Awards Convocation Honors Scholarship and Service


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April 26, 2022
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Awards Convocation Honors Scholarship and Service

Photo: Current and former Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winners, from left, Sidney Carol Hall Barnhardt, Class of 2019; Bria Rochelle-Stephens, Class of 2018; Colby Hutson, Class of 2022; and Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar, Class of 2013. 

Montgomery, Ala.—Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Awards Convocation held Friday, April 22, 2022. Awards to individuals are included below; honor society inductions will be announced separately.

Departmental Awards


The Outstanding Art Student Award is given to the senior art major recognized as the most outstanding in art talent and achievement and in total academic attainment.

  • Caroline Elliott, Class of 2022, Spanish Fort, Alabama


The Accounting Achievement Award is given to the accounting student who exemplifies the professional and personal characteristics necessary for success in public accounting. This award is provided by the Montgomery Chapter of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Ashley Burke, Class of 2022, Morgan Hill, California

The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Award provides a scholarship to the outstanding accounting student selected by the ASCPA.

  • Paul Daniel Gordon, Class of 2022, Omaha, Nebraska


The Everett Lewis Bishop Award is given annually to the junior biology student(s) showing the greatest promise based on progress since entrance to Huntingdon.

  • Gabriel Pittman, Class of 2023, Fairhope, Alabama
  • McKayla Wilson, Class of 2023, Millbrook, Alabama

The Beta Beta Beta Award is presented annually by Huntingdon’s Beta Nu chapter of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary to the biology major who is judged to be the most outstanding senior in the field of biology.

  • Allison Fisher, Class of 2023, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Heidi Gilmore, Class of 2022, Prattville, Alabama


The Warren Andrews Award is presented to an outstanding senior business administration major in recognition of academic achievement, contributions, and leadership in business administration.

  • Dylan Bohling, Class of 2022, Woodstock, Georgia

The Wall Street Journal Award is given to the outstanding business graduate annually.

  • Anna Nutting, Class of 2022, Montgomery, Alabama

The Business Club Award is given to the most productive member of the Business Club, as chosen by the club’s members.

  • Anna Nutting, Class of 2022, Montgomery, Alabama


The Marion Black Cantelou Chemistry Award is given to the graduating senior chemistry major(s) whose skills in analytical and other areas of chemistry are judged by the faculty to be outstanding. General character and attitude are also considered for the award.

  • Colby Hutson, Class of 2022, Cullman, Alabama

The CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in chemistry during the freshman year.

  • Veronica Tikhomirova, Class of 2025, Barnegat, New Jersey

The American Institute of Chemists Award is given each year to the outstanding senior(s) majoring in chemistry. This award is based on recognition of potential advancement in professional chemistry and on leadership, ability, character, and scholastic achievement.

  • John Buford, Class of 2022, Auburn, Alabama

The Organic Chemistry Achievement Award is presented each year to one or more outstanding student(s) in organic chemistry as selected by the chemistry faculty.

  • Colin Whibbs, Class of 2023, Gulf Breeze, Florida

Margaret and Craig Kneisel Undergraduate Research Award in Chemistry

  • Kale Smith, Class of 2022, Huntsville, Alabama

Communication Studies

The Lambda Pi Eta Award is given annually to the outstanding senior communication studies major who is a member of the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honorary.

  • Jasmine Paynter, Class of 2023, Pensacola, Florida

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Award is given to the most outstanding student with a major in criminal justice.

  • Madison Gray, Class of 2022, Hope Hull, Alabama


The Julia Rinehart Hughes History Award was established by her family in memory of Ms. Hughes’ service as a member of the Huntingdon College faculty. This award recognizes a graduating senior who has exemplified, to an unusual degree, genuine interest in the study of history, and has maintained an outstanding record in history and in all college studies.

  • Nathaniel Hampson, Class of 2022, Victor, New York

The Irene Brinson Munro Award is given annually to a graduating senior majoring in history or government who has, at the beginning of the student’s final semester, the highest average in all attempted courses in all departments, and who will have, at graduation, at least 18 hours in world history and/or government and an academic grade point average of at least 3.00 in history courses.

  • Taylor Chestnutt, Class of 2022, Marietta, Ga.

The Hortense Batre-Colonial Dames Scholarship Award is awarded each year to an outstanding history major who must have completed at least twelve hours in American history. The award, established in 1938, is given in honor of Hortense Batre, the founder of the Society of Colonial Dames of Alabama.

  • Aiden Bruce, Class of 2023, Enterprise, Alabama

Houghton Library

The Student Art Purchase Prize Award is presented to the student whose artwork is purchased as an addition to the Houghton Library permanent collection.

  • Caroline Elliott, Class of 2022, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Languages and Literature

The Joseph L. Dean Memorial Award is given each year to the graduating English major(s) who have achieved the best academic average(s) in English coursework.

  • Alyssa Lear, Class of 2022, Honoraville, Alabama

The Frank T. Thompson Award for Creativity is given each year by the Huntingdon Publications Board to the student who has demonstrated the greatest creativity in work on student publications.

  • Erin Ray, Class of 2022, Piedmont, Alabama

The Algie Hardwick Hill Prize for Creative Writing is given to a student who, in the opinion of the English program faculty, deserves commendation for demonstrated creative writing ability and for contribution to the publishing of creative writing on the Huntingdon College campus.

  • Jordan Scott, Class of 2023, Deatsville, Alabama

Beginning Spanish Award

  • Ty Brown, Class of 2024, Alexander City, Alabama


The Mathematics Faculty Award is given to the student who has exhibited the greatest potential in the areas of creativity, innovation, scholarship, and service to the mathematical sciences.

  • Zachary Taylor Moenter, Class of 2023, Land-O-Lakes, Florida

The Earl Williams Mathematics Award is given to the senior who has made the highest achievement in the field of mathematics during the four years of the college course.

  • Eli Powell, Class of 2022, Bay Minette, Alabama


The Lela Niles Music Award is given to the outstanding music graduate.

  • Tiara Griffin, Class of 2022, Montgomery, Alabama

Political Science

Political Science Awards are given to students who combine high achievement in Political Science courses with outstanding academic achievement generally.

  • Christopher Mayer, Class of 2022, Bennington, Vermont


The L.G. Bailey Psychology Award was established by Mrs. Frances Saunders Britt in memory of her Huntingdon professor, Dr. L.G. Bailey. The award is given annually to the senior(s) judged to be the outstanding student(s) of the year in psychology.

  • Mara Durham, Class of 2022, Panama City, Florida
  • Anna Vaughn, Class of 2022, Alabaster, Alabama


The Louise Panigot Award is presented to the senior graduating with a major in the field of religion whose overall academic average in all subjects is above 3.0 and who, in the judgment of the departmental faculty, holds the greatest promise for scholarly achievement in the field of philosophy and in the academic study of religion.

  • Clara (Katy) Pass, Class of 2022, Prattville, Alabama

The Lessie Mae Hall Stone Award is presented to the graduating senior with a major in the Department of Religion who has the highest academic average for all courses in all departments through the academic term preceding the granting of the award. A minimum 3.0 academic grade point average is required.

  • Stephen Thornton, Class of 2022, Wetumpka, Alabama

Sport Science and Physical Education

The Kedra Curtis Memorial Sport Management Award is given to the outstanding graduate in sport management.

  • Dylan Bohling, Class of 2022, Woodstock, Georgia

The Exercise Science Award is given to the outstanding student majoring in exercise science.

  • Lydia Lewis, Class of 2022, Sweet Water, Alabama

Teacher Education

The Lois B. Gholston Award is given each year to the most outstanding senior who is preparing to teach in the area of elementary education.

  • Haley Huckbay, Class of 2022, Ashville, Alabama

Center for Career and Vocation

Awards for Internship Excellence

  • Timothy Brown, Class of 2022, Millbrook, Alabama
  • Ashanti Thomas, Class of 2022, Tallassee, Alabama
  • Paul Christopher (Chris) Williams, Class of 2022, Pelham, Alabama

College Awards

Jane Williams Awards

In 1946, Jane Williams of Miami, Florida, a 1942 Huntingdon graduate, established an endowment for these freshman awards. In her view, the endowment enabled her “to make a more substantial gift toward the building of a greater Huntingdon.”

The Jane Williams Scholastic Achievement Award is given to the sophomore-level students who earned the highest grade point averages during their freshman year. This year’s Jane Williams Scholastic Achievement Award recipients, who are members of the Class of 2024, are:

  • Madison Grace Clay, Columbia, Alabama
  • Abigail Grace Cook, Moulton, Alabama
  • Olivia Renae Elmore, Bessemer, Alabama
  • Tyler Brandon England, Navarre, Florida
  • Andrew Walker Fortson, Helena, Alabama
  • Jon-David Freeman, Pell City, Alabama
  • Maxwell Bo Gardner, Decatur, Alabama
  • Meredith Grace Head, Whitesburg, Georgia
  • Jadyn Brooke Helm, Cypress, Texas
  • Keeley Lyn Johnson, Deatsville, Alabama
  • Beatrice Sheldon-Lisa Lindqvist, Semmes, Alabama
  • Austin Tanner Linville, Dade City, Florida
  • Mary Grace McInnis, Geneva, Alabama
  • Erin Elizabeth McIntyre, Selma, Alabama
  • Nevaeh Jomae McIntyre, Pelham, Alabama
  • Peter Matthew Meilunas, Fairhope, Alabama
  • Jayden Nicole Quire, Enterprise, Alabama
  • Cameron Andre Reynolds, Anniston, Alabama
  • Aaron Michael Schlipp, Crestview, Florida
  • Brooke Marie Stefankiewicz, Salisbury, Missouri
  • Emily Jo Stehl, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Ann Campbell Thornton, Wetumpka, Alabama
  • Elizabeth Lynn Todd, Gay, Georgia
  • Logan Dayne Wilson, Wetumpka, Alabama

The Jane Williams Award for Service is given to the sophomore who made a significant contribution to College activities through leadership and participation during the student’s freshman year:

  • Natalie Harris, Class of 2024, Phenix City, Alabama

The Jane Williams Award for Sports is given to the sophomore student who was a leader in intramural sports during the freshman year.

  • Connor Recio, Class of 2024, Tampa, Florida

Other College Awards

The Sara Lee Insley Dunbar Scholastic Award is presented annually to the sister of Alpha Omicron Pi who has earned the highest overall G.P.A. The award was established by Sara Lee Insley Dunbar ’52  in honor of the outstanding education  she and her daughter, Dorothy Dunbar Rogers ’78, received at  Huntingdon College.

  • Vivian Scott, Class of 2023, Peachtree City, Georgia

The Christopher H. Cain Award is given to the outstanding SGA senator(s) as chosen by the Student Government Association.

  • Savana Carter, Class of 2023, Trussville, Alabama
  • Andrew Hines, Class of 2022, Montgomery, Alabama

The Jimmy Baker Spirit Award is given to the most outstanding registered student organization that has been the most active at Huntingdon College during the academic year.

  • The Huntingdon Student Government Association

The Virginia Hicks Sutter Community Service Award is presented to a full-time student in good standing who has completed the most community service hours both on- and off-campus.

  • Gabrien Dunn, Class of 2024, Andalusia, Alabama

The Margaret Hicks Shadoin Community Service Award is presented to the student organization that completes the most community service hours as a group.

  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

The Dean Fran Taylor Award recognizes outstanding spirit and support of Huntingdon student life and of the Huntingdon campus community:

  • Christopher Mayer, Class of 2022, Bennington, Vermont
  • Anna Nutting, Class of 2022, Montgomery, Alabama

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes outstanding community service, faith, and character among students at Huntingdon College.

  • Colby Hutson, Class of 2022, Cullman, Alabama

Faculty Awards

The Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd III Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to an outstanding junior member of the faculty:

  • Dr. Sara Shoffner, Assistant Professor of Sport Management

The Exemplary Teacher Award is presented annually to an outstanding senior member of the faculty (tenured) who has not won the award in the last five years.

  • Mr. James Hilgartner, Professor of English

The Winn and Gordon Chappell Academic Enrichment Award, presented annually during Commencement Exercises to the member of the faculty who has demonstrated exceptional student engagement and student achievement in the arts and sciences:

  • Dr. Marcus Witcher, Assistant Professor of History

The Julia Lightfoot Sellers Award is presented annually to a faculty member voted upon by the junior and senior classes as having most inspired them to nobility of purpose and integrity of character and rekindled within them a deeper desire for learning. The award was presented this year by the Honorable William Sellers, associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, in memory of his grandmother, for whom the award is named, a member of the Class of 1907.

  • Allison Mugno, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ms. Bria Imani Rochelle-Stephens, Huntingdon Class of 2018, Instructor of Religion

Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church.


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