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2021 Recognition Day Award Recipients Named

West Virginia University Potomac State College recently held its 81st Recognition Day Awards ceremony during which students were recognized and presented with various accolades. Honorees were also named to the Whitmore-Gates Scholars’ Wall and students were inducted into the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and into the Sigma Alpha Rho nursing honor society.


Witt receives Jasper Morris Organic Chemistry award

Joshua Witt, a biology major from Franklin, W.Va., was presented with the Morris Organic Chemistry Award.  This award is named for Professor Jasper Morris, a former professor of chemistry and physics at the College. The student receiving this award must have the highest average in organic chemistry, both in lecture and laboratory, for the two-semester sequence.


Sponaugle receives Maurice Powell General Chemistry award

Kaley Sponaugle

Kaley Sponaugle

Kaley Sponaugle, a pre-dentistry major from Brandywine, W.Va., was presented with the Powell General Chemistry Award. This award is named for Maurice Powell, who served for many years as chairman of the College’s chemistry department.  The student receiving this award must have the highest average in both lecture and laboratory for the complete two-semester sequence of Chemistry 115 and 116. 


Whetzel receives History award

Summer Whetzel

Summer Whetzel

Summer Whetzel, a history major from Mathias, W.Va., received the Mauzy-Harris History Award which was created by Pittsburgh Businessman Sydney Harris in honor of former history professor and dean of Potomac State College, Frank Mauzy. 


Students receive Agriculture/SAGE awards

Alexis Taylor, an animal science major from Keyser, W.Va., was the recipient of the Outstanding Agriculture Sophomore Student award. 

Shawna Weatherholtz, a wildlife and fisheries resources major from Lahmansville, W.Va., was the recipient of the Outstanding Forestry Sophomore Student award.

Keri Fester

Keri Ferster

Keri Ferster, an agriculture and extension education major from Dalmatia, Penn., was the recipient of the Don S. Starcher Outstanding Freshman Agriculture & Forestry Student award.

Darrah Yerger

Darrah Yerger

Darrah Yerger, a sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship (SAGE) major from Mt. Pleasant Mills, Penn., received the Outstanding SAGE AAS Student award. 

Darian Bender

Darian Bender

Darian Bender, a sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship (SAGE) major from Buckhannon, W.Va., was presented with the Outstanding SAGE BAS Student award.

 

VanMeter receives Dr. Henry Falkowski Survey of Chemistry award

Taylor VanMeter

Taylor VanMeter

Taylor VanMeter, a pre-nursing major from Keyser, W.Va., was presented with the Dr. Henry Falkowski Survey of Chemistry award.  This award is named in memory of Henry S. Falkowski, PhD, who taught chemistry at the College for 41 years.  The award is given to the student who achieves the highest overall average in the Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112 sequence, in lecture and laboratory.

 

Douthitt presented with General Biology award

Makenna Douthitt

Makenna Douthitt

Makenna Douthitt, an exercise physiology major from Fort Ashby, W.Va., was presented with the General Biology award.

 

Bane presented with the W.E. Michael Biology award

Matthew Bane

Matthew Bane

Matthew Bane, a biology major from Keyser, W.Va., was the recipient of the W.E. Michael Biology award which is bestowed in memory of Professor Emeritus W.E. Michael, who taught at the College for 33 years.  This award is given to the student with the highest average in the complete biology major sequence.  

 

Hershberger presented with Outstanding Business Management Student award

Jen Hershberger

Jen Hershberger

Jen Hershberger, a business management major from Fort Ashby, W.Va., was presented with the Outstanding Business Management Student award.  This award is presented to a BAS student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership and character.

 

Shumaker receives Outstanding Business Technology Student award

Sharon Shumaker

Sharon Shumaker

Sharon Shumaker, a business management major from Westernport, Md., was presented with the Outstanding Business Technology Student award.  This award is presented to an AAS student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership and character.

 

Strawderman and Didawick presented with Human Anatomy and Physiology awards

Lexi Strawderman

Lexi Strawderman

Asyln Didawick

Aslyn Didawick

Lexi Strawderman, a pre-nursing major from Wardensville, W.Va.,and Aslyn Didawick, a nursing major from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were presented with the Human Anatomy and Physiology award.  This award is given by the Biology Department to students with the highest cumulative grades for Anatomy and Physiology I and II at the end of the academic year.  

 

Burgess and Yahner presented with Outstanding Student in Classic Calculus Sequence awards

Alec Burgess

Alec Burgess

Isaac Yahner

Isaac Yahner

Mechanical Engineering Majors Alec Burgess, from Petersburg, W.Va., and Isaac Yahner, from Somerset, Penn., were presented with Outstanding Student in Classic Calculus Sequence awards.

 

McClintock presented with Outstanding Education award

Gabriella McClintock

Gabriella McClintock

Gabriella McClintock, an elementary education major from Keyser, W.Va., was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Education Student award.                      

 

Courrier presented with Willa Louise Cather award

Jaiden Courrier, a general studies major from Keyser, W.Va., was the recipient of the Willa Louise Cather Award for Best Noncreative Essay.  Named after Professor Emerita Dr. Willa Louise Cather, this award is presented to a student whose essay represents the best noncreative work produced in all English classes at the College during the year. 

 

Francis presented with Orval Anderson award

Jenna Francis

Jenna Francis

Jenna Francis, an English major from New Creek, W.Va., was the recipient of the Orval Anderson Award for Best Creative Essay.  Named after Professor Emeritus Orval Anderson, this award is presented to a student whose essay represents the best creative work produced in all English classes at the College during the year.