Annual honors ceremony celebrates outstanding academics, leadership
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region recognized students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership at its annual Honors Day ceremony Thursday, May 8, at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center.
Daniel Madson of Peru, who is receiving his Associate of Science degree in Agriculture, was named the 2013 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for his academic excellence, his service to the college and community and his personal achievements both in and out of the classroom. The Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor in the Kokomo Region. Other nominees included Cassandra Breedlove of Flora, Whitney Dykes of Sharpsville, Tammy Foreman of Kokomo, Lindsey Hernandez of Logansport, Misty Howell of Greentown, Rebecca McVay of Logansport, Jennifer Parrish of Russiaville, Ryan Wolf of Kokomo and Sarah Woodruff of Kokomo.
Rebecca McVay of Logansport, who is receiving her Associate of Science degree in Professional Communication, was honored with the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence. The award recognizes the student who has earned the highest cumulative grade-point average during his or her Ivy Tech education from among the students named as the outstanding graduate in each degree program.
The 2014 outstanding students by program are:
Program Student Hometown
Agriculture Daniel Madson Peru
Accounting Christie Bakehorn Peru
Business Administration Adrienne Berkshire Logansport
Computer Information Systems D. Douglas Dunlap Kokomo
Computer Information Technology Gail P. Wright Kokomo
Office Administration Anna Landseadel Kokomo
Early Childhood Education Whitney S. Dykes Sharpsville
Education Amanda Green Flora
Visual Communications Tammy Foreman Kokomo
Dental Assisting Ashleigh Bucher Tipton
Health Care Support Jennifer R. Parrish Russiaville
Medical Assisting Lindsey Hernandez Logansport
Paramedic Science Judith Lear Monticello
Surgical Technology Lavell Brown Kokomo
General Studies James Cary Kokomo
Liberal Arts Misty D. Howell Greentown
Professional Communication Rebecca McVay Logansport
Nursing Cassandra Breedlove Flora
Criminal Justice Edward D. Name Kokomo
Human Services Ryan Wolf Kokomo
Paralegal Studies Sheryl E. Smith Kokomo
Public Safety Kaleb Whitcomb Michigantown
Automotive Technology Mike Hedrick Marion
Heating/Ventilation/Air James Kuss Kokomo
Design Technology Ryan Hurlburt Winamac
Industrial Technology Omar Daniels Kokomo
Members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international academic honor society with two chapters in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, who have been recognized for achievement at the regional and international levels this year included Ed Kaszuba of Elwood; Sarah Schutt, Tyler Yeakley and Jenna Yeakley of Galveston; Frost Clements of Kewanna; Diane Moore and Ashley Wente of Kokomo; Mariana Freitas, Kelly Hoff, Adrienne Berkshire and Christina Graham of Logansport; Lisa Hopper of Peru; Christina Pifer of Royal Center; Jennifer Hunter of Tipton; and Rebecca Tocco of Walton.
Tyler Yeakley also was honored as one of 12 recipients statewide of the Indiana Career & Technical Education Award for Excellence.
Students honored for their completion of Ivy Tech’s Student Leadership Academy were Angel Townsend of Camden; Bradley Cox of Frankfort; Shelly Brown of Greentown; Marilyn Guyer, Anna Landseadel and Jessica Manchester of Kokomo; Tamara Dibble and Rebecca Harris of Logansport; Daniel Madson, Mariana Ramer and Gabryelle Zoubul of Peru; and Tabitha Bittner and Tammy Erikson of Wabash.
Students honored as finalists in the Speak Up-Speak Out speech competition were Heather Conger and Amber Zehringer of Kokomo, Rebecca Harris of Logansport, Krysten Moon of Peru and Christina Pifer of Royal Center and Heather Conger also was honored as winner of the “This I Believe” essay competition.