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Students honored for outstanding achievement

Released: 04/26/2005

LSU Alexandria presented awards to 102 students during its 43rd Annual Student Awards Convocation on Monday. Dr. Thomas Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic affairs, delivered the convocation address.

The Colonel W.R. Middleton Honor Awards for outstanding service to the university and community were presented to three students. The Middleton Award was established in honor of Col. 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 Sophomore Honor Award was presented to Samuel Eugene Franks of Pineville.

The Col. W.R. Middleton Junior Honor Award was presented to Denise Michelle Marquiss of Pineville.

The Col. W.R. Middleton Senior Honor Award was presented to Gena LaRae Pritchard of Trout.

Dr. Judy Rundell, chair of the Department of Education, presented the Professional Disposition Award to Lisa Marie Osmun of Alexandria. Carolyn Voelker, associate professor of nursing, presented the Rapides Medical Society Alliance Award to Gracella Chris Prestridge of Pineville.

Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, LSU Alexandria chancellor, presented certificates to students who were named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. They are Laurie Lynn Carlock of Forest Hill, Ian Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte, Alicia Shontel Glorioso of Pineville, Alerise Linette Cornell Guillory of Alexandria, James Raymond McDonald of Alexandria, Jennifer Deere Monk of Alexandria and Gena LaRae Pritchard of Trout.

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, Victoria Deann Wiley of Pineville; Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Randy Paul Johns of Winnfield; College Republicans, Charissa Zenobia Bennett of Pineville; Future Leaders and Majors in Education, Amanda Jayne Bibbens of Jena; Paper Tiger, Michael D. Robertson of Alexandria; Sigma Tau Delta, Jessica Robin Scott of Deville; Student Government Association, Connie Ruth Cooper of Alexandria; Student Radiological Technology Association, Trenton Walker Owen of Alexandria.

The Outstanding Club of the Year Award was presented to the Future Leaders and Majors in Education for contributions to the campus and community services.

Dr. Thomas Armstrong, vice chancellor for academic affairs, presented medals for academic excellence in various disciplines. The award winners, by discipline, are: Amanda Kate Goss of Alexandria, accounting; Ian Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte, biology; Shuruk H. Alie of Alexandria, chemistry; Leena Khadar Abu-Khadar of Alexandria, clinical lab tech; Elizabeth Brown McCullough of Alexandria, criminal justice; Gloria D. Frazier Hill of Alexandria, early childhood education; Joni Langston McCann of Forest Hill, education; Jessica Suzanne Parker of Colfax, fine arts; Alicia Nicole Manuel of Hessmer, health sciences; Cena M. Mayo of Alexandria, history; Julie Bordelon Blanchard of Marksville, mathematics; Kristen Marie Devillier of Cottonport, nursing; Alice Diane Wiltse of Alexandria, political science; Dionne Theard of Alexandria, psychology; Heather Loni Whitson of Libuse, radiologic technology; Jennifer Doyle Green of Alexandria, sociology; Brandi Lynn Rabalais of Simmesport, speech; Jessica M. Double of Lecompte, theatre.

Medals for the highest grade-point average 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.

Twelve full-time freshmen were awarded medals for having the highest grade-point averages in their class. They are Christy L. Arnold of LaCamp, Jacquelyn Annette Coker of Monterey, Connie Anyan Durbin of Winnfield, Cherie Patrice Fretwell of Ville Platte, Jennifer Ann Laney Mathews of Alexandria, Leland G. McCullough IV of Alexandria, D’Ann Tower Merritt of Pineville, Lynette Morse Paul of Pollock, Abeer Salman Salam of Alexandria, Scott Anthony Tumminello of Woodworth, Dana Leigh Walker of Pineville and Alice Diane Wiltse of Alexandria.

Elizabeth Brown McCullough of Alexandria was honored as the full-time sophomore student with the highest grade-point average. Denise Michelle Marquiss of Pineville was named the full-time junior with the highest grade-point average. Joni Langston McCann of Forest Hill was honored as the full-time senior with the highest grade-point average.

Medals for academic excellence also were given to part-time students with the highest grade-point averages. Freshmen winners were Dodie Lynette Jones of Simmesport, Dana B. Skinner of Pineville and Gretchen Leigh Vasquez of Alexandria. The sophomore winner was Shelley Rose Jordan of Sikes, the junior winner was James Lee Lemoine of Marksville and the senior recipient was Joyce Ann Thompson of Colfax.

Certificates for academic excellence were presented to both full- and part-time students who had maintained a 3.7 cumulative grade-point average.

Full-time freshmen honored were Alicia R. Ardoin of Oakdale, Vanessa Ann Dauzat of Marksville, Aleshia A. Dement of Alexandria, Levelle Daniel Harris of Alexandria, Stacee L. Lacour of Alexandria, Danielle Clark McMickin of Hineston, Janet Ann Newsom of Simmesport, Jessica Lynn Paul of Pineville, Sarah Renee Quinney of Alexandria, Courtney A. Texada of Pollock and Stephanie Ann Whitley of Alexandria.

Full-time sophomores honored for maintaining a 3.7 cumulative GPA were Kimberly Renee Bordelon of Vick, Rayla Dvonne Crooks of Deville, Tiffany Mae Dauzat of Marksville, Christina M. Mayeaux Dean of Pineville, Cynthia Renee Deville of Ville Platte, Samuel Eugene Franks of Pineville, Liza Marie Jacobs of Marksville, Diana Nemeh of Alexandria and Kacey Elizabeth Soldani of Moreauville.

Full-time juniors honored for maintaining a 3.7 cumulate GPA were Margarette L. Alexandre of Oakdale, Jessica Beth Bates of Lena, Julie Bordelon Blanchard of Marksville, David Micheal Bordelon of Alexandria, Christine Michelle Ellis of Pineville, Sylwester Lukasz Giemza of Pineville, Hayley Lynn Melancon of Pineville, Kristi LeAnn Morin of Alexandria, Jessica Suzanne Parker of Colfax, Peggy Sue Parker of Colfax and Johannah C. Stokes of Alexandria.

Full-time seniors honored for maintaining a 3.7 cumulative GPA were Ian Michael Fontenot of Ville Platte, Mikelle Davis Laprairie of Bentley, William Lee Martin of Pineville and Dionne Theard of Alexandria.

Part-time freshmen honored for maintaining 3.7 cumulative GPAs were Sherrie Ann Allison of Jena, Derek Rex Boyd of Pollock, Mylinda Diane Desselle of Pineville, Christina G. Fontenot of Ville Platte, Ashley Denee Graham of Pineville, Elizabeth Dawn Hillman of Dry Prong, Ann Marie McDowell of Alexandria, Joey DeWayne McMickin of Hineston, Margaret C. Mealer of Alexandria, Beverly Faye Sauce of Campti and Issac Cade Soileau of Marksville.

Part-time sophomores honored for academic excellence were Peggy Ann Baglio of Pineville, Diane Ehresman of Fort Polk, Susannah Valzie Mae Hart of Mansura, Lori Opal Lorenz of Pineville, Trenton Walker Owen of Alexandria and Tina M. Skains of Winnfield.

Part-time junior Janice Kay Sudduth of Dry Prong was honored for maintaining a 3.7 cumulative grade-point average.

Kenn Posey, director of financial aid and scholarships, presented endowed and community scholarships to six students. The Frances Sample Bolton Scholarship was given to William Lee Martin of Pineville. The James C. Bolton Scholarship was presented to David Michael Bordelon of Alexandria. The Huie Dellmon Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Vickie Rea Bowman of Lecompte. The David Miller Scholarship went to Jason M. Leatherman of Boyce. The William and Alice Morros Scholarship was presented to Joey DeWayne McMickin of Hineston. The Valerie and Robert Neblett Scholarship was awarded to Gena LaRae Pritchard of Trout.