LCU recognizes outstanding students at Honors Convocation

Louisiana Christian University held its 62nd Annual Honors Convocation Tuesday, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of students in academics and athletics.

Student awards and recipients are listed below by department:



Central Louisiana Ad Club Scholarship AwardNathaniel Madrid, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Grady Harper Scholarship Award Lena Cogghe, of Belgium

Paula Nolla Ferrer, of Spain

Thilo Steinschulte Scholarship AwardGretchen Wolfe, of Rowlett, Texas



NAIA Student Athlete Award Nicholas Brunet, of Bourg (Terrebone) Claire Borot, of France



ACBSP Student Leadership AwardAbigail Shields, of Deville (Rapides)

Outstanding Graduating Senior in Business

Administration Ting Jiang, of China

Outstanding Junior in Business AdministrationCaroline Lucius, of Pineville (Rapides)

Sr External Major Field Test 2nd Highest Kaleb Breaux, of Scott (Lafayette)

Sr External Major Field Test HighestKristoffer Boerjesson, of Sweden



Avis L. Trahan – Outstanding Elementary

Education AwardKarli Simmons, of Pollock (Grant)

Avis L. Trahan – Outstanding Secondary

Education AwardHannah Miller, of Iowa (Jefferson Davis)

Education Achievement AwardPaula Sims, of Florien (Sabine)

L. E. Beatrice McKenzie May

Scholarship Award Rebekah Bonnin, of Lufkin, Texas

William C. Todd Education Award Ethan Christman, of Pineville (Rapides)


History and Political Science

Outstanding First-Year Student Chloe Must, of Lafayette (Lafayette)

Outstanding Upper-Class Student in History

and Political Science Benjamin Menard, of Corpus Christi, Texas


Health and Physical Education

Courtney Butler Scholarship Hunter Allen, of Downsville (Ouachita)

Outstanding Exercise Science Clinical

Wellness Major of the YearD’Mario Weathersby, of Clinton (E.Feliciana)

Outstanding Exercise Science

Sports and Wellness Major of the YearLauren Magleau, of Spain


Human Behavior

Alpha Tau Gamma Omega Cole AwardDelaina Doyle Walley, of Hineston (Rapides)

Ann McAllister Excellence in Social

Work AwardGeorgia Barfield, of Dry Prong (Grant)

Ann McAllister Excellence in Social

Work ScholarshipKayla Dauthier, of Jarreau (Point Coupee)

Social Work Student of the Year AwardHolly Tony, of Haughton (Bossier)

The Dr. James Quillin Memorial

Psychology Student of the YearSydni Gross, of Lambertville, Michigan


Language and Literature

George Amos English Scholarship Keirsten Lejeune, of Leesville (Vernon)

Ada Osborne ScholarshipZane Blanchard, of Belle Rose (Assumption)

Alpha Mu Gamma Outstanding Member Award Bethany Nichols, of Boyce (Rapides)

Alpha Mu Gamma Outstanding Senior Award Delaina Doyle Walley, of Hineston (Rapides)

Carson Scholarship in English Bethany Nichols, of Boyce (Rapides)

Ellander Ridge Scholarship Mackenzie Strickland, of West Monroe (Ouachita)

English Faculty Scholarship Delaina Doyle Walley, of Hineston (Rapides)

Ivey Gravette Scholarship in English Samantha Ray, of Centerpoint (Avoyelles)

Mary Kate Bailes Freshman Essay Award Anna Hooker, of Boyce (Rapides)

Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship Cheryl Bullock, of Pollock (Rapides)


Media, Communication and Theatre

Ethel Holloman Memorial Journalism

ScholarshipVictoria Watson, of New Iberia (Iberia)

Frank & Helen Bennett Endowed

Scholarship in Theatre Nicoy Harris, of Grand Forks, North Dakota

Fred Kendrick Memorial Journalism

ScholarshipPhoebe Lim, of Baton Rouge(Baton Rouge)

Fred Lollar Scholarship in Public Relations Nathan Roper, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Media and Communication Outstanding

Freshman in ProductionSollon Scott, of Marrero (Jefferson)

Media and Communication Senior Excellence

AwardNoel Schonhoff, of Slidell (St. Tammany)

Ortis Journalism ScholarshipBrandon Brown, of Lavon, Texas

Oscar Hoffmeyer Endowed Scholarship

in JournalismSollon Scott, of Marrero (Jefferson)

Richard-Burton Endowed Scholarships:

Communication StudiesEmily Slay, of Pineville (Rapides)

Convergence MediaKai Stone, of Kaplan (Vermillion)

TheatreCarmen Taffi, of Pineville (Rapides)

Media/Communication “And Then Some” AwardKai Stone, of Kaplan (Vermillion)

Wildcat Debate “And Then Some” AwardCamille Allgood, of Denham Springs (Livingston)

Wildcat Debate Top Novice AwardZavier Whiting, of Fayetteville, Georgia


Missions and Ministries

Christian Studies Award Ashley Young, of Benton (Bossier)

Zondervan Greek Award Spencer Murdock, of Pollock (Grant)

Zondervan Theology Award Evangeline Tudor, of Pineville (Rapides)



Alsup Voice Award 1st:Peyton Newton, of Alexandria (Rapides); 2nd: Italia Sosa, of Pineville (Rapides);

3rd: A’melia Perkins, of Pineville (Rapides)

B.B. McKinney Scholarship AwardPeyton Newton, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Carroll Lowe Scholarship AwardBilli Barber, of Slidell (St. Tammany) and Selena Torres, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Dixie Sylvest Moss AwardWilliam Dunham, of Monroe (Ouachita)

Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick Music ScholarshipSamantha McCullough, of Oakdale (Allen)

Gloria Joy Moore ScholarshipA’melia Perkins, of Pineville (Rapides)

Music Service AwardKyle Dupre, of Houma (Terrebonne)

Pierre Valmont Blanchard Award for

Vocal AchievementKyle Dupre, of Houma (Terrebonne)

Richard Hill Endowed ScholarshipEmma Walker, of Ball (Rapides)

Robert W. Poole Endowed ScholarshipWilliam Dunham, of Monroe (Ouachita)

Sue McGahey Elgin Endowed ScholarshipCaleb Williams, of Frierson (DeSoto)


Natural Sciences

Carol Anne O’Quinn Award Ethan Lanford, of Pineville (Rapides)

Hansel B. O’Quinn AwardEthan Barnes, of Ball (Rapides)

J.F. Richie Memorial AwardHarrison Bieber, of Dry Prong (Grant)

Jarrell Memorial AwardHarrison Bieber, of Dry Prong (Grant)

Outstanding First Year Chemistry Award Will Patton, of Bossier City (Bossier)

Rocky Vidrine Memorial Award- Outstanding

Freshman in Pre-MedMorgan Tradewell, of Deville (Rapides)

The Monroe Hilburn AwardEthan West, of Ville Platte (Evangeline)



Courage in NursingMaurtavius Evans, of Boyce (Rapides)

Division of Nursing AwardMcKenna Bryant, of Pineville (Rapides)

Jean Livley Leadership Award Lessley Fontenot, of Lafayette (Lafayette)

Nursing Association for Students

Recognition AwardAdrianna Hedgemon, of Delhi (Richland)

Donies & Novie Magee Scholarship Award

Shelby Cumpton, of Quitman


“These students represent the University’s vision for ‘Preparing Graduates and Transforming Lives’ demonstrated by their commitment to academic excellence and Christian scholarship,” said President Dr. Rick Brewer. “The great tradition of equipping students for lives of learning, leading, and serving emblematic of Louisiana Christian University is evidenced by the work of our faculty and students. The University’s devotion to the Great Commandment is certainly expressed by our students’ dedication to “love God with heart, soul, and mind.”

Dr. Jeannie Gauthier, chair of the Division of Language and Literature, received the Olive Anne Rau Endowed Chair of English during the ceremony, as well. Eminent Scholars and Professorships are designed to recognize outstanding faculty and support productivity.

“Recognizing students who have excelled academically in the collegiate environment has long been a tradition at Louisiana Christian University,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl Clark. “School deans, departmental chairs, program directors, and faculty members work diligently to identify exceptional students. Students recognized at Honors Convocation represent LCU’s brightest scholars who have excelled in and outside the classroom.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s student honorees who exemplify academic excellence and a passion for learning. They have challenged themselves and discovered new pathways to personal success. We also celebrate our exceptional faculty who teach, mentor, and lead by example.”


Media Release     |     April 20, 2023     |     Pineville, Louisiana
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth B. Clarke, Director of University Communications |