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Released: 04/26/2004

LSU Alexandria presented awards to 87 students during its 42nd Annual Honors Day Convocation on Monday, April 26. Ms. Sissy Franks with Rapides Regional Medical Center brought the convocation address.

The Colonel W. R. Middleton Honor Awards for outstanding service to the University and community were presented to four students. The Middleton Award was established in honor of Colonel W. R. Middleton who came to LSU Alexandria as a counselor and assistant professor of geography when the University was first established in August 1960. It is the University’s highest student service award.

The Col. W. R. Middleton Freshman Honor Award was presented to Claire Melissa Castillo of Alexandria. She is a member of the Rotoract Club and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. She is a student worker for the department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is pursuing a bachelor of liberal studies in psychology.

Clifford L. Randall of Vidalia received the Col. W. R. Middleton Sophomore Honor Award. Randall is working towards his associate of arts degree and is a volunteer in the office of Student Services. He is the children’s minister for the Church of Christ in Monterey and also coordinates the Vacation Bible School there.

The Col. W. R. Middleton Junior Honor Award was presented to Jennifer Deere Monk of Cheneyville. She is the current Student Government Association president and is a member of Gamma Beta Phi and the Student Social Workers Association. Monk is an active Student Activities Council member, a member of the OAKS student orientation team, and a student worker for admissions and records. She also serves on several university committees providing input concerning student ID’s and renovations to the Student Center. Monk is pursuing a bachelor of liberal studies is psychology.

Angela Lacey Allred of Deville was the recipient of the Col. W. R. Middleton Senior Honor Award. Allred will be one of the first graduates to receive a bachelor in biology degree. She volunteers as a tutor to help her peers and is the founder and president of the Biological Student Organization on campus.

In addition, Kristin Broadway of Alexandria received the Rapides Medical Alliance Scholarship for outstanding community service.

Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, chancellor, presented certificates to students who were named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges. They are Gabriel Joseph Guillory of Plaucheville, Yolande Kay Johnson of Pitkin and Erin Paige Lemoine of Moreauville.

Students also received certificates in recognition of outstanding service as student leaders in campus organizations. The organizations and the respective student leaders are Apostolic Student Fellowship-Carlos Ja’Vonn Freeman of Alexandria; Aspiring to be Professional Teachers-Dana Alayne Atwood of Pineville; Clinical Lab Technician-Alesia Carol Boone of Lecompte; College Republicans-Charissa Zenobia Bennett of Pineville; Gamma Beta Phi-Jacinda Lee Fruge of Pine Prairie; Information Technology Organization-Melanie L. Bordelon of Moreauville; Paper Tiger-Michael D. Robertson of Alexandria; Student Government Association-Jennifer Deere Monk of Cheneyville; Student Nurses Association-Kristin Hudson Broadway of Alexandria.

The Outstanding Club of the Year Award was given to the Student Nurses Association for contributions to the campus and community service.

Dr. Randall Stovall, vice chancellor of academic affairs and provost, presented medals for academic excellence in various disciplines. The students are listed below, followed by the discipline in which they excelled: Marilyn Bernice Ardoin of Pine Prairie-elementary education; Robert Lance Blackman of Alexandria-speech; Alesia Carol Boone of Lecompte-clinical lab tech; Benjamin Paul Bordelon of Marksville-health sciences; Julie Lynn Bordelon of Marksville-computer information systems; Lilly Leona Bryant of Libuse-early childhood education; Herbert Lewis Bushong of Ville Platte-business; Matthew Edward Clay of Pineville-criminal justice; Tiffany Mae Dauzat-chemistry; Natalie Marie England of Pineville-mathematics; Ian Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte-biology; Jennifer Bullard Hennigan of Plaucheville-radiologic technology; Hannah L. Howarth of Boyce-nursing; Amanda K. Mayeux of Washington-psychology; Kimberly Ann McKnight of Alexandria-geography; Judson Lee Moore of Alexandria-political science; Jessica Suzanne Parker of Colfax-fine arts; Valli Young Peacher of Bentley-history; Jessica Robin Scott of Pineville-English; Kimberly Savannah Ward of Lecompte-paralegal; and Joshua William Warren of Pineville-kinesiology.

Medals for the highest grade point average (GPA) were awarded to both full- and part-time students. Students are classified as full-time when enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students are those enrolled in 6-11 credit hours per semester.

Five full-time freshmen were awarded medals for having the highest grade point average in their class. They were Christina Danielle Clinton of Pollock, Rayla d’Vonne Crooks of Deville, Amanda R. Hendricks of Pineville, Elizabeth Brown McCullough of Alexandria and Tina M. Skains of Winnfield.

Johannah C. Stokes of Alexandria was honored as the full-time sophomore student with the highest GPA. Joni Michelle McCann of Pineville was named the junior level student with the highest GPA enrolled full-time. Herbert Lewis Bushong of Ville Platte was named the full-time senior with the highest grade point average.

The following part-time students were also recognized with medals of excellence. Margret C. Mealer of Alexandria was the part-time freshmen honored for the highest grade point average. Sherry A. Reech of Moreauville received honors as the part-time sophomore student enrolled with the highest GPA. The senior part-time student with the highest grade point average was Joyce Ann Thompson of Colfax.

Dr. Randall Stovall presented certificates for academic excellence to both full- and part-time students who had maintained a 3.7 cumulative grade point average or above. Students with freshmen status have a minimum of 15 hours credit and sophomore students have earned at least 45 hours. Students with 75 hours are at the junior level, and students with more than 105 hours are classified as seniors.

Full-time freshmen honored were Shuruk H. Alie of Alexandria, Jamie Hart Bakies of Alexandria, Alaina Christine Chicola of Lecompte, Tiffany Mae Dauzat of Marksville, Samuel Eugene Franks of Pineville, Kayla W. Hebert of Gonzales, Liza Marie Jacobs of Marksville, Tessa Leigh Lemoine of Mansura, Lori Opal Lorenz of Pineville, Quenton C. McGlothlin of Boyce, Kimberley Nicole Moss of Alexandria, Diana Nemeh of Alexandria, Glenn A. Orr of Alexandria, Trenton Walker Owen of Alexandria, and Kacey Elizabeth Soldani of Moreauville.

Sophomores enrolled full-time receiving certificates were Jessica Beth Bates of Lena, David Michael Bordelon of Alexandria, Julie Lynn Bordelon of Marksville, Natalie Marie England of Pineville, Sylwester Lukasz Giemza of Pineville, Denise Michelle Marquiss of Pineville, William Lee Martin of Pineville, Tylar Logan Meeker of Colfax, Jessica Suzanne Parker of Colfax, Leigh Christine Schneider of Alexandria, and Krista Z. Winfree of Deville.

Full-time junior level students receiving certificates were Margarette L. Alexandre of Oakdale, Mandy Rae Carmouche of Alexandria, Ian Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte, Mikelle Davis LaPrairie of Deville, and Hayley Lynn Melancon of Pineville.

Full-time seniors honored were Angela Lacey Allred and Kristie Jolene Hebert Tyler, both of Deville.

Freshmen receiving certificates for academic excellence for maintaining a 3.7 grade point average or above while enrolled in 6 - 11 credit hours were Peggy Ann Baglio of Pineville, Jessica Robin Baker of Pineville, Deborah Marie Bess of Forest Hill, Bonnie Harris Branim of Pineville, Christina M. Mayeaux Dean of Pineville, Cynthia Renee Deville of Ville Platte, Clifton Roy Doughty of Pineville, Robert Andrew Doughty of Jonesville, Mary Delcomyn Futrell of Pollock, Danielle Lynn Johnson of Hessmer, Cassandra Lynn Ramsey of Ville Platte, Melissa Ann Richardson of Fort Polk and Wendi Vermaelen of Pineville.

Part-time sophomore Janice Kay McKay of Dry Prong was also recognized for academic excellence.

Ms. Callie Harvey, office coordinator for financial aid and scholarships, presented endowed and community scholarships to seven students. The Thomas and Barbara Allen Scholarship was awarded to Joni Michelle McCann of Pineville. The Elizabeth M. Bolton Art Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Marie Double of Lecompte. The Frances Sample Bolton Scholarship was given to Denise Michelle Marquiss of Pineville. The Barbara M. Martin Scholarship was awarded to Angela Lacey Allred of Deville and Mandy Rae Carmouche of Alexandria. William Lee Martin of Pineville was awarded the David A. Miller Scholarship. The Lavergne L. and D. Merrick Turpin Scholarship was awarded to Christina M. Dean of Pineville.