Ellis College honors outstanding students

ARKADELPHIA – Henderson State University’s Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences honored several students for their creative and academic accomplishments at the annual Student Awards Ceremony April 11 in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall.

Outstanding Creative Accomplishment awards

Recipients of the Outstanding Creative Accomplishment awards are selected based on artistic accomplishment, research or service to others. Each department within the Ellis College selects a student to receive the award. The 2019 recipients are: Erica Hamilton of Royal, art; Carlon Q. Gragg of Malvern, biological sciences; Emily Williford of Hot Springs Village, chemistry and biochemistry; Leighton Hall of Hot Springs, communications and theatre arts; Joseph Kalinowski of Searcy, communications and theatre arts; Tessa Walthour of DeQueen, English, foreign languages, and philosophy; Raven Morris of Texarkana, Texas, music; Tori Bowen of Clarendon, nursing; Joseph Dees of Hot Springs, engineering and physics; Jarvis Warren of Texarkana, Texas, engineering and physics; Brady Nix of Camden, psychology; and Eric Gaither of Bismarck, sociology, human services, and criminal justice.

Outstanding Graduating Senior awards

Each department within the Ellis College selects one student from each major to receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. The students must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher and have either graduated in the fall semester or be eligible to graduate in the spring semester.

Awards were presented to: Katie Nix of Sparkman, art education; Shiloh Goecke of Atlanta, Texas, biology; Nathan Steadman of Hot Springs, biochemistry; Easton Cowart of Glenwood, communication; Magee-Lee Preston of The Colony, Texas, theatre; Rebekah Teel of Dallas, mass media; Thomas Hodges of Little Rock, Spanish; Ryen Gillespie of Hot Springs, statistics; Raven Morris of Texarkana, Texas, music education; Jake Wyatt of Rosie, music; Kayla Green of Smackover, nursing; Chase Brooks of Mabelvale, engineering; Thomas Hodges of Little Rock, physics; Katlynn Williams of Arkadelphia, psychology; Dalton Wright of Pearcy, history; Eric Brown of Glenwood, political science; Grant Gaston of Hot Springs, public administration and public management; Bailey Hughes of Hot Springs, social science education; and Samantha Loy of Arkadelphia, criminal justice.

Outstanding Academic Achievement awards

The Ellis College recognizes up to 36 students for Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards. Selected students have a minimum GPA of 3.50. Other considerations might include difficulties overcome in maintaining high academic standards, quality of involvement in campus activities, leadership, and service to the university community.

Juniors

Awards for Outstanding Junior Academic Achievement were presented to: Erica Hamilton of Royal, art; Mercedes Thompson of Siloam Springs, biological sciences; Preston Stricklin of Benton, chemistry and biochemistry; Jacob Glasgow of De Queen, communications and theatre arts; Kassady Chandler of Donaldson, English, foreign languages and philosophy; Kayla Earnest of Malvern,  mathematics, computer science and statistics; Jordan Parker of Texarkana, Texas, music; Kayla Green of Smackover, nursing; Katlynn Williams of Arkadelphia, psychology; Eric Brown of Glenwood, social sciences; and Kaitlyn Hall of Star City, sociology, human services and criminal justice.

Sophomores

Awards for Outstanding Sophomore Achievement were presented to: Sarah Ragan of Liberty, Missouri, art; Chloe Cline of Benton, biological sciences; Colten Smith of Texarkana, Texas, chemistry and biochemistry; Harley Whisenhunt of Hot Springs, communications and theatre arts; Thomas Geigley of Hempstead, English, foreign languages and philosophy; Bryan Neal of Benton, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Justin Kennedy of Lewisville, music; Olivia Kinder of Benton, nursing; Rebecca Voss of Arkadelphia, engineering and physics; Sydney Calvert of Cabot, psychology; Mia Sheets of Cabot, social sciences; and Racheal Lewis, sociology, human services and criminal justice.

Freshmen

Recipients of the Freshman Academic Achievement awards are: Anissa Burton of Siloam Springs, art; Keairra Jackson of New Edinburg, biological sciences; Emily Harness of Cabot, chemistry and biochemistry; Tiara Burgess of Arkadelphia, communications and theatre arts; Whitley Cross of El Dorado, English, foreign languages and philosophy; Parker Williams of Prescott, mathematics, computer science and statistics; Kelly Foret of East Sheridan, music; Emmery Boyd of Amity, nursing; Thomas DePriest III of Lake City, psychology; and Joseph Gateley of Greenwood, social sciences.

Creative Accomplishment

Creative Accomplishment
Front row from left: Erica Hamilton, Quincy Gragg, Emily Williford, Leighton Hall, Joseph Kalinowski, Tessa Walthour. Back row: Raven Morris, Tori Bowen, Jarvis Warren, Brady Nix, and Eric Gaither

Seniors

Outstanding Seniors
Front row from left: Katie Nix, Shiloh Goecke, Nathan Steadman, Rebekah Teel, Thomas Hodges, Ryen Gillespie, and Raven Morris. Back row: Jake Wyatt, Kayla Green, Dalton Wright, Eric Brown, Grant Gaston, Bailey Hughes, and Samantha Loy

Juniors

Outstanding Juniors
Front row from left: Angel Olguin, Alani Snowden, Colten Smith, Julie Young, and Bryan Neal. Back row: Emren Akdamar, Lacey Parker, Jamie Carmack, Charles Shane Raper, and Marvin Simmons

Sophomores

Outstanding Sophomores
Front row from left: Samuel McWhorter, Grace Wills, Chloe Cline, and Kayla Reese. Back row: Adrian Hernandez, Jennifer Burks, and Isaac Cross

Freshmen

Outstanding Freshmen
Front row from left: Emily Blaylock, Lauren Camp, Sarah Miller Sawyer Hardage, Christina Murphy, and William Stracner