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Walters State Celebrates Academic Excellence
April 24, 2019

Walters State Community College celebrate the academic success of outstanding students with its annual Honors Day Banquet on April 23. 
Tara Chambers, a hotel and restaurant major, received the college’s highest honor, the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Chambers graduated in December, 2018, with a near-perfect grade point average. She volunteered with many local organizations and worked full-time at Maples Motor Inn while a student.
Ashley B. Long of Tazewell was named the Outstanding Claiborne County Campus Student. Madelyn C. Ochs of Kingston and Noah B. Templin of Sevierville were named the Outstanding Sevier County Campus Students. Flor Judith Reynosa Vieryra of Greeneville was named the Outstanding Niswonger Campus Student. 
Kindall Painter of Morristown was recognized as the outstanding staff member of “Gallery,” the college’s literary and arts magazine. Daphne Salvador-Reyes was honored as the Student Government Association Presdent and Katey M.Gibson was honored as the Senators Pages President. 
Two students were recognized as Dual Enrollment College students. Lauren Eccles of Jefferson City and Lynnsey M. Saylor of Tazewell.
Mickala A. Michael of Sevierville and Kaley D. Nicely of New Market received the Faculty Senate Scholarship. 
The following students were honored for receiving Phi Theta Kappa 5-Star Competitive Edge: Pierce D. Morgan of New Market; Lauren Eccles of Jefferson City; Cole Horner of Russellville; Nicholas E. Stephan of  Morristown; Daphne Salvador-Reyes of Morristown; and Austin Hurd of Dandridge.  

Departmental awards are listed below.

Psychology: Sydney H. Price of Morristown
Early Childhood Education: Hannah Palmer of Newport
Education: S. Elizabeth Stimmell of Mohawk
Accounting: Chun Lu of Morristown and Jacob K. Pinkston of Rogersville
Business Administration: Nayland J. Price of Morristown
Business Management: Brenda Nava-Maldonado of Morristown
Culinary Arts: Madelyn C. Ochs of Kingston
Hotel and Restaurant Management: Tara Chambers of Sevierville
Paralegal Studies: Mahala Kinkead of Church Hill
Debate: Jonathan Lock of Talbott and Hannah Monday of Dandridge
Creative Writing: Victoria Mullins of Jefferson City
English: Victoria Mullins of Jefferson City
Essays of Excellence: Katrina M. Bosse of Bean Station
Music: Mark Stubblefield of Morristown and Noah B. Templin of Sevierville
Philosophy: Victoria Mullins of Jefferson City
Spanish: Una Seckler of Chuckey
Studio Arts: Maria L. Moradel of Strawberry Plains and Sierra R. Stanley of Mascot
Biology: Ayesha Khan and Asma Khan, both of Pigeon Forge
Chemistry: Katey Gibson of Sneedville
Physics: Joshua D. Norton of Morristown
Mathematics: Jenna N. Sims of Morristown
Pre-Engineering: Edward M. Strohofer of Duffield, Va. 
Health Information Technology: Rachael B. Zachary of Johnson City
Medical Coding: Patrick Phillips of Morristown
Medical Insurance: Kaitlyn B. Cox of Jonesborough
Nursing, Niswonger Campus: Erin J. Dailey of Midway
Nursing, Morristown Campus (Fall, 2018): Melinda N. Hrobuchak of White Pine
Nursing, Morristown Campus (Spring, 2019) Lily Vail of Bean Station
Nursing Career Mobility: Kirsty J. Waddell of Parrottsville
Nursing, Sevier County Campus: Katherine W. Shrader of Sevierville
Pharmacy Technician: Tammy L. Amburgey of Sharps Chapel
Physical Therapist Assistant: Noah C. Gardner of Knoxville
Respiratory Care: Amanda Cagle of Greeneville
Surgical Technology: Kelli D. Banks of Kodak
Paramedic: Timothy Mize of Afton
Criminal Justice: Kenzie L. Jenkins of Newport
Fire Science: Jeffrey D. Foster of Rutledge
Agriculture: Corley D. Rogers of Speedwell
Computer Information: Christian T. Myers of Sevierville
Engineering Technology: Abigail K. Altenberger of Bean Station

Outstanding Student Athletes
Women’s Basketball: Dulcy Fankam Menjuiadeu
Baseball: Gage B. Gilliam of Spring Hill
Volleyball: Sydney G. Hurd of Kingsport
Men’s Basketball: Jaden E. Lewis of Spring Hill
Golf: Andrew S. Linkous of Cleveland
Softball: Alexi J. McDowell of Gray
Cheerleading: Daphne J. Salvador-Reyes of Morristown