Alderson Broaddus University recognizes high-achieving students at Honors Convocation

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

Forty-eight students received honors during the ceremony, including 20 Silver Key honors (3.6 GPA or above with high qualities of character), 15 President’s List honors (3.60 GPA or above for five semesters), and three Honors Program graduates.

Lora Owston of Beckley, W.Va. received the graduating senior academic award, earning the highest cumulative GPA in the senior class, a perfect 4.0.

The following students were awarded high honors:

Walaa F. Abo Elenin from Clarksburg, W.Va. for the Junior Academic Award and Silver Key; Taylor R. Ball from Caroll, Ohio for the Greek Academic Achievement Award for Men’s Organizations; Ciara N. Bauman from Barnesville, Ohio for the Sophomore Academic Award; Jamie A. Boyce from Morgantown, W.Va. for the Silver Key; Alex M. Buckheit from Baltimore, Md. For the Silver Key; Brianna D. Burger from Grand Prairie, Texas for the Presidents List and Silver Key; Lane B. Casto from Given, W.Va. for the Sophomore Academic Award; Christian Clarkin from Wading River, N.Y. for the President’s List; Faith Cline from Philippi, W.Va. for the Ruth Joudrey Smith Memorial Prize; Krista L. Cooper from Kingsville, Md. For the President’s List; Joyce M. Eid from Beavercreek, Ohio for the Business Academic Award and President’s List; Rachel A. Gaspar from Morgantown, W.Va. for the Senior Academic Award, President’s List, and Silver Key; Joshua Gilpin from Waymart, Pa. for the E.W. Billings Memorial Award; Carolyn Gougeon from Brampton, Ontario for the President’s List and the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Academic Award; Jordan Guthrie from Farmington, Pa. for the Honors Program Graduate; Christopher Halterman from Petersburg, W.Va. for the Rex E. Pyles Award and President’s List; Sarah E. Hamman from Connellsville, Pa. for the Music Academic Award and Vocal Music Award; Tiffany D. Hinchman from Grafton, W.Va. for the Sophomore Academic Award; Timothy Hopkins from Saint Albans, W.Va. for the Criminal Justice Achievement Award and Silver Key; Zachary D. Hughes from Glen Rock, Pa. for the Silver Key; Jayme A. Hykes from New Philadelphia, Ohio for the President’s List and Honors Program Graduate; Viridiana C. Jefferson from El Paso, Texas for the President’s List; Madeline T. Kalchik from San Diego, Calif. for the Silver Key; Talia R. Kotz from Easton, Pa. for the Humanities and Social Science Writing Award; Shamika A. Langevine from Toronto, Ontario for the Silver Key; Emily N. Larew from Tunnelton, W.Va. for the Silver Key; Kayla N. Lester from Marlinton, W.Va. for the President’s List; Jeremy S. Linaburg from Stephens City, Va. For the President’s List and Silver Key; Brissa R. Marshall from Sardis, Ohio for the Atkeson Memorial Award; Ashleigh Martin from Capon Bridge, W.Va. for the Teacher Education Academic Award and Silver Key; Patrick McCombs from Fairfax, Va. for the President’s List; Connor McWilliams from Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Nursing Alumni Association Award; Kelly M. Miller from Cokeburg, Pa. for the Silver Key; Samuel Miser from Parkersburg, W.Va. for the W. Lee and Alberta Williams Music Award and Vocal Music Award; Lora D. Owston from Beckley, W.Va. for the Humanities and Social Science Academic Award, Honors Program Graduate, and Mass Communication Award; Caleb Pell from Looneyville, W.Va. for the Forrest G. Clark Award and Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma Alumni Academic Award; Emily E. Rainey from Daniels, W.Va. for the Dr. Jim Daddysman Award and Silver Key; Sarah G. Reed from Clarksburg, W.Va. for the Senior Academic Award; President’s List, and Silver Key; Emily Rhodes from Poca, W.Va. for the Nursing Academic Award; Abigail L. Smith from Winchester, Va. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Katelyn N. Steigerwald from Franklin, Pa. for the President’s List and Silver Key; Haley A. Stephenson from West Union, W.Va. for the Silver Key; Maureen Joy Turingan from San Bruno, Calif. for the Nursing Writing Award; Joseph R. Varela from California, Md. for the Business Academic Award and Silver Key; Taylor Wagner from Charleston, W.Va. for the Sophomore Academic Award; Alonni Whitaker from Piscataway, N.J. for the Silver Key; Sarah White from Charleston, W.Va. for the Exercise Science Academic Award and Greek Academic Achievement Award for Women’s Organizations; and Morgan Winterbottom from Severn, Md. for the Science, Technology, and Mathematics Research Award.

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Photo Caption: Twenty of the most academically distinguished students pose after earning awards at the 66th Honors Convocation on AB’s campus.

Front row, right to left: Zachary Hughes of Glenrock, Pa.; Jamie A. Boyce from Morgantown, W.Va.; Shamika Langevine of Toronto, Ontario; Walaa F. Abo Elenin of Clarksburg, W.Va.; Abigail Smith of Winchester, Va.; Haley A. Stephenson from West Union, W.Va.; Jayme Hykes of New Philadelphia, Ohio; Katelyn N. Steigerwald from Franklin, Pa.; Sarah G. Reed Clarksburg, W.Va.; Jeremy Linaburg of Stephens City, Va.; and Emily Rainey of Daniels, W.Va.

Back row, right to left: Kelly Miler of Cokeburg, Pa.; Carolyn Gougeon from Brampton, Ontario; Alex Buckheit of Baltimore, Md.; Timothy Hopkins from Saint Albans, W.Va.; Ashleigh Martin from Capon Bridge, W.Va.; Rachel Gaspar of Morgantown, W.Va.; Krista L. Cooper from Kingsville, Md.; Morgan Winterbottom of Severn, Md.; Alonni Whitacker of Piscataway, N.J.