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Lyon senior class reflects on growth at honors convocation

Lyon College’s class of 2019 celebrated its last honors convocation today, and senior class president Samantha Sharp reflected on the changes she and her classmates have experienced over the past four years.

“Lyon has grown the most in what if offers to students,” she said.

Joking, she said the dining hall’s food options had significantly improved. But more importantly, Lyon, like the Batesville community, has grown to offer more diverse experiences.

“I know that I have become a vastly different person because of my education at this college,” she said. “If there is one thing that my professors have taught me, it is that learning is not a passive activity.”

The honors convocation featured its traditions of recognizing honor societies and announcing student awards. Also following tradition, senior Jordan Trant announced Alpha Chi’s Professor of the Year Award, Associate Professor of Art Dustyn Bork.

“This professor truly is deserving,” said Trant. “Students have said this professor is one of the most impactful people they have met at Lyon...You may not have seen this person around campus much this semester because he’s been redecorating Batesville with his murals class.”

Over 90 awards were given to students and campus organizations, as follows:

Math and Science

Biology Book Award

Luke Shackelford

Schram Emerging Biologist Award

Alice Bewley

Chemistry Book Award

Joshua Green

American Institute of Chemists Award

Jordan Trant

American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award

Michael Humphrey

James Alexander Shanks Chemistry Award

Linda Fowler

Freshman Chemistry Award

Hattie Milligan

Computer Science Book Award

Nofel Naoman

Perkins Male Calculus Award

Michael Humphrey

George Maxfield Evans Award

Menthe Steensma

Mathematics Book Award

Tacker Colbert

Jordan Trant

Physics Book Award

Linda Fowler

Tacker Colbert


English Book Award

Tanner Harris

Freshman Writing Award

Alan West

Abbie Snapp Arnold English Award

Debra Fletcher

Editor of the Year

Nichole Cook

Charles R. Oliver Memorial Scholarship Award

Zoya Miller

French Book Award

Raleigh Jeffrey

Journalism Book

Nichole Cook

Spanish Book Award

Natalie Milligan

Bart Lewis Scholarship Award

Guadalupe Reyes

Kendra Kelley

History Book Award

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Saltire Award

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Religion & Philosophy Book Award

Jordan Dabdub

Roberta Thomas Dorr Brown Scholarship

Jordan Dabdub

Fine Arts

Music Book Award

Emily Oldman

Perkins Saxophone Award

Josh Fletcher

Art Book Award

McKinley Streett

Theatre Book Award

Kendra Bell

Social Science

Political Science Book Award

Jaylin Finley

Business Administration Book Award

Clark Thornton

Finance Book Award

Brandon Giribaldie

Management Book Award

Elissa Douglass

Economics Book Award

Samantha Sharp

Clarence Adams Award

Iva Popovic

Anthropology Book Award

McKinley Streett

Psychology Book Award

Cassidy Mitchell

Rachel Stevens Memorial Psychology Award

Laramie Hall

Elementary Education Book Award

Savannah Youngblood

Secondary Education Book Award

Debra Fletcher

Physical Education Book Award

Kyle West

Campus Ministry

Celtic Cross Award

Jaylin Finley

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Long Bible Award

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Student Life

Outstanding Student Leader

Taylor Donnerson

Jordan Trant

Emerging Leader

Taylor Fitterling

Program of the Year

“Good Christian Sex” by Campus Ministry

Organization of the Year

Chi Omicron

Hall of Leaders

Melanie Beehler

Chase Chalk

Luke Hall

Anna Beth Haney

Tanner Harris

Keifer Hartwig

Ridge Hester

Matthew Kirkpatrick

Natalie Milligan

Involved Student Athlete

Kendra Kelley

Tressa Linson

Above and Beyond

Christian Cain

Elizabeth Caplinger

Hayley Cormican

Elissa Douglass

Emma Gillaspy

Abigail Grimes

Ayden Henry

Iva Popovic

Christopher Robinson

Luke Shackelford

Ali Tucker

Amanda Weston

Taylor Williams

Savannah Youngblood

Lyon Education and Adventure Program (LEAP)

Student Leaders: Iva Popovic and Jonathan Bentley

Rookie of the Year: Shelby Medlock

Dennis Wright Leadership Award: Lucas Ried

Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice Sophia Prize

Morgun Henson

Elizabeth Caplinger

Campus Ministry

Student Government Association Leadership Awards

Student Leadership: Melanie Beehler, Ayden Henry, Ridge Hester, and Natalie Milligan

Student Athlete: Tressa Linson and Kendra Kelley

Greek Life: Keifer Hartwig and Jordan Trant

Fine Arts: Lillian Osier

Alpha Chi Professor of the Year

Dustyn Bork

MAC Employee of the Year

Hannah Zang

Libris Award

Toni Simpson