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News Release

Student Achievements Recognized

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Released on April 24, 2014

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored its outstanding students during the College’s annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony, held April 17, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Chesterfield County. The following awards were presented (zip codes follow recipient names):

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges 
Students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; have an outstanding record of participation and leadership in extracurricular and/or community activities; and be nominated by faculty. Recipients are selected by a faculty committee after committee members meet with the nominees.  

Brandon Cadran (23831)
Alexander Clark (23831)    
Gwendolyn Jordan (23803)
Mark Shaylor (23805)
Phillip Parker (23850)


Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review Winners 
The Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review is an annual publication of John Tyler Community College and is published in conjunction with the annual student literary and art contest. The publication has highlighted the creativity and talent of John Tyler students since 1968. Students submit entries in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art.  Judges review and select first, second and third place winners in each category. Honorable mention awards may be given if the judges choose to recognize additional entries. The winning entries are published in the Review. An electronic copy of the publication may be downloaded at www.jtcc.edu/sherwoodforest

Fiction
First Place – Tina Kennedy (23112)
Second Place – Lauren Hall (23832)
Third Place – Kathleen DuVal/Joynt (23120)
Honorable Mention – Rosalie Down (23832)
Honorable Mention – Dylan Wiltshire (23832)        

Nonfiction
First Place – Rebecca Barnes Theuer (23233)        
Second Place – Daniel Diaz (23112)        
Third Place – David Macfarlane (23236)        

Poetry
First Place – Zoe Davis (23112)        
Second Place – Kathleen DuVal/Joynt (23120)        
Third Place – Amy McVaugh (23139)        
Honorable Mention – Crystal Spicer Jensen (23234)        

Art
First Place – Terry Lynn Smith (23834)        
Second Place – Robert Wynne (23236)        
Third Place – Kristine McCormick (24015)        
Honorable Mention – Mary Brantley (23226)        


Tau Rho and Beta Omicron Omicron Academic Awards
The Tau Rho and Beta Omicron Omicron Chapters of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society recognized the top graduates in each of John Tyler Community College’s associate degree programs. Each of these students has the highest grade point average in their respective degree program.

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts    
Lynsy Lee Sprouse (23803)

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, International Studies Specialization 
Lane Taylor DeChristopher (23112)
    
Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration
Jeremy L. Da Costa (23860)
    
Associate of Science Degree in Engineering 
Nicholas Richard Lee Katzman (23112)
    
Associate of Science Degree in General Studies 
Wendy R. Bass-Caul (23002)
Stephen Edward Widlak     (23002)
    
Associate of Science Degree in Information Systems 
Alonzo Eric Smith (23113)

Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Visual Arts 
Daniel Joseph Palese (23235)

Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Visual Arts, Visual Communications Specialization 
Megan Ashley Way (23114)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting 
Dawn Marie Williamson (23225)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology 
Aaron David Ladue (23141)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management 
Angela Denay Gibbs-Wilson (23831)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development 
Shanna Lynne DuBose (23112)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Services
Thomas Howard Hayghe (23002)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services 
Theresa M. Stibrany (18071)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Technology 
Supapon Hia (23113)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Technician Specialization
Tyler Stefan Ossowski (23838)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing 
Jennifer McKay Healy (23112)
Christine Kegley (23059)
Victoria Shelton Smith (23803)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science 
Kimberly L. Pellick (23235)
    
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies
Alexander Bailey Catrett (23838)


John Tyler Community College Alumni Association and Foundation Awards 

The Defining Your Future Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the John Tyler Community College Foundation. The award is presented annually to a student for outstanding academic performance and volunteer service to John Tyler and who the faculty and staff believe will achieve great success and will define the future of the College and the nation. This year’s recipient was Lane DeChristopher (23112). DeChristopher is the vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Omicron Omicron; secretary of the John Tyler Student Council; and a member of the Student Veterans Organization.

The Rising Star Award was established by the John Tyler Community College Alumni Association to be presented annually to a student who faculty and staff believe will not only be an ambassador for the College but will also distinguish himself or herself in his/her chosen career. This year, the Rising Star Award was given to Alexander Clark (23831). Clark is vice president of the History Club; vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, Tau Rho; a member of the College’s Student Council, and a member of the 2014 All-Virginia Academic Team.


Theresa Windham Service Award
This award was first presented in 1996 in honor of Theresa Hands Windham who succumbed to a sudden illness in 1993 at the age of 37 while serving as the College’s coordinator of grants and development.  During her short tenure at the College, Ms. Windham’s kindness and selflessness touched the lives of countless students, faculty, and staff.  Always smiling, always striving to help others, she was loved by all who had the good fortune to make her acquaintance. This award recognizes students who personify Ms. Windham’s dedication to service without regard for personal gain or adulation. This year’s recipient was Sylvia Garcia Murcia (23113). Garcia Murcia is studying to become a nurse and wants to eventually become a physician. She is the founder of the JTCC Latin American Cultural Club, president of the College’s Chemistry Club, and vice president of Tyler’s Student Council. She is currently a member of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Student Advisory Committee, and she was named as one of FosterClub’s 100 Outstanding Young Leaders. 


The Marshall Denison Society, named for the College’s second president, was established to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the student activities program at John Tyler. Helen McKann, librarian at Tyler’s Midlothian Campus, was this year’s inductee. McKann was recognized for her devotion to the College’s students. In addition to helping countless students learn about and utilize the Library’s resources, McKann has been co-advisor of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Beta Omicron Omicron Chapter and is currently the editor of the Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review.


The Daniel Dalton Award, named in honor of a John Tyler Community College founding faculty member, is presented annually to an outstanding club or student organization that exhibits excellence in the areas of service to the College, commitment to community service, and dedication to academics. This year’s award was presented to the Environmental Science Club. The award was presented to the club’s president, Erica LeHuray (23235), vice president, Courtney Yowell (23136) and the club’s advisor, Joressia Beyer, associate professor of biology.


Photographs taken during the awards ceremony may be downloaded from the College’s Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/johntylercc/sets/72157644067765642/


John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,200 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. 

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