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Seniors reflect on ‘unique college experience’ at Honors Convocation

Lyon College recognized outstanding student achievements at the annual Honors Convocation on May 4.

Both faculty and student presenters expressed excitement over being able to hold the event in-person this year. Student Government Association President Kristen Towery shared reflections from the senior class, acknowledging that their college experience has been “atypical” due to the pandemic.

“Our classrooms got traded in for computer screens,” she said. “Our dorms became our childhood bedrooms. Our time with friends became virtual calls and text messages.”’

Towery said that Lyon students have also accomplished a lot despite these obstacles, including finishing a “stressful semester and a half of Zoom classes” and continuing to organize student events under the new safety protocols. She expressed how proud she was of her fellow seniors and the rest of the student body for choosing to succeed despite unique challenges.

“Perseverance is not innate,” Towery said. “It requires continual effort and a conscious choice. You made that choice. You chose to still be a Lyon student, a leader, an achiever, a change-maker. The world may have slowed down, but your hard work never did.”

Alpha Chi President Hannah Zang presented the Alpha Chi Professor of the Award, which recognizes one faculty member for excellence in teaching and dedication to students, to Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Rose Danek.

The ceremony also congratulated new inductees of national college honor societies and presented students with both academic and leadership awards. 

 

The following students received academic awards:

 

Biology Book Award

Hannah Zang

 

The Schram Emerging Biologist Award

Olivia Echols

 

Chemistry Book Award

Zachary Hodge

 

American Institute of Chemists Award

Michael Humphrey

 

American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award

Devin Lipford

Nikkolette Perkins

 

James Alexander Shanks Chemistry Award

Hattie Milligan

Jake Smith

 

Freshman Chemistry Award

Catalina Terlea

 

Computer Science Award

Jacky Thomas

 

Perkins Male Calculus Award

Hunter Perkins

 

George Maxfield Evans Award

Lola Beeser

 

Mathematics Book Award

Zachary Ward

Kyle Rose

 

Physics Book Award

John Pruden

 

English Book Award

Alex Nimmo

 

Freshman Writing Award

Erin “Ace” McIntier

 

Abbie Snapp Arnold English Award

Brittany Cook

 

Sigma Tau Delta Senior Writing Award

Carolynn Bryan Palmer

 

Charles R. Oliver Memorial Scholarship Award

John Pruden

 

French Book Award

Ryan Holdiness

 

Spanish Book Award

Ignacio “Nacho” Gomez

 

Bart Lewis Scholarship Award

Kelsey Lorch

Jose Balderas Jr.

 

History Book Award

Sabrina Denmon

 

Saltire Award

Sabrina Denmon

 

Religion and Philosophy Book Award

Alex Nimmo

 

Roberta Thomas Dorr Brown Scholarship

Sabrina Denmon

 

Music Book Award

John Pruden

 

Art Book Award

Bonnie Roberts

 

Theatre Book Award

Carson Matthews

 

Political Science Book Award

Kristen Towery

 

Business Administration Book Award

Omar Gasmann

 

Finance Book Award

Diego Mendez

 

Management Book Award

Jordan Olivera

 

Economics Book Award

Debjanee Nandy

 

Clarence Adams Award

Seth Parker

 

Anthropology Book Award

Laken Deal

Riley Young

 

Psychology Book Award

Carolynn Bryan Palmer

 

Rachel Stevens Memorial Psychology Award

Adrienne Moran

 

Elementary Education Book Award

Skyla Moyer

 

Secondary Education Book Award

Melissa Elliott

 

Celtic Cross Award

Timothy Tignor

Allison Mundy

 

Long Bible Award

Tommy Maloney

 

Perkins Saxophone Award

Joshua Critz Fletcher

 

MAC Employee of the Year

Hannah Wu

 

Libris Award

Claire Coley

Sabrina Denmon

 

The following students received Student Life awards:

 

Outstanding Student Leader Award

Hayley Cormican

Dimir Leftwich

 

Emerging Leader Award

Aisha Mahmoud

 

Involved Student Athlete of the Year Award

Raul Gonzalez

 

Hall of Leaders Award

Sarah Elizabeth Daniel

Taylor Fitterling

Katherine Jeane

Geneva McCaulley

Laura Mendez

Allison Mundy

John Zachary Poe

John Pruden

Emerson Smith

Timothy Tignor

Kristen Towery

Hannah Wu

Hannah Zang

 

Above and Beyond Award

Madison Burrell

Kelani Corbett

Kendra Davidson

Omar Gasmann

Mikayla Blysse Harmon

Nicholas McDonald

Debjanee Nandy

Benjamin Norton

Ashtyn Stevens

Tionne Stubblefield

Michael Uecker

 

Spotlight Awards

Jose Balderas Jr.

Gardening Club

Art Student League

International Student Association

Mortar Board

French Club

Residence Life

 

The following students received Student Government Annual Leadership Awards:

 

Student Leadership

Blake Huffman

Geneva McCaulley 

Allison Mundy

Hannah Zang

 

Student Athletics

Laura Mendez

Katelyn Platt

 

Greek Life

Hayley Cormican

Carlyonn Bryan Palmer

 

Fine Arts 

Daisy Connor

Nicholas McDonald