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Delta State’s Divisions of Languages & Literature, Social Sciences & History honor top students during ceremony

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Two Divisions within the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University recently paused to honor high-achieving students during the 2020 academic year with honors and scholarships.

The Divisions of Languages and Literature, and Social Sciences and History celebrated their top students during a special ceremony Thursday, April 15.

“The community at Delta State University has had a challenging year as we marked the transitions from primarily in-person, face-to-face learning to online and hybrid models over the last thirteen months. Nevertheless, our community of students has persevered,” noted Michael Smith, interim chair of the Division of Languages and Literature, and Dr. Chuck Westmoreland, chair of the Division of Social Sciences and History.

“In appreciation of their efforts, the Divisions would like to note the following students for their accomplishments this year.”

Honorees from the Division of Languages and Literature include:

Anna Sims of Cleveland, Miss.—Professor John R. Ford Shakespeare Award

Kelly Foster of Flowood, Miss.—Doye Stallings Mitchell Scholarship, Maude E. Pittman Scholarship, Coffman Creative Writing Award, Rose Drake Burrell Scholarship, Dr. Maria Butler Endowed Retention Scholarship

Morgan Raper of Cleveland, Miss.—John and Dorothy Merill Scholarship

Skylar Andrews of Richland, Miss.—Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship, Maude E. Pittman Scholarship, Elizabeth Wynn Lewis Scholarship

In addition, Riley M. Hardin of Olive Branch, Miss., and Mollie M. Pinion of Greenville, Miss., were inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.

Honorees from the Division of Social Sciences and History include:

Anna Hutchinson of Kosciusko, Miss.—Martha Davis Biles World Civilization History Award

Ashlyn Saxon of New Albany, Miss.—William McKinley Cash United States History Award

Brady Keeton of Cleveland, Miss.—Allen and Rose Drake Burrell Scholarship

Noah Blake of El Dorado, Ark.—Carol Brumby and Colonel H.M. Street Fund Scholarship

Isabella Escobedo of Grenada, Miss.—L.Q.C. Lamar Phi Alpha Theta History Scholarship, William McKinley Cash History Scholar, Jack Winton Gunn Award

Russell Smither of Cleveland, Miss.—Judge Ed Green and Margaret Allen Green Scholarship

Ashley Jenkins of Southaven, Miss.—Dr. William F. and Jeanne C. LaForge Scholarship

Abel Gonzalez of Hollandale, Miss.—Sammy Orren Crawford History Teacher Award

Nelson Ryan Smith of Shaw, Miss.—Dr. Thomas N. Boschert Memorial Scholarship

Phillip Sherman of Holcomb, Miss.—Dr. Ethan A. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship

“The Delta State University faculty community extends their congratulations to all of these deserving students,” the Divisions stated. “You make our educational efforts worthwhile, and we appreciate all that you have done during a very challenging school year.”

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