Honors Recognition Program Highlights Student Academic Achievements

Posted on April 11th, 2018 by Danielle Staub

Every spring, Averett holds a special event to honor and recognize students for their academic achievements. This year, the Honors Recognition Program was held Monday, Apr. 9, in Pritchett Auditorium.

Following is a list of the 2017-18 award winners:

Dean of Students Awards:

Freshman leader of the year: Markell Poole

Sophomore leader of the year: Devin Merritt

Junior leader of the year: Emily Stanley

Senior leader of the year: Aquayla Swann

Unsung Hero Award: Taylor Cook

Advisor of the Year: Emma Olsson

Mentor of the year: Dr. James Caldwell

Club of the Year: Black Student Union

Academic All-America Award:

Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball: Samantha Chandler

Academic All-America: Hannah Shields, Sarah Smoot and Jessica Long

Virginia Sports Information Directors: Samantha Chandler, Jake Comer, David Cuperman, Jessica Long, Hannah Shields and Sarah Smoot


Russell C. Brachman Biology Award: Samantha Chandler

Business Administration:

Outstanding Student in Business Administration: Morgan Phoenix

Communication Studies/Journalism:

Outstanding Communication Studies/Journalism Student: Lanie Davis

Chanticleer Service Award: Ashley Bowman

Computer Science:

Student of the Year in Computer Information Systems Award: Ian Talbott

Coding King of Computer Science Award: Tim Buntin


Delta Kappa Gamma Virginia Scholars Award: Rebecca Scarce

Delta Kappa Gamma Epsilon Grant for Future Teachers: Rebecca Hall

Evelyn Miller Scholarship: Katherine Johnson, Jared Tubb and Heather Hughes

Mary C. Fugate Scholarship Award: Kenna Fulton and Christen Seamster

Virginia Teachers of Promis: Kelsie Aherron, Karen Chilton, Heather Johnston and Jamie Brooke Griffin


Outstanding Student in English Award: Jennifer Cano

Equestrian Studies:

Outstanding Equestrian Studies Award: Kristin Kelley


Outstanding Mathematics Award: Elizabeth Anne Hutson

Modern Languages:

Outstanding Student in Modern Languages: Sydney Glass


Highest GPA Award: Mary Carter, Tyler Campbell and Catherin Van Wyhe

Nursing Leadership Award: Chelsey Brandon

Nursing Faculty Award: Christopher Buckner

Physical Education:

Norma Roady Award: Mr. Michael Brackett


Outstanding Achievement in Psychology: Danielle Dominguez, Alixis Roccia, Emily Shelton and Gabrielle South


Outstanding Student in Sociology: Pamela Taylor-Lopez

Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice: Miriam Lindberg

Honors Program:

Virginia Collegium Scholar Award: Maya Hairston


First place, Literature: “The Princess and the Statue,” Taylor Spencer

Honorable mention, Literature: “Sandstorm,” Abigail Tuck

Honorable mention, Literature: “Réconfort,” Melissa Berkley

Visual Arts:

First place, Visual Art: “My Alibi” — Joshua Boggs

Honorable Mention, Visual Art: “Untitled” — Amanda Skinner

Honorable Mention, Visual Art: “The Road Less Travelled” — Paris Carter