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Awards convocation honors top students

Released: 05/01/2006

LSU Alexandria presented 105 awards during its 44th Student Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 25. A.C. Buchanan, president and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center, delivered the convocation address.

Top awards went to four recipients of the Colonel W.R. Middleton Honor Award. The award – the highest student service honor – was established in honor of Col. W.R. Middleton, who came to LSUA as a counselor and assistant professor of geography when the university was first established in August 1960. One student is honored from each grade level. The honorees are Liza Marie Jacobs of Marksville, senior; Samantha H. Cotten of Trout, junior; Leland G. McCullough IV of Alexandria, sophomore; and Jenna Monique Fontenot of Alexandria, freshman.

The Outstanding Club of the Year Award was presented to Circle K International for contributions to the campus and community service.

Medals for academic excellence were presented in various disciplines. The award winners by discipline are:

Accounting, Janice Kay Sudduth of Dry Prong; Biology, James Raymond McDonald of Alexandria; Business, Eric Gregory Sallinger of Alexandria; Chemistry, Richard Taylor Golmon of Alexandria; Compuer Information Systems: Clifton Roy Doughty of Pineville; Criminal Justice, Tyler Paul Hebert of Pineville; Clinical Lab Technician, Lisa Marie Poret of Mansura; Communication Studies, Brandi Lynn Rabalais of Simmesport; Early Childhood Education, Kimberley Nicole Moss of Alexandria; Education, Johannah C. Stokes of Alexandria; English, Gabriel Joseph Guillory of Plaucheville; Fine Arts, Anna Margaret Hughey of Pineville; History, Cena M. Mayo of Alexandria; Mathematics, Phillip L. Toth of Pineville; Nursing, Tina M. Skains of Winnfield; Political Science, Sabrina Nichole Street of Colfax; Psychology, Michael Gene Carmouche Jr. of Alexandria; Radiologic Technology, Jackie Annette Landry of Ville Platte; Religion, Malinda Lee Holloway of Forest Hill; Theatre, Yolande Mae Thornhill of Pineville.

The Professional Disposition Award was given to Christine Michelle Ellis of Pineville. The Rapides Medical Society Alliance Award went to Vickie Rea Bowman of Lecompte.

Endowed and community scholarships were presented to six students. The Barbara Martin Scholarship was presented to Brian Joseph LaBorde of Marksville; the David Miller Scholarship went to Jason M. Leatherman of Boyce; the Huie Dellmon Nursing Scholarship went to Vickie Rea Bowman of Lecompte; the LSUA Endowment Scholarship was presented to Ean Ramsey Parker of Simpson; the Valerie and Robert Neblett Scholarship was awarded to Gena Larae Pritchard of Trout; and the Lavergne and Merrick Turpin Scholarship was awarded to Jeremy Adam Moreau of Alexandria.

Students also received certificates in recognition of outstanding service as student leaders in campus organizations. The organizations and the student leaders are: Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Jessica Maurine Reed of Deville; Circle K, Desiree Mary Fruge of Hessmer; College Republicans, Charissa Zenobia Bennett of Pineville; Future Leaders and Majors in Education, Kimberly Elaine Craig of Pineville.

Dr. Robert Cavanaugh presented certificates to students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. They are Charissa Zenobia Bennett of Pineville, Lee Aaron Blakney of Pineville, Brandie J. Carter of Dry Prong, Connie Ruth Cooper of Alexandria, Christine Michelle Ellis of Pineville, Samuel Eugene Franks of Pineville, Desiree Mary Fruge of Hessmer, Terry Gordy Guillory of Pineville, Kristi Leann Morin of Alexandria, Lisa Marie Osmun of Alexandria, Carla Sophia Piazza of Marksville, Melissa A. Snyder of Glenmora and Johannah C. Stokes of Alexandria.

The Shakespeare Award went to Gabriel Joseph Guillory of Plaucheville.

The full-time senior honored for having the highest grade-point average was Denise Michelle Marquiss of Pineville.

Full-time seniors honored for maintaining 3.7 GPAs were Sylwester Lukasz Giemza of Pineville, Hayley Lynn Melancon of Pineville, Kristi Leann Morin of Alexandria, Jessica Suzanne Parker of Colfax, Johannah C. Stokes of Alexandria and Janice Kay Sudduth of Dry Prong.

The part-time senior with the highest grade-point average is Margarette L. Alexandre of Oakdale.

Part-time seniors honored for maintaining 3.7 GPAs were Christine Michelle Ellis of Pineville and Tellin Fontenot of Ville Platte.

The full-time junior honored for having the highest grade-point average in his class was Rodney Emmett Flippo of Marksville. The part-time junior with the highest GPA is Peggy Ann Baglio of Pineville.

Full-time juniors honored for maintaining 3.7 cumulative GPAs were Kimberly Renee Bordelon of Vick, Samantha H. Cotten of Trout, Rayla Dvonne Crooks of Deville, Cynthia Renee Deville of Ville Platte, Liza Marie Jacobs of Marksville, Dana Stokes Lyles of Forest Hill, Ashley C. Weaver of Oakdale.

The full-time sophomore with the highest grade-point average is Lynette Morse Paul of Pollock.

Full-time sophomores honored for maintaining 3.7 cumulative GPS were Dalia Hussein Abdelhalim of Alexandria, Levelle Daniel Harris of Alexandria, Kacey Elizabeth Meche of Cottonport, Jessica Lynn Paul of Pineville, Abeer Salman Salam of Alexandria.

Part-time sophomores honored for having the highest GPAs are Christy L. Arnold of Lacamp and Jacquelyn Annette Coker of Monterey.

Part-time sophomores honored for maintaining 3.7 GPAs were Derek Rex Boyd of Pollock, Clifton Roy Doughty of Pineville, Ann Marie McDowell of Alexandria and Brandy Nicole Procell of Lena.

Five full-time freshmen were awarded medals for having the highest grade-point averages in their class. They are Brittany S. Alwell of Deville, Jackie R. Bonnette of Marksville, Elise Michel Kelone of Bunkie, James A. Lind of Pineville, Kathleen A. Watson of Alexandria.

Full-time freshman honored for maintaining 3.7 GPAs were Leslie Fern Baker of Pollock, Amanda Pauline Beaubouef of Deville, Vernon Daniel Blood of Saint Landry, Tanya Michelle Brocato of Deville, Kimberly Gilchrist Johnson of Glenmora, Nicole Ashley Martin of Cheneyville, Amber Michelle Williams of Pineville.

Part-time freshmen with the highest grade-point averages were Chad Anthony Grantham of Pollock, Wesley Paul Johnson of Pineville, Tina Renee O''Neale of Ball and Cecilia Marin Thoma of Pineville.

Part-time freshmen honored for maintaining 3.7 GPAs were Rocky James Catoire of Ville Platte, Tammy Dalaine Edmonds of Jena, Amy Marie Hauser of Fort Polk, Mary Allyson Hawthorne of Alexandria, Tracy Myers Kidder of Boyce, Tammy Gayle McCowan of Montgomery, Monica Ann Mundy of Lecompte, Derrick Frank Perdue of Lena.