Three students vying for Outstanding Student at Potomac State

Three students, Ali Barrett, Hannah Dickson and Sarah Whiteman, are vying to be selected as WVU Potomac State College’s ‘Outstanding Student’ for 2017.  The recipient of the ‘Outstanding Student Award’ will be named during the annual Recognition Day Ceremony on Sunday, April 23.  Additionally, all three students will be recognized with the inscription of their names on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.  This event begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Ali Barrett
Ali Barrett

Barrett will graduate this spring with dual majors in business administration and economics.  As an active student participant while attending WVU Potomac State, Barrett has served as editor and correspondent for the College newspaper, The Pasquino; has served as the social media correspondent for the DECA Club; has volunteered her time mentoring and tutoring other students; and has performed in two plays at the College, Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver.  Additionally, Barrett has performed in more than 14 plays and is a member of International Thespian Troupe #1696. 

She is a member of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and has been named to the President’s List for all semesters that’s she’s attended Potomac State.  Barrett is a recipient of the BCA-CV Barbara Fulton Memorial Scholarship, the Wurzburg Family Scholarship, the Clyde E. Smith, Jr. Scholarship, and the J. Paul & Agnes VanMetre Kiser Memorial Scholarship.  She is also a Windhover Scholar and an Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Scholar. 

When not going to class or studying, Barrett works as a sales associate at Aerie and is the proprietor of her own business, Ali Barrett Photography/B.A.M. Interviews.

Her future plans include attending WVU on the Morgantown campus where she will major in public relations and minor in arts administration and communications.  Barrett would eventually like to work with the arts, promoting programs and perhaps musicians.  She is the daughter of Michele and Tommy Barrett of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Dickson will graduate this spring with dual majors in animal science, and in business equine production and management.  She has maintained a strong enthusiasm as a student at WVU Potomac State, balancing classes, work and volunteer efforts.

Hannah Dickson
Hannah Dickson

Dickson currently works at the College’s Indoor Riding Arena, with most days often beginning around six in the morning as she feeds, waters, and exercises the 22-plus horses making sure they’re properly cared for, before heading to class.  She also trains work-study students and assists with horse-riding lessons in the College’s riding classes.

A dedicated student who pushes herself to do well, Dickson also stays busy assisting with various student activities, serving as vice president of the College’s American Collegiate Horseman’s Association and serving as a member of the Ag & Forestry Club. 

During breaks from school, Dickson works as a cashier at Saxton Outdoor Supply in Saxon, Pa., gaining experience in customer service, professionalism and other skill sets.  She also volunteers her time at Clark’s Quarter Horse Farm caring for the horses and young colts who have trust and control issues. 

She received the Blue & Gold Scholarship and has been named to the President’s List for all semesters in which she’s attended Potomac State. Her future plans include earning a bachelor’s degree in the newly created program of Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship (SAGE) here at Potomac State.  She is the daughter of Diana and Thomas Dickson from James Creek, Pa.

Whiteman will graduate this spring with dual degrees in psychology and sociology.  She’s a PROMISE Scholar and also a recipient of the Vandalia Scholarship, the Gibbs-Naughton Families Scholarship, and has been named to the President’s List for all semesters in which she’s attended WVU Potomac State.

Sarah Whitman
Sarah Whiteman

Whiteman is a member of the Catamount’s volleyball team, serving in the position of defensive specialist, and was named Academic All-American for both years in which she played. The volleyball team also won the Region XX, Division II championship for the first time in the school’s history, earning them a trip to the national tournament.

In addition to her studies and athletics, Whiteman works at American Eagle as a sales associate.  She has also volunteered her time to help wrap presents for children during the Christmas season.

Her future plans include attending WVU on the Morgantown campus where she will major in psychology.  After earning her bachelor’s degree, Whiteman plans to attend the WVU College of Law.  She is the daughter of Jill and Tony Whiteman of Short Gap, W.Va.