Johnston County Students Receive Awards at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- Several Johnston County students were recognized for their achievements at University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were:
Amanda Lynn Sharpe of Selma received the Outstanding Student of the Year award in Mathematics Education.  Sharpe, a senior secondary math education major, is the niece of Greg and Lori Dixon.  The Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education Award is given to a senior mathematics education major who has excelled in the field of mathematics education as determined by the Department of Mathematics.
Brandon Johnson of Smithfield received the Management Information Systems Student of the Year Award.  Johnson, a senior business administration/management of information systems major, is married to Jamie Thorne Johnson.  The Management Information Systems Outstanding Student of the Year award is given to a student who has a 3.5 GPA, has a resume capturing leadership qualities, community contributions, and other interests, and is nominated by faculty member.
Brittani Watson of Selma received the Kathleen B. Warren Outstanding Vocalist of the Year Award.  Watson, a senior music education major, is the daughter of Floyd and Francine Watson.  The Kathleen B. Warren Outstanding Vocalist award is a scholarship in honor of Kathleen B. Warren, professor emeritus of music, who taught voice at University of Mount Olive from 1958—1981. The award is given to a returning student selected by the music faculty for outstanding musical ability.
Edward Olive of Benson received the Senior Citizenship Cup Award.  Olive, a senior agriscience education major, is the son of Gail and David Olive.  The Senior Citizenship Cup is presented by the Student Affairs Office to the graduating senior who has evidenced the most outstanding qualities of citizenship during his/her academic career at University of Mount Olive.  The recipient of this award is selected by a committee of faculty, student, and staff representatives.  Olive has served in a leadership role throughout his four years at University of Mount Olive. He was instrumental in the initiation of two major collegiate service clubs on campus, Collegiate FFA and Collegiate Young Farmer and Rancher.  He is currently serving as a President and Advisor for both of these active service clubs.
Holly Capps of Princeton received the Sophia H. Potts English Award.  Capps, freshman biology and comprehensive science education major and chemistry minor, is the daughter of Julie Capps.  The Sophia H. Potts English Award is a scholarship established in 1983 by Dr. James Alton Cowan in memory of his teacher Sophia H. Potts (1908—1982), who taught English and speech at University of Mount Olive from 1956—1959.  The award is given to a rising sophomore selected by the English faculty for excellence in writing.
Lauren Dudley Fail of Princeton received the Outstanding Teacher Education Student of the Year award.  Fail, a middle grades science/math major,  is the daughter of Lisa Herring.  The Outstanding Teacher Education Student is awarded to a student who has a 3.0 GPA (minimum), service to K-12 education. Exhibits professionalism evidenced by such things as membership in PTA, attendance at professional meetings, participation in and promotion of teacher education program objectives and activities, attitude and citizenship.  This student is selected by the Department of Education faculty.
Sarah Wood of Pine Level received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship.  Wood, a junior accounting major, is the daughter of Woody and Kaye Wood.  The Handy Mart Business Scholarship is sponsored by E.J. and Judson Pope who select two rising juniors majoring in business administration who best exhibit excellence in academics, college and community service and civic responsibility.
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