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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Student Awards Recipients

Please join us in congratulating this year's Student Awards recipients! Selected by each of our departments, these awards are an annual tradition in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies aimed at recognizing outstanding students for their academic achievement, service to the community, the college, and the university.

"I want to express my sincere congratulations to each of our award recipients. It goes almost without saying that these past several years have been incredibly tough. It is important now to reflect and acknowledge the hard work our students have put into their educational pursuits. A significant highlight of my role has been to witness the passion, drive, commitment, and the hurdles our students have had to overcome. I am so proud of each of you," shared interim dean Tammi Dice.

The Awardees are as follows:


Dr. Jane S. Bray Award
Dr. Judith Wambui Preston Doctoral Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision

Teacher of Promise

Danielle Gregg

Danny Leveque
Taylor Wade

Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education

Cristela Orlanda

Outstanding Undergraduate Student - Speech Pathology & Audiology

Kalyn Allen

Outstanding Graduate Student - Speech-Language Pathology

Samantha Baker

Outstanding Graduate Student - Speech-Language Pathology

Angelica Pancho

Nicholas and Martha Bountress Award for Clinical Achievement

Megan Van Wolkenten


Martha Mullins-Callender Award

Jane Spies

Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education - General Curriculum

Hilary Truman

Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education - Adapted Curriculum

Elena Vitullo

Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education - Early Childhood Special Education

Haley Harris

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Special Education-General Curriculum

Samantha Sherman

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Special Education-Adapted Curriculum

Alexandro Magana

Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education-Research Emphasis

Khaled Alotaibi

Kimberly Hughes Research Award

Department of Counseling and Human Services

Maram Aizaz

Outstanding Master's Student - School Counseling

Mikayla Cypress

Outstanding Master's Student - School Counseling

Katherina Nako

Outstanding Master's Student - Mental Health Counseling

Emily Stuart

Outstanding Master's Student - Mental Health Counseling

Stephanie Smith-Durkin

Outstanding Doctoral Student- Counseling

Brielle Kittrell

Outstanding Human Services Student

Stephanie Dobbelaere

Jill C. Dustin Excellence in Service and Leadership Award

Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership

Diondre Brown

Most Important Contribution - Higher Education

Emma Kearley

Outstanding Graduate Student - Higher Education

Lynmara Colón

Outstanding Doctoral Student Educational Leadership

Erin Bunton

Outstanding Doctoral Student - Higher Education

Gary Skeen

Outstanding Master's Student Educational Leadership

Andrea Lee

Poindexter Award (Outstanding Community College Leadership Doctoral Student Award)

Rasán Holmes

Outstanding Education Specialist Student Educational Leadership

Donica Hadley

Outstanding Dissertation of the Year

Melissa Kuhn

Outstanding Student Award - Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation

Marlena Jarboe

Community College Leadership and Higher Education Dissertation of the Year

David Lerman

Leadership Award - Community College Leadership and Higher Education Program

Sue Ann Curran

Scholarship Award - Community College Leadership and Higher Education Program

Rebecca White

Mentorship Award - Community College Leadership and Higher Education Program

Christine Charette

Leadership Award - Higher Education Program

Alaisa Cowherd

Scholarship Award - Higher Education Program

Otis Williams

Mentorship Award - Higher Education Program

Department of Human Movement Sciences

Emily Garrick

Academic Excellence Award - Exercise Science

Jordan Mimms

Michael A. Dean Academic Excellence Award - Health & Physical Education

Andrea Dalatri

Academic Excellence Award - Sport Management

Sydnee Brady

Rachel E. Scher Service Award - Sport Management

McKenzie Mosher

Academic Excellence Award - Park and Recreation Management

Rose Anne Conde

Academic Excellence Award - Tourism Management

Karryna Austin

Academic Excellence Award - Recreational Therapy

Joel Harden

Graduate Award for Academic Excellence - Exercise Science

Earl Ward III

Graduate Award for Academic Excellence - Health & Physical Education

Precious Rose

Graduate Award for Academic Excellence - Sport Management

Michala Hendrick

Graduate Award for Academic Excellence - Park, Recreation & Tourism Studies

Alex Ehlert

Doctoral Award for Academic Excellence - Human Movement Sciences

Danielle Dennis

Jan P. Lowrance '74 Endowed Scholarship

Qira Allen

Melvin H. Williams Endowed Scholarship Award - Exercise Science

Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies

Pauline Muljana

Alan Mandell Endowed Award - Instructional Design and Technology

Nina Zhang

Outstanding Fashion Graduate Award

Laura Freeman

Outstanding Industrial Technology Award

Jennifer Mosenthin

Outstanding Training Specialist Award

Laura P. Smith

Technology Education Award for Academic Excellence

April Surratt

Outstanding Library Science Student Award

Philip Kinane

Outstanding Technology Education Graduate Student Award

Department of Teaching and Learning

Kanya Edmonds

Outstanding Student Virginia Education Association Student

Jessica Revere

Outstanding Graduate Student - PK-6 Education

Jasmyn Jones

Outstanding Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral Student

Allison Shanks

Carol V. DeRolf Early Childhood Education Award

Jiamin He

Katharine Kersey Award for Early Childhood Education

Nicholas Motta

R.W. and Betty MacDonald Endowment Scholarship in Language Arts & Social Studies

Brooke Hyman

Alan Mandell Award - Science Education

Rebecka Parker

Betty Yarborough Outstanding Graduate Student Award - Reading Education

Mary Beth Burroughs

Mark A. Forget Endowed Scholarship in Content Area Reading Education

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