FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 13, 2012
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
SGC Recognizes Academic Achievement at Annual Honors
Honors Day at South Georgia State College is a tradition that
began many years ago as an effort to recognize outstanding students for
their achievement, talent, dedication, success, and service. College is a
time for many students, regardless of age, to be challenged by a number of
new experiences. Throughout everything that college offers, academic
performance should remain at the forefront. Honors Day ensures that students
never forget the importance of excelling in the classroom and getting
involved in campus activities.
The 2012 ceremony took place inside Peterson Hall’s McGouirk Auditorium on
Monday, April 9. Already a special occasion, many of the honorees made the
day even more meaningful by inviting friends and family to share in their
The college’s academic divisions each distinguished one or more
outstanding students who excel in their disciplines. Amanda C. Shively of
Loganville received the E.R. Bradley Award for Excellence in the Social
Sciences, while Ageda Machuca and Joshua Morse, both of Douglas, received
the Libbo Belger Award for Excellence in Business.
David S. Medders of Douglas took home the award for Excellence in Education
for the second year in a row, and Devin Durham of Douglas received the newly
created Outstanding Academic Quiz Team Performance Award. The Humanities
Award was given to Roman Davis of Denton and the Foreign Language Award to
Juan Vargas of Douglas. Devin Durham of Douglas received the Theatre Award.
The J. D. Spooner Science Award was earned by Karen A. Jones of
Jacksonville, Ga., while the Mathematics Award went to Joshua E. Harrison of
Douglas. The top chemistry honors went to Cathy Herrington of Broxton who
got the General Chemistry Award, and Jesse Carter of Willacoochee, who
received the Organic Chemistry Award.
The college’s top Awards for Excellence in Nursing were presented to Adabeth
Elrod of Broxton and Becky Davis of Pearson. These awards are named after
Vera B. Doering and long-time faculty member and GANS advisor Libba Burch.
Brandy Sellers of Baxley earned the Waycross College Nursing Award. The
Student Activities Service Award went to Logan McCrea of Douglas and Kahli
J. Holland of Atlanta.
The Freshman Academic Award was presented to the five students who earned
the highest grade point averages in their class. Those receiving this
recognition were Rachel C. Gray of Douglas, Wade L. Rentz of Willacoochee,
James Lionel Bennett of Millwood, Katherine E. Bates of Douglas and Sylvia
B. Griffin of Baxley. Those leading the sophomore class in academic
achievement are Karen A. Jones of Jacksonville, Ga., Ageda S. Machuca of
Douglas, Crystal Cook of Hazlehurst, Christy B. Lawrence of Pearson and
Stephanie E. Sutton of Nashville.
Two students, Mary Esther Braswell and David S. Medders, both of Douglas,
were named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Georgia Academic Team. Braswell also
received the SGC/University System of Georgia Academic Recognition Day
Wes Brown, Vice President for Student Success, presented the Dr. Jim
Cottingham Leadership Award to Amanda C. Shively of Loganville. The award is
given in honor of Dr. Cottingham, who served SGC as a professor of education
and psychology, and, from 1995-2010, as Vice President of Student Affairs.
Dr. Cottingham was a fixture on the SGC campus for over 30 years and was
very involved in all aspects of student life.
The 2011 Honors Day program concluded with Dr. Virginia Carson, SGC
President, naming Best All-Around Students at South Georgia State College. These
students were nominated by the faculty and chosen by the Student Affairs
Committee for their academic success coupled with contributions in the areas
of athletics, student leadership, campus life and community involvement. The
two students who were named Best All-Around were Sarah V. Snipes of Douglas
and Daniel I. Chavez of Fitzgerald. Both Snipes and Chavez are members of
the SGC cross country team. Female runners-up for Best All-Around for
2010-2011 were Alysha S. Perkins of McDonough, Amanda C. Shively of
Loganville, David S. Medders of Douglas and Cory J. Robinson of Douglas.
Sarah V. Snipes and Daniel Chavez
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was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.