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Brooke Anderson will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in marine science and a minor in mathematics. She interned at the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and volunteered at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla. She completed an honors thesis titled "2015-The Summer of the Shark: Evidence from the CCU Shark Project." She presented her research at the CCU Celebration of Inquiry and at the regional meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society. She has applied to several graduate programs to pursue a master's degree in marine science. She is from New Market, Md.

Ke’tron Belin is an information technology major with a minor in business administration from Pamplico, S.C. He was a founding father of the CCU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as secretary in 2016. He served Coastal Carolina as a Transfer Ambassador in 2015-2016 school year and a team leader for Coastal Carolina University's Orientation Team for the 2016-2017 school year. He has been named to the Dean's List five out of the six semesters he has attended Coastal Carolina University and is a recipient of the Coastal Transfer Scholar Award. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school at CCU then plans on getting a job with Apple as an information technician. He is from Pamplico, S.C.

Anna Borinski is a double major in psychology and interdisciplinary studies from Cherry Hill, N.J. She is the treasurer for the Coastal Climbing Club. She is also a member of the Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, the Golden Key Honors Society and Sigma Alpha Pi. After graduation, she plans to take a year off to work before going to graduate school.

Olivia Campbell, a native of Fredericksburg, Va., is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with honors. She has served as secretary of Psi Chi, the international honors society in psychology. As a research assistant, she has worked in research labs of three psychology faculty members and has co-authored two professional research conference presentations. Her senior thesis investigated heritability of the Dark Triad of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. She completed an internship during which she utilized applied behavioral analysis techniques with children diagnosed with autism and was offered a position as a therapist. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and study personality disorders and psychopathy.

Ashley Canter is an English major from Myrtle Beach, S.C., a double minor in women’s and gender studies and in new media and digital culture, and a member of the University's Honors Program. She is finishing the requirements for all these programs' curricula in a three years and is graduating magna cum laude. She has presented her scholarship at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and published essays in Bridges and Writing Moves: Composing in a Digital World. Next year, Canter will begin graduate study in composition and rhetoric.

Theresa Calabrese is a graphic design major from Meriden, Conn. She served as the president of Coastal Carolina University's Rotaract Club, a division of Rotary International for people ages 18 to 30. With Rotaract, she established a mentorship program with the sponsoring Rotary Club, worked with Rotary Club in the Philippines to provide toys and books for children undergoing cleft palette surgery, and was a Rotarian in the Carolina Forest Sunshine Rotary Club. She served as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and as the art director for Coastal Carolina University’s student publications Tempo and Archarios. She also completed an internship with T2H Advertising in Myrtle Beach where she worked with many local and international businesses and organizations. She hopes to continue working in a creative agency such as T2H Advertising and exploring more avenues of design.

Whitney B. Daniels is a vocal music performance major and dramatic arts minor from Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and The Golden Key International Honour Society. She has played roles in CCU opera productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Old Maid and the Thief. She performed with the Carolina Master Chorale this year after winning second place in the CCU Vocal Competition. She has been a part of the University’s Chamber Choir, Jazz Band and POP 101. She is a recipient of the 2013 Horry County Higher Education Commission Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, the 2016 CCU Opera Award and the 2016 Grand Strand Opera Workshop, Inc. Carleton-Talbert-Herron Scholarship. She intends to pursue a master's degree in vocal performance.

Francesca Marie Donio is a middle level education major with a concentration in English/language arts and social studies from Buena, N.J. She is a recipient of the Teal Scholar and University Scholar awards. She has been named to the Dean's List twice and the President's List five times. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honors society, the Students Taking Active Responsibility organization, and has served as a Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education tutor. Following graduation, she plans to seek a middle school teaching position in English/language arts or social studies, and to begin graduate school at Rutgers University. She would like to become a researcher who looks at the effective incorporation of technology in schools and its impact on student learning.

Kerry Dittmeier is a public health major who lived in Korea, Portugal, England, Italy and Japan before she came to pursue her degree at CCU. She has received a number of scholastic awards for her achievements, such as the University Scholar Award, the President's Scholar Award and the Honors Excellence Award. She holds membership in the honor societies Phi Eta Sigma, Eta Sigma Gamma, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. As a Swain Scholar, she researched health-related issues and implementation of community health programs. In spring 2017, Swain Scholars presented research on homelessness to congressional representatives at the 'Posters on the Hill' event in Washington, D.C. She has volunteered in Costa Rica and South Africa. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in public health with a concentration in global health. She hopes to address health disparities in developing nations, working in the fields of community development and global health policy.

Hannah G. Eells is an early childhood major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is the director of the "littles" (ages 2 to 8) at Silver Lining Dance Academy, where she teaches inclusion dance classes for children who have disabilities. A large focus of her work related to early childhood is her design of a dance course that focuses on young children who have Down Syndrome and autism. Also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, she was on the President's List from Fall 2013-Fall 2016, and is a recipient of six scholarships, including the Horry County Higher Education Commission Scholarship and the Richard and Karen Spivey Scholarship. She plans to continue her education by enrolling in the Master of Education in learning and teaching program at CCU while teaching in a local school district.

Emily Fay-Kentrolis is the outstanding student in the Master of Education in instructional technology program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in education with highly qualified status in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level science and language arts, and has been teaching for nine years. Currently, she is teaching seventh-grade science at North Myrtle Beach Middle School. She has served many roles for her school, including: cheerleading coach, chemical hygiene officer, school level Kagan instructor, new teacher mentor, and curriculum development. After graduation, she plans to become science department chair, pursue a master's degree in educational leadership, and eventually work with the district to help train other teachers to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

Miranda Gatto is a recreation and sport management student from Chesapeake Beach, Md. Since her arrival at CCU, she has been on the President's List every semester. She has been an active employee in University Recreation, has served as a tutor and mentor for the Department of Athletics, and served as director of CCU Baseball Fan Appreciation Day. She conducted internships with The DC Fray and the Washington Internship Institute, where she worked in marketing and promotion as well as in event management. She plans to attend graduate school at the University of Maryland to pursue a master's degree in business administration.

Tracey Geary is a marketing major from Vernon, N.J. Since transferring into CCU, She has been named to the President's List every semester. She is a recipient of the CCU Transfer Scholarship and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honors business fraternity. Upon completion of her internship at the Brandon Agency, she hopes to get a full-time position in the public relations department. She plans to continue her education at CCU by pursuing a Master of Science in information systems technology.

Nelda A. Glaze is an elementary education major from Surfside Beach, S.C. She is a recipient of the President's Scholar Award, the Horry County Higher Education Commission Leadership Award, the Dean's Excellence Scholarship, the Nancy and Cathcart Smith Scholarship, and a S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. As part of her coursework for the Honors Program, Glaze conducted a research study on homework practices in Horry County Schools for which she won second place in the poster division of Coastal Carolina University's Undergraduate Research Competition. She recently completed a manuscript with her adviser on Montessori homework practices that is under review for publication. She will attend graduate school this fall at Coastal Carolina University to earn a master's degree in education with a focus on literacy.

Kyla van Graan is an MBA student originally from South Africa. She came to Coastal Carolina University to pursue athletic and academic goals, participating on CCU's track and field team in cross country. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in management from CCU in 2016. After completing her MBA program in December 2017, she plans to return to South Africa to use her study abroad experience and education to help women develop their skills and abilities. She hopes to volunteer for a nonprofit organization, giving back and serving her community while pursuing a corporate career.

Marissa Danielle Green is a finance major from Delran, N.J. While at Coastal Carolina University, she has been a member of the Honors Program, the Degree in Three program, Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and the Student Executive Leaders program. She has been named to the President's List every semester thus far in her academic career. She is the recipient of the President's Scholar Award, University Scholar Award and Trustee Award. After graduation, she plans to earn the FINR Series 6 and 7 licenses, as well as the NASAA Series 65 license, leading to a career as a financial adviser.

Geoffrey Guyette is a management major from Myrtle Beach, S.C.  He is a member of the Wall Fellows Program, has received the Coastal Scholar Award, S.C. LIFE Scholarship, Clyde W. Port Endowed Scholarship of the Wall Board of Visitors, the Wall Fellows Scholarship, and William A. & L. Maud Kimbel Scholar, and he is a Burroughs Foundation Scholar. He has been a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. He plans to continue working in the building supply industry, working from a sales representative to a managerial position.

Carlianne Lindsey Hanks is a senior health communication major from Murrells Inlet, S.C. Since beginning at Coastal Carolina University in 2014, she has made either the Dean's List or President's List each semester. Hanks has been an active member of the Wally Social Norms Campaign as an intern and most recently as campaign coordinator, working with her peers on important alcohol and other drug education and awareness at CCU and surrounding communities. She is also the vice president of the Upsilon Eta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society. Drawing on her experience as a journalism minor, Hanks wrote articles and newsletter pieces as a student writer for Coastal Carolina University's Office of University Communication in the summer of 2016. In addition, she researched and co-authored a paper on "Newsroom Culture in a Time of Change" that was accepted to the Southern States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference and presented in early April.

Rachael B. Houston is a political science major from Manassas, Va. She is the president of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a member of the Wally Social Norms Campaign, and is enrolled in the Honors Program. She was a Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy Fellow, published an article in CCU's undergraduate journal Bridges, received the Teal Scholar Award, was a LIFE Scholarship recipient, a J.O. Baldwin Scholarship recipient, a Nancy and Cathcart Smith Scholarship recipient, and a Society of Satellite Professionals International Scholarship recipient. Following graduation, she will pursue a Ph.D. in American politics with focuses in political psychology and political communication.

Michael Jones is a history major with minors in both intelligence and national security studies and military science. He is from Charleston, S.C. He has been an active member of several student organizations and held leadership positions in the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, the Coastal Humanists Club, the International Club, the Japanese Club, and the War & Society Club. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has assisted with the Wellness Council's Earth Day, Coastal's Relay for Life, Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen, and the Wounded Warriors Project. Jones' paper "1960s American-Syrian Relations and the Ba'ath" won the best paper on his panel at the Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference in 2015. He has been named to the Dean's List three times and the President's List four times, and was awarded the James Branham Endowed Award in History that honors the history graduate with the highest academic standing. Jones is also a cadet in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and he will soon be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. He plans on remaining in the military for four years before beginning a civilian career in the U.S. intelligence community.

Alex Khokhlov is a Master of Accountancy student from Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students. After graduation, he plans to focus on passing the CPA and CFE examinations and becoming a certified public accountant. He eventually aspires to become a partner in an accounting firm or open his own accounting firm.

Emma Kroger is an exercise and sport science major from Germantown, Ohio. As a Swain Scholar, she has been active in the study of issues related to homelessness in Horry County; this work led to presentations at the Society for Public Health Education as well as multiple presentations at Coastal Carolina University Undergraduate Research competitions. She also worked on campus with the New Students and Family Programs office, volunteers to help children with special needs at her church, and was a four-year member of the Coastal Carolina University Track and Field team. She has made both the President's and Dean's lists numerous times. She has completed internships at Triangle Therapy Services in Eaton, Ohio, and at the Compass Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center in Conway as she prepares to attend graduate school to study occupational therapy.

Xueling Lin is a hospitality, resort and tourism management major from Fujian, China. While enrolled at CCU, Lin has been a member of the Chinese Club and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students. After completing her bachelor's degree, Lin plans to pursue a master's degree. She hopes to enter a management training program in a well-known hotel and eventually to open her own hotel.

Benjamin Kelly Malone is an intelligence and national security studies major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is the founder and former director of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief. He published an article "Will Russia’s Military Involvement in Syria Increase the Strength of Hezbollah in Lebanon?" in The Intelligence Review and co-wrote and presented an academic paper with Jonathan Acuff, Ph.D., this year at the International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Md. Malone is also a member of The Order of the Sword and Shield: Intelligence and National Security Honors Fraternity, was a member of the Student Leadership Council during the 2015-2016 school year, and was the Coastal Carolina Climbing Club vice president during the 2016-2017 school year. He will be pursuing a career in geopolitical analysis upon graduating and plans to pursue his master's degree and Ph.D. in security studies and international relations.

Nathaniel Marshall is a Master of Education in educational leadership student from Florence, S.C. He is currently coordinator of teacher effectiveness and innovative projects in Florence School District One. He is a member of the S.C. Department of Education's Evaluation advisory team and is his school district's lead trainer for the Teacher Mentor System, the Teacher Evaluation Teams and the Teaching Standards. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina, an educational literacy coach, an elementary teacher and a middle school teacher. He is member of the S.C. Alliance of Black School Educators, and currently serves as the membership director for the Pee Dee Reading Council. After earning his master's degree in educational leadership, he plans to begin an educational specialist degree at CCU in curriculum and instruction with a cognate area in human resources.

Michael Mistler is the first student named in this nascent graduate program. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in history at Coastal Carolina University and entered the Master of Arts in liberal studies program in Fall 2015. Mistler was a graduate assistant in the Department of History. His thesis is titled "Beyond Eugenics: Disability and Reprogenetics in the Modern Era," which connects pre- and post-WWII eugenic movements to recent disability studies with an innovative cross-disciplinary methodology. He has presented his work at the Regional Graduate Liberal Studies Conference at East Tennessee State University and the 29th Annual Graduate History Forum at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He plans to enter the Ph.D. program in history at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

NyRhonda D. Nixon is a student in the Master of Education in learning and teaching literacy concentration degree program. She is from Georgetown, S.C. As an undergraduate at Coastal Carolina University, she was on the Dean's List every semester and also on the President's List twice. She graduated magna cum laude in 2013. Currently, Nixon teaches third grade at Maryville Elementary School in Georgetown, where she serves as one of the academic coaches for the academic team and yearbook coordinator. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Palmetto State Teachers Association. She intends to get the Literacy Coach and Literacy Specialist endorsements as well as National Board Certification.

Avery Noel is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a concentration in criminology. He is from Aynor, S.C., and attended Wofford College before coming to CCU. Noel has been active within the Department of Sociology, contributing to multiple faculty-led projects, and he is concluding his course of study with a thesis on the effects of media on students' perceptions of law enforcement officers. He plans to enter law enforcement after graduation while pursuing a postgraduate degree to further his career goals. He currently serves as a resident adviser and tutor in the Department of Athletics and is a member of the CCU Chamber Choir.

Jessica Partin is a special education major from Conway, S.C. During her time at CCU, she volunteered for three years with the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring Program. She also spent a number of Friday evenings supporting children with autism and raised money for the Polar Plunge, a Special Olympics fundraiser, in 2016 and 2017. While being a committed volunteer, she also earned recognition on the Dean's List and the President's List for several semesters and presented with faculty at the S.C. Council for Exceptional Children conference. She plans to seek a position as a special education teacher in Horry County Schools.

John Dawson Patterson is a senior accounting major at Coastal Carolina University from Hemingway, S.C. He currently works at Trebol USA, located in Andrews, S.C. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master's degree in accounting and sit for the CPA exam.

Emily E. Peiffer is a B.F.A. theatre arts major with a concentration in acting originally from Allentown, Pa. She took on leadership roles in the Department of Theatre, including the president of the UPSTAGE Theatre Club, and was involved as a performer and mentor in the Inclusive Theatre Company, a faculty-led ensemble of students who work with members of the community with special needs. She was also active in the study of applied theatre and studied in Arezzo, Italy, on the campus of the Accademia dell’Arte. On stage at CCU, she was in a variety of contemporary and classical works from Solange in The Maids by Jean Genet to Maria in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. She plans to move to New York upon graduation and entering into the professional theatre.

Stephen Edward Penton is a computer science and applied mathematics major from Conway, S.C. He is a member of the computer science honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon and the Numbers and Bytes Club. He is a research assistant in the Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science under Erin Hackett. He presented their research during the 2016 Annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition and was a third-place poster winner, and he had the honor of presenting at the 2017 URSI National Radio Science Meeting. He has been named to the President's List every semester and is a recipient of the WEASC Legacy of Learning Scholarship, the Dean's Excellence Scholarship, the Coastal Transfer Scholar Award, the Frederick J. Cole Scholarship, and the Nancy and Cathcart Smith Scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in data analysis and machine learning before attending graduate school.

Christopher Logan Pierpont, a native of Richmond, Va., is a double major in biology and marine science. He has worked as a student tutor for the Department of Biology for the past three years, as a prep person for marine science, and has served as president for Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. He has been performing research in molecular evolution as part of the Barthet lab for the past four years. The results of his research have been presented at national, regional and local conferences, including CCU's Celebration of Inquiry in 2016, where he won third place for best oral science presentation. He will graduate cum laude as a member of the University Honors Program. He aims to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of molecular evolution from the perspective of astrobiology and the origins and evolution of life on earth.

Kaitlyn N. Powalie is a double major in philosophy and psychology from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is a Jackson Scholar in the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values and is currently co-president of Coastal Carolina Catholics. Her future plans include missionary work and then pursuing graduate study in either psychology or philosophy.

Delanie R. Sage is a Master of Arts in teaching science candidate from Myrtle Beach, S.C. She earned an undergraduate degree in marine science from Coastal Carolina University in the fall of 2015. Her undergraduate academic experiences include several study abroad courses in Bimini, Bahamas and Costa Rica and working with CCU faculty on research projects focusing on water quality and shark physiology. She was also a member of the CCU Dance Team for three years and served as the team's captain for one year. Outside of the formal academic setting, she teaches dance to children ages 8 to 18 and is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain. After completing her degree at CCU, she plans to pursue a career as a high school science teacher.

Shawn Scialabba is from West Columbia, S.C. He was deployed with the U.S. Army to Kuwait in 2012. Upon his return, he became an EMT-B for Richland County, where he worked for two years. He was interested in engineering and physics, so after earning an associate's degree from Midlands Tech in 2015, he transferred to CCU's physics program with an engineering concentration. He served the department as a learning assistant.

Megan E. Seier is originally from Breingsville, Pa., and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in dramatic arts and a double minor in journalism and business administration. She is a member of both the Alpha Psi Omega and the Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. After a semester spent studying at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, she returned to campus and continued her active participation in the Department of Theatre, which included four years of commitment to the Inclusive Theatre Group, a faculty-led ensemble of students who work with members of the community with special needs. She has taken on assistant stage management in the mainstage season and, most recently, the stage manager position for the UPSTAGE production of The Maids. She was also noted for her work in the costume area where she excelled in design as an assistant costume designer and worked as a wardrobe mistress on numerous shows. She plans on pursuing a career in casting for film, television and theatre and anticipates travels in Europe with the hope of one day setting up residence there.

Haley C. Smith is an art studio major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. She has received numerous scholarships, including the Dean's Excellence Scholarship. She has been on the President's List every semester during her academic career at Coastal Carolina University. Smith has presented her artwork to the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild several times. She won third place and honorable mention at a juried show at Artspace 506 Gallery in 2015 and took home first place honors in the 2016 Smallworks Show. She was also selected to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn.

Nehemiah Stafford is a senior chemistry major from Fleetwood, N.C. During his time at Coastal Carolina University, he has worked as the student president of Cru, a spirituality club; a tutor; a lab assistant; and an organic chemistry researcher for the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence program. Stafford is currently looking into graduate school options in biostatistics, a branch of public health, as a means of applying his background in science and mathematics to solve problems in health care.

Chelsea N. Thomas is a Master of Arts in writing graduate from Conway, S.C. As founding president of the Coastal Writers Society, she was instrumental in building community among students in the M.A. in writing program. Thomas organized student readings, social events, and helped to plan Denouement, the public reading given by graduates of the program. In her role as a graduate teaching assistant, Thomas helped to instruct students in several different English courses, including ENGL 101, 102, 424, and the First Year Experience. She also worked on the editing and publishing of the literary journal Waccamaw and the Edwards College publication Tapestry. Thomas is now busy deciding between medical school, law school and a career in the Air Force.

Pamela Elaine Thompson is a health administration major from Florence, S.C. She previously earned an Associate in Science and an Associate in Applied Science with a concentration in health information management. During the past 16 years, she has worked full time as a night shift respiratory therapist. Thompson has been named to the Dean's List during her time at CCU. After graduation, she intends to pursue a master's degree in either health administration or health care informatics.

Kristen Trevey, originally from Keedysville, Md., attended Shepherd University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in aquatic science. As an undergraduate, she completed internships at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station and Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, and assisted on projects for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She was awarded grants from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and presented research findings at many prestigious science meetings, forums and workshops. She entered the Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies program at CCU in 2013 and received funding from the University Research Council, M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund and the Slocum-Lunz Foundation. Her research focused on population characteristics and parasite fauna of the spotfin killifish.

Rachel Wagner will graduate from CCU with a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics. She maintained a high GPA while grading, tutoring in the Mathematics Learning Center, and playing Division I lacrosse. She presented original research modeling arrival times in a local emergency room, which won an award at the Joint Mathematics Meeting. Upon graduation, Wagner plans to use her mathematics degree and actuarial science minor to pursue a career in actuarial science. She is from Great Falls, Va.

Heather Williams is an economics and marketing double major from Nutley, N.J. She is chair of the Coastal Activities Board and marketing and social communication chair of Colleges Against Cancer. While at Coastal Carolina University, Williams has been a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and the University Honors Program. She is also a recipient of the Provost Scholarship and the University Scholar Award. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in either promotions or data analytics and eventually continue her education in a master's degree program.

Max Mary-Louise Williams, an information systems major with minors in applied mathematics and intelligence and security studies, is from Pawleys Island, S.C. She was a founding member and served as treasurer of the Women in Computing Club at CCU. She was a member of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief and is an inducted member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international computer science honor society. Williams has served as a student assistant for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and has achieved the President's List or Dean's List every semester at CCU. After graduating, Williams plans to pursue a career in software engineering.

Breana Wilson is a biochemistry major from Oliver Springs, Tenn. She served as president of the Biochemistry and Chemistry clubs at CCU. She has completed undergraduate research in organic synthesis of Phidianidine analogs under Bryan Wakefield, and she presented her work at the South Carolina Academy of Science in 2017. Wilson has also worked as a learning assistant for chemistry labs and tutored chemistry for two years. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in chemistry.

Robbi C. Winfield is a candidate with a physical education major and a public health minor from Sumter, S.C. She is a recipient of this year's Society of Health and Physical Educators of America Major of the Year award. She has assumed the role of student assistant for University Recreation and intramurals and the kinesiology, recreation and sports studies program. She has been an active member of the Physical Education Teacher Education Club, and she played club volleyball, also serving as a board member of the club. She has been a volunteer in the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring Program and Teal Youth Days for the past four years. She is currently completing her internship at Ocean Bay Elementary School. She intends to seek employment as a physical educator and pursue a master's degree.