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AV Academic Excellence Award Winners Announced for 2023-2024

Top students from 41 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.

Each year, the Academic Excellence Awards honor students who have shown exceptional dedication in the classroom as nominated by AV faculty members.

Recipients of the awards and their fields of study are:


Olivia Garner, English

Jacob Machen, general technology - welding

Arkoma, Oklahoma:

Leah Sheffield Ridenour, English with teacher licensure

Cantho Ninh Kieu, Vietnam:

Khuong (Peter) Ta, chemistry


Devin Yocum, electrical engineering (Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering)


Emma McKinney, middle childhood education

Cordova, Tennessee: 

Nya Stewart, media communication


Korina Lopez, political science


Catherine Brantley, Master of Education


Jeannie Standridge, organizational leadership

Fort Smith:

Annie Bice, early childhood education

James Estrada, music education - instrumental

Gavin Garrett, theatre

Joanna Hernandez, graphic design

Alyssa Kroth, general studies

Yazareth Manjarrez, psychology

Rosie Nguyen, mechanical engineering (Associate of Science, mechanical engineering)

Michael Resendiz, computer science

Bethany Russell, imaging sciences

Emma Smith, electronics technology

Ruba Yasin, computer-aided design


Ben Philpott, mechanical engineering (Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering)


Atelia Castro, social work

Cade Nichols, history with teacher licensure


Kaylee Yandell, surgical technology

Hot Springs National Park:

Dana Threadgill, healthcare administration

Howe, Oklahoma:

Devyn Moody, radiography

Cassandra Wilson, nursing


Daniel Hernandez Donato, network engineering technology

Muldrow, Oklahoma:

Makayla Bartlett, elementary education


Kelsie Baker, biology

Pea Ridge:

Austin Miller, business administration

Pocola, Oklahoma:

Alissa Owens, dental hygiene

Evan Piovesan, electrical engineering (Associate of Science, electrical engineering)

Poteau, Oklahoma:

Madeline Brennan, history

Shady Point, Oklahoma:

Kagan Stockton, mathematics

Siloam Springs:

Abigale Kelly, geoscience

Van Buren:

Samara Camyn, studio art

Tanner Harmon, electrical engineering technology

Sophia McLain, rhetoric and writing

Taylor Pixley, mathematics with teacher licensure

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