Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region recognizes student achievement

Outstanding academics to be honored at 2017 commencement

Bailey Pownell
Winner of 2017 Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence

KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership during its commencement ceremony May 12.

Bailey Pownell of Walton, who is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies, will be honored with the Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence. She was selected from those students nominated for the Dean’s Award in each program who have a 3.75 GPA or higher. Other considerations for this award include leadership, community service, and school involvement. In nominating Pownell for the honor, her instructor said she “is – without a doubt – one of the greatest representatives the Paralegal Studies Department has ever had.”

Pownell, who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA, shared her knowledge with fellow students as a supplemental instruction facilitator. She was an officer in Legalese, Ivy Tech’s law-based student organization. While working two jobs to help finance her education, she served as an intern with a Howard County-based law firm, where she focused on helping abused, neglected, and abandoned children make their way through the legal system via the statewide CHINS (Children in Need of Services) program. She has been hired for a full-time position with a law firm in Peru.

Dean’s Award recipients are chosen by their program chair based on scholastic achievement, related occupational performance, college leadership and community involvement. Honored as the 2017 Dean’s Award winner in their program were:


Kathy Sue Sparling, Greentown



Sarah Reel, Noblesville



Jacob Samuel Stevens, Peru


Business Administration

Joy L. Dufendach, Sweetser


Business Operations, Applications

& Technology

Mary L. Keaton, Peru


Criminal Justice

Jessica McVay, Delphi


Dental Assisting

Bernadine M. Higgins, Kokomo


Early Childhood Education

Jennifer L. Moss, Logansport



Rafael Molina, Peru


Engineering Technology

John Philip Heffernan, Kokomo


General Studies

Trisha Norfleet, Kokomo


Healthcare Specialist

Kristie D. Culp, Rochester


Heating, Ventilation, & Air


James V. Altherr, Tipton


Homeland Security/Public Safety

Shawn Michael Shepard, Orestes


Human Services

James Earl Montgomery, Kokomo


Industrial Technology

Sally L. Crider, Kokomo


Information Technology Support

Anthony A. Botsford, Logansport


Liberal Arts

Paige Marie Eriks, Rochester


Medical Assisting

Amanda C. Jones, Logansport



Kimberly Ann Overmyer, Westfield


Paralegal Studies

Bailey Sue Pownell, Walton


Paramedic Science

Anita K. Wooldridge, Kokomo


Professional Communication

Carl J. Clark, Martinsville


Software Development

Benjamin Thompson, Peru


Surgical Technology

Chelsea Dee-Ahn Renbarger, Marion


Visual Communications

James S. Seidle, Peru



About Ivy Tech Kokomo Service Area

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, Tipton and Winamac. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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1 Response to Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region recognizes student achievement

  1. Suzie Keeler says:

    Congrats to Bailey!! What an amazing young lady!!!!

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