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Honors Convocation 2021 Recipients

Frostburg State University values and celebrates academic excellence. Every spring, the University recognizes the academic achievements of a graduating student from each undergraduate and graduate program. These honorees are nominated by the program faculty. Typically, these honorees are recognized at a special convocation ceremony, the evening before commencement. Regrettably, this ceremony could not take place this year due to the continuing pandemic, but this does not diminish the remarkable accomplishments of these students. Below is a list of this year’s honorees. Clicking on an honoree’s name will take you to a brief narrative describing the graduate’s achievements.

Congratulations to the 2021 academic program honorees!

Accounting: Eric Beitzel

Eric is an outstanding student that is graduating with a degree in Accounting in May 2021 and currently has a 4.00 GPA. Eric serves the community as a local outreach coordinator for the Cherry Glade Mennonite Church. He is also the outreach coordinator for Cru Campus Ministry of both Garrett College and Frostburg State University. Eric led a four-member team to Istanbul, Turkey to work with refugees as part of the Rosedale International REACH Program. Eric works at the Beitzel Corporation, beginning first as an intern in 2018, and then promoting up to accounting assistant. Eric was the department’s nominee for the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award for 2021. The faculty members in the Department of Accounting are very proud of Eric and wish him the best in his career as an accountant.

Applied Ecology & Conservation Biology: Kendyl Hassler

Kendyl Hassler graduated with a 4.0 GPA in a research-based graduate program in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology. Her thesis research focused on evaluating the eastern Spotted skunk in West Virginia, with outcomes serving to guide conservation actions for this rare species. Kendyl has already published 3 peer-reviewed journal articles from her research. Kendyl is now a Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, focusing on studies of long-tailed weasels, eastern spotted skunks, and Everglades mink. In addition to being an outstanding student and dedicated conservationist, Kendyl is a kind, compassionate, and caring person – a truly outstanding individual.

Athletic Training: Matthew Mannick

Matt has consistently demonstrated academic excellence in his four years at FSU. With a 3.96 GPA, he has earned Dean’s List every semester as an Athletic Training major while completing over 400 hours of clinical education experience. Matt’s student leadership shined through membership with the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Matt has been accepted into five different physical therapy schools. He has chosen to continue his education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. His positive and caring personality lends itself very well to becoming a highly successful health care provider.

Biology: Naomi Tasker

Naomi Tasker has a major in biology and minors in chemistry and geography, all while maintaining a 3.838 GPA. She has taken on leadership roles in Alpha Sigma Tau and is an active member of Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honorary Society. She is employed as a Technical Service Operator in charge of lighting for special events in the Lane Center. Naomi is actively involved in research and is working on a project to develop non-invasive sampling techniques to identify the sex of river otters. Naomi plans to pursue graduate studies upon graduation and continue to develop her research interests.

Chemistry: Alexa Sowers

The Chemistry Department would like to nominate Ms. Alexa Sowers as for Departmental Honors. Alexa has strived for excellence and has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has worked for the department as a tutor, lab assistant, and teaching assistant. She served as the Treasurer for the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, Treasurer of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, and as a Developmental Math Student Instructor. Alexa’s research focused on developing a method to detect a diabetes medication in breast milk using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. After graduation, Alexa will be attending West Virginia University to pursue a PhD in biochemistry.

Communication Studies: Rachel Snead

A Communication Studies major and Leadership Studies minor with an overall GPA of 3.712, Rachel was inducted into the Department of Communication’s Lambda Pi Eta honors society chapter and regularly achieved Dean’s List recognition. She successfully balanced academic and athletic achievements as a team captain of the Frostburg Volleyball team, earning Mountain East Conference and Capital Athletic Conference all-academic team honors. Additionally, she participated in the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership and volunteered for the Special Olympics and Dr. Seuss Reading days. She is exploring career and graduate program options in strategic communication to compliment her Communication Studies degree.

Computer Information: Tamia Phelps-Frisby 

Tamia Phelps-Frisby has attained an overall GPA of 3.04 in the Computer Science Information Systems program. She has proven herself as a remarkable student by being placed on the Dean’s List since the spring semester of her sophomore year. In the second semester of her Junior year, Tamia became a part of the first chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success at FSU. She also attended nail technology school while preparing for her senior year at FSU. In December 2020 Tamia earned her nail technician’s license and in doing so, she is now flourishing as an African American female small business owner. Future plans for Tamia include obtaining an entry level position in project management, or computer information systems, that will allow her to not only flourish in her field of education, but also in knowledge of computer science.

Computer Science: Andre Petersheim

Andre Petersheim maintained a 4.0 GP with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Secure Computing and Information Assurance. An aspiring software developer, Andre came to FSU hoping to expand his opportunities for a career in Software Engineering. He enjoys the opportunities he’s had to work on many interesting projects such as a platforming game and an Android app for finding book prices, and he hopes to take this experience with him when he begins his career in software development.

Early Childhood/Elementary: William Halbritter, Jr.

Billy is graduating from Frostburg State University in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Billy is organized, conscientious, and demonstrates great attention to detail in his course work, which is evidenced by his 4.0 grade point average. Billy has accepted a teaching position in St. Mary’s County and he is excited to begin his teaching career.

Economics: Julia Hershman

Julia will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration, in addition to completing a minor in Psychology, all the while maintaining a 4.00 grade point average. She is an outstanding student, admired and respected by her peers and faculty across the College of Business.

E.d.D. Educational Leadership: Mark Chimel

We were privileged to work with Dr. Mark Chimel during his doctoral studies, who proved himself to be an outstanding student. In his dissertation, he examined the county-level and student-level impacts of the Garrett County (Maryland) Scholarship Program on college attainment, enrollment, and success. His study is particularly significant from a social justice perspective as it focuses on an early adopter of the promise scholarship movement, offering a potential solution to college cost and attainment issues especially exacerbated by COVID-19. Dr. Chimel's active scholarship and commitment to the field through community activities make him an exceptional scholar-practitioner educational leader.

Elementary Education: Jamal Whitehurst

Jamal Whitehurst earns a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education with a 4.0 GPA in his Social Science and Civics concentration. Jamal has been recognized as a Teacher of Promise. During his internships in 2nd and 5th grade at Cash Valley Elementary, Jamal navigated the many unique obstacles of online, hybrid and face to face instruction during a pandemic. He met every challenge with a smile and a word of encouragement for each student in his class. We know that Jamal will continue to be a positive force in his students’ lives as he pursues a teaching position in Maryland.

Elementary/Middle Education: Cameron Hook

Cameron Hook, who has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, has been selected as the Outstanding Student in Elementary/Middle School Education. One instructor commented, “Having Cameron as a student in my virtual course proved to be beneficial in many ways. Emerging as a leader, he supported others in our online learning space and embraced various media to share his experiences.” Additionally, in his teaching internships, Cameron created bonds with his students, inspiring them to mirror his professionalism and positive attitude towards learning. He was committed to supporting their social-emotional needs, in addition to their academic needs. Because of his success while interning, he has already been hired by the Garrett County Public Schools.

English & Foreign Languages: Jordan Beachy

Jordan Beachy is a member of the Honors Program and a double major in English and Spanish with a 4.0 GPA. He has been a Teaching Assistant for both English and Philosophy, and he has worked as a writing tutor. Further, he has done outstanding work as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Center for Literary Arts. He has also presented research on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and served as the Sigma Tau Delta president. Not only is he an exceptional student, but he is also an extraordinary person—likeable, caring, humble and kind.

Exercise and Sports Science: Samuel Natvig

Samuel is an Exercise and Sports Science Major who will be graduating in May 2021. He currently has a 3.65 GPA earning Dean’s lists Honors every semester while participating on the Lacrosse team. During his Lacrosse career, he earned the title “faceoff” specialist and has been awarded CAC all Academic honors all four years. Samuel is interning with the FSU athletic strength and conditioning program. After graduating, he plans on sitting for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Personal training certification exam. He plans to attend Graduate school majoring in Physical Therapy.

Hardesty Award Recipient: Carrie Frantz

Carrie Frantz is the 2021 Hardesty Award nominee of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership faculty. Ms. Frantz achieved a cumulative 4.00 GPA. Her Capstone research compared the school cultures of buildings with traditional- and teaching-principals in Garrett County. She is an ELL teacher at Northern Garrett High School, helping English Language Learners succeed in their regular education classes by strengthening their English skills. She also teaches English to children in China through an online web platform. She hopes to become a school administrator, with the goal of positively impacting students by leading teachers in developing classrooms that actively engage students in learning.

Health & Physical Education: Erin Michael

Erin Michael is graduating on May 7, 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. Erin demonstrated excellent academic achievement and commitment to the major, maintaining a 3.907 GPA and being named to the Dean’s List every semester. During her internship experience, Erin excelled and was described by her supervisor as a dedicated student who consistently performs at the highest level. In Fall 2020, Erin received the Outstanding Future Professional Award from SHAPE Maryland. She was recognized as the Outstanding Intern for the Health and Physical Education program at FSU and was nominated to participate in the Maryland Teacher of Promise Program. Erin is seeking employment as a health and physical education teacher in Maryland.

Health Science: Nathan Perren

Nathan Perren will graduate in May 2021 with a major in Health Science and a minor in Chemistry. He has been on the Dean’s list every semester and will graduate with an outstanding 3.974 GPA. He earned this GPA while working as an emergency room Scribe and as an Assistant Hall Director. He was also involved in several on-campus activities including the Pre-Professional Medical Society and the Student Members of the American Chemical Society. He plans to attend medical school and we believe that he will be an outstanding physician.

Information Technology: Michael Duggan

Michael is a student in information technology with concentration in computer security. He has minor in both computer science and secure computing with a perfect GPA 4.0. He has been named on Dean's list semesters Fall 2018-Spring 2021 and awarded several different scholarships. Michael is outstanding both in class and outside of the class. He is very polite, self-disciplined, easy going and willing to help the other students. Outside of the class, he has been working as help desk and assistant technician for the university IT department and has been doing a great job. Michael has a strong interest in information security and is planning to seek further education in UMD for graduate or PhD degree in the security field. I believe he will have a bright and successful future with his strong academic positions and fantastic personality.

Interpretive Biology and Natural History: Tiffany Sherrick

Tiffany Sherrick was a double major in both Interpretive Biology and Natural History and Wildlife/Fisheries. Additionally, she completed minors in Animal Behavior, Sustainability and Biology. Tiffany was active in numerous student organizations including the Sustainability Awareness Society where she served as President. During her time with the Sustainability Awareness Society Tiffany wrote and was awarded several grants to fund sustainability related activities and displays on campus. Tiffany is applying for graduate school where she hopes to continue her education.

Liberal Studies: Patrick Livingston

Patrick Livingston graduated magna cum laude in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies focused in criminal justice. He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged, then returned to school to earn his associate’s degree from Allegany College of Maryland before transferring to FSU. Patrick has worked full-time as a Frostburg State University police officer while taking classes part-time online. He has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic and motivation toward achievement that will serve him well as he continues his career in law enforcement.

Mass Communication: Alyssa DeVault

A Mass Communication major with minors in Graphic Design, Small Business/Entrepreneurship and Management with an overall GPA of 4.0 she not only achieved academic excellence while working her way through college at a local pet store but is also graduating early. At FSU, she has been a highly focused student seizing many opportunities to enhance her knowledge and refine her skills developing advertisements, content for multiple digital platforms and business plans for small businesses. She aspires to own her own business one day and ideally would like the business to be located near the Frostburg area in order to give back to the community that made her who she is today.

M.B.A.: Neil Cardiff

Neil Cardiff, is an exceptional MBA student at Frostburg State with a 4.0 GPA. He is the recipient of the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding MBA student award. The faculty at Frostburg are consistently impressed with his work and performance on all assigned tasks. His work goes beyond graduate-level expectations. Neil is a supportive graduate student who actively helps other MBA students in his courses by participating in discussion boards and leading conversations. He is always respectful in his communications with faculty and provides a student’s perspective on how to tweak assignments to better aid students. 

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Rebeckah Young

Rebeckah is a December 2021 graduate of the Curriculum & Instruction program, specializing in STEM. She finished the program with a 4.0 GPA and has produced work of the highest quality. She is the mother, who was also able to involve them in some of the activities throughout the program. She is a diligent student and will make a positive impact in the lives of her students.

MAT Elementary: Tyler Clayton 

Tyler Clayton is an exceptional student, who looks for every opportunity to learn something new.  He is the epitome of a reflective practitioner and excellent intern.  Tyler is dedicated to learning his students and then meeting them where they are to help them be successful.  He has developed a wonderful teaching style.  He is dedicated to becoming the best teacher he can.  Tyler values the power of relationship building and giving back to his community.  He is patient, kind, and motivating.  I know he will be a dynamic teacher and devoted to being a life-long learner. 


MAT Secondary: Courtney Walker

Courtney Walker is an outstanding student and teacher. Throughout her time in the MAT Secondary program, Courtney has consistently performed at the highest level, earning a 4.0 GPA while serving as an engaged and invested teaching intern. Her work has always been of the highest quality and she seeks and implements feedback in all facets of her development. From the beginning, she has conducted herself as a consummate professional and has been a wonderful support to her fellow cohort members. We are proud of Courtney and wish her all the best as a future teacher.


M.Ed Educational Leadership: Hunter Robertshaw

Hunter Robertshaw is the 2021 Educational Leadership M. Ed. Honors student nominee for Frostburg State’s Department of the Educational Professions. Mr. Robertshaw, a 2010 Frostburg alumnus, is a nine-year veteran teacher in service to Career and Technical Education and Family and Consumer Sciences programming at Monocacy Middle School (MMS) in the Frederick County Public Schools. In addition to a 4.00 GPA in our graduate programming, Hunter’s professional achievements include his status as FCPS's 2019 New CTE Teacher of the Year and as chair of MMS’ School Improvement Plan. In two years, Mr. Robertshaw expects to move into administrative candidacies in the Frederick C.P.S. system.

M.Ed. Literacy Education: Michaela George

Michaela George is an exceptional literacy leader, whose love of learning and teaching is impressive, and passion for literature contagious! Her natural teaching abilities, work ethic, organization & leadership skills, flexibility, creativity and technology skills have been invaluable. Michaela flawlessly planned the recent virtual children’s literature conference. Michaela has also coordinated the virtual Storybook Holiday Express, Pirates Ahoy!, and CLC Book Award events. Without Michaela, we doubt these events would have occurred, or have been successful. Michaela created a wonderfully collaborative and supportive work environment, where literacy and literature were celebrated. She is truly deserving of this honor.

M.Ed. Special Education: Melanie Baldwin

I am pleased to recommend Melanie A. Baldwin for the recognition of the M.Ed. Special Education Honor’s graduate for the 2020-2021 academic year. Melanie is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Melanie successfully presented her master’s level action research project, entitled, Engaging student participation in Physical Education in a virtual and hybrid environment. Melanie is a Physical Education teacher for Frederick County Public Schools and a veteran of the United States Army.

M.Ed. School Counseling: Kylye DeHaven

Kylye DeHaven is honored by the School Counseling program for her outstanding academic record of a 4.0 GPA and exemplary performance in her field experiences. It took Kylye a bit of time during her undergraduate years to find her professional passion, but once she identified school counseling as her dream, outstanding success followed. She is a worthy representative of Frostburg State’s program and will excel as a school counselor in her professional career. Her success reflects the excellent quality of her character, dedication, and professionalism.

Management: Linda Ebersole

Linda Ebersole will earn a Business Administration Degree with a concentration in General Management with a perfect 4.0 GPA. A non-traditional student, she began her degree after a career at Citibank and a stint at a small hedge fund. Ebersole is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of four. She plans to use the knowledge and confidence gained at Frostburg State University to do volunteer work with non-profit organizations in Washington County, MD. She wrote several grants for the United Way as part of her FSU internship, and plans to continue working with that organization and others after graduation.

Marketing & Finance: Bethany Bloom

Bethany V. Bloom graduates with a degree in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing and Minors in Leadership Studies and Management. Her overall GPA is 3.707 with a 3.583 major GPA. Bethany has successfully balanced quality academic work with several part-time jobs. She participated in study abroad in Morocco in 2019. She is also active on campus as a student employee and advisory board member for the Cultural Events Series and as Senior Vice President and Fundraising Chair for Delta Sigma Pi, business honors’ fraternity. She is an invited member of Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society, and Vice President of the Marketing Club. During her time in the Marketing Club, Bethany’s team created a media marketing campaign that won second place at a national collegiate conference. Faculty members are impressed with Bethany’s kind demeanor, her drive, and desire for continuous improvement.

Mathematics: Bailey Brewer

Bailey Brewer has been a truly remarkable student in the Department of Mathematics.  She has maintained a truly excellent GPA of 3.97.  Bailey is the president of our chapter of the national mathematics honorary society Kappa Mu Epsilon.  As a learning assistant, Bailey acted as a teacher’s apprentice for our classes in College Algebra and Calculus, and she was also a student coach for the developmental mathematics program.  During the lockdown phase of the pandemic, Bailey took it upon herself to learn a lot about the ArcGIS software to support her team’s approach to their Mathematical Modelling problem of redrawing the box maps of the emergency response services for Mineral County WV.  Their proposed map is currently under consideration for implementation by Mineral County WV.  Bailey is currently an intern at the Environmental Working Group, and in August, will begin a Masters program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  

M.S. Computer Science: Colin Crowe

Mr. Colin Crowe, as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, has excelled academically with a GPA 4.0 and completed his Master of Applied Computer Science degree within one year with perfection. During his study at Frostburg State University, he has also served as a tutor and TA for multiple computer science and mathematical courses. He is also the VP/President of our Computer Club. Colin has been awarded first place in an IBM Programming Competition and becoming Oracle Java SE 8 certified. He is planning on moving to Ashburn, Virginia right after his graduation, and work for a company called BTI360 as a software developer.

M.S. Counseling Psychology: Katherine Lynch

The Psychology Department is thrilled to select Ms. Katherine Lynch as the Honors recipient for our program. She is a 4.0 student in the graduate program in Counseling Psychology and has completed her internship at Villa Maria. During her last few semesters of the counseling program, Katherine has assisted with multicultural counseling research. She has engaged in a tremendous amount of service to the program and the university as a graduate assistant and has worked to grow the master’s program. We proudly wish her the best as she moves on to future endeavors and know she will be successful.

M.S. Recreation, Parks and Sport Management: Alexandra Mitchell

Alexandra is an outstanding student who has maintained an extremely high standard of work throughout her time in the Recreation, Parks, and Sport Management graduate program with an overall 4.0 GPA. What separates Alexandra from her peers is how she attacks her studies by combining an eagerness to learn with an unrelenting critical lens. Alexandra’s thesis on the experiences of reclassifying student-athletes stands to make an important contribution to the field – both scholarly and practically. After graduation, Alexandra will continue her schooling in the University of Baltimore’s School of Law having been accepted into the J.D. program.

Music: Zhicen Liu

Overall GPA: 3.611. GPA in Degree Program: 3.86. Departmental Activities, etc.: Mr. Liu has been a member of the University Chorale and Piano Ensemble since 2018. Subsequently he was involved in numerous concerts and recitals singing and playing the piano. Luke received multiple scholarships throughout his time at FSU including: the Department of Music Instrumental Scholarship, Marguerite Witwer Richards Scholarship and the Steiner Memorial Scholarship. Plans for further education: Luke is in the process of choosing a school to attend for a Master’s in Music, Piano Performance. So far he has been accepted into 4 universities across the U.S.

Philosophy: Jessica Thayer

Jessica Thayer, a member of two national honor societies, is graduating with three majors: Philosophy, Political Science, and Law & Society. Her GPA in Philosophy is 4.0, and her overall GPA is 3.97. A recipient of a Philosophy Department Scholarship and twice a recipient of the Certificate of Socrates and Hypatia, an award recognizing academic achievement in Philosophy, Jessica recently presented a paper at the FSU Undergraduate Research Symposium in which she sets out a possible restructuring solution for the Supreme Court. She will be attending law school this fall at the University of Maryland where she plans to pursue litigation with a focus on criminal prosecution and defense.

Political Science: Noah DeMichele

Noah DeMichele is graduating with a 3.97 overall GPA with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. During his senior year he served as the President of the Student Government Association. He was also selected as a member of the President’s Leadership Circle. He served as a voting student representative on the President’s University Advisory Council, and as News Editor for the Bottom Line. He was also selected as an International Policy & Diplomacy Fellow at the United Macedonian Diaspora organization in Washington, D.C. He plans to attend graduate school after interning on Capitol Hill.

Psychology: Syully Koroh

The Psychology Department enthusiastically selects Ms. Syully Koroh as our Honors recipient. She is graduating with a degree in Psychology, Child and Family emphasis, with a 4.00. Originally from Indonesia, Syully brought unique insights and vitality to our classes. Ms. Koroh asks tremendously insightful questions in office hours and class that show she desires much more than basic understanding. She excelled in her role as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant helping our General Psychology students. She has been accepted in Graduate School at FSU’s School Counseling program where we have every confidence she will also ex

Secure Computing and Information Assurance: D’Ante Wanzer

D’Ante Wanzer earned an overall GPA OF 3.82 in the Secure Computing and Information Assurance program. He is an exceptional student in the Secure Computing and Information Assurance program. D’Ante was the vice-president of the FSU Cyber Security Club from 2019 to 2020. He is a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society. He was named to the Dean’s list every semester since joining Frostburg State University (FSU). D’Ante completed software development internships at development monitors company last summer. In the future, D’Ante plans to pursue a career in cyber security field.

Social Science: Chantel Chaney

Chantel Chaney graduated in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, also earning her secondary teaching certification. While at FSU, she completed minors in African American Studies and Spanish, and was a member of the Honors Program. Chantel finished her teaching internship in December and was hired immediately by the Allegany County Public Schools as a result of her excellent performance.

Social Work: Alexis Dolly

The Department of Social Work is honored to nominate Alexis Dolly for departmental honors. Ms. Dolly has an overall GPA of 3.93 and has maintained a 4.0 in all social work courses for required for the major as well as a 4.0 in all psychology courses that are pertinent to the minor. Moreover, Ms. Dolly is active in Alpha Sigma Tau and has taken part in a variety of volunteer opportunities. Upon graduating from FSU, she will be working at Bedford County Children and Youth Services as a caseworker and intends to begin an online advanced MSW program soon after.

Sociology: Chloe Parsons

Chloe Parsons has been accepted into the school counseling master's program, College of Education, Frostburg State University. She will attend in the fall. She would like to work with middle school or high school students to help enrich and make positive changes in their lives. She is a member of National Society of Leadership and Success. As a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, she held the positions of "wellness chairperson" and "fraternity/sorority life representative." Prior to attending Frostburg State University, she attended Allegany College of Maryland. There she became a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Theatre and Dance: Grace Easterday

Grace Easterday is an exceptional artist who inspires courage and compassion in her design process. She received two merit awards from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for Detroit 67 (Properties) and Alabama Story (Scenic). Also from KC/ACTF, she received the Stage Institute of Las Vegas Award and was on the winning Tech Challenge team in 2020. In 2019, Grace was the head charge artist for The Polar Express train ride, produced by Warner Brothers. Upon graduating with a 4.0 GPA and contributing hundreds of artistic hours to the Department of Theatre and Dance in scenery, costumes, construction, and painting, Grace will pursue graduate studies in Properties Design beginning this fall at Ohio University.

Visual Arts: Paula Navarro

Paula Navarro graduated in December 2020 with an overall GPA of 3.995 and 4.0 GPA within the Art and Design major. They were an astute and thoughtful art history minor as well. Paula’s quiet demeanor, intellectual curiosity, creativity, and intelligence exemplify the qualities we find in our best students. Paula’s research projects and creative work demonstrate a breadth and maturity we seldom see in younger undergraduates. They have been rewarded for their diligence with an academic scholarship to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as an MFA student in the Photographic and Electronic Media Program.

Wildlife and Fisheries: Allison Williams

Allison Williams earned a 3.94 overall grade point average in Wildlife/Fisheries Biology while actively engaged in research that has resulted in regional and national scholarly presentations, including a talk given at the 2020 National Meeting of The Wildlife Society. Her undergraduate research experience includes habitat restoration for the state endangered Eastern Hellbender salamander and stream surveys for the federally endangered Maryland darter. She also completed the Mathematics minor with a 4.0 GPA. Allison received 2-year Graduate Fellowship at The Ohio State University where she will pursue her M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science.

Wildlife and Fisheries (M.S.): Stephen Knott

Stephen Knott previously earned a Master of Arts degree in Education and taught in the Baltimore City public school system where he won several teaching awards and established the Herring Run Watershed Education Center, a STEM resource for K-12 educators. At FSU, Stephen earned a 4.0 GPA in the Wildlife/Fisheries Biology graduate program while supervising several undergraduate research projects and assisting other graduate students with field data collection. His M.S. thesis was a genomic evaluation of the Mud Sunfish across its geographic range (NJ-FL). He is now employed as a Special Education Science Teacher at Sayreville High School (NJ) and the Monmouth County Park System of New Jersey.