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News Release

Student Achievements Honored at John Tyler Community College Awards Night Banquet and Ceremony

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on April 25, 2012

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored its outstanding students during the College’s annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony, held April 20, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Koger Center. The following awards were presented (zip codes follow recipient names):

Academic Award Recipients
Business Administration  
Melissa Bishop (23139)
Amy Krissinger (23114)
Regina R. Smith (23831)
Navjot S. Brar (23838)
Gabriel Coe (23225)
Richard Fitzke (23237)
Thomas Gresham (23114)
Curtis McCreight (23139)
Carlos Castells Noyes (23834)
Robert Recher (23113)
General Education  
Nick Batchelor (23225)
Amanda Craig (23146) 

General Studies  
Crystal Boyce (23834)
Charles Horneck (23831)
Hailey Wright (23831)
General Studies, Teacher Education Specialization
Kathryn Brooks (23112)
Human Services 
Mike Terry (23803)
Abraham Cannon Turner (24637)
Information Technology  
Gerald Dufresne (23116)
Phillip Hibbard (22546)
Sylvia Sedlmayr-Barnes (23231)
Wesley Smith (23221)
Michael Philip Thornton (23860)
Liberal Arts, Theatre Arts Specialization
David Spieth (23236)
Ashley Aniano (23636)
Visual Arts 
Aaron Bivins (23872)

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. 

Eric W. Bruce (23234)
Bryan Costreie (23112)
Amanda Craig (23146)
Gina Cruz (23112)
Ires Foley (23112)
William Frejer (23860)
Malcolm Garrad (23831)
Jessica Johnson (23235)
Robert Miller Jr (23832)
Zachary Ochoa (23838)
Morgan Saint James (23002)
David Spieth (23236)
Abraham Turner (23083)

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 Chester
Morgan Saint James (23002)

Tau Rho Chapter 
Ashley White (23234)

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 – Brandon Whited (24649)
Second Place – Dawn Cockrell (23831)
Third Place – Michelle Kitt (23060)

First Place – Robert I. Miller (23832)
Second Place- Joy Santangelo (23114)
Third Place – Terry Lynn Smith (23834)
Honorable Mention – Ingrid Quinones Velez (23860)

First Place – Ashley Griffith (23002)
Second Place – A.J. Brewer (23113)
Third Place – Dylan Lewis (23113)
Honorable Mention – Becky Stroud (23237)

First Place – Tanner Trezza (23236)
Second Place – Matthew Glynn Elgin (23221)
Third Place – James Moore (23838)

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.

Chester Campus 
Seth VanDexter  (23838)
Midlothian Campus  
Curtis McCreight  (23139)

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 
Gina Cruz (23112)
Rising Star Award  
Zachary Ochoa (23838)

QEP Logo Design Award  
The College is embarking on a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that envisions an improved experience for our first year students. In February, the QEP Steering Committee asked the student body to submit logo designs that capture the spirit of our QEP title, “Tyler Connections: Making the first year count.”  We received over 20 entries.  We are recognizing the first prize winner and an honorable mention recipient.

First Place – Derrick Wallace (23225)
Honorable Mention – Michael Wilson (23112)

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 History Club. The award was accepted by the club’s president, Jessica Cabaday (23801), the club’s co-presidents, Obadya Benisreal (23231) and Julianna Morgan (23831), and the club’s advisor, Alyce Miller.

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. Rena Mallory, academic scheduler/SIS specialist, was this year’s inductee.  Over the course of her career, Ms. Mallory has been a selfless participant in the preparation and presentation of innumerable student events and programs, enriching the extracurricular life of the College.

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 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 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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