PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville recently held its annual Honors Convocation, a celebration of academic excellence and student achievement. Outstanding students in each academic major, from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coleman College of Business, were individually recognized. Members of honor societies, academic clubs and organizations and students named to the Dean’s List were also honored.
Individuals who received awards for outstanding academic achievement in their field of study were Brandon T. Bentley of Pikeville, art; Amber N. Wireman of Salyersville, biology; Bianca P. Workman of Belfry, business administration-accounting; Justin Prater of Pikeville, business administration-management; James E. Williams of Huddy, chemistry; Johanna McIntosh of Phelps, communication; Jacob B. Stratton of Stanville, computer science; Martha C. Wheeler of Buckhorn, criminal justice; Brandi Pugh Justice of Pikeville, English; Thomas Grajeda of Lynwood, Calif., film and media arts; Whitney J. Goodson of Jenkins, history; Bradlee A. Yoder of Wooster, Ohio, history/political science; Deressa Prater of Shelbiana, mathematics; Noah B. Hamilton of Pikeville, first-year nursing student; Katlynn D. Bates of Hazard, psychology; Rebecca L. Keene of Shelbiana, religion; Emily D. Castle of Williamsport, Ky., social work; and Demitri A. Curry of Stockbridge, Ga., sociology.
Education awards were presented to Rebekah Kate Wilhelm of Middletown, Ohio, elementary education, and Brandi Pugh Justice of Pikeville, secondary education.
Awards were presented to winners of the University of Pikeville Annual Writers’ Competition in the categories of critical writing, prose fiction, prose poetry and creative nonfiction. Sara Blackburn of Pikeville, earned first place in the creative nonfiction category for “The Note” and third place in prose fiction for her piece “Blank Canvas.” Amber Wireman was awarded first place in prose poetry for her work “Quarters” and second place for her prose fiction piece “Luna.” Jamie Van Dyke of Lick Creek, placed first in prose fiction for “Words to My Song.” The second place prize for prose poetry was awarded to Cari Moore of Hindman, for her piece “Waning and Waxing.” Third place in prose poetry went to James Alexander of Rogers, for “The Thorns, The Rose, and The Heart.” Ashley Estep of Phelps, earned first place with her critical writing piece “The Use of Zeugma to Create Satire in ‘The Rape of the Lock.’”
The fall Dean’s Lists from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coleman College of Business was comprised of 375 students who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher while carrying a minimum load of six semester hours of course work. Honor societies recognized included Alpha Mu Gamma, Beta Beta Beta-Pi Zeta Chapter, Lambda Sigma-Beta Gamma Chapter, Chi Omicron Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Beta Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Zeta-Beta Xi Chapter, Theta Alpha Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda. Academic team members and students named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities were also recognized.
“We are excited to be able to recognize student academic achievement at the University’s Honors Convocation. Providing students with quality learning experiences that will allow them to go forward and be successful in whatever career they choose is truly at the heart of the University of Pikeville,” said Thomas R. Hess, Ph.D., vice president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “With the Honors Convocation, the faculty has the opportunity to recognize those students who have truly achieved in their chosen field and have made the most of their opportunity for an education. I wish to congratulate all of the award winners and the students who were recognized on a job well done and wish them and all of our soon-to-be graduates the very best as they take their next step forward.”
“The University of Pikeville is pleased to honor the success of its students with the Honors Convocation. The students in the Coleman College of Business seek opportunities to become successful and victorious and we applaud their achievements,” said Howard V. Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business. “Ultimately, their accomplishments are the result of sacrifice, drive and diligence.”