Wytheville, Va. – Despite the cancellation of its traditional Honors Convocation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wytheville Community College (WCC) continued with annual recognition of student achievements in various programs of study for the 2019-2020 academic year. The honors are usually presented by WCC faculty and staff during a special in-person Honors Convocation ceremony, with families and friends invited to attend. Even though this year’s ceremony was cancelled, WCC wanted to recognize their accomplishments through local and social media. Information will also be posted on the college website.
“We wish we could have recognized our students with family and friends during our traditional in-person Honors Convocation,” said Dr. Rhonda Catron-Wood, Vice President of Academics and Institutional Advancement, “but we are thankful that we could still recognize their accomplishments in a way that is safe during the current pandemic.”
The following awards recognized outstanding academic achievement in several program areas:
Outstanding Student in Science Award: Makaila Caudill (Max Meadows): Caudill graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Science and a Career Studies Certificate in Health Sciences.
Outstanding Student in Human Services Award: Tammy White (Galax): White graduated with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Program in General Studies with a Specialization in Substance Abuse.
Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies Award: Morgan Butler (Woodlawn): Butler is enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences Program with a Specialization in Substance Abuse.
Outstanding Student in Bedside Nursing Award: Caileigh Phibbs (Pulaski): Phibbs graduated with a Career Studies Certificate in Health Sciences and a Certificate in Practical Nursing.
Academic Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing Award: Rebecca "Nikki" Lundy (Fries): Lundy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Career Studies Certificate in Health Sciences and earned a Certificate in Practical Nursing.
Outstanding Forensics Team Member Award: Natalia Garcia (Wytheville): Garcia is enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education Program.
Outstanding Student in Theatre: Jahn “Coyote” Edwards (Wytheville): Edwards is enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences Program in General Studies.
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mathematics: Steven Hutton (Marion): Hutton graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Program in Science with a Specialization in Engineering and an Associate of Arts and Science degree with a Specialization in Computer Science.
Rita Blevins Clinical Excellence Award: Jasmine Smith (Hillsville): Smith graduated with a Career Studies Certificate in Health Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.
2020 Academic Excellence in Nursing and 2020 Louise B. Compton Student Nurse of the Year: Stacy Miller (Bluefield): Miller graduated with a Career Studies Certificate in Health Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.
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.
Jenna Carter of Hillsville 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. Carter graduated with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies with a Specialization in Communication and Media Studies.
Jacob Shuler of Rural Retreat 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. Shuler graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Business Administration.
Jacob Duncan of Barren Springs 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. Duncan is enrolled in the Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies Program.
Jennifer Hall of Wytheville was the recipient of the “American Association of University Women, Wythe County Branch Scholarship.” The scholarship provides tuition or textbook stipends to deserving Wytheville Community College students. Recipients must have resided in Wythe County for two years prior to graduating from WCC, plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Hall graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Business Administration. She was also recognized as an Enhanced Member of Phi Theta Kappa, WCC’s Honor Society.
For photos of the individual recipients and the awards they received visit www.wcc.vccs.edu/19-20-honors-convocation.