Columbia State Recognizes Students At 51st Annual Students Honors Convocation

 (COLUMBIA, Tenn. – May 19, 2017) - - - More than 120 Columbia State Community College students were recently honored for excellence in academics, leadership and service at the 51st Annual Student Honors Convocation.

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Photo Caption: Decatur County:
Morgan Montgomery (Bath Springs) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

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Photo Caption: Davidson County:
(Pictured, left to right): Sarah Anderson (Nashville) received an Academic Discipline Award in Sociology, and Luke Lefevre (Nolensville) received an Academic Discipline Award in Speech Communication. Brentwood residents not pictured: Matthew Boyd and Ahmad Salim Hammoud were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Nashville residents not pictured: Emily Jookar and Maia Tran received  Academic Excellence Awards for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

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Photo Caption: Giles County:
Lezlee Thursby (Mt. Pleasant) was honored as a member of the Lambda Beta Honor Society. Lynnville resident not pictured: Tarin Cooper was honored for her efforts as vice president of fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa. Prospect resident not pictured: Harley Chambers was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Pulaski residents not pictured: Olivia Henson and Michael Solomon received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

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Photo Caption: Hickman County:
(First row, pictured, left to right): Kirkland Pinkerton (Centerville) was recognized for his efforts as Student Government Association president; Gabrielle Clifford (Centerville) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Lucindi Johnston (Centerville) received an Academic Discipline Award in Geography. (Second row, left to right): Katherine Brisendine (Lyles) was named to the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team, was recognized for her efforts as a peer leader and vice president of scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa, was honored as a Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award nominee and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Kaitlyn Campbell (Lyles) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Centerville residents not pictured: Kaynan Johnston and Olivia Longwell were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Lyles resident not pictured: Ariellah Huisinga received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA. Pleasantville resident not pictured: Ashlynn Eckert was recognized for her efforts as vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa.

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Photo Caption: Marshall County:
(First row, pictured, left to right): Alexandra Donnelly (Columbia) was recognized for her efforts as a peer leader and as the Student Government Association vice president; Meagan Walsh (Lewisburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and for her efforts as Phi Theta Kappa Electronic Communication secretary; Matthew Poarch (Petersburg) received the Leadership Award for Columbia State’s Lewisburg Campus; and Kiyoko Puca (Lewisburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. (Second row, left to right): Leah Eguia (Belfast) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Anthony Cordova (Lewisburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and received the Academic Discipline Award for American History; Zachary Smith (Lewisburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; TiAnna Cotton (Chapel Hill) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and an Academic Discipline Award for Music. Cornersville residents not pictured: Justin Black received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and Erin Morris was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Lewisburg residents not pictured: Joshua Burgess received an Academic Discipline Award for Information Systems Technology: Computer Information Technology, and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Deanna Greggs received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Christal McClure was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

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Photo Caption: Lawrence County:
(First row, pictured, left to right): Shandol Glass (Lawrenceburg) was recognized as a TRiO graduate; Kayley Allen (Loretto), Victoria Ferguson (Five Points) and Brooke Kleinke (Leoma) were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Addison Sepulveda-Nichols (Lawrenceburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Arnitha Harrell (Lawrenceburg) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was recognized as a TRiO graduate, was recognized for her efforts as a peer leader and received the Leadership Award for Columbia State’s Lawrence Campus. (Second row, left to right): Dylan Dickson (Lawrenceburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was recognized as a TRiO graduate; Triston Martin (Lawrenceburg) received the Academic Discipline Award in Mathematics; Cord Perry (Lawrenceburg) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Anna Matthews (Lawrenceburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Lily Grace Coleman (Lawrenceburg) received an Academic Discipline Award in English; and James Christofidis (Lawrenceburg) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA. Ethridge resident not pictured: Brittney Henson was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Five Points resident not pictured: Kerstin Moore was recognized as a TRiO graduate. Lawrenceburg residents not pictured: Delaney Browning received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Logan Calvert received the Academic Discipline Award in Business Administration, and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Matthew Hall, Jessica Helson, Paul Hitchcock, Kaleigh Holt and Lydia Runions were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Kayla Wall received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Leoma resident not pictured: Briana Sisk was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Summertown residents not pictured: Zachary Green, Ashtyn Keeton, Jessika Riddle and Catherine Sisson were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

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Photo Caption: Maury County:
(First row, pictured, left to right): Diamond Davis (Columbia) received the Academic Discipline Award in Early Childhood Education, and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Darshanabahen Patel (Columbia) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Hailey Weise (Columbia) received an Academic Discipline Award in Psychology; Shananikohl Alsup (Columbia) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Destiny Seaton (Columbia) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and was nominated for the Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award; Darion Woodard (Mt. Pleasant) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received an Academic Discipline Award in Radiologic Technology; Lanora Kelly (Mt. Pleasant) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Mary Lentz (Columbia) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA. (Second row, left to right): Gabrille Hallmark (Columbia) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received the Jo. L. Hutton Prize; Keifer Bowers (Columbia) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Luis Salcedo (Spring Hill) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Crystal Nichols (Columbia) received an Academic Discipline Award in Spanish; Tami Blair (Columbia) received an Academic Discipline Award in business management; Caitlyn McNabb (Primm Springs) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and received the Academic Discipline Award in Biology, was recognized for her efforts as recording secretary/treasurer for Phi Theta Kappa and for her efforts as a peer leader and was the recipient of the Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award; and Tanner Thurman (Columbia) was honored as a member of the Lambda Beta Honor Society. (Third Row, left to right): Spencer Melton (Spring Hill) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Charles Grantham (Columbia) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and received the Academic Discipline Award in Philosophy; Emily Obert (Santa Fe) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Kayla Boardman (Columbia) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, was nominated for the Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award, received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received Academic Discipline Awards in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Physical Education and Nutrition and Food Science; Leah Hendrickson (Columbia) and Jonathan Farmer (Columbia) were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and John Forrest (Columbia) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA and received the Academic Discipline Award in Accounting. Columbia residents not pictured: Blake Brunson received the Academic Discipline Award in Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology; Sofia Candiani was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and was honored for her efforts as vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa; Craig Claudia, Emma Farmer, Justyn Gervasi and Alexandrea Hanan were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Brianna Ledwell received the Academic Discipline Award in Agriculture; Blake Luna was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Marsha McClintock received the Academic Discipline Award in Information Systems Technology: Medical Office Administration; Anthony Montgomery received the Academic Discipline Award in Humanities; Parker Morley received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Ngan Nguyen, Akashkumar Pate, Komal Patel and Mosam Patel were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Brianna Shultz received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Hanna Slatton was nominated for the Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award; Abdel Torres was recognized for his efforts as a peer leader; Joseph Volz Jr. was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Madison Zygadlo was recognized for her efforts as a peer leader. Spring Hill residents not pictured: Heather Gilbert received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Alexandra Schultz was nominated for the Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award.

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Photo Caption: Lewis County (DSC_9785):
(Pictured, left to right): Lauren Thomas (Hohenwald) received the Academic Discipline Award in Political Science, and Alex Andrea Shepherd (Hohenwald) received the Academic Discipline Award in Art. Hohenwald residents not pictured: Chantel Clark and Jennifer McDonald received Academic Excellence Awards for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

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Photo Caption: Rutherford County:
(Pictured, left to right): Elijah Barrett (Murfreesboro) received the Academic Discipline Award in Nursing and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Heather Yarbrough (Murfreesboro) was honored for her efforts as a peer leader and secretary/treasurer for the Student Government Association. Murfreesboro resident not pictured: Madison Nichols received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received the Academic Discipline Award in Veterinary Technology. Rockvale resident not pictured: Christopher Pennington was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

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Photo Caption: Wayne County:
(Pictured, left to right):  Charlee Pigg (Cypress Inn) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Amber Inman (Clifton) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received the Leadership Award for Columbia State’s Clifton Campus.  Waynesboro residents not pictured: Shayla Fisher, Destiny Juarez and Kaden Reaves were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Derrick Winnett received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.                                                                             
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Photo Caption: Williamson County:
(Front row, pictured, left to right): Lana Zring (Franklin) received the Leadership Award for Columbia State’s Williamson Campus and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Nicole Balcarce (Nolensville) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Brittni Herron (Brentwood) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Lindsey Cherry (Franklin) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Elizabeth Welke (Fairview) received the Academic Discipline Award in Hospitality and Tourism Management; Emma Ware (Spring Hill) received the Academic Discipline Award in Theatre; and Hailey Peden (Fairview) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. (Back row, pictured, left to right): Matthew Gunther (Thompson’s Station) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Joshua Howell (Franklin) received an Academic Discipline Award in Engineering; Vincent Grabbe received an Academic Discipline Award in Physics and was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Edward Holeman (Spring Hill) received the Academic Discipline Award in Education: AST K-5 and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Joseph Gulizia (Fairview) received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, and received the Academic Discipline Award in Chemistry; Ashley Rainey (Franklin) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and was honored as a Carolyn Allred/Lewis Moore Outstanding Student Award nominee; and Scarlet Hutchinson received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA, received an Academic Discipline Award in Respiratory Care and was honored as a member of the Lambda Beta Honor Society. Brentwood residents not pictured: Stephen Burton and Shania DeRusha were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Franklin residents not pictured: Gage Anthony, Lucas Beauchamp and Jakob Collier were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Jesse Doeinck received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; Jevin Evins was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Ethan Greenberg received the Academic Discipline Award in Film Crew Technology; Tristan Haney was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Parker Lampley received the Academic Discipline Award in Commercial Entertainment; Lindsey McKee received the Academic Discipline Award in World Civilization; Dustin Sale, Benjamin Salstrand and Travis Sandefur were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Nolensville residents not pictured: Lisa Grabowski was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, was honored for her efforts as a peer leader and for being the Williamson County Phi Theta Kappa representative; Benjamin Simar and Chanelle Taylor were recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Spring Hill resident not pictured: Ashley Wendt was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Thompson’s Station residents not pictured: Traci Colvin was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA; and Nicole Hutchinson was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

Photo Not Available: Dickson County: Darby Simpson was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Photo Not Available: Bedford County: Ryan Taylor (Lewisburg) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; and Alexus Merlo (Shelbyville) was recognized for  Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received an Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.9-4.0 GPA.

Photo Not Available: Cannon County: Erin McReynolds (Woodbury) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Photo Not Available: Monroe County: Caleb Miner (Madisonville) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Photo Not Available: Montgomery County: Cara Mitchell (Clarksville) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Photo Not Available: Stewart County: Ashley Stebleton Threatt (Big Rock) was recognized for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Photo Not Available: Wilson County: Robert Daniel (Lebanon) received the Academic Discipline Award in the EMS Academy program.

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