Wayne County Students Receive Awards at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- Several Wayne County students were recognized for their achievements at University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were:
Aisha Atkinson of Goldsboro received the Jan Brewer Scholarship Award. Atkinson, a senior secondary English education major, is the daughter of James and Rovina Atkinson.  She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and the Honors Program.  The Jan Brewer Scholarship Award, given in memory of Janet Ruth Brewer, (1959—1981), class of 1979, is made possible by an endowment established in Ms. Brewer’s honor in April 1980, by her classmates and friends.  Ms. Brewer, a member of Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church, though born with Cystic Fibrosis, achieved her goal of earning a college degree when she received an Associate in Science degree from University of Mount Olive.  This award is given to a student who is successfully overcoming adversity in pursuit of a college education.  The Jan Brewer Scholarship is payable on future educational expenses at University of Mount Olive. The recipient is chosen by a committee of faculty, student and staff representatives.
Charity Wright of Dudley received the Outstanding History Student of the Year Award.  Wright, a senior history major, is the daughter of Paul Wright and the late Lisa Stanley.  The Outstanding History Student Award is given to a student who has shown excellence in the field of historical studies as demonstrated by a superior grade point average, knowledge of historical facts and events, historiography, research, and the ability to combine those areas into well written and argued papers for presentation and possible publication.
Donna Mooring of Fremont received the Outstanding Psychology Major Clinical Student of the Year Award.  Mooring, a senior child psychology major, is the daughter of Brent and Jerri Mooring.  The Outstanding Psychology Major Clinical Award is given to a senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The student must show a clinical proficiency as demonstrated by internship evaluations from site supervisors and college supervisors, as well as commitment to the department/major (i.e. participation in clubs, seminars, panels and events).
Jessica Honan of Goldsboro received the Computer Information System Student of the Year Award.  Honan, a computer information systems major, is married to Charles Honan and is the daughter of Julian and Toia Russel.  The Computer Information Systems Outstanding Student of the Year is awarded to a student with a 3.5 GPA, resumes capturing leadership qualities, community contributions, and other interests, and is nominated by a faculty member.
Karen Hinnant of Goldsboro received the Outstanding Early Childhood Education Student of the Year Award.  Hinnant, a senior early childhood education major, is married to Brandon Hinnant.  Ms. Hinnant has completed the Early Childhood Education program with a 3.9 GPA while maintain a family and job.  She has been dedicated to her education and has worked hard to maintain her academic standing.  Criteria for this award were as follows:  Contribution to the Early Childhood Education Program, citizenship, scholarship (minimum 3.5 GPA), and recommendation of the faculty of the department of education.
Kenny Lee of Mount Olive received the North Carolina Association of CPAs Scholarship.  Lee, a junior accounting major, is the son Kendall and Pam Lee.  The North Carolina Association of CPAs Scholarship is sponsored by the Coastal Plains Chapter of the North Carolina Association of CPAs and awarded to an outstanding rising senior accounting student selected by the University of Mount Olive accounting faculty.  The selection process culminates in selecting a student who demonstrates extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talent both inside and outside of the classroom.
Lindsey Merryfield of Goldsboro received the Outstanding Student in Art and Visual Communication of the Year.  Merryfield, a fine art major, is the daughter of Ronald and Rose Merryfield.  The Art and Visual Communication Award is given to the senior student who best exemplifies the ideals of a successful Art or Visual Communication major by demonstrating discipline, creativity and integrity.
Mariana Gattegno originally of Sao Paulo, Brazil but currently residing in Mount Olive was awarded the President’s Citizenship Award and an Honors medallion at the College’s annual awards ceremony. Gattegno, a senior biology major and chemistry minor, is the daughter of Celia Volpini Gettagno and the late Leslie Joseph Gattegno.  Gattegno is a member of the Henderson Science Club, International Club, Campus Activity Board, Tri Beta (National Biology Society), Undergraduate Alumni Association, and the Business and Professional Women of North Carolina.  She has served on the Campus Activity Board and as a peer mentor.  The President’s Citizenship Award, first awarded in 1972, is a scholarship sponsored by Philip Kerstetter and Mrs. Mary Kerstetter.  The award is presented to a returning student who has made the greatest contribution to the college during the academic year.  The scholarship is payable on future educational expenses at University of Mount Olive.  The recipient is chosen by a ballot of the student body.
Tamara Foy Grady of Goldsboro received the Elrod Art Award.  Grady, a fine art major, is married to Brandon Grady and is the daughter of David and Donna Foy.  The Elrod Art Award is a scholarship given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Elrod, parents of a 2005 graduate of the Art Department. The award is given to a fine art or visual communications major who has demonstrated academic excellence, professional service, and personal growth as determined by the Art Department faculty.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit www.moc.edu.