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Dalton State Honors Students for Academic Excellence

Dalton State took time out recently to honor its best and brightest students at the College’s 42nd annual Honors Convocation. Fifty-nine awards were presented to students for academic achievement during the year.

Sen. Chuck Payne presented the Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition Award to Julia Guerrero who is majoring in social work. The Georgia legislature recognizes one student from each of the University System of Georgia’s 28 colleges and universities for overall academic achievement.

Dr. Larry Johnson, Dean of the Wright School of Business, presented the following awards: Outstanding Student in Accounting, awarded to Jeremy S. Gann; Outstanding Student in Finance and Applied Economics, to Caroline N. Griffin; Outstanding Student in Management, to Jason R. Orellana; Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems, to Joseph W. Sheppard; Outstanding Student in Marketing, to Rachel B. Rebne; Outstanding Student in Technology Management, to Cara L. Elkins; and Outstanding Student in the Wright School of Business, to Ivan T. Delgado. The Georgia Society of CPAs Award for Academic Excellence was awarded to Virginia S. Perry.

Dr. Sharon Hixon, Dean of the School of Education, presented these awards: Academic Excellence in English for Speakers of Other Languages, Early Childhood Education, to Learell Faulk;  Academic Excellence in ESOL, Secondary Education, to Christina Rodriguez; Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education, to Learell Faulk; Academic Excellence in Reading/Language Arts Education, to Edith Paulkert; Academic Excellence in Science Education, to Learell Faulk; Academic Excellence in Social Studies Education, to Patricia Gomez; Technology Integration in Early Childhood Education Award, to Patricia Gomez; Technology Integration in Secondary Education Award, to Chandler Pettyjohn; Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education, to both Elizabeth Estes and Megan Crawford; Academic Excellence in Secondary Education, to John Parsons; Leadership Award, to William Skiffen; Multicultural Award in Early Childhood Education to Adam Jennings; Multicultural Award in Secondary Education, to Hunter Spence; Exemplar of the Program in Early Childhood Education, to Joseph Crider; and Exemplar of the Program in Secondary Education, to Christina Rodriguez.

Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar, Dean of the School of Health Professions, presented the following awards: the G.L. Westcott Award for Nursing, to Elizabeth Silverio; Academic Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to April Rhudy; Clinical Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to Deici Gonzalez; Highest Academic Average in the Associate of Science in Nursing program, to Ashley Lane; Highest Academic Average in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, to Rylee Carter; Academic Excellence in Radiologic Technology, to both Pia Santiesteban and Katie Vayens; Academic Excellence in Respiratory Care to Andrea Walls; Service Excellence Award in Respiratory Care, to Robyn Pursley.

In the Department of Social Work, Brianna Cheever received the award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Junior; and both Julia Guerrero and April Keener earned the award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Senior. The Excellence in Social Work Field Education Award was presented to Brandi Farr; the Leadership Award in Social Work was presented to Jessica Carroll, and the Social Work Shining Star Award was presented to Jeanie Fowler.

Dr. Mary Nielsen, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, presented the following awards: Karen Davis Award for Academic Excellence for Communication, to Elijah Clift; Rob Narke Award for Academic Excellence for Communication, to Marlen Hernandez; Academic Excellence in French, to Greyson Gurley; Academic Excellence in Music, to Diana Rosillo; Academic Excellence in Spanish to Kellsea Jenkins; and Academic Excellence in Theatre to Jacob Baker.

The Beth Biron Award for Academic Excellence in Humanities was presented to Tarek Hallak; Michael Waters received the Jane Parks Award for Academic Excellence in Composition, and the Sara Myers Award for Academic Excellence in Literature was presented to Carter Scott Ferguson. 

Other awards from the School of Liberal Arts included: Academic Excellence in American History, Cameron Godfrey; Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice, Charles Barrett; Academic Excellence in Geography, Silvia Ortiz; Academic Excellence in Political Science, Rozalyn Virgo; Academic Excellence in Psychology, Jessica Paige Bloodworth; Academic Excellence in Sociology, Britney Sullivan; and Academic Excellence in World History, Sky House.

Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics, presented the following awards: Bill Jump Award for Academic Excellence in Biology, to Jonathan Leberman; Bob Cooper Award for Excellence in Chemistry, Colleen Morzinski; David Wycherly Award for Excellence in Physics, Nathan Bradley; Academic Excellence in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Gary Goff; Excellence in Computer Networking/Service Technology, Jay Shockey;  Arvine Phelps Award for Excellence in Calculus, Cole Thornton; and Arvine Phelps Award for Excellence in Mathematics, to Jaime McCartney.