Huntingdon Awards Convocation Recap


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April 22, 2024
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Dr. Anthony Leigh,

Huntingdon Awards Convocation Recap

Montgomery, Ala.—Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Awards Convocation held Friday, April 19, 2024. Awards to individuals are included below; honor society inductions will be announced separately.

Departmental Awards


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.

  • Max Gardner ’24, Decatur, Alabama


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.

  • Richie Hicks ’25, Wetumpka, Alabama
  • Nathan Johns ’25, Jemison, 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.

  • Seth Killam ’24, Century, Florida


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

  • Austin Linville ’24, Zephyrhills, Florida

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

  • Austin Linville ’24, Zephyrhills, Florida

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

  • John Gaal ’24, Mobile, 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.

  • Will Pilgrim ’24, Tuscumbia, Alabama

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

  • Easton Frank ’27, Elberta, Alabama

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.

  • Rhiannon Sevier ’24, Salem, 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.

  • Nathan Johns ’25, Jemison, Alabama

Margaret and Craig Kneisel Undergraduate Research Awards in Chemistry are given to the students judged to be the most outstanding performers in undergraduate research. The students must be graduating seniors and have had a leading role in original research that has led to at least one external publication or presentation at a conference or symposium.

  • Sara-Elizabeth Heathcock ’24, Anniston, 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.

  • Brooke Stefankiewicz ’24, Salisbury, Missouri

Criminal Justice

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

  • Jack Young ’24, Mechanicsville, Virginia


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.

  • Charla Jennings ’25, Saraland, Alabama

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.

  • Camden Cochran ’25, Woodstock, Georgia

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.

  • Savannah Smith ’25, Mobile, Alabama

Houghton Library

The Libris Award is given to an outstanding student library assistant recognizing exemplary performance of responsibilities in a manner contributing to a high level of library service.

  • Victoria Grimes ’24, 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 highest academic average(s) in English coursework.

  • Breanna Smith ’24, Blountsville, 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.

  • Cale Chambliss ’27, Decatur, Alabama

Beginning Spanish Award

  • Jackson Pickering ’26, Alabaster, Alabama


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

  • Conner Bradford ’24, Millbrook, Alabama
  • Bailey Huston ’25, Winterset, Iowa
  • Ryan McFarling ’26, Southside, Alabama

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.

  • Hannah Grace McDavid ’24, Prattville, Alabama


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

  • Rachael Williams Jackson ’23, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jalyn Lewis ’24, Alabaster, Alabama


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.

  • Emily Jo Stehl ’24, Montgomery, Alabama

The Outstanding Service Award is awarded to the psychology or criminal justice major who has made significant contributions to departmental activities.

  • Jayden Quire ’24, Enterprise, 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.

  • Terryn Abner ’24, Montgomery, Alabama

The Louise Panigot Religion and Philosophy Award is presented annually to the senior graduating with a major in Religion and whose overall academic average in all subjects is above 3.0 and who, in the judgment of the department faculty, holds great promise for scholarly achievement in seminary.

  • Conner Bradford ’24, Millbrook, Alabama

Sport Science and Physical Education

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

  • Dylanie Chappel ’24, Lebannon, Pennsylvania

The Exercise Science Award is given to the outstanding student majoring in exercise science who displays outstanding scholarship and service to both the college and the community.

  • Nevaeh McIntyre ’24, Pelham, Alabama

The Physical Educator of the Year Award is given to the physical education or sport studies student who demonstrates distinguished academic achievement, character, leadership, and service above fellow prospective graduates.

  • Daniel Phillips ’24, Highland Home, Alabama

Teacher Education

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

  • Natalie Harris ’24, Phenix City, Alabama

The Henry L. Bonner Award is given to the most outstanding senior in teacher education.

  • Breanna Smith ’24, Blountsville, Alabama

Center for Career and Vocation

Awards for Internship Excellence

  • Dylanie Chappel ’24, Lebannon, Pennsylvania
  • Adam Kilpatrick ’24, Andalusia, Alabama
  • Brooke Stefankiewicz ’24, Salisbury, Missouri

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 2026, are:

  • Lex Acevado ‘26, Loganville, Georgia
  • Jeremy Autin ’26, Mandeville, Louisiana
  • Lindsey Holland ’26, Athens, Alabama
  • Charlie Hollis ’26, Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Elizabeth Lancaster ’26, Wetumpka, Alabama
  • Elli Lorance ’26, Falkville, Alabama
  • Caroline Masker ’26, Slidell, Louisiana
  • Corwin Nance ’26, Montgomery, Alabama
  • McKenzie Phillips ’26, Leeds, Alabama
  • Jackson Pickering ’26, Alabaster, Alabama
  • Maggie Schaub ’26, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Savannah Smith ’25, Mobile, Alabama
  • Kamryn Spear ’26, Littleton, Colorado
  • Haley Sutherland ’26, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Briana Willis ’26, Milton, Florida
  • Alyssa Wynn ’26, Pelham, Alabama
  • Blair Wyrsodick ’26, Elba, 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:

  • Jahunna Neston ’26, Loachapoka, Alabama

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

  • Myles Murphy ’26, Mobile, Alabama

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.

  • Katie Wade ’25, Phenix City, Alabama

The Christopher H. Cain Award is given to the outstanding male and female SGA senators.

  • Gage Kettlewell ’26, Dayton, Ohio
  • Shannon McCarty ’24, Boulder, Colorado

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.

  • Hispanics, Latinx and Friends

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.

  • Aidan Cox ’27, Arab, Alabama

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

  • Huntingdon Men’s Basketball Team

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

  • Conner Bradford ’24, Millbrook, Alabama
  • Nevaeh McIntyre ’24, Pelham, Alabama

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

  • Natalie Harris ’24, Phenix City, 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:

  • Erin Chandler, Assistant Professor of English

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.

  • Kristine Copping, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Criminal Justice; Professor of Psychology

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:

  • Jason Borders, Professor of Religion

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.

  • Claire Bridges, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.


Huntingdon College, in accordance with Title IX and Section 106.8 of the 2020 Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, other applicable federal and state law, and stated College policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.  Similarly, it prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age and/or national origin in its education program.

Dr. Anthony J. Leigh

Dr. Anthony J. Leigh

Senior Vice President for Student and Institutional Development; Dean of Students
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