Dozens of Wofford College students were recognized for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship on May 17 at the college’s annual Honors Convocation held in the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. 

President Nayef Samhat introduced Tianna Kidd ’25, a biology and French double major from Greenwood, South Carolina, as Wofford’s Presidential International Scholar for the 2024-25 academic year. Kidd, the 40th recipient of the scholarship, hopes to journey to Cameroon, Ghana and Morocco, where she will conduct research for her project “Beyond Aesthetics: Exploring Fashion as Identity.”

Academic departments also recognized their outstanding students, and a variety of other leadership and citizenship awards were presented during the event. Find background on awards

These are the awards and recipients: 

Accounting, The Harold W. Green Award: Kristoffer Andrew Sellers, Chesnee, South Carolina.

Art History: Maya Layne Gentilin, Charleston, South Carolina. 

Studio Art: Annie Rose Heisel, Huntersville, North Carolina. 

Biology, the W. Ray Leonard Award: Michaela Porcher Peeples, Lexington, South Carolina; and Taylor Jada Fuller, Roebuck, South Carolina. 

Chemistry, The Coleman B. Waller Award: Tucker Hutchens Couch, Bristol, Tennessee. 

Chinese: Kyle Aidan Jenkins, Rock Hill, South Carolina; and Julia Marie Richardson, Moore, South Carolina.

Computer Science, The Dan W. Olds Award: Sarah Ann Buford, Silverstreet, South Carolina. 

Economics, The Matthew A. Stephenson Award: Anna Grace Reeves, Macon, Georgia.

Business Economics: William Andrew Mastrone, Huntersville, North Carolina. 

English, The L. Harris Chewning Award: James Carter Bogan III, Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Elizabeth Emily Monteverde, Easley, South Carolina. 

Environmental Studies, The John Harrington Award: Jesse Carson Archie, Charleston, South Carolina. 

Finance, The James Edwin Proctor Award: Alec Cade Schrader, Fredonia, New York. 

French, The George C.S. Adams Award: Corina Faye Vandenberg, Victor, New York. 

Government: Alice Austin Givens, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; and Henry Leo Hill, Greenville, South Carolina. 

History: Ellis James Greene, Gaffney, South Carolina. 

Humanities: Sydney Patterson Partin, Atlanta, Georgia. 

International Affairs: Julie Margaret Rodrick, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Mathematics, The John Q. Hill Award: Ryan David Methot, Fountain Inn, South Carolina. 

Philosophy: Grayson Parker McDowell, Gaffney, South Carolina.

Physics: Grayson Parker McDowell, Gaffney, South Carolina. 

Psychology, The James E. Seegars Award: Allison Margaret Bartlett, Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Religion, The Charles F. Nesbitt Award: Julia Marie Richardson, Moore, South Carolina. 

Sociology and Anthropology, The Gerry Ginocchio Award: Jacqueline Aucoin Hansen, Clover, South Carolina. 

Spanish, The John L. Salmon Award: Ally Elizabeth Bigham, Waxhaw, North Carolina. 

Theatre, The James R. Gross Award: Rachel Kate Johnson, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Music, The George A. Carlisle Award: Rachel Kate Johnson, Spartanburg South Carolina. 

Music, The Global Citizen Award: Josh Charles Lipscomb, Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Lipscomb was also recognized as the returning Presidential International Scholar. 

Music, The Walter E. Hudgins Award: Jessica Monae Branham, Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

Wofford Student Diversity and Inclusion Awards: Ashley Taylor Manigault, Johns Island, South Carolina. 

Wofford Faculty/Staff Diversity and Inclusion Award: Dr. Ramón Galiñanes Jr., director of undergraduate research and post-graduate fellowships. 

The John Bruce Memorial Award: Cecil Elikem Asimenu, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

The Currie B. Spivey Award: Sarah Helen Buckmaster, Simpsonville, South Carolina.

The Henry Freeman Service Award: Brandi Rose Wylie, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

The “Heart of the Terrier” Leadership Awards: Sarah Helen Buckmaster, Simsonville, South Carolina; Feng Chen, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Olivia Page Culver, Summerville, South Carolina; Sterling Graydon Davies Jr., Columbia, South Carolina; Jackson Barrett Galbraith, Asheville, North Carolina; Janet Mary Holecek, Knoxville, Tennessee; William David Kennedy, Cincinnati, Ohio; Macie Elisabeth Rabon, Galivants Fry, South Carolina; Morgan Blair Roberts, Williamston, South Carolina; Tytajha Egyptiana Robinson, Clinton, South Carolina; Emma Corrie Skelton, Piedmont, South Carolina; Mary-Patterson King Suggs, Charleston, South Carolina; Eleanor Wilbanks Walter, Edisto Island, South Carolina; and Arnise Nevaeh Wright, Goose Creek, South Carolina.

American Legion: Carson Jarek Harrell, Columbia, South Carolina; and Emilia June Muilenberg, Athens, Georgia.

The Eric L. Marshall Award: Taylor Jada Fuller, Roebuck, South Carolina. 

The Outstanding Citizen: Kristoffer Andrew Sellers, Chesnee, South Carolina.

The William James McLeod Award: Abigail Catherine Ellett, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

The Arthur B. and Ida Maie S. Rivers Award: Davin Cassidy Johnson, Swansea, South Carolina. 

PKA Light Kinney Award: Ellis James Greene, Gaffney, South Carolina 

Faculty member of the year: Christie Johnson, instructor and chair of Wofford’s Department of Education.

Staff member of the year: Lisa Lefebvre, director of employee wellness and medical services.