News Release

Students Honored for Academic Achievement at Dalton State

May 5, 2015

Alondra Villarreal
Alondra Villarreal accepts the Academic Excellence Award in ESOL Education from Dr. Sharon Hixon, dean of the School of Education, during the honors convocation.

The best and brightest of Dalton State were honored recently at the College’s 40th Annual Honors Convocation. A total of 74 awards were presented to students for academic achievement during the year.

Sen. Charlie Bethel presented the Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition Award to Hilary Nicole Stanley. The Georgia legislature recognizes one student from each of the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities for overall academic achievement.

Dr. Larry Johnson, dean of the School of Business, presented the following awards: Outstanding Student in Accounting, awarded to Zachriah Theodore Davenport; Outstanding Student in Management, to Valerie Marie Griffin; Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems, to Jose Alfredo Vargas-Cruz; Outstanding Student in Marketing, to Ellen Marie Kolbas; Outstanding Student in Supervision, to Ismael Belman; Outstanding Student in Technology Management, to Janet Gail Hayes; Outstanding Student in the School of Business, to Jessica Lisenbee; and the Georgia Society of CPAs Award for Academic Excellence to Emanuel Jesus Sanchez.

Dr. Sharon Hixon, dean of the School of Education, presented awards in: Academic Excellence in ESOL Education, to Alondra Villarreal; Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education, to Ashley N. Payne; Academic Excellence in Reading/Language Arts Education, to Stephanie Lynn Schwan; Academic Excellence in Science Education, to Amanda Kaylan Lann; Academic Education in Social Studies Education, to Maria A. Beckman; Academic Excellence in Technology Integration, to Clarence Jordan Leigh; Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education, to Elizabeth A. Kennedy; Academic Excellence in Secondary Education, to Jordan S. Pettigrew and Jared K. Thompson; the Leadership Award, to Robert. B. Ellis; the Multicultural Award, to Zuleima Ferreira; the Exemplar of the Program Award for Early Childhood Education, to Rachael Christine Sneed; and the Exemplar of the Program Award for Secondary Education, to Anthony Carmelo Chatfield.

Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar, dean of the School of Health Professions, awarded the following honors: the G.L. Westcott Nursing Award, to Seth Owen; Clinical Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to Davonna Brook Young; Academic Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to Rebecca O’Brien LaPrairie; Highest Academic Average in the Associate of Science in Nursing program, to Lourdes Rios; Highest Academic Average in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, to

Arthur McKinish; Excellence in Radiologic Technology, to Sarah Elizabeth Amos; Service Excellence in Respiratory Therapy, to Brittany Dawn West; Academic Excellence in Respiratory Therapy, to Latoya Denise Winston; Outstanding Academic Performance in Social Work- Junior, to Christina Anne Ellinghausen and Leslie Karen Rogers; Outstanding Academic Performance in Social Work- Senior, to Susan Marie Miller; the Leadership Award for Social Work, to Wendy Gayle Kociencki; and the Shining Star Award for Social Work, to Rosafay Lawson.

Hilary Nicole and
State Sen. Charlie Bethel presents the Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition Award to Hilary Nicole Stanley.

Dr. Mary Nielsen, dean of the School of Liberal Arts, presented the following awards: the Karen Davis Communication Award for Academic Excellence, to Hannah Fromm; the Rob Narke Academic Excellence Award for Communication, to Meagan Standridge; the Jane Parks Award for Composition, to Hilary Nicole Stanley; the Sara Meyers Academic Excellence Award for Literature, to James A. Kinser; the Academic Excellence Award for American History, to Gregory Wade Gibson; the Academic Excellence Award for Criminal Justice, to Julia Koschulla; the Academic Excellence Award for French, to Kimberly S. Cabrera; the Academic Excellence Award for Geography, to Tanner ReAnne Blackton; the Academic Excellence Award for Music, to Courtney Pendergrass; the Academic Excellence Award for Political Science, to Kellsea Searra Jenkins; the Academic Excellence Award for Psychology, to Kelsey Mikayla Flowers; the Academic Excellence Award for Sociology, to Robin Anne Bruno; the Academic Excellence Award for Spanish, to Lauren M. Watkins; the Academic Excellence Award for Theatre, to Edward Scott Reese; the Academic Excellence Award for World History, to Heather Michelle Jumper; Distinguished Student in Digital Design, to Debra Al-Obeidy; and Creative Service in Digital Design, to Karina Paniagua.

Dr. Lee Ann Nimmons, substituting for Dr. Randall Griffus, dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics, presented the Bill Jump Biology Award to Brandy Rodgers Riekert; the Arvine Phelps Calculus Award and the David Wycherley Physics Award, to Trai N. Tran; the Bob Cooper Chemistry Award, to Johnny Petty III; the Human Anatomy & Physiology Award, to Laura R. Blankenship; the Arvine Phelps Mathematics Award, to Ramon Pena; and the Excellence in Computer Networking/Service Technology Award, to Andrew Vincent Baker.

Dr. Andy Meyer, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, recognized Dalton State’s Dual Enrollment Honorees, among them: Lora Catlett, a senior at Southeast Whitfield High School; Sarah Clayton, who is homeschooled; Caitlin Craft, a senior at Heritage High School; Austin Darden, a senior at Dalton High School; Blake Dean, a junior at Heritage High School; McKenna Dean, a junior at Heritage High School; Tanner Dean, a junior at Heritage High School; Henry Fetzer, a senior at Dalton High School; Joshua Geabou, a senior at Heritage High School; Ryan Harper, a senior at Dalton High School; Reagan Jones, who is homeschooled; Benjamin Minor, who is homeschooled; Daniel Satterfield, a senior at Northwest Whitfield High School; Alanna Strawser, a junior at Dalton High School; Blayne Thomason, a junior at Dalton High School; Jay Tripp, a junior at Dalton High School; and Tilea West, a senior at Northwest Whitfield High School.

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