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Campbellsville University celebrates 2021 Honors and Awards Day on April 21

Campbellsville University celebrates 2021 Honors and Awards Day on April 21

By Scarlett Birge, student news writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “This is for students, parents and friends, CU faculty, staff and coaches. All of you, thank you for coming,” Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president, said at Campbellsville University’s virtual Honors and Awards Day on April 21.

Spears announced Cathryn Belle Jones of Danville, Ky., and David Tyler Linton of Louisville, Ky., as Miss and Mr. Campbellsville.

Jones is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She served as a work-study student in the Office of Business Services, as president of the Student Government Association and a member of the Junior Varsity Softball Team.

“Cathryn has demonstrated what it really means to be a servant leader throughout her time at Campbellsville,” Spears said.

Linton graduated in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science double major in Marriage and Family Ministry and Psychology. He is pursuing a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. He served as an intern in the Office of Enrollment, as a resident assistant for North Hall and Broadway Hall, a Baptist Campus Ministry small group leader, a Vineyard College Student Leader and an ambassador of CU Outdoors.

Jones recognized the recipients of the Student Government (SGA) special awards, listed as follows:

Extra Mile/Student – Andrew Vernon Beltz of Campbellsville, Ky.; Extra Mile/Faculty/Staff – Dave Walters, associate vice president for regional administration; Extra Mile/Special Award – Lisa Williams, dessert station server of Winters Dining Hall; and Challenger (Faculty) – Dr. Karen Rush, professor of business.

Recipients of the Servant Leadership Awards are as follows: Staff – Khalil Baker of Campbellsville, Ky., and Sara Basham of Campbellsville, Ky.; Students – Milan Carol Bailey of Louisville, Ky., and Mary Elizabeth Janocik of Louisville, Ky.

Ashley Fox, director of the Office of Alumni Relations, announced Alumni Associate Awards. The recipients are as follows: Talent – James Tyler Mattingly of Stanford, Ky.; Leadership – Carson Kathleen Kovalic of Winchester, Ky.; Double “A” – Savannah Delrae Gregory of Scottsville, Ky.; Don Doyle Spirit Award – Clarie Elizabeth Edwards of Benton, Ky.; Outstanding Senior – Ashton Meredith Leet of Louisville, Ky.; Achievement – Michael Samuel Adkins of Science Hill, Ky.; Athletic – Anthony Maurice Sams of Merrillville, Ind., and McKayla Campbell, of Wauseon, Ohio.

Spears announced the co-valedictorians from December of 2020, which are listed as follows: Claire Elizabeth Edwards of Benton, Ky.; Sydney Taylor Harris of Campbellsville, Ky.; Carson Kathleen Kovalic of Winchester, Ky.; and Beverly Paige Thomas of Springfield, Ky.

The December 2020 salutatorian was Skylar Maria Lanham of Philpot, Ky.

The co-valedictorians for May of 2021 are as follows: Sara Elizabeth Caffee of Central, Ky.; Megan Marie Duvall of Leitchfield, Ky.; Logan Michael Hall of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Noah Elias Henke of Erfurt, Germany; Ashton Meredith Leet of Louisville, Ky.; Evelyn Grace Madill of Wilmore, Ky.; Jonathan Nelson McClendon of Somerset, Ky.; and Natalie Christine Shadrick of Paducah, Ky.

Co-salutatorians for May of 2021 were Samuel Allen Fagerness of Chehalis, Wash., and Kasaundra Margaret Givans of Brandenburg, Ky.

The John Chowing Awards for Diversity and Community were announced by Dr. Carey Ruiz, associate professor of sociology and interim director of Diversity and Community, and Wanda Washington, assistant director of Diversity, Community and Bridge to Success, to the following: Faculty – Dr. Wendy Wood, professor of history; Staff – Trent Creason, director of student activities; and Student – Milan Bailey, of Louisville, Ky.

“The Office of Diversity and Community would like to congratulate all of our 2021 award recipients and thank them for their tireless efforts in addressing issues of equity in an effort to make our community stronger,” Washington said.

Natalie Christine Shadrick of Paducah, Ky., was the recipient of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society Award.

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the Academic Awards recipients listed as follows:

Art & Design – Hailey Katheryn Robinson of Vine Grove, Ky.; Biology – Wade Allen Pike of Campbellsville, Ky.; Physics – Morgan Cheyenne Ray of Brownsville, Ky.; Business Administration – Savannah Renae Benningfield of Campbellsville, Ky.;

Business Information Technology – Wenhui Li of Liaoyang City, China; Computer Science – Eric Michael Welsh of Lawrenceburg, Ky.;

Entrepreneurship – Cathryn Belle Jones of Danville, Ky.; Healthcare Management – Macaela Roz Hansford of Campbellsville, Ky.; Dr. Ann Moore Human Resource Management – Beverly Paige Thomas of Springfield, Ky.;

Marketing – Nolan Thomas Renfro of Lexington, Ky.; Outstanding Senior Music Student – Charles Anthony Drury of Willisburg, Ky.; Outstanding Graduate Music Student – James Peter Bos of Campbellsville, Ky.;

Pre-Health Professions – Raleigh Leonardo Jamison Boulware of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Morgan Cheyenne Ray of Brownsville, Ky.;

Accounting – Megan Marie Duvall of Leitchfield, Ky., Claire Elizabeth Edwards of Benton, Ky.; Jonathan Nelson McClendon, of Somerset, Ky.; Economics – Yuka Sunakawa, of Japan, and Samuel Alexander Venables of Danville, Ky.;

General Business – Stephanie Paige Marx of Bowling Green, Ky., and Lincoln James Powell of Somerset, Ky.; Management – Noah Elias Henkel of Erfurt, Germany, and Samuel Joseph Weining of Louisville, Ky.;

Broadcasting – Ashley Kay Pennington of Campbellsville, Ky.; Film – Olga Jennifer Brunner of Liberty, Ky.; Journalism – Madison Kelly Briscoe of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Public Relations – Gospel Kazako of Blantyre, Malawi;

Spanish – Natalie Christine Shadrick of Paducah, Ky.; Theater – Natalie Christine Shadrick of Paducah, Ky.; Nursing (Harrodsburg) – Tiffany Leann Lamer of Campbellsville, Ky.; Nursing (Main Campus) – Ashley Rose Moch of Louisville, Ky.;

Biblical Studies – Michael Samuel Adkins of Science Hill, Ky.; Christian Missions – Ashley Elaine Sheetz of Radcliff, Ky.; Educational Ministries – Sydney Taylor Dowdell Harris of Campbellsville, Ky.;

Marriage and Family Ministries – Ethan Thomas Bernauer of Louisville, Ky.; Pastoral Ministries – Logan Michael Hall of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Blake Timothy Harris of Louisville, Ky.; Pastoral Ministries (LEC) – Darryl Parker of Louisville, Ky.;

Dr. Jacquelyn L. Sandifer Criminal Justice – Maggie Danielle Parrish of Boston, Ky.; William E. Bennett Political Science – Carson Kathleen Kovalic; Criminal Justice – Patrick Eugene Warf of Edmonton, Ky.; History – Robert Alexander McFarland of Monticello, Ky.;

Psychology – Evelyn Grace Madill of Wilmore, Ky.; Bobby R. Himes Social Studies – Tevin Lamont Washington of Lebanon, Ky.; Sociology – Maiya Brianne Henderson of Bowling Green, Ky.;

Honors Program – Morgan Cheyenne Ray of Brownsville, Ky.; International Education – Ruri Yoshida of Japan; International Studies Award – Kiwa Kanamitsu of Japan; Carver School of Social Work – Skylar Maria Lanham of Philpot, Ky.;

Health & Physical Education – Taylor Cox of Shelbyville, Ky.; Sports Management – Pedro Costa Pais Ramos of Covilha, Portugal; Sports Medicine – Fitness Wellness Specialist – Nolan Barrow Elkton, Ky.; Sports Medicine – Pre-Athletic Training – Andrew Bennett of Glenwood, Ariz.

The William K. Pennebaker Education Awards are as follows:

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) – Alecia Bullock of Somerset, Ky.; P-5 – Ashton Leet of Louisville, Ky.; 5-9 – Caitlin Gage of Cecilia, Ky.; 8-12 – Tevin Washington of Lebanon, Ky.; P-12 – Madison Bishop of Campbellsville, Ky.;

L.M. Hamilton Scholarship – Sierra Brady Bickett of Raywick, Ky.; Ruby Curry Award in English – Anna Kate Harris of Campbellsville, Ky.; Beth Kemper Memorial Scholarship – Elena Maria Hughes of Deep River, Conn.

The 2020-2021 Alpha Chi inductees are as follows: Savannah Faye Benningfield of Lebanon, Ky.; Abigail Grace Cissell of Lebanon; Ashley Kay Randoll of Marion, Ky.; Emily Nicole Swartz of Louisville, Ky.; and Stephanie Carter Webb of Radcliff, Ky.

The recipients of the Champions of Character awards for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Archery – Hayley Hosey of Eminence, Ky.; Baseball – Grant McQueary of Campbellsville, Ky.; Men’s Basketball – Samuel Weining of Louisville, Ky.; Women’s Basketball – Samantha Rogers of Lawrenceburg, Ky.;

Bass Fishing – Gavin Tanner Barnes of Campbellsville, Ky.; Men’s Bowling – Nolan Renfro of Lexington, Ky.; Women’s Bowling – Morgan Stone of Utica, Ky.;

Cheerleading – Mallie Craft of Burkesville, Ky.; Dance – Milan Bailey of Louisville, Ky.; Men’s Cross Country – Collin Sheffield of Louisville, Ky.; Women’s Cross Country – Maggie Parrish of Boston, Ky.;

Esports – Jeffery Short of Tompkinsville, Ky.; Football – Andrew Bennett of Glenwood, Ar.; Men’s Golf – Mark Murphy of Shepherdsville, Ky.; Women’s Golf – Briley Carter of Owensboro, Ky.;

Men’s Soccer – Gospel Kazako of Blantyre, Malawi; Women’s Soccer – Shannon Ramey of Winchester, Ky.; Softball – Karson Williams of Bowling Green, Ky.; Men’s Swimming – Micah Lauer of Campbellsville, Ky.; Women’s Swimming – Hannah Rhodenbaugh of Lebanon, Ohio;

Men’s Track & Field – Caleb Costin of Sellersburg, Ind.; Women’s Track & Field – TáNeshya Allen of Louisville, Ky.; Men’s Volleyball – Jose Viera Cerame of Puerto Rico; Women’s Volleyball – Elizabeth Sutton Mason, of Nashville, Tenn.; Men’s Wrestling – Mahlic Sallah of Roanoke, Va.; Women’s Wrestling – Katlyn Pizzo of Union, Ky.

The awards ceremony can be viewed on the Campbellsville University Facebook page at

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