Top WVU Seniors Named, Eight Honored to Order of Augusta 2021


An international student who immersed himself in the “cultural heartbeat” of his new community, a first generation graduate student with a 4.0 GPA who did not have access to high school preparation classes and a black woman who aspires to bridge the gap between research and clinical care to improve health disparities are among the senior graduates to receive West Virginia University’s highest student honor, the Order of Augusta.

These eight students are among the 50 exceptional seniors of the WVU Foundation.

“Each spring, WVU recognizes its top graduates with the Outstanding Senior Award and the Order of Augusta,” said Maryanne Reed, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “These students have already become leaders, innovators and agents of change in their communities and beyond. I have no doubt that they will continue to be “the first” in everything they do. ”

This cohort comes from diverse backgrounds but shares impressive academic achievements, a passion for discovery and a desire to serve.

“The students chosen for the Order of Augusta and as WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors are truly exceptional and embody the spirit of the mountaineer, bringing our values ​​to life as a mountaineer,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris .

“As the top 1% of their class, their academic achievements, leadership and service to the WVU community and beyond are unparalleled. We look forward to their future success, knowing that they will represent the University of West Virginia well, no matter where their path takes them.

Emma Blair, Fellow of Wheeling’s Honors College, will graduate with a degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in the health professions and a minor in psychology. She is a member of the First Cohort of Presidential Student Ambassadors and a member of the PSA Speakers Bureau and Student Ambassador for the School of Medicine and Honors College.

Learn more about Blair.

Shannon Brunzo-Hager, a fellow of Rupert’s Honors College, will graduate with a biochemistry degree and a minor in mathematics. He is the founder and president of HOSA-Future Health Professionals at WVU and president of the National Society of Leadership.

Learn more about Brunzo-Hager.

Cherish Heard, from Morgantown, will graduate in Psychology and Minors in Spanish and Sociology. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, an affiliate student of the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America.

Learn more about Heard.

Amelia jones, a fellow of Wheeling’s Honors College, will graduate in English with a major in Literary and Cultural Studies and Minors in Drama and German. She is Acting President of the Student Government Association, Mountaineering Guide for the WVU Visitors Center, and Founder and Co-Chair of the Student Service Advisory Board.

Learn more about Jones.

Nicholas Miller, Fellow of Honors College, Hedgesville, will earn a degree in immunology and medical microbiology and a minor in medical humanities and health studies. He is a member of the WVU Mortar Board, WVU American Society for Microbiology and was a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology.

Learn more about Miller.

Anne Roth, a member of Honors College in Annandale, Virginia will earn a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a minor in Spanish. She was an ambassador for Honors College and a member of the Mountaineer Marching Band for four years, where she served as saxophone section leader and woodwind leader.

Learn more about Roth.

Abby sine, a member of Core’s Honors College, will graduate with a mathematics degree and a minor in economics and statistics. She was vice-president of the Association of Women in Mathematics, mentor of the Student Support Services Trio program, and student ambassador to the presidency.

Learn more about Sine.

Nicolas Uribe, from Guayaquil, Ecuador, will graduate with a management degree with a specialization in international business and a minor in leadership studies. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa.

Learn more about Uribe.

The other 42 exceptional seniors of the WVU are:

  • Fatemah Alsharaf; Rumaithiya, Kuwait
  • Christopher Anderson; Terra Alta
  • Hannah Belt; Thurmont, Maryland (Honors College)
  • Payton Brown; Berkeley Springs (Honors College)
  • Sarah Cain; Hookstown, Pennsylvania
  • Parker Card; Connellsville, PA (Honors College)
  • Sarah Cokeley; Harrisville (Specialized College)
  • Adam Craig; Wheeling (Specialized college)
  • Laura Curry; Bay Village, Ohio (Honors College)
  • Peter Dreher-Pozo; Washington DC
  • Elizabeth Escott; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Honors College)
  • Rachel Gritsko; Scottsville, Virginia
  • Joshua Gross; Wilmington, Delaware (Honors College)
  • Joseph Gutmann; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Mackenzie Halliday; Washington, Pennsylvania (Honors College)
  • Jessica Hammersla; Martinsburg (Specialized college)
  • Andrew Henthorn; St. Albans (Specialized College)
  • Jessica Hogbin; Hedgesville (Specialized college)
  • Heather Hughes; Ridgeley
  • Sarah Jenness; Baldwin, Maryland
  • Jordyn Johnson; South Charleston (Specialized College)
  • Raegan Kvadas; Surfside Beach, SC (Honors College)
  • John Maltby; Cresskill, New Jersey (Honors College)
  • Aerianna McClanahan; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Brandon McCoy; Washington DC
  • Wilson McNeil; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Taylor Miller; Fairmont (Specialized College)
  • Faith Myers; Plain City, Ohio (Honors College)
  • Thomas Ogershok; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Molly Powney; Vienna (Honors College)
  • Kaitlyn Rexroad; Parkersburg (Specialized college)
  • Margaret Rice; union
  • Morgan Rush; McHenry, Maryland
  • Meagan Seaton; Mullens (Specialized college)
  • Anurag Shrestha; Chicago, Illinois
  • Noah Spencer; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Madison Starcher; Reedsville (Specialized College)
  • Jillian Swauger; Niles, Ohio (Honors College)
  • Gillian Wanosky; Parkersburg (Specialized college)
  • Abigail Waugh; Bruceton Mills
  • Christina White; Morgantown (Specialized college)
  • Heather Woolridge; Chesapeake, Virginia

Established in 1995 to mark the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors Award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

The Order of Augusta further recognizes graduate student scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and track record of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.

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