Despite not being able to host the 2021 Honors Convocation as an in-person event, Wytheville Community College (WCC) continued with annual recognition of student achievements in various programs of study for the 2020-2021 academic year. Many of the students receiving awards were recognized during the “Cruise-Thru” graduate celebration. WCC will recognize all of these outstanding student accomplishments through local and social media over the course of the next two weeks. Information will also be posted on the college website.
“The WCC Educational Foundation is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these students,” said Dr. Rhonda Catron-Wood, Vice President of Academics and Institutional Advancement. “We were happy to recognize many of these students in-person during the ‘Cruise Thru’ celebration and look forward to celebrating all of their accomplishments on social media.”
The following awards recognized outstanding academic achievement in several program areas:
Outstanding Student in Administration of Justice Award: Andrew McGee (Wytheville): McGee graduated with a Certificate in Law Enforcement and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science.
Outstanding Student in Corrections Science Award: Cristopher Flowers (Wytheville): Flowers graduated with a certificate in Law Enforcement and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice.
Outstanding Student in Machine Technology Award: Christopher Lewis (Rocky Gap) and John Brandon Spencer (Pounding Mill): Lewis Graduated with a Certificate in Machine Tool Operations and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Machine Technology. Spencer graduated with a Certificate in Machine Tool Operations and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Machine Technology.
Outstanding Student in Science Award: Corbin Newsome (Rural Retreat): Newsome graduated with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science.
Outstanding Student in Human Services Award: Kimberly Puckett (Marion): Puckett is currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies with a specialization in Human Services program.
Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies Award: Bernadette Cline (Max Meadows): Cline graduated with the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies with a specialization in Human Services.
Outstanding Student in Bedside Nursing Award: Jennifer Jaime (Hillsville): Jaime graduated with a Certificate in Practical Nursing.
Academic Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing Award: Keri McGee (Hillsville): McGee graduated with a Certificate in Practical Nursing.
Louise B. Compton Student Nurse of the Year Award and Academic Excellence in Nursing Award: Savannah Trail (Bland): Trail graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.
Sue G. Thacker Learning to Care Award: Cassey Cline (Bluefield, WV): Cline is currently enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program.
Rita M. Blevins Clinical Excellence Award: Jennifer Littreal (Laurel Fork): Littreal graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing.
Physical Therapist Assistant Academic Achievement Award: Anthony Pollachioli (Wytheville): Pollachiolli graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.
Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Education Award: LeAnn Halsey (Marion): Halsey graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.
Each of these students received a certificate and a monetary award provided by the WCC Educational Foundation.
In addition to these program awards, several other awards that are funded through special endowments managed by the WCC Educational Foundation were announced.
Hallie Sexton of Thumond, NC. received the “Dr. John V. Neff Humanities Award.” This award was established by the Wytheville Community College Board in 1975 to commemorate the dedicated service of Dr. Neff, who served as Division Chairman of Humanities and Professor of English at WCC from September 16, 1968, until his death on June 11, 1975. This memorial award is presented each year to a second-year student who has made outstanding contributions in humanities. Sexton graduated with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Education.
Nancy Hayes of Fries, Va. was the recipient of the “Rollie C. Nye, Sr. and Pauline C. Nye Academic Excellence Award.” The “Rollie C. Nye, Sr. and Pauline C. Nye Academic Excellence Award” recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of a sophomore student who is enrolled in either Business Management, Business Administration, or Accounting at Wytheville Community College. The award recipient must have maintained at least a 3.4 GPA on all hours attempted through the fall semester of his/her credits at WCC. This award is made possible by the “Rollie C. Nye, Sr. and Pauline C. Nye Academic Excellence Endowment” established by Rollie C. Nye, Jr. Hayes graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting.
Parker Scout Reynolds of Max Meadows, Va. received the “Lauren Tate Memorial Scholarship.” The Lauren Tate Memorial Scholarship was established by Rebecca Strickler Tate in April 2017 in memory of her daughter, Lauren Tate, who earned her dental hygiene degree in 2014 from Wytheville Community College. Lauren was a very successful and loved dental hygienist in Northern Virginia. Just prior to her death, she had moved by to the Shenandoah Valley to further her career and be closer to family. The scholarship recognizes a second-year dental hygiene student at WCC that will be graduating from the program and has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the dental profession. Reynolds graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
Allison Porter of Max Meadows, Va. received the “Wilmer T. Trevillian Memorial Scholarship.” The Wilmer T. Trevillian Memorial Scholarship was established in 1985 by the Wytheville Fraternal Lodge #82 in memory of Wilmer Thomas Trevillian. Trevillian grew up in Richmond. He was a World War II veteran, Trevillian moved to Wytheville in 1944 to work for the First National Farmer’s Bank where he later served as bank manager. After the bank became known as the First National Exchange Bank following a merger in 1963, he retired but remained on the advisory board until 1982. Trevillian was committed to the fraternal organizations to which he belonged. He was the Grand Master of Virginia Masons and was personally invited to the memorial service for President Harry Truman in Washington, D.C., in 1973. Mr. Trevillian spent nearly 50 years in the Masonic Lodge, becoming a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason during that time. He was also past president of the Wytheville Lions Club and the Iron Boots Society, and treasurer and member of the board of directors for the Wytheville Golf Club for many years. In addition to active participation in other civic and community organizations, he was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The Wytheville Fraternal Lodge #82 and Trevillian’s family proudly support this scholarship which bears Trevillian’s name. The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement of a rising sophomore at WCC who has maintained a 3.30 minimum grade point average and is a resident of Wythe County. Porter is currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science program.
WCC congratulates all of the recipients and expresses sincere appreciation to the private donors who support the WCC Educational Foundation to make these awards possible.
For photos of the individual recipients and the awards they received visit www.wcc.vccs.edu/2020-2021-honors-convocation-awards.