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.