Centenary presents awards during annual Honors Convocation

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College’s annual Honors Convocation recognizes students for achievements in academics and campus leadership and serves as one of the capstones for the academic year. This year’s convocation was held in Brown Chapel on Friday, May 3, kicking off the College’s commencement weekend for the Class of 2024.

Centenary faculty and staff recognized the honorees, including recipients of academic department and campus awards as well as those inducted into honor societies. A program from the event is available at centenary.edu/honorsconvocation.



Honor Court Recognition

            Fall 2023 Members:

            Savannah Weatherford, Chief Justice

            Aiden Peterkin, Associate Justice

            Theresa Johnson, Clerk

            Joel Cardenas-Lopez

            Cameron Cason

            Hailey Chiasson

            Emma Foster

            Kiara Liedy

            Alireza Moosavi Behbahani

            Brooke Sandefur

            Riana Seidenberg

            Mackenzie Williams

            Spring 2024 Members:

            Alireza Moosavi Behbahani, Chief Justice

            Emma Foster, Associate Justice

            Madison McKnight, Clerk

            Savanna Arevalo

            Hailey Chiasson

            Channing Hall

            Kiara Liedy

            Madilyn McCrary

            Kaylee Roberts

            Brooke Sandefur

            Riana Seidenberg

            Makayla Young


Alpha Chi National Honor Society
Emma Foster

Mack Grant

Dani Kimmey

Madilyn McCrary

Alireza Moosavi Behbahani

Jacob Nguyen

Macy Smith


Art and Visual Culture

Bruce Allen Studio Art Award – Riana Seidenberg



Susan K. and Henry M. Shuey, Jr., M.D. Scholarship for Excellence – Tarif Islam

AED Outstanding Contributions Award – Regan Griffin

Biology Department Award for Academic Excellence – Aiden Peterkin and Eva Vega



General Chemistry Achievement Award – Jolie England and Trinity Thomas

Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry – Hamza Chatha and T.J. Chau

Senior Chemistry Academic Award – Cameron Cason



Hallquist Elementary Education Award – Joan Bradley

Vroonland Secondary Education Award – Amy Burke



M.T. Brewerton Award for English – Jordan Fong and Chrystopher Jackson

Zeak Monroe Buckner Creative Writing Award – Emma Greer

Audrey M. Smith Poetry Award – Kaleb Atkinson

Thomas E. Horton & Stephen Victory Scholarship – Jackson Melancon and Kai Young

Eric J. Brock Award for Literary and Cultural Scholarship – Ally Sullivan

James Scott “Jim” Andrews Memorial Award for Creative Writing – Rhys Deupree and Michael Micinski

Corrington Creative Writing Award, 1st Place – Kay Christopher

Corrington Creative Writing Award, 2nd Place – Tarif Islam

Corrington Creative Writing Award, 3rd Place – Aaliyah Vines

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Fall 2023: 1st Place – Jadyn Nourse

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Fall 2023: 2nd Place – Cicely Jackson

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Fall 2023: 3rd Place – Hayden Cagle

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Spring 2024: 1st Place – Raven Hayes

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Spring 2024: 2nd Place – Jackson Melancon

Corrington Excellence in First-Year Writing Award, Spring 2024: 3rd Place – Dylan Phillips


Foreign Languages Department

Prix Afred Mercier – Coby Harris

Prix Diego Morphy – Olivia Gningone Billy

Prix Louisa Lamotte – Jordan Hoffman

Le Prix Tintamarre – Jaspen Charles

Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society – Jordan Hoffman, Theresa Johnson, Sybella Louis, Madilyn McCrary, Siobhan Stanley, Christopher Willie


Frost School of Business

Cecil E. Ramey, Jr. Frost School of Business Award – Jordan Danzell

Top Accounting Major Award – Mackenzie Cox

Top Business Major Award – Jordan Danzell

Top Economics Major Award – Andrew Turner

The CFA Institute Outstanding Award – Jordan Danzell

Helen B. Sikes MBA Honors Award – Kendall Huff and Taylor Wilson

Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society – Glay Collier, Jackson Ossman, Andrew Turner

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society – Ubaldo Ayala, Connor Fisk, Ron Masti, Philip Pugh, Michael Pullano, Sophie Schmitz, Lacey Wedge


History and Political Science

Colonial Dames of America, Chapter 6: Outstanding American History Student Award – Debra Brown

M.T. Brewerton Award for History – Debra Brown

Excellence in Political Science Award in honor of Professor Rodney Grunes – Visar Rraci

Dr. Leroy Vogel Memorial Award – Channing Hall and Madilyn McCrary

Katherine Slaikeu Nolan Historical Research Award – Dani Kimmey

Weems, Schimpf, Haines, Landry, Shemwell & Moore Pre-Law Award – Channing Hall

Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society – Avery Cauley, Channing Hall, Madilyn McCrary, Kaylee Roberts

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society – Debra Brown



Virginia Carlton Mathematics Award – Sarah Baquedano

Minnie Hall Brown and Willey Bush Brown, Jr. Award – Macy Smith

John A. Hardin Award – Dylan Allred


Hurley School of Music

Shirley Hawn Outstanding Freshman Award – Katie Allen and Brooklyn Howard

Ronald E. Dean Academic Achievement Award – Seth Hooker

Frank Carroll Award – Gene Angelo Nucal

Outstanding Senior Award – Ree Randolph


Natural Sciences

Poppy K. Moon Award – Emma Lavelle



L. Hughes Cox Endowed Scholarship – Christopher Willie



Vroonland Psychology Award – Gracie Napier

Outstanding Graduate in Psychology Award – Maddie Schonberg and Mackenzie Williams

Psi Chi Honor Society – Man Cing, Mack Grant, Gray Rhodes, Makayla Young



C. Wright Mills Award – Isabelle Dominguez

Departmental Honors in Sociology – Nyla Pierce

Dr. W. Ferrell Pledger Honor Award in Sociology – Nyla Pierce



Natural Sciences – Austyn Benoit and Monica Percino

Social Sciences – Mackenzie Williams

Humanities – Jordan Hoffman

Best Poster Presentation – Tarif Islam



Chaplain’s Office

John M. Warren Award – Monica Percino

Thomas A. Pitt Memorial Award – Beth Vogler


Christian Leadership Center

Christian Leadership Center Seniors Award – Dominick Strickland

James Sears Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLC – Brennan Amato


Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Morgan and Pledger Diversity Advocate Group Award – Anacelia Galeano-Balam, Alexa Hinojosa, Jennifer Saldana Santiago

Morgan and Pledger Diversity Advocate Individual Award – Nyla Pierce


Financial Aid

Mary Sue Rix Award – Emerson Horne

Class of 1964 50th Anniversary Award – Chrystopher Jackson


Residence Life

Allan Todd Memorial Award for Outstanding Resident Assistant – Briana Aguirre



SGA Bullet Award – Gracie Napier

SGA Pacesetters – Aiden Peterkin, Alireza Moosavi Behbahani, Andrea Kay, Audrey Laper, Caymen Hawkins, Cing Cing, Coby Harris, Gracie Napier, Jordan Fong, Regan Griffin, Riana Seidenberg, Siobahn Stanley, Stan Melton, Summer Faust, Tori Ligman, Tuyen Chau

Centenary Spotlight Award – Jordan Fong

Faculty/Staff Pacesetters – Dr. Bellee Jones-Pierce and Dr. Chrissy Martin

SGA Executive Committee 2024-2025:

            President – Andrea Kay

            VP of Institutional Affairs – Samuel Brocato

            VP of Campus Engagement – Avery Cauley

            VP of Finance – Abigail Rinaudo

            VP of Publicity and Records – Sophie Vidrine

SGA Senators 2024-2025:

Sophomores – Cicely Jackson, Clay Lewandowski, Hayden McConnell, Henry Pudwill, Sydney Welch

Juniors – Duncan Benton, Tuyen Chau, Nina Guerrero, Jacob Nguyen, Olivia Stratmann

Seniors – Emma Greer, Tarif Islam, Brittany Lee, Ethan Manwaring, Christopher Tarr



Ray Williams Honorary Maroon Jacket Award – Audrey Laper

Faculty/Staff Honorary Maroon Jacket – Dr. Chrissy Martin

Joy Jeffers Award – Jordan Fong

Maroon Jackets 2024-2025 – Brennan Amato, Gene Angelo Nucal, Avery Cauley, Summer Faust, Emma Greer, Channing Hall, Andrea Kay, Mary Large, Brittany Lee, Kiara Liedy, Carl Lind, Manisha Menon, Mackenzie Olinger, Viviana Rivero, Aubrey Salazar, Sophie Schmitz, Riana Seidenberg



Outstanding Contributions to Student Life – Joel Cardenas-Lopez, Jordan Danzell, Chris Dennis, Jordan Fong, Coby Harris, Caymen Hawkins, Audrey Laper, Tori Ligman, Matthew Lulich, Stan Melton, Gracie Napier, Andrew Turner



Verba J. Schwab Memorial Endowed Leadership Award – Ayla Purdy

David and Jodi Rowe Presidential Leadership Award – Tori Ligman

Ellis H. Brown Leadership Award – Gracie Napier and Matthew Lulich


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