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News Release

John Tyler Community College Students Honored during Awards Ceremony

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on April 22, 2011

Awards Marshall Denison Society

See more photos from the Student Awards Ceremony on our Facebook page.

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored its outstanding students during the annual Student Awards Banquet and Ceremony, held April 20, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Koger Center. The following awards were presented (zip codes follow recipient names):

Academic Award Recipients

Administration of Justice
Elizabeth Holmes (23112)

Arts and Sciences
Dustin Kyle East (23838)
Michael Herbel (23112)
Natalie Stipes (23112)
Ashley White (23234)

Christopher Davis (23832)
Steven R. Easter (23002)
Steven Edwards (23139)
Cody Johnson (23832)
Brian Kessel (23112)
Allison Newman (23235)
Walter E. Perry (23114)
Timothy Roseland (23841)
Jonathan R. Turman (23027)

Human Services
DeLoria L. Shaw (23836)

Jamie Brantley (22407)
Michelle Jepson (23235)
Rachel Nobles (23833)

Paralegal Studies
Ari Elle Runia (23112)

Theatre Arts
Brent Basham (23120)
Samantha Hall (23139)
Ashton Moraski (23113)
Alexandra Scantling (23832)

Visual Arts
Jennifer Michelle Craig (23146)
Woo Joo (23235)
Khiem Tran (23112)

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges Award Recipients
Students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; have an outstanding record of participation and leadership in extracurricular and/or community activities; and be nominated by faculty. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee after committee members meet with the nominees.

Mia-Gabriella Gomes (23234)
Theresa Key (23228)
Neil Deon Johnson (23803)
Mark Whetstine (23112)
James Fredric Ritter (23112)
Bethany Kramer Pitts (23229)
Anne Grogan Nordin (23113)
Dustin Kyle East (23838)
Jennifer Michelle Craig (23146)
Natalie Renae Stipes (23112)
Lianne Tracey Richards (23112)
Jamie R. Grosch (23027)
Samantha Anne Spinner (23234)
Rebekah Cathryn McNitt (23836)
Tyriek Rashad Bayne (23860)

Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Award Recipients
Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Awards are given to students from both the Tau Rho and Beta Omicron Omicron chapters who have assumed leadership roles and given hours of service to a variety of projects during the past year.

Beta Omicron Omicron Chapter
Dustin Kyle East (23838)

Tau Rho Chapter
Ashley White (23234)
Marjorie Cobb (23831)

Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review Winners
The Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review is an annual publication of John Tyler Community College and is published in conjunction with the annual student literary and art contest. The publication has highlighted the creativity and talent of John Tyler students since 1968. Students submit entries in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art. Judges review and select first, second and third place winners in each category. Honorable mention awards may be given if the judges choose to recognize additional entries. The winning entries are published in the Review.

First Place – Michelle Bayliss (23139)
Second Place – Robert Wynne (23236)
Third Place – Hannah Morgan (23803)

First Place – Genevive Pegram (23235)
Second Place – Beth Stuhlman (23113)
Third Place – Laura Matthews (23139) and Shannon Bell (23836)
Honorable Mention – David Minor (23836) and Richard Bagby (23836)

First Place – Beth Stuhlman (23113)
Second Place – Lindsy Barnette (23027)
Third Place – Hadley Mische (23112)

First Place – Sarah Whitehead (23235)
Second Place – Caitlin Daffron (23235)
Third Place – Melissa Wray Smith (23803)

Top Tutor Awards
The Top Tutor Award is given to one student from each campus who exemplifies the qualities of a good tutor. Top tutors are professional, dependable, knowledgeable and adaptable. Being a tutor requires a high G.P.A., mastery over the material demonstrated by a grade of “A” or “B” in the course, and the ability to communicate that information to other students. The top tutor is chosen through a combination of factors, including recommendations from fellow tutors, assessments by supervisors, and a tutee feedback system.

Midlothian Campus
Karen Lovett (23112)

Chester Campus
Catherine Reynolds (23235)

John Tyler Community College Alumni Association and Foundation Award Recipients
The Defining Your Future Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the John Tyler Community College Foundation. The award is presented annually to a student for outstanding academic performance and volunteer service to John Tyler and who the faculty and staff believe will achieve great success and will define the future of the College and the nation.

The Rising Star Award was established by the John Tyler Community College Alumni Association to be presented annually to a student who faculty and staff believe will not only be an ambassador for the College but will also distinguish himself or herself in his/her chosen career.

Defining your Future Award
Walter E. Perry (23114)

Rising Star Award
Jonathan R. Turman (23027)

The Daniel Dalton Award, named in honor of a John Tyler Community College founding faculty member, is presented annually to an outstanding club or student organization that exhibits excellence in the areas of service to the College, commitment to community service, and dedication to academics. This year’s award was presented to the Beta Omicron Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. The award was accepted by the chapter’s president, Dustin East (23838) and the chapter’s co-advisors, Dr. Jaime Mergliano, Meredith Axisa and Mara Hilliar.

The Marshall Denison Society, named for the College’s second president, was established to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the student activities program at John Tyler. Kerrigan Sullivan, associate professor of theatre, was this year’s inductee.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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