Professors Amy Weaver and Danielle Lessard, PhD, recently announced the 2020 Whitmore-Gates student scholars during West Virginia University Potomac State College’s 80th Recognition Day Awards ceremony.
Students Madison Anderson, Nikki Cannon, Madison Sites, and Kaitlynn Spiker will have their names inscribed on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall, also referred to as The Scholars’ Wall.
The Scholars’ Wall was conceived as a way of recognizing the academic and scholarly activities of Potomac State College's students, alumni and faculty. Each year a faculty committee selects students who exhibit exemplary scholarship and potential for continued achievement.
Anderson is a biology major from Keyser, W.Va. and plans to pursue a doctor of medicine in dentistry. Campus activities included serving as a tutor for the Academic Success Center, as a member of Circle K, the Life Science Club and the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society. In addition to making First Team All-American while playing on the Catamounts softball team, Anderson also interned with the office of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
Cannon is a biology major from Fort Ashby, W.Va. and plans to earn a doctorate degree in microbiology after completing her bachelor’s degree in biology on the Morgantown campus. Campus activities included serving as a tutor for the Academic Success Center, and as a member of the Campus Ministries Club, the Life Science Club and the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society. She also interned at the National Cancer Institute for the past two years.
Sites is a biology major from Sugar Grove, W.Va. and plans to pursue a doctor of osteopathy or physician’s assistant degree. Campus activities included serving as a tutor for the Academic Success Center, as a member of Circle K, the Film Club, the Creative Writing Club, Sip and Stitch, the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, the International Club, the Life Science Club, and Baptist Campus Ministries.
Kaitlynn SpikerSpiker is a mathematics major from Frostburg, Md. and plans to pursue a doctorate degree in mathematics. Campus activities included serving as a tutor for the Academic Success Center and assisting with Regional Math Field Day which involves interacting with different age levels from area schools. Spiker wants to serve as a math teacher in the future.