Alderson Broaddus students awarded for academic achievement

Alderson Broaddus University’s Honors Convocation is an annual celebration recognizing the distinguished achievements of the University’s most academically accomplished students. The tradition of Honors Convocation recognizes the very best of the undergraduates who have made significant contributions to campus life and are prepared to make a difference in their professional fields or graduate programs.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that Alderson Broaddus University celebrated, it does not diminish the pride that the institution feels for the honorees. Fifty-three students received honors, including 18 Silver Key honors (3.6 GPA or above with high qualities of character), 28 President’s List honors (3.60 GPA or above for five semesters), and four Honors Program graduates.

Rachel A. Gaspar of Morgantown, W.Va. received the graduating senior academic award, earning the highest cumulative GPA in the senior class.

The following students were awarded high honors:

Walaa F. Abo Elenin from Clarksburg, W.Va. for the President’s List; Christian Bak from Therwil, Switzerland Pa. for the Business Writing Award; Payton Barr from Washington, Pa. for the Sophomore Academic Award; Clara N. Bauman from Barnesville, Ohio for the President’s List and Senior Academic Award; Melissa Bragg from Grafton, W.Va. for the Nursing Academic Award; Alex M. Buckheit from Baltimore, Md. for the Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma Academic & Citizenship Award; Isabella J. Caperton from Catlettsburg, Ky. for the Atkeson Memorial Award and Silver Key; Lane B. Casto from Given, W.Va. for the Junior Academic Award, President’s List, and Silver Key; Taylor D. Cook from Newburg, Md. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Morgan A. Creamer from Cumberland, Md. for the Greek Academic Achievement Award for Women’s Organizations and Silver Key; Hadassah A. Curry from Matawan, N.J. for the Mass Communication Award and President’s List; Alexander T. Cutlip from Capon Bridge, W.Va. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Haley Dodson from Falling Waters, W.Va. for the Ruth Shearer Secondary Education Award; Brenna C. Dugan from Alum Creek, W.Va. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Quinlyn K. Fletcher from Nitro, W.Va. for the President’s List; Dylan K. Foster from Beckley, W.Va. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Ryan Freeman from Clarksburg, W.Va. for the President’s List; Rachel A. Gaspar from Morgantown, W.Va. for the Business Academic Award, Forrest G. Clark Award, and Honors Program Graduate; Joshua Gilpin from Lakeland, Fla. for the E.W. Billings Memorial Award; Mary Griffith from Madison, W.Va. for Silver Key; Ezekiel D. Hand from Fredericksburg, Va. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Alexandra Haydu from Morgantown, W.Va. for the Nursing Alumni Association Award; Tiffany D. Hinchman from Grafton, W.Va. for the President’s List and Senior Academic Award; RayElla Hoover from Franklin, W.Va. for the President’s List; Zachary D. Hughes from Glen Rock, Pa. for the President’s List; Trenton Humphreys from Boardman, Ohio for the President’s List; Matthew Kerns from Volga, W.Va. for Silver Key; Heather Kiblinger from Beckley, W.Va. for Silver Key; Talia R. Kotz from Easton, Pa. for the Humanities and Social Science Writing Award; Jasmine Kyle from Elkins, W.Va. for the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Writing Award; Racheal Lee from Severn Md. for the Louise Callison Humanities Writing Award; Jordan N. Lessnau from Dearborn, Mich. for the President’s List; Brissa R. Marshall from Sardis, Ohio for Silver Key; Travis R. Mayle from Grafton, W.Va. for the Criminal Justice Achievement Award and President’s List; Kelly M. Miller from Cokeburg, Pa. for the President’s List and the Teacher Education Writing Award; Emilyn G. Pleva from Connellsville, Pa. for the Music Academic Award, President’s List, and the Vocal Music Award; Emily E. Rainey from Morgantown, W.Va. for Honors Program Graduate, President’s List, Science, Technology and Mathematics Academic Award, and the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Research Award; Jeremy Reed from Ormond Beach, Fla. for the President’s List; Emily Rhodes from Poca, W.Va. for the President’s List; Garrett S. Robertson from Ripley, W.Va. for the Exercise Science Academic Award, President’s List, and Silver Key; Shea L. Roblin from Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada for Honors Program Graduate; Clara Runho Lucarelli from Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil for the President’s List and Silver Key; Alex A. Shaffer from Morgantown, W.Va. for Honors Program Graduate, Humanities and Social Science Academic Award, President’s List, and Silver Key; Austin Sparks from Northfield, Ohio for the Rex R. Pyles Award; Katelyn N. Steigerwald from Franklin, Pa. for the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Academic Award; Haley A. Stephenson from West Union, W.Va. for the President’s List and Teacher Education Academic Award; Levi J. Summe from Mullens, W.Va. for the Creek Academic Achievement Award for Men’s Organizations; Gillian Tinney from Hilliard, Ohio for the Sophomore Academic Award; Taylor Wagner from Charleston, W.Va. for the Dr. A.R. Mansberger Award, President’s List, Senior Academic Award, and Silver Key; Caden H. Wetzel from Clarksburg, W.Va. for Silver Key; Alonni Whitaker from Newark, N.J. for the President’s List; Sarah White from Charleston, W.Va. for the President’s List; and Brendan A. Wilson from Wauseon, Ohio for Silver Key.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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