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Thursday, May 9, 2019

UACCM Honors Top Students


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Drafting instructor Kristen Karetov and student Timothy "Will" Church

The year's most outstanding students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton were honored at a Student Recognition Awards Ceremony, an annual gathering of faculty, staff, and families joining students to celebrate their accomplishments.

Every department nominates students to receive awards based on academic excellence in their field of study. Awards are also given from the UACCM Student Activities and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society to outstanding students for their engagement at the college community and organization. A student ambassador is also selected as Ambassador of the Year.

During the ceremony, a representative from each department presents the award to the student, while comments about their achievements written by faculty and staff are read aloud. Darren Jones, vice chancellor of student services, pressed the importance of the annual ceremony for the college and student life. 

“The student recognition ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate our best and brightest students," Jones said. "The students receiving an award have done great things at UACCM in and out of the classroom and are deserving of the recognition and the outstanding comments from our great faculty and staff.”

Those recognized are as follows by the department with their hometown:

Department of Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
Randal L. Edwards, Center Ridge
Warren G. Schleiff, Conway

Department of Automotive Service Technology
Clay Brewer, Pangburn

Department of Business
Gabriela Carbajal, Russellville
Shane Hillis, Russellville
Andrea Mathes, Plumerville 

Department of Business Transfer
Madeline Brodsky, Conway

Department of Computer Information Systems Technology 
Tammy Spires-Wescott, Springfield

Department of Drafting
Timothy “Will” Church, Conway

Department of Early Childhood Development
Wipapattara Chantha, Conway

Department of Education
Kirstan Jordan, Conway
Hayden Pearce, Conway

Department of English
Jade Landrum, Russellville

Department of History and Social Science
Jeanette Echavarria-Herrera, Conway
Maizey Harper, Shirley
David Wiggins, Conway

Department of Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Richard ‘Dub’ Junyor, Greenbrier
Jacob Keck, Cabot

Department of Mathematics
Bradley Cormell, Conway
Ky Sartin, Greenbrier
Robert C. Teal, Conway

Department of Nursing
Heidi Doucette, Dardanelle
Ashley Newton, Greenbrier

Department of Nutrition
Mary Laura Reece, Vilonia

Department of Science
Anna Marroquin, Dardanelle
Peter Woodson, Conway
Lia York, Conway

Department of Speech
Sarah Fulmer, Conway
Michael Gant, Conway

Department of Surveying
Kirsten S. Wood, Morrilton

Department of Welding Technology
Joseph Brasko, Hattieville

Phi Theta Kappa
Kristen Gipson, Atkins
David Wiggins, Conway

Student Activities Board
Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Student Ambassador
Benjamin Cathcart, Mayflower