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April 17, 2013
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Huntingdon College
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Scholarship and service honored at Awards Day Convocation

Montgomery, Ala.—Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Honors and Awards Convocation held April 15.  

Interdepartmental Awards

Jane Williams Awards

In 1946, Jane Williams of Miami, Florida, a 1942 graduate of Huntingdon College, established an endowment for these freshman awards. In her view, the endowment enabled her “to make a more substantial gift toward the building of a greater Huntingdon.” 

The Jane Williams Scholarship Award is given to the student with the highest grade point average during the freshman year. This year’s recipients are:

  • Carlee Elizabeth Gardner, Sylacauga, Ala.  
  • Gloria Storm McWhorter, Pike Road, Ala.  
  • Steven Grady Smith, New Brockton, Ala.  
  • Margaret Wesley Smithart, Union Springs, Ala.  
  • Micah Aaron Wright, Madison, Ala.  

The Jane Williams Award for Service is given to the student who has made a significant contribution to College activities through leadership and participation during the freshman year: 

  • Katie Norwood, Butler, Ala.  

The Jane Williams Award for Sports is given to the student who was a leader in intramural sports during the freshman year.

  • Jagger Eastman, Sulligent, Ala.  


Outstanding Art Student Award

  • Domenik Platen, Germany  


Everett & Lewis Bishop Award

Given annually to the junior biology student who has shown the greatest promise based on progress since entrance to Huntingdon.

  • Taylor Trenier, Mobile, Ala.  

Beta Beta Beta Award

Presented annually by Huntingdon's Beta Nu chapter of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary to the graduating biology major who is judged to be the most outstanding senior in the field of biology.

  • Austin Worley, Milton, Fla.  

Business Administration

Given to the accounting student who exemplifies the professional and personal characteristics necessary for success in public accounting. This award was presented by the Montgomery Chapter of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Jake Bechert, Union Grove, Ala.  

Wall Street Journal Award

Given to the most outstanding graduating senior in the field of business administration or economics.

  • Jake Bechert, Union Grove, Ala.  

Becker Professional Education Award

This is a new award presented to accounting majors who show promise in the field. The award includes a generous scholarship.

  • Jordan Green, Muscle Shoals, Ala.  
  • Chad Watford, Fort Deposit, Ala.  


Marion Black Cantelou Chemistry Award

Given each year to the graduating senior chemistry major(s) whose skills in analytical and other areas of chemistry are outstanding. General character and attitude are also considered for the award.

  • Amanda Paige Lathem, Daphne, Ala.  

CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award

Given for outstanding achievement in chemistry during the freshman year.

  • Kevin Plyler, Morris, Ala.  
  • Stephanie Yasechko, Niles, Ohio  

American Institute of Chemists Award

Given each year to the outstanding senior(s) majoring in chemistry, this award is based on recognition of potential advancement in professional chemistry and on leadership, ability, character, and scholastic achievement.

  • Dexter Dean, Saginaw, Ala.  
  • Quintarious Perdue, Montgomery, Ala.  

Organic Chemistry Achievement Award

Presented each year to the outstanding student(s) in organic chemistry as selected by the chemistry faculty.

  • Storm McWhorter, Pike Road, Ala.  
  • Brandon Veach, Pike Road, Ala.  

Department of Communication Studies

Lambda Pi Eta Award

Given annually to the outstanding senior Communication Studies major who is a member of the department's Lambda Pi Eta honorary.

  • Taryn Bianca Scott, Summerdale, Ala.  


Julia Rinehart Hughes History Award

Established in memory of Ms. Hughes' service as a member of the Huntingdon College faculty by her family, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has exemplified, to an unusual degree, genuine interest in the study of history, and has maintained an outstanding record in history and in all college studies.

  • Jesse Stevens Skaggs, Montgomery, Ala.  

Irene Brinson Munro Award

Given annually to a graduating senior majoring in history or government who has, at the beginning of the student’s final semester, the highest average in all attempted courses in all departments, and who will have, at graduation, at least 18 hours in world history and/or government and an academic grade point average of at least 3.00 in history courses.

  • Joshua Keith Thomas, Boaz, Ala.  

Hortense Batre-Colonial Dames Scholarship Award

Awarded each year to the outstanding junior or senior history major at Huntingdon College. The recipient, who is selected by the history faculty, must have completed at least twelve hours in American history. The award, established in 1938, is given in honor of Hortense Batre, the founder of the Society of Colonial Dames of Alabama.

  • Linda Carol Swayne, Montgomery, Ala.  

Houghton Library Awards

Libris Award

Presented annually by the Houghton Memorial Library faculty and staff to an outstanding student library assistant. Established in 1992-1993, the award recognizes exemplary performance of responsibilities in a manner contributing to a high level of library service.

  • Quentin Ganious Jr., Montgomery, Ala.  

Student Art Purchase Prize Award:

Presented to the student whose work is selected for acquisition by Houghton Memorial Library for inclusion in its visual art collection.  Selection is made by the Department of Art faculty and the library director.

  • Alex Foster, Pelham, Ala.  

Language and Literature 

Joseph L. Dean Memorial Award

Given each year to the graduating English major who has achieved the best academic average in English course work.

  • Russ Barnwell, Jacksonville, Ala.  

Frank T. Thompson Award for Creativity

Given each year by the Huntingdon Publications Board to the senior who has demonstrated the greatest creativity in work on The Gargoyle (the newspaper) and The Prelude (the College literary publication).

  • Jacob Bailey, Montgomery, Ala.  
  • Ann Clancy, Ferrisburg, Vermont  

Beginning French Award

  • Michelle Gonzalez, Niceville, Fla.  

Beginning Spanish Award

  • William B. Dake, Auburn, Ala.  


Given each year to the students who have exhibited the greatest potential in the areas of creativity, innovation, scholarship, and service to the mathematical sciences.

Junior-Senior Mathematics Award

  • Alex Dunkel, Muenster, Germany  
  • Shelby Robinson, Orange Beach, Ala.  

Freshman-Sophomore Mathematics Award

  • Kylee Blake, Homewood, Ala.  
  • Jared Davidson, Jacksonville, Ala.  
  • Kathleen Tatum, Wetumpka, Ala.  

Political Science

Political Science Awards

  • Audrey Kaison Darden, Wetumpka, Ala.  
  • Skye R. Esry, Eufaula, Ala.  
  • Jonathan Perry Moore, Pike Road, Ala.  
  • Hunter Michael Pattison, Shalimar, Fla.  
  • Jeremiah Cash Stone, Northport, Ala.  
  • Russ Barnwell, in special recognition of excellence in public service, Jacksonville, Ala.  
  • Robert D. (Trace) Zarr, in special recognition of excellence in public service, Bay Minette, Ala.  


L.G. Bailey Psychology Award

Established by Mrs. Frances Saunders Britt in memory of her Huntingdon professor, Dr. L.G. Bailey, and given annually to the senior(s) judged to be the outstanding student(s) of the year in psychology.

  • Sherry Leigh Lacey, Lapine, Ala.  


Lessie Mae Hall Stone Religion and Philosophy Award

Presented annually in the spring to the graduating senior with a major in the Department of Religion who has the highest academic average for all courses in all departments through the academic term preceding the granting of the award. A minimum 3.0 academic grade point average is required.

  • Lauren Elizabeth Adam  

Louise Panigot Award

Presented to the senior graduating with a major in the field of religion whose overall academic average in all subjects is above 3.0 and who, in the judgment of the departmental faculty, holds the greatest promise for scholarly achievement in the field of philosophy and academic study of religion.

  • Rhett Butler, Eclectic, Ala.  

Sport Science and Physical Education

Outstanding Sport Science Student Award

  • Brianna McClure, Montgomery, Ala.  

Physical Educator(s) of the Year Award

  • Jessica Andrews, Montgomery, Ala.  
  • Louis Hines  

Department of Teacher Education

Henry L. Bonner Award

Established in memory of Dr. Bonner, who served as head of the Department of Education at Huntingdon College for many years, this award is given annually to the most outstanding senior in teacher education.

  • Morgan Senn, Burkville, Ala.  

Lois B. Gholston Award

Given each year to the most outstanding senior in elementary education.

  • Lanning Williams, Montgomery, Ala.  

College Awards 

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Recognizes outstanding community service and character among students at Huntingdon College.  

  •   Sherry Leigh Lacey, Lapine, Ala.    

Virginia Hicks Sutter Community Service Award 

  • Jayde Rasband  
Margaret Hicks Shadoin Community Service Award 
  • Chi Omega fraternity  

Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd III Award for Excellence in Teaching

Presented to an outstanding junior member of the faculty.

  • Dr. Lynn Disbrow, associate professor of communication studies  

Exemplary Teacher Award

Presented to an outstanding senior member of the faculty (tenured) who has not won the award in the last five years.

  • Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman  

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.  The College motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."


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