Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo honored students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership during its commencement ceremonies May 14.
Shannon Fuller, Peru, who graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Education, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Fuller was selected from those students honored with the Dean’s Award in each program who have a 3.75 GPA or higher. Other considerations for this award include leadership, community service, and school involvement.
In nominating Fuller for the top student academic honor, Tara Kaser, chair of the Education program for the Ivy Tech Kokomo Service area, said Fuller, also a senior master sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserve, is a perfect choice.
“While she was a student, besides serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a resource officer for her fellow squadron members, Shannon organized a bone marrow drive and two blood drives at Grissom Reserve Base, orchestrated a fundraiser to help provide high school students with college funds, served as caregiver for her grandparents and, with her husband, Michael, as foster parent for an at-risk youngster, and helped two suicidal individuals receive necessary care,” Kaser said.
“Shannon did all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being a wonderful mother to two young children,” she continued. “I cannot imagine a better candidate for the Chancellor’s Award.” Fuller is transferring to Indiana University Kokomo to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Education.
Dean’s Awards honor students who are selected by the faculty chair for each program as the program’s outstanding graduate. Recipients of the Dean’s Award for 2021, and hometowns, are:
Jessica Honeycutt of Peru
Logan Welker of Kokomo
Timothy Osborn of Burnettsville
Patrick R. Harris of Kokomo
Ashley Tooley of Kokomo
Business Operations, Applications, and Technology
Marcy Reese of Sharpsville
Laurin Cook of Kokomo
Cyber Security Information Assurance
Antonio Viera of Kokomo
Ashley Fagel of Kokomo
Tyler Swain of Greenfield
Early Childhood Education
Breanna Donson of Greentown
Shannon Fuller of Peru
Sydney Querry of Greentown
Health Care Specialist
Jennifer True of Logansport
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Maximo Gomez of Greentown
Jillian Jacobs of Bunker Hill
Shawn Kelly of Bringhurst
Jada L. Row of Marion
Machine Tool Technology
Jessie James of Camden
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Tanner Tatman of Tipton
Caitlyn Blankenship of Peru
Hollie Chambers of Rochester
Tara Gibson of Kokomo
Lucas Hendrickson of Fort Wayne
Ashton Boring of Kokomo
David Makin of Peru
Rachel Mow of Logansport
Arlene Emmert of Cicero
Marcy Reece, Monica Slonaker, and Desmon Williams, all of Kokomo, and Jocelyn Reyes of Logansport were honored as members of the All Indiana Academic Team for academic performance, leadership, and service to the College and the community. The All-Indiana Academic Team competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, Coca Cola, and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Those recognized with Military Veterans Honors include Derek Braden, Austin X. D’Agostino, Ransom S. Cornwall, Jacob W. Curtsinger, Christina Faith Duke, Shannon M. Fuller, Laci N. Hensel, Jessie James, Walter Januszkiewicz, Shawn D. Kelly, Michelle Alexandra Landis, Pierre S. Malone, Kain M. Perkins, Joseph S. Scott, Eric W. Smith, Leah-Rachel D. Smith, David V. Stewart, and Logan M. Welker.