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Education ShoutOuts

William Woods University dean’s list

Kiersten Lockman of Kannapolis has earned a spot on the spring 2015 dean’s list at William Woods University.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be full-time and have achieved a minimum 3.6 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Florida Institute of Technology graduate

Patrick On, an aerospace engineering major from China Grove, earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida Institute of Technology’s spring commencement in May.


Clemson University honors

Clemson University has announced the dean’s and president’s lists for the spring 2015 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Kristen Mae Carpenter of Mooresville, whose major is environmental engineering, is included on the list.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average. Local students on the list include: Morgan Elizabeth Tadlock of China Grove, whose major is marketing; Shannon R. Diggs of Mooresville, whose major is biological sciences; and Joshua Michael Rowell of Salisbury, whose major is architecture.


Georgia State dean’s list

Ashlynn Hampton of China Grove was named to Georgia State University’s dean’s list. To be eligible for the dean’s list, degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 must earn a 3.50 grade-point average for the semester and complete at least nine semester hours of academic credit with no incompletes.


Teacher of the year runner-up

Madalyn Alexander of Seattle, Washington, daughter of Mark and Linda Alexander, was a top 10 finalist for teacher of the year in the Renton School District.  Alexander has been a kindergarten teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School in the Seattle area for two years.


Roanoke College dean’s list
Anna Chamberlain of Salisbury was named to the dean’s list at Roanoke College. To be placed on the dean’s list, a student must have achieved a minimum 3.5 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Catawba graduates

On May 16, 268 members of Catawba’s class of 2015 crossed the stage and received their diplomas. The college awarded master’s degrees in education, bachelor of arts degrees in education, bachelor of business administration degrees, bachelor of fine arts degrees and bachelor of science degrees in three separate ceremonies in the Omwake‐Dearborn Chapel.

The following students earned master’s degrees in education.

Salisbury – Elizabeth Sloop Sinnott

The following students earned bachelor of arts degrees.

Cleveland ­– Gannon William Chambers, Tony Lee Kluttz

Kannapolis – Kyle Devon Bridges, India Rattler, Nathan Lee Riddle

Landis – Patrick Neal Karriker (cum laude), Taylor Brooke Lee (magna cum laude)

Mooresville – Monterai Danielle Adams, Dalton Thomas Pierce

Rockwell – Samantha Eran Brown, Andrew Teague McCollister (College Honors, magna cum laude), Devin Wayne Smith (cum laude)

Salisbury – Emily Jordan Canipe (cum laude), Kathryn Leanna Davidson, Emiziah John Ronald Everwine, Mark Davidson Freeze, J. Cody Gasque, Jessica Brook Gibson, Tiffany Sherrelle Denise Keitt, Justin Alexander Morris, Elizabeth Colleen Overman, Jennifer Renee Pettigrew, Karen Elizabeth Presnell, Ashton Walker Pryor (magna cum laude), Kathlyn Marelle Reiff, Carla Karina Reyes, Colleen Carroll Smiley, Sydney Leigh Smith (cum laude), Leah Ruth Thompson, Billy Vang, Jordan Tierra Warren, Brittany Rae Wescott, Yer Xiong

Spencer – Devan Louise Purvis

The following students earned bachelor’s degrees in education.

Kannapolis – Tara Burgess Tilley

Landis – Melissa Lynn Hinson

Mooresville – Marnita Troutman Carr

Salisbury – Alyssa Pullium Lowe, Tara Katheryne Safrit, Emilie Waldron Scharf (summa cum laude), Robin D. Walker

The following students earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration.

China Grove: Jennifer Marie Brown (magna cum laude), Brandy Marie Burgess (summa cum laude)

Kannapolis: Orlando Darnell Gray

Rockwell: Keith R. Palmer

Salisbury: Gabrielle De’Shawn Calloway, Jason Franklin Cauble (summa cum laude), Robert R. Dickert, Karen Reynolds Garcia (magna cum laude), Cynthia Marianne Goodson (magna cum laude), Latavia Denise Gray (summa cum laude), Brittany Nichole Heath, William Brandon Helms, Doris Krider, Justin David Ludwick (magna cum laude), Annita Fields Phillips, Christina C. Potts (magna cum laude), Mark William Pullium, Luis Miguel Rivera‐Bonilla, Kolisha Denice Sheffield, Veronica Diane Wells, Laura Ann Wilkicki (magna cum laude), Seng Yang (summa cum laude)

Spencer: Joseph Chace Jensen


Georgia State University graduate

Ashlynn Hampton of China Grove received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia State University May 9. Hampton graduated in good standing with the university’s honor’s college and received an advanced distinction for her participation in honors curriculum and research.


Virginia Tech graduates
The following Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university’s spring commencement ceremony held May 15 in Lane Stadium:
Jordan Berning of Mooresville received a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Brendon Keeler of Mooresville received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering; Joshua Schiemann of Salisbury received a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in human development from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.


Virginia Military Institute dean’s list

Jonathan A. Wagner, a sophomore from Mooresville, is one of 756 Virginia Military Institute students who were recently named to the dean’s list for the second semester of academic year 2014-15. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a cadet must have a term grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C.

Wagner is majoring in electrical and computer engineering. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. David T. Wagner Sr.



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