April 8, 2016 – Fort Valley State University recently recognized outstanding students during an annual ceremony that highlights exceptional academic achievements inside and outside of the classroom during the 65th Annual Honors Convocation on March 17.
During the convocation, keynote speaker Lieut. Col. Joel Davis, a former professor of military science and Wildcat Battalion Commander, gave students advice to help them remain successful throughout their lives.
To qualify for the Honors Convocation FVSU, students had to earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Dr. Meigan Fields, founding director of FVSU’s Honors Program, welcomed people to the convocation.
“Some students have made an appearance every year at this convocation, and we want to tell them and our other scholars: job well done,” she said.
Later, Davis told a crowd of FVSU students about his personal outlook regarding success. Davis asked students how they defined and measured success.
“I want to share about success that will be helpful with your college career,” Davis said.
Davis told students that success involves ensuring they have a good character and reputation. He advised students to be committed to their local communities and to consistently give back. He also said young people need an inner courage and have the ability to walk away from failure. Davis said as employees, young people should do more than they are paid for, and depend on their college professors to help guide them to the right track.
“As a youths, you have to make decisions that have value in them,” he said. “It’s not what you decide, but how you decide that matters. Success starts with attitude. It is the inner peace you’ll feel if you’ve done all you can to succeed. It is a model of student success that defeats all stereotypical threats. Despite the opposition and challenges that we face, we will continue to stand tall.”
Davis ended his speech by telling students to continue striving for their dreams and pursuing excellence.
“You are the best; you are the elite; you are achieving excellence,” Davis said. Fields gave Davis a plaque for his achievement.
Later, students received awards for individual scholastic recognitions. One student, Deja Clay, stood out at this year’s convocation for sweeping several scholastic awards. Clay was awarded the Board of Regents Academic Recognition Award, The Henry A. Hunt Award, The State Teachers Award, The Fort Valley Alumni Award and The Al Knox Award. Clay was also elected to the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society for 2015-2016.
Here is a full list of Individual Awards given during the 2015-2016 Honors Convocation.
Students elected to the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for first-year students 2015-2016
- Mikirra Bullard
- Renee Bynum
- Daijah Simmons
- Juan Simpkins
Students elected to Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society 2015-2016
- Madalyn Bryant
- Alexis Change Burdette
- Deja Clay
- Robyn Hardaway
- Danesha Lachelle Hunter
- Janeal Jackson
- Taelor Jones
- Aaleyah Janee’ Sharpe
- Jasmine Andrea South
- Tyler Williams
Students elected to the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences 2015-2016
- Ky-mesha Quan-Shay Jackson
- Kasmyne Pender
- Kenisha Tillmutt
STUDENTS/ORGANIZATIONS SELECTED FOR SPECIAL SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Board of Regents Academic Recognition Award Deja Clay
The Henry A. Hunt Award
The State Teachers Award
The Fort Valley Alumni Award
The Al Knox Award
Greek Female with the Highest Average Madalyn T. Bryant
( Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)
Greek Male with Highest Average Jalan D. Tillman
(Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.)
Greek Organization with the Highest Average Eta Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Female Athlete with the Highest Average Abrahana F. James
Male Athlete with the Highest Average Roderick J. Burnette
STUDENTS SELECTED FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS
College of Agriculture, Family Sciences, and Technology
Agricultural Education Brandon Gross
Animal Science ArtRico King
Engineering Technology – Agricultural Engineering Technology Xavier J. Murphy
Family and Consumer Sciences – Infant & Child Development Crystal Sullivan
Veterinary Science and Public Health – Veterinary Technology Gilbert Foster
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology Shannalee Sharp
Business Administration and Economics
Accounting Hadiyah Walker
Management Abrahana James
Marketing Danquavious Burse
Chemistry Jasmine Cheeves
Criminal Justice Shatara Shine
English and Foreign Languages – English Shikesha Thornton
History Russell Sims
Mathematics and Computer Science
Computer Science Katice C. Williams
Mathematics Arnold Eatmon
Political Science Jasmine A. White
Psychology LaKendra Rhaney
Social Work Crystal Johnson
Visual and Performing Arts and Mass Communications
Mass Communications Tramell Peeples
Performing Arts Matthew Brown
Visual Arts Reginald Griffin
College of Education
Early Childhood Special Education Kelly Tidwell
Health and Physical Education Chaz Lewis
Middle Grades Education Keenan Jackson
- MS IV Cadet Shikesha Thornton
- MS III Cadet Ezequiel Rivera
- MS II Cadet Anthony Bush
• MS I Cadet