SPINDALE — Dozens of Isothermal Community College’s finest students were praised for their exceptional academic efforts recently.

The annual Awards Day ceremony was held Friday, April 30, at the Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center.

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

Shafer enrolled at Isothermal Community College after serving six years in the US Air Force. Over the past two years, he has been a role model and leader. He has been the recipient of the student of the semester and an outstanding student in Business Sciences awards.

Shafer is president of Phi Beta Lambda and is an assistant in the Learning Center, where he works with faculty, staff, and students. This year, he will graduate with honors. He plans to transfer to a university to further his education in Accounting. Frank’s goal is to return to Isothermal as an instructor.

The award was presented by David Hunt, an Isothermal trustee who also serves on the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners.

Shafer was unable to attend the ceremony because he was at work, at a new job in his field in the Rutherford County finance department.

Dr. Margaret Annunziata, the college’s president, gave special recognition to Michaela Brackett, the student who was the college’s nominee for the Dallas Herring Award, a prestigious state-level honor. Annunziata also recognized Sarah Ellie Booth as the nominee for the North Carolina Community College System’s Gov. Bob Scott Student Leadership Award.

Many other awards were given that day, each to a student who has distinguished himself or herself in their academic endeavors. The awards, presented by the faculty members who nominated the various students, were given to:

Self — Enrichment Award — Academic Development, Andrew Moore

Freshman English Award, Christopher Michael Toney

Public Speaking Award, Shay E. Parton

Sophomore English Award , Katherine Elizabeth Linder

History Award, Adam Chinchar

Humanities Award, Emma Lovelace

Pre-Health Award, Litzy Vasquez

Biology Award, Amber Aldridge

Spanish Award, Kasey Smith

General Chemistry Award, Autumn Wanicka

Organic & Biochemistry Award, Citlalli Ramirez-Camacho

Mathematics Award, Matthew W. Heffron

Music Award, Audrey Watt

Physics Award, Joshua Pohlman

Psychology Award, Ellie Booth

Sociology Award, Cassidy Brooke Pinkerton

Accounting & Economics Award, Franklin Shaffer

Agribusiness Technology, Joseph Burton

Business Administration Award, Kimberly Swafford

Equine Business , Emily Holden

Information Technology, Brent Walker

Medical Office Administration Award, Cassandra Hattley

Dental Assisting, Leisa Brito

Esthetics , Margaret Ingles

Associate Degree Nursing, Nicole Moore

Human Services Technology, Eddy Jackson Corbin

Early Childhood Education Award, Jayme Williams

Criminal Justice Technology Award, Carson Jane Forward

Broadcasting & Production Technology, Mariah Elliott

Computer Engineering Technology Award — Academic Award, Karsten L. Kemick

Electrical Systems Technology, Dennis R Yelton

Electronics Engineering Technology Award — Academic Award, Benjamin B. Zacharzuk

Mechanical Drafting Technology, Joerik Castillo

Mechanical Engineering Technology, Ashley Brook Crowder

Welding Technology, Daniel Romero

Arts & Sciences Outstanding Student, Taylor Grace Davis

Arts & Sciences Outstanding Student, Aryssa Bowland

Arts & Sciences Outstanding Student, Huong T. Tran

Arts & Sciences Outstanding Student, Madison Smith

Applied Sciences & Engineering Outstanding Student, Alicia D McSwain

Applied Sciences & Engineering Outstanding Student, Mariah Elliott

Business Sciences Outstanding Student, Darrell Garland

Business Sciences Outstanding Student, Grace Waters

Business Sciences Outstanding Student, Pressley Allen

Business Sciences Outstanding Student , Kayla Roberson

Health & Public Services Outstanding Student, Amanda Marlow

Health & Public Services Outstanding Student, Melissa Tenpenny

Health & Public Services Outstanding Student, Rachel Ingle

Designee for the NCCCS Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award, Sarah Ellie Booth, and

Designee for the NCCCS Dallas Herring Achievement Award, Michaela Brackett.