Northeast State recognized the year’s distinguished students, staff, and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation held Thursday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.
The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Kerri Jones. She won the academic program awards as the top student in both Pharmacy and Humanities. She will graduate summa cum laude in May. Jones has been accepted into the College of Pharmacy at Belmont College where she begins this fall.
The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the College’s academic departments for 2016-17.
The Convocation program and all the night’s honorees can be viewed at www.NortheastState.edu/Honors2017. Award winners who chose to be photographed can be viewed at http://www.northeaststatephotos.com/2017-Honors-Convocation/.
Academic award winners are listed below under each academic division and program:
Aviation Technology – Blake Williams; Chemical Process Operations – Corey Leamon; Electrical Technology – Trey Brown; Electromechanical Technology – Whitney Light; General Technology – Mark Fleming; Industrial Operations – Justin Carter; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Jill Basham; Industrial Technology/Automotive Body-Collision Repair – Tyler Jones; Industrial Technology/Engineering Design Technology – Jared Waesche; Industrial Technology/Machine Tool – Zachary Resha; Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Travis Fritts; Industrial Design/Mechanical – Roberto Chacon; Industrial Technology/Motor Sports – Adams Walker; Industrial Technology/Welding/Metal Fabrication – Kyle Scott; Manufacturing Technology – Joshua Williams.
Behavioral & Social Science Division
Anthropology – Eli Kistner; Criminal Justice (A.A./A.S.) – Patrick Brown; Criminal Justice (A.A.S.) – Megan Bennington; Early Childhood Education – Lindsey Richards; Mass Communications – Stuart Tysinger; Psychology – Erica Callahan; Social Work – Nathan Carrier; Sociology – Erinn Wyatt; Speech Communication – Evan Stone; Teacher Education – Brittany Elliott; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Allison Bennett.
Business-Accounting (A.A.S.) – Patricia Hilmer; Business-Management – Dorina Coggins; Small Business Management – Heidi Turner; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Ashley Lord; Computer & Information Science/Information Information Assurance – Tristan Lambert; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Beverly Stipes; Computer & Information Science/Network Engineering Technology – Joshua Ganious; Computer Science – Timothy Higginbotham; Office Administrative Technology/General – Angelia Ratliff; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Tammy Fields.
Health-Related Professions Division
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – Jordan Meredith; Allied Health/Dental Assistant – Veronica Kennard; Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Technology – Michelle Grazier; Allied Health/Surgical Technology – Sierra Solewin; Cardiovascular Technology/Invasive – Amber Sexton; Cardiovascular Technology/Non-Invasive – Cassie Charlton; Emergency Medical Technician – Laura-LaRue Jones; Paramedic – Bryan Bradshaw.
Digital Media – Jessica Fraysier; English – Patrick Cooley; History – Seth Manning; Humanities – Kerri Jones; Music – Abigail Bell; Philosophy/Religious Studies – Avery Bouton; Spanish – Abigail Bell; Theatre – Andrea Marshall; Visual Art and Design – Blainne Smith.
Accounting (A.S.) – Terina Lovelace; Business Administration – Shannon Arias; Engineering – Jared Thaxton; Mathematics – Edgar Bowlin.
LPN to RN – Judith Spitznas; Traditional RN – Tracey Lewis.
Biology – Mariah Tedder; Chemistry – Trevor Carter; Dental Hygiene – Tiffany Hall; Environmental Health – Erin Helbert; Health Professions – Brandon Sexton; Nursing (A.S.) – Jenna Snyder; Pharmacy – Kerri Jones; Physical Therapy – Isaac Roberts; Radiography – Blakely Poiroux.
The College also honored the President’s All-Academic Team of 2016-17 at a ceremony held shortly before Convocation. The All-Academic Team recognized the 59 students graduating this spring with a perfect 4.0-grade point average.
Konah Buckman received the Adult Learner of the Year Award. An inspiration to the entire College, Buckman was also named Outstanding Student Support Services TRiO Participant.
The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Timothy Hill, ’03. He serves as State Representative of the 3rd District – a seat he has held since being elected in 2012. After earning his associate degree at Northeast State, Hill attended East Tennessee State University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Hill is a small business owner in Northeast Tennessee. He and his wife, Charity, are the parents of two children.
Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College.
Melissa Brickey won the Distinguished Support Staff Member award. A Northeast State alumna, she serves as a technical clerk at the Financial Aid Help Center. Brickey joined the Northeast State staff in 2014.
Chris Hitechew received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional award. Hitechew serves as director of the Northeast State at Elizabethton campus. He previously served as a professor with the College’s EMT-Paramedic Program training scores of EMTs. Hitechew joined the Northeast State faculty in 1997.
Dr. C.H. Charlton was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. An associate professor of Reading/Learning Strategies, Dr. Charlton joined the Northeast State faculty in 1992. “The Rev” as he is affectionately known is renowned for serving as both teacher and mentor to the countless number of students who have taken his classes.
The 2017 graduating class features 177 students graduating cum laude with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.49 to 3.74, 100 students graduating magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.89, and 99 students graduating summa cum laude with GPAs of 3.90 to 4.0. The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.