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Outstanding students recognized at Awards Day ceremony

By: Mike Gavin
Published: May 02, 2023


SPINDALE (May 2, 2023) – Dozens of Isothermal Community College’s finest students were praised for their exceptional academic efforts last week. 

The annual Awards Day ceremony was held on Thursday, April 27, at the Performing Arts and Conference Center. Dr. Margaret Annunziata, the college’s president, welcomed the audience of students, friends, family, faculty and staff. 

This year’s Academic Excellence Award went to Kimberly Trivette. The award is the highest honor given to an Isothermal student each year.  

Special recognition was also given to Adrian Newton, the student who was the college’s nominee for the Dallas Herring Award, a prestigious state-level honor. Francisco Chavez was recognized as the nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Gov. Bob Scott Student Leadership Award. The William V. Lee Scholarship for a student in the field of criminal justice was awarded to Ryan Justin Lail.  Kaylee Hampton and Amitra Tutt were recognized as recipients of the State Employees Credit Union Scholarships. 

Members of this year’s Student Government Association were also recognized and thanked. They are: Francisco Chavez, president; Keith Wilson, vice president; Angela Ekstrom, secretary; Kimberly Trivette, Engineering & Applied Sciences senator; Aretha Edgerton, Business Sciences senator; Kara McCurry, Nursing senator; Wesley Elam, Broadcasting and CSI senator; Triston Simon, Machining senator; Jade Treece, Cosmetology senator; Joe Burton ECO Club senator; Kevin Juarez, FBLA senator; and Lisandra Hernandez-Cruz, Peer 2 Peer senator. 

Many other awards were given that evening, each to a student who has distinguished himself or herself in their academic endeavors. The Learning College Student of the Semester Awards were presented by Dr. Greg Thomas, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. The program awards were presented by the faculty members who nominated the various students. The awarded were presented to: 

Students of the Semester 

Debbie Hendrick, Academic Development 

Paige Sutherland, Academic Development  

Jason Paredes, Applied Sciences and Engineering Technologies 

Abril Walker, Applied Sciences and Engineering Technologies 

Kaylee Hampton, Business Sciences 

Sarah Gray, Business Sciences 

Maacah E. Oakes, Arts and Sciences  

Rebekah Oakes, Arts and Sciences  

Kinsley Paxton King, CCP College Transfer 

Emily Chiqui-Conder, Health and Public Services 

Seth Jackson, Health and Public Services 

Jamie Phillips, Health and Public Services 

Ty Gibson, Career Technical Pathway 

Courtney Card, College and Career Readiness  

Lindsey Gantt, College and Career Readiness  

Debbie Crist, Occupational Education, Polk 

Camille Alesia Ratliff, Occupational Education, Rutherford 

Caroline King, Rutherford Early College High School  

Elizabeth S. Lopez, Polk County Early College 


Departmental Outstanding Students 

Arts and Sciences 

Nathan Cox, and Kelly Newberry 


Applied Sciences and Engineering Technologies 

Wesley Elam, and Zack Probst 


Business Sciences 

Anna Lin Senter 


Health and Public Services 

Michaela Parton, and Darius “Rocky” Williams 

Program Awards 

Self-Enrichment Award: Academic Development – Ashley Rang 

Art – Audrey Doyle 

Biology – Allison Bach 

Biology: Pre-Allied Health – Francis Mendoza 

General Chemistry – David Ayden Hawkins 

Freshman English – Zaida Rosanne Cilone 

Sophomore English – Melody Maishman 

Humanities – Emma Hoosier 

Health Education – Lirah Wiggen 

Mathematics – Mark Watt 

Music – AshLynn Mathis 

General Physics – Kelly Newberry 

Public Speaking – Itzel Avellaneda-Cruz 

Sociology – Christina L. Thomas 

Spanish – Adrienne Batchelor 

Accounting and Economics – Sadie McBrayer 

Agribusiness Technology – Crystal Nicole “Nickie” Hudson 

Business Administration – Candace Hooper 

Equine Business – Anna Lin Senter 

Information Technology Game and Simulation – Perrin Swafford 

Medical Office Administration – Ashlyn Cox 

Associate Degree Nursing – Israel Roman 

Criminal Justice – Brandon Rothrock 

Associate of Arts Teacher Preparation – Carley Lawter 

Cosmetology – Mikayla Ledford 

Dental Assisting – Mikisha Akers 

Early Childhood Education – Jessica Marrow 

Esthetics – Madolyn Sain Hoots 

Human Services Technology – Allison-Joy Allen 

Practical Nursing – Latoria “Tori” Miller 

Advertising and Graphic Design – Kaylee Oakes 

Broadcasting and Production Technology – Amanda Waller 

Computer Engineering Technology – Caleb M. Woods 

Electronics Engineering Technology – Francisco H. Chavez 

Welding Technology – Julius Tolar 

Mechanical Engineering – Tristan Mistler

Category: Awards