiens, Aaron Kinslow, Rebecca Lambert, Dylan Matney, April Smith, Colton Smith, Kassi Smith, and Tyler Staggs were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Kelsey Boston and Hilari Smith both received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and were recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Sean Perry received the Academic Discipline Award for physics. Leoma residents not pictured: Abby Brown, Stephanie Hunt, and Ryan Johns were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Loretto residents not pictured: Candace Henshaw, Micheala Mashburn, Katie Quillen, Lorren Smith, and Tiffany Waldrop were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Mt. Pleasant resident not pictured: Amy Gray was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Saint Joseph resident not pictured: Taylor Prince was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Summertown residents not pictured: Christopher Cummings, Trina Morrow, Paige Scroggins, and Sommer Smith were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Lewis County

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Row one (Pictured left to right): Vanessa Miller (Hohenwald) and Beverly Smith (Hohenwald). Row two (Pictured left to right): Manuel Lagos (Hohenwald), Ashley Arledge (Hohenwald), and Ashley Parchment (Hohenwald). Miller received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Smith, Lagos and Arledge were recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Parchment received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate. Hampshire resident not pictured: Richard Griffith was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Hohenwald residents not pictured: Bobby Brown, Allison Henderson, Doli Patel, Kelby Reeves, Shelby Skelton, Kristin Stewart, and Dayna Tucker were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Marshall County

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Row one (Pictured left to right): Rachel Bourland (Chapel Hill), Ashley Scott (Chapel Hill) and Virginia Barrette (Lewisburg). Row two (Pictured left to right): Rachel Curtis (Chapel Hill), Rachel Whaley (Shelbyville), Jason Gill (Lewisburg) and Hannah Verdon (Lewisburg). Bourland and Scott were recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Barrette received the Academic Discipline Award for English; Curtis was awarded a Lambda Beta Honor Society Award for being a member of the respiratory care honor society; Whaley received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, was awarded the Academic Discipline Award for business administration, and received the Campus Leadership Award for the Lewisburg campus; Gill received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Verdon was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Culleoka resident not pictured: Emelia King was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Lewisburg residents not pictured: Palmer Fuller, Laiken Spivey, Carly Tomlin, Aspen Wiles, and Kyla Young were all recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Debbie Montgomery received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Max Sechrest received the Academic Discipline Award for mass communication.

Maury County

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Row one (Pictured left to right): Angelina Anselmo (Spring Hill) and Lydia Michel (Columbia). Row two (Pictured left to right): Kaitlyn Owens (Mount Pleasant), Gillian McCollum (Columbia), Sloane Smith (Columbia), Miranda Stooksbury (Columbia), Alyssa Lacy (Columbia), Cory Stephenson (Columbia) and Mckayla Deridder (Columbia). Row three (Pictured left to right): Heather Brady (Columbia), Natalie Martin (Columbia), Mackenzie Guthrie (Columbia), Amanda Barnes (Columbia), Patricia Platt (Spring Hill) and Chantia Gibson (Columbia). Row four (Pictured left to right): Caleb Holtz (Spring Hill) and James Pegler (Columbia). Anselmo received the Academic Discipline Award for psychology; Michel received the Academic Discipline Award for American history; Owens received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, received Student Service Awards for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and the vice president of scholarship for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; McCollum received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Smith received the Academic Discipline Award for human anatomy and physiology; Stooksbury received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Lacy received the Academic Discipline Award for early childhood education; Stephenson received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Deridder was awarded a Lambda Beta Honor Society Award for being a member of the respiratory care honor society; Brady received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Martin received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and was awarded the Ricky Martin Memorial Leadership Award; Guthrie received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and was nominated for the Jo L. Hutton Prize for the Outstanding Student Award; Barnes received a Student Service Award for being the vice president of service for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Platt received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was on the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team, received Student Service Awards for being a peer leader, a President’s Leadership Society graduate, and the vice president of fellowship for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and received an Academic Discipline Award for sociology; Gibson received a Student Service Award for being the vice president of leadership for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; Holtz received the Academic Discipline Award for music; and James Pegler received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was on the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team, received a Student Service Award for being a peer leader, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, received Academic Discipline Awards for humanities and world civilization, and was nominated for the Jo L. Hutton Prize for the Outstanding Student Award. Columbia residents not pictured: Alan Beasley received an Academic Discipline Award for exercise science; Samantha Brinegar received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Logan Campbell was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Molly Gray received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and received an Academic Discipline Award for political science; Melissa Lumpkins received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received an Academic Discipline Award for information systems technology – office; Matthew Nelson received an Academic Discipline Award for theatre arts; Katherine Reynolds received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Jeremy Risner received a Student Service Award for being a TRiO Student Support Services graduate; Kyle “Shiner” Ryan received an Academic Discipline Award for film crew technology; Catherine Sanchez was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Alison Walters received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Mt. Pleasant residents not pictured: Michel Saucier received an Academic Discipline Award for information systems technology – information systems, Jacquelyn Ward received Student Service Awards for being a peer leader and a President’s Leadership Society graduate; and Linda Hayes received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate. Santa Fe resident not pictured: Anthony Bickimer received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate. Spring Hill resident not pictured: Shannon McCrary received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

Williamson County

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Row one (Pictured left to right): Tayler Cooksey (Franklin), Nada Aleryani (Franklin) and Tabitha Tucker (Franklin). Row two (Pictured left to right): Pamela Ritenour (Franklin), Jessica Kovalchik (Spring Hill), Matthew Agostino (Franklin), Kara Wessels (Spring Hill) and Corrine Phillips (Spring Hill). Cooksey received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received an Academic Discipline Award for speech communication; Aleryani received the Betty L. Hedrick Memorial Award and received a Student Service Award for being a President’s Leadership Society graduate; Tucker received an Academic Discipline Award for art; Ritenour received an Academic Discipline Award for education; Kovalchik received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Agostino received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, and received an Academic Discipline Award for business management; Wessels received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA, received the Campus Leadership Award for the Williamson County campus, received Student Service Awards for being a peer leader, a President’s Leadership Society graduate, and the Williamson County representative for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; and Phillips received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received an Academic Discipline Award for nursing. Franklin residents not pictured: Caryl Avena received a Student Service Award for being a peer leader; Fiona James received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; John Kimbel was recognized as Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Mattie Pickard and Cami Stamps each received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Nathan Swift received a Student Service Award for being a peer leader and received a Student Service Award for being the public relations secretary for the Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Spring Hill residents not pictured: Erik Pearson received an Academic Discipline Award for chemistry; Stacey Crockett received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Kimberly Noonan received an Academic Discipline Award for information systems technology – medical. Thompson’s Station residents not pictured: Stephen Cornelius received an Academic Discipline Award for economics and Abigail Meek received an Academic Excellence Award for having a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

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