LCU recognizes outstanding students at Honors Convocation

Louisiana Christian University held its 63rd Annual Honors Convocation Tuesday, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of students in academics and athletics.

Student awards and recipients are listed below by department, including hometowns. Parishes are in parentheses.:



Central Louisiana Ad Club Scholarship Award Lena Cogghe, of Temse, Belgium

Grady Harper Scholarship Award Abby Johnson, of Jonesville (Catahoula)


Thilo Steinschulte Scholarship Award Maryane Mafra, of Moreira Maia



NAIA Student Athletes of the Year Olivia Scott, of Lafayette (Lafayette) Cy Fontenot, of Alexandria (Rapides)



ACBSP Student Leadership Award Julia Keller, of Metairie (Jefferson)

Outstanding Graduating Seniors in Business Administration Brooke Ross, of Oak Grove (West Carroll)

Misty Tanner O’Banion, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Outstanding Juniors in Business Administration James Sanders, of Trout (LaSalle) Elisabeth McGrath, of Westlake (Calcasieu)

Sr External Major Field Test 2nd Highest Caroline Lucius, of Pineville (Rapides)

Sr External Major Field Test Highest Aven Elliott, of Alexandria (Rapides)



Avis L. Trahan – Outstanding Elementary Mackenzie Willis, of Pitkin (Rapides)

Avis L. Trahan – Outstanding Secondary Macy Taylor, of Jonesville (Catahoula)


Education Award

Delta Kappa Gamma Education Foundation Award Sarahlee Carhee, of Leesville (Vernon)

Education Achievement Award Kimberly Rabalais, of Boyce (Rapides)

L. E. Beatrice McKenzie May Scholarship Award Emalea Kingston, of Boyce (Rapides)

William C. Todd Education Award Coleman Haltom, of Olive Branch, Mississippi


History and Political Science

Outstanding First-Year Students Mari Manning, of Youngsville (Lafayette) Jolie Dore, of Lake Charles (Calcasieu)

Outstanding Upper-Class Student in History and Political Science Laura Aime, of Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge)


Health and Physical Education

Outstanding Exercise Science Clinical Wellness Major of the Year Hailey Vitrano, of Meraux (St. Bernard)

Outstanding Sports and Wellness Major of the Year Nicholas Lorio, of LaPlace (St. John the Baptist)

Health and Physical Education Merit Award Jacob W. Mercer, of Dry Prong (Grant)


Criminal Justice

Alpha Tau Gamma Omega Cole Award Benjamin Cox, of Broussard (Lafayette)


Social Work

Ann McAllister Senior Excellence in Social

Work Award Holly Tony, of Haughton (Bossier)

Ann McAllister Junior Excellence in Social

Work Scholarship Abigail Johnson, Jonesville (Catahoula)

Social Work Student of the Year Award Clara Hall, of Pineville, (Rapides)



Psychology Student of the Year Olivia Scott, of Lafayette (Lafayette)

Psychology Leadership & Service Award David Knight, of Folsom (St. Tammany)

Psychology First-Year Award Ethan Dousay, of Pineville (Rapides)

Psychology Second-Year Award Harrison Waxley, of Bossier City (Bossier)


Language and Literature

Ada Osborne Scholarship Ana “Tarah” Elliott, of Alexandria (Rapides)

Alpha Mu Gamma Outstanding Member Award Samantha Ray, of Centerpoint (Avoyelles)

Carson Scholarship in English Samantha Ray, of Centerpoint (Avoyelles)

Ellander Ridge Scholarship Anna Hooker, of Boyce (Rapides)

Inez Parker English Education Scholarship Mackenzie Strickland, of West Monroe (Ouachita)

Ivey Gravette Scholarship in English Mary Gardner, of Elmer (Rapides)

Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship Keirsten LeJeune, of Leesville (Vernon)

English Faculty Scholarship Ella Tibbs, of Trout (LaSalle)

Choate Scholarship in French Josiah Reed, of Vidalia (Concordia)


Media and Communication

Ethel Holloman Memorial Journalism Scholarship Emily Slay, of Pineville (Rapides)

Fred Kendrick Memorial Journalism Scholarship Kai Stone, of Maurice (Vermillion)

Fred Lollar Scholarship in Public Relations Camille Soileau, of Ville Platte (Evangeline)

Media and Communication Outstanding Freshman in Production Danny Cobb, of Princeton (Bossier)

Media and Communication Senior Leadership Award Noel Schonhoff , of Slidell (St. Tammany)

Ortis Journalism Scholarship Lexi Hubbard, of Baton Rouge (East Baton Rouge)

Cayden Walls, of Greenwell Springs (E. B. Rouge)

Oscar Hoffmeyer Endowed Scholarship in Journalism Victoria Watson, of New Iberia (Iberia

Richardson-Burton Endowed Scholarships:

-Communication Studies Samuel Hair, of Sulphur (Calcasieu) -Convergence Media Cayden Walls, of Greenwell Springs (E.B.Rouge)

Media/Communication “And Then Some” Award Joseph Johnson and Jacob A. Mercer

Wildcat Debate “And Then Some” Award Phoebe Lim, of Baton Rouge (E. Baton Rouge)

Wildcat Debate Top Novice Award Isabella McClendon, of West Monroe (Ouachita)



Frank & Helen Bennett Endowed Scholarship in Theatre Camdyn Fehr, of Greenwell Springs (E.B. Rouge)

Richardson-Burton Endowed Scholarship -Theatre Cayden Walls, of Greenwell Springs (E.B. Rouge)


Missions and Ministries

Christian Studies Award Clara Anderson, of Dry Prong (Grant)

Zondervan Greek Award Gabriel Johnson, of Minden (Webster)

Zondervan Hebrew Award Spencer Murdock, of Pollock (Grant)

Zondervan Theology Award Spencer Murdock, of Pollock (Grant)



Alsup Voice Award 1st – Peyton Newton, of Alexandria (Rapides)

2nd – Cheyenne Blake, of West Monroe (Ouachita)

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

B.B. McKinney Scholarship Award Cheyenne Blake, of West Monroe (Ouachita)

Beasley Memorial Scholarship Cheyenne Blake, of West Monroe (Ouachita)

Carroll Lowe Scholarship Award William Dunham, of Monroe (Ouachita)

Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick Music Scholarship Samantha McCollough, of Oakdale (Allen)

Music Service Award Billi Barber, of Slidell (St. Tammany)

Pierre Valmont Blanchard Award for

Vocal Achievement Caleb Williams, of Frierson (Desoto)

Richard Hill Endowed Scholarship Italia Sosa, of Pineville (Rapides)

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

Sue McGahey Elgin Endowed Scholarship Bethany Cullen , of Livingston (Livingston)


Natural Sciences

Carol Anne O’Quinn Award Morgan Tradewell, of Deville (Rapides)

Hansel B. O’Quinn Award Ethan Lanford, of Pineville (Rapides)

J.F. Richie Memorial Award Lillyanna Castille, of Carencro (Lafayette)

Jarrell Memorial Award Anna Myers, of Winnsboro (Franklin)

Outstanding First-Year Chemistry Award Gracie Sonnier, of Jennings (Jefferson Davis)

Eva Villamor, of Ville Platte (Evangeline)

Rocky Vidrine Memorial Award- Outstanding

Freshman in Pre-Med Kylee VanHoof, of Pineville (Rapides)

Monroe Hilburn Award Joshua Poole, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi



Courage in Nursing Claire Borot, of Pineville (Rapides)

Division of Nursing Award Nicholas Brunet, of Bourg (Terrebonne)

Jean Livley Leadership Award Ayanna Baker, of Alexandria (Rapides)


Donies & Novie Magee Scholarship Award Hannah Miller, of Iowa (Jefferson Davis)


“What a great day to celebrate our students,” said Acting President Dr. David Jeffreys. “It was a living testimony of how Louisiana Christian University prepares graduates and transforms lives.”

In addition to the recognition of students, seven faculty were awarded endowed chairs or professorships.

Endowed chairs/professorships and eminent scholars are the institution’s primary means of recognizing academic distinction, promoting excellence, and enabling the institution to attract, retain and honor distinguished faculty members.


Recipients and their endowments are listed below:

Dr. Steven Bello James C. Bolton Professorship in Management

Dr. Tomekia Luckett Coughlin-Saunders Foundation Chair in Nursing

Mollie Wise Galloway Professorship in Psychology

Jim Majors Durham Family Professorship in Business

Dr. Dougald McLaurin John and Allie Fogleman Professorship in Religion

Dr. Neil Johnston J.E. Hixson Professorship in English

Barbara Cockerham Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick Professorship in Music


“We are so very thankful to have incredible faculty members who continually pour into our students,” Jeffreys said, “and it’s a wonderful time when we can celebrate them, in addition to our students.”



Media Release | April 19, 2024 | Pineville, Louisiana
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth B. Clarke, Director of University Communications |