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Milligan students honored at awards ceremony

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (April 27, 2017) —Milligan College’s Awards Convocation on Thursday, April 27, was a special day for many of the college’s undergraduate students who were honored for their accomplishments this past year. Over 90 awards and scholarships were announced by the faculty and administration during the annual ceremony.

Megan Fontenot, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, received the year’s most distinguished honor, the Ivor Jones Outstanding Senior Award.

The Ivor Jones Outstanding Senior Award recipient is nominated by the faculty. The award is presented each year to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding performance in service to the college, potential for continuing the objectives of the college, academic excellence and participation in college life.

Fontenot also was named among the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She graduated at the December 2016 commencement ceremony with a double major in English and humanities.

In addition, senior Hannah Segrave, of Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, was honored with a special proclamation by the Tennessee State Senate for her extraordinary athletic accomplishments, which included a third national and second indoor title in the 800m at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Because of her achievements, Milligan will induct her into the college’s athletics Hall of Fame, waiving the traditional requirement of a five-year gap between graduation and induction.

Local students who received awards include:

In biblical learning, Cailyn King, of Bristol, Tennessee, was awarded the Fred and Esther Meding Honorary Award for Biblical Studies, and Michaela Miller of Limestone, Tennessee, received the W. Dennis Helsabeck/Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award and was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Averie Blackmore, of Johnson City, Tennessee, earned the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award for Biblical Learning.

In business, Nathan Gibson, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was presented the Business Administration Award; Chelsea James, of Gray, Tennessee, earned the Eugene P. Price Excellence in Business Studies Award; and Joshua Taylor, of Elizabethton, was awarded the Richard Phillips Outstanding Legal Studies Student Scholarship.

In computer science, Steven Smith, of Erwin, Tennessee, was presented the Computer Science Award (mobile), and Derrick Minor, of Kingsport, received the Computer Science Award and the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award.

In education, Undergraduate Student Teaching Awards were presented to Jadin Foster, of Bristol, Tennessee; Vickie Meade, of Kingsport; Destanie Clemons, of Jonesborough; and Kathryn Pryor of Walland, Tennessee, who also earned the Exercise Science Award in Physical Education. Kristin Parrish, of Watauga, Tennessee, earned the Delta Kappa Gamma Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mary Kate Ferguson, of Johnson City, received the Paul Clark Teacher Education Award and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In engineering, Doc Maines, of Bluff City, Tennessee, earned the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award.

In exercise science, Conly Shults, of Erwin, received the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award.

In nursing, Kayla Wilson, of Elizabethton, was presented the Senior Nursing Award.

In communications, Caleb Perhne, of Elizabethton, earned the Outstanding Journalism Student and the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award, and Gloria Vazquez, of Limestone, Tennessee, received the American Advertising Federation Northeast Tennessee Scholarship.

In fine arts, Abigail Jones, of Greeneville, Tennessee, was co-recipient of the Senior Fine Arts Award, along with Collin Hawley, of Woodbridge, Virginia.

In graphic design, Candace Tingle, of Kingsport, earned the Outstanding Graphic Design Student Award.

In music, Grant Coakley, of Parrottsville, Tennessee, received the Outstanding Student
Scholarship Award.

Grace Gemar, of Johnson City, was presented the Orchestra Award and Biology Award and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

In scientific learning, Alora Ricker, of Greeneville, earned the Dick Lura Honorary Pre-Med Award; Tilly Erwin, of Unicoi, Tennessee, received the Lone L. Sisk Award; and Kathryn Kenneson, of Johnson City, was presented the Mathematics Award and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

In social learning, Louisa Gaudiano, of Johnson City, earned the Political Science Award and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Jacob McGlamery, of Mountain City, received the Psychology Award and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; J.D. McDonald, of Johnson City, was presented the Social Work Award and the Jeremy S. Duncan Memorial Scholarship; and
Cara Williams, of Kingsport, earned the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award.

Kristen Branch, of Mountain City, received the Guy and Rhea Oakes Scholarship Grant.

Katherine Pless, of Elizabethton, was presented the Board of Trustees/Board of Advisors Award for Outstanding Academic Student and also was named a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Cassidy Gibson, of Newport, Tennessee, earned the Board of Trustees/Board of Advisors Award for Outstanding Female Athlete.

Amanda Largent, of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, received the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project.

Other local students who were named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges included the following: Abbey Booher, of Elizabethton, and Sarah Collie, of Damascus, Virginia.

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