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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