Ouachita Baptist University recently honored students at its 2019 Academic Awards Banquet. The event recognized various academic and leadership achievements by students throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. The annual banquet is sponsored by Ouachita’s Student Senate.
Carrie Hill, a senior graphic design major from Benton, Ark., was awarded Ouachita’s highest academic honor as the university’s Overall Academic Achiever. Hill also earned top academic achiever in the School of Fine Arts, was honored with the Francie Phelan Outstanding Senior award from the Division of Applied Arts and was recognized as a Carl Goodson Honors Program Blue Ribbon Finisher.
Ouachita’s Senior Outstanding Man is Drew Harris, a kinesiology & leisure studies and education double major from Benton, Ark. Ouachita’s Senior Outstanding Woman is Julia Williams, a mass communications and political science double major from Arkadelphia, Ark. The Outstanding Man and Woman are selected by Ouachita’s faculty and staff. Williams also was named the top academic achiever for the School of Humanities, earned a Publication Award for leading The Signal student newspaper, was a recipient of the Curtis Echols Lion’s Club Scholarship from the W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences and was recognized as a Carl Goodson Honors Program Blue Ribbon Finisher.
••• Carrie Hill (at left) was named Ouachita’s Overall Academic Achiever for 2018-2019, and Julia Williams (center) and Drew Harris (right) were named Senior Outstanding Woman and Man, respectively. •••
Other top academic achievers in each school include:
The Mrs. J.R. Grant Endowed Award for freshman and senior female students were given to Kayla Whittington and Samantha Ortiz. Whittington is a freshman pre-medicine major from North Little Rock, Ark. Ortiz is a senior elementary education major from North Richland Hills, Texas.
The Mrs. Betty Oliver Grant Endowed Awards for sophomore and junior female students went to Sabreena Alfaro and Laura Spradlin. Alfaro is a sophomore Christian studies/Christian missions major from Magazine, Ark. Spradlin is a junior music major from Cordova, Tenn.
Dr. Chris Brune, professor of finance and holder of the George Young Chair of Business, was named by students as the Lavell Cole Most Inspirational Professor.
The Rotary Club Service-Above-Self Award was presented to Anna Claire Goodroe, a senior nutrition/dietetics major from Lucas, Texas.
Individuals honored by the Carl Goodson Honors Program and Ouachita’s seven academic schools include:
CARL GOODSON HONORS PROGRAM
HICKINGBOTHAM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
PRUET SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES
HUCKABEE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
PATTERSON SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES
W. H. SUTTON SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
By Rachel Moreno // Lead photo by Alex Blankenship.
May 14, 2019