8 May, 2017
Gadsden State Community College recently held its 51st annual Honors Day events at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center in Anniston and at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. The programs spanned two days of recognizing student achievements and scholarship presentations. Over 150 students were honored and more than $1.3 million was awarded in scholarships.
Traditionally one of the highest honors presented each spring is the Allen-Ray Award. The award, which has been presented at every Honors Day program over the past 51 years, is presented in honor of the late Sen. James B. Allen and the late Jack Ray, former CEO of the Exchange Bank of Alabama. Both men were active supporters of Gadsden State. Anirban Biswas is the 2017 recipient of the Allen-Ray Award. He was presented the award by Catherine Martin, granddaughter of Jack Ray and marketing director at Exchange Bank.
Biswas, an international student from Bangladesh, has a 4.0 grade point average and is working toward an associate degree in Pre-Engineering. He is a member of the All Alabama Academic Team and earned a spot on the President’s List. He is included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and received the Gadsden State Alumni Association Scholarship in spring 2016. He is the vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and president of the student chapter of the Gadsden State Alumni Association. Biswas is a member of the Student Without Borders Club, the Science, Math and Engineering Club and is a tutor for Student Support Services. He was crowned Homecoming King in the fall.
In addition to winning the Allen-Ray Award, Biswas also was awarded a scholarship worth $40,000 to Troy University as well as the Cardinal Foundation/IPC Aerospace Scholarship.
The President’s Cup, a designated award for students who demonstrate exceptional success in all phases of college life, is presented each year to students in both the academic and technical divisions. It is given by Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State.
The Academic division recipient is Brett William Bobo from Rainsville, who plans to transfer to Auburn University to pursue a degree in Poultry Science. He is a Gadsden State Ambassador and has been named to the President’s List. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and Phi Theta Kappa. He was included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Bobo has earned a number of scholarships to Auburn University worth a total of $21,200 over a two-year period, including the Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship, Ever to Conquer Scholarship for Transfer Students; Dr. Robert Alexander Nunn Endowed Scholarship and the Claude I. and Ruth Laubenthal Carter Endowed Scholarship. He also was awarded the Outstanding Ambassador Award.
The Technical division recipient of the President’s Cup is Jiawei Hoang of Cedar Bluff, who will earn an associate degree in Electrical Technology in May. He has already earned his certification in Carpentry. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and the National Home Builder Association. He is a tutor for electrical engineering students. He is included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and is on the President’s List. Hoang plans to continue his education at Jacksonville State University.
Two Etowah County students were presented awards for outstanding achievement. The Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize students who have succeeded in pursuit of higher education in spite of varying traumas, adversities, personal losses and difficulties.
The Outstanding Achievement Awards given at the Wallace Drive Campus event went to Dorothy Marie Dusendschon of Gadsden and Abby Ferguson of Rainbow City. The awards were presented by Jesse Osborn, a math instructor.
Dusendschon is a Realtime Reporting student at Gadsden State’s East Broad Campus. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as a leader for freshman orientation at Gadsden State. She was previously named Outstanding Music Student and Outstanding Choir Student. Completing her college education has been a task. At times she has worked three jobs to make ends meet. She has managed to assist her grandparents with their everyday tasks in addition to maintaining her grades, jobs and own household.
Ferguson is working toward an associate degree in General Studies. She hopes to one day become an environmental engineer. At Gadsden State, she is a member of the Science, Math and Engineering Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Ferguson has overcome drug addiction, a difficult childhood, health issues and abuse to become a successful college student with a 3.69 GPA.
Other students recognized at Honors Day at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center include:
University of Alabama Scholarship Recipients: Katie Bohannon, Kaleb Mostiller-Kelly and Maia Flores, all of Gadsden; Paul Kim, Princess Spikes and Rachel Whetstone, all of Anniston; Jake Leath of Boaz; Tariah Reynolds of Childersburg; Carly Rich of Southside and Emily Weng of Heflin
University of Alabama/Huntsville Scholarship Recipients: Paola Denys Ramierz Hernandez of Attalla; Niranjan Thapaliya and Nisana Thapaliya, both of Rainbow City; Shaunte Vincent of Oxford; Michael Butler and Chasity Nicole Harrell, both of Gadsden; James Hill of Hokes Bluff and Beverly Hulsey of Piedmont
Auburn University Scholarship Recipients: Dustin Gunter of Gadsden, Matthew Reaves of Southside and Taylor Wynn of Centre
Troy University Scholarship Recipients: Torren Wilson of Piedmont, Peyton Williams of Southside, Tariah Reynolds of Childersburg and Jasmine Adams of Cedar Bluff
Barry Boatwright Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Amber Catlett of Oxford
BBVA/Compass Bank Scholarship Recipients: Zachary Harris of Altoona; Andrews Chavez and William Scott, both of Albertville; Juan Pinedo of Roanoke; and Clayton McDaniel of Eastaboga
James L. Brown Free Enterprise Scholarship Recipient: Christina Rosch of Jacksonville
Cardinal Foundation/Benjamin Steinberg Nursing Scholarship Recipient: Brandi Richardson of Gadsden
Cardinal Foundation/Gerald Acker Scholarship Recipients: Cole Beauchamp of Albertville and Jared Blackwell of Collinsville
Cardinal Foundation/Rip Reagan Show Band Scholarship Recipients: Jacob Callahan and Victoria White, both of Anniston
Gadsden State Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients: Cole Beauchamp of Albertville; Esther Adewuyi and Oreoluwa Ariyibi, both of Nigeria
Sue McMeekin Griffith Scholarship: Kinna Harper of Gadsden
Chad Hawkins Educational Foundation Scholarship Recipient: Cody Fulmer of Anniston
E.O. McCord Endowment Scholarship: Lauren Mitchell of Collinsville
Rena and Edgar McCord Scholarship Recipient: Mollie Free of Gadsden
Nan Pentecost Scholarship: Christina Couch of Lyerly, Ga.
Linda Roberts Memorial for Highest Achievement in OAD: Vonda Baker of Gadsden
Nell Thomas Scholarship: Frieda Elston of Oxford
Jim Vanderford Scholarship Recipients: Trevor Sauls and K.C. Devoe, both of Fort Payne; and Tomas Hernandez of Albertville
Dr. Jesse L. Walker Jr. Business Faculty Scholarship Recipient: Alida Youngblood of Leesburg
W.C. West/Pentecost Scholarship Recipients: Jonathan Grizzard of Gadsden and John Simpson of Glencoe
Lambda Epsilon Chi Paralegal Honor Society Inductees: Kimberly Erland of Jacksonville; Bria Gresham of Elgin, Ill.; Jennifer Watson of Alexandria
Outstanding Achievement in Paralegal Studies: Bria Gresham of Elgin, Ill.
Outstanding Child Development Student: Seinna Avery of Gadsden
Outstanding Phi Theta Kappa Officer: Katie Bohannon of Glencoe
All Alabama Academic Team Member: Jasmine Adams of Cedar Bluff and Anirban Biswas of Bangladesh
Outstanding Mathematics/Pre-Engineering Majors: Summer Duley of Ashville, Katherine Yohe of Gadsden and Naye Yoni of Burkina Faso
Outstanding Achievement in Accounting: Esther Adewuyi of Nigeria
Outstanding Achievement in Accounting Technology: Meredith Hubbard of Sand Rock
Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice: Brandon Wiggins of Center Point
Outstanding Achievement in Economics: Daniel Lee of Springville
Outstanding Achievement in Office Administration: Misti Blevins of Hokes Bluff
Outstanding Ambassador: Jasmine Adams of Cedar Bluff, Brett Bobo of Rainsville and Taylor Wynn of Centre
Outstanding Choral Student: Sara Holt of Rainbow City; Dannah Dougherty of Hokes Bluff and Jacob Callahan of Saks
Outstanding Show Band Student: Myles Probus of Glencoe and Eric Burgess of Centre
Highest Achievement in Spanish: Kristen Gentry of Wellington
Achievement in Literature: Katie Bohannon of Glencoe and Esther Adewuyi of Nigeria
Achievement in Creative Writing: Holly Oswalt of Attalla
Charles Hill Outstanding Honors Student: Katie Bohannon of Gadsden
Outstanding International Student: Khawla Nsibi of Tunisia
Outstanding SGA Member: Jasmine Adams of Cedar Bluff
Outstanding Chemistry Student: Jessen Burk of Centre and Summer Duley of Ashville
Outstanding Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Student: Levi Kellum of Ohatchee
Outstanding Auto Collision Repair Technology Student: Logan Hurley of Gaylesville
Outstanding Automotive Manufacturing Technology Student: Daniel Jacobs of Piedmont
Outstanding Automotive Service Technology: Andrew Staples of Jacksonville
Outstanding Carpentry Student: Jose Ortiz of Geraldine
Outstanding Civil Engineering Technology Student: Khawla Nsibi of Tunisia
Outstanding Electrical Technology Student: Hunter Shane Pike of Glencoe
Outstanding Electronic Engineering Technology Student: Theodis L. Perdue of Gadsden
Outstanding Industrial Automation Technology Student: Jordan A. Gaddy of Piedmont
Outstanding Mechanical Design Technology Student: Isaac Sims of Hokes Bluff
Outstanding Precision Machining Student: Nolan Phillips of Ohatchee
Outstanding Realtime Reporting Technology Student: Analisa Arnold of Huntsville
Outstanding Salon and Spa Management Student: Shelby Snead of Ohatchee
Outstanding Welding Technology Student: Isaac Arnold of Lickskillet