BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University-Beebe recently announced the 2021-2022 Vanguard Awards honoring outstanding students, faculty and staff.

Each year, student awards are presented for leadership and outstanding achievement, with the most prestigious of these being the annual Citizenship Award.  In addition to students, one faculty and one staff member were also recognized with distinguished service awards.

The Citizenship Award has been presented annually to exceptional students since 1959. This year’s award was presented to Felicite Bolden of Searcy, an Associate of Fine Arts major, and Brent Clark, of El Paso, an agriculture business major.

Bolden is a first-generation residential student who maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester. She is an active member of the theatre program, the Uncharted Publishing Studio, the TRIO Leadership Council, the Student Government Association, and residential community.  Once Bolden completes her Associate of Fine Arts degree, she plans to transfer to Arkansas State University to complete her undergraduate studies in film and psychology.

Clark was recently inducted into the first class of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at ASU-Beebe, and volunteers with the Ag Club and local 4-H chapters. He currently interns with the White County Extension Office and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business through Arkansas State University toward a career as a local county extension agent.

The Outstanding Nontraditional Student award was presented to Saniesa Bearden, Searcy, nursing major; and Mitchell Mead, Quitman, agriculture major.

The Outstanding Academic Student award for the Career Education Division was presented to Stephanie Ward, Searcy, agriculture major; and Dustin Lott, Shirley, Computer Systems and Network Technology major.

The Outstanding First-Year Student award was presented to Grayson Griggs, Cabot, Liberal Arts and Sciences major; and Dylan Owens, Beebe, fine arts major.

The Outstanding Academic Student award for the Arts and Humanities Division was presented to Cathryn Lyle, Vilonia, General Studies major; and Zayd Kelley, Cabot, Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

The Outstanding Academic Student award for the Math and Science Division was presented to Cody Wilkerson, Austin, nursing major; and Hannah Story, Bradford, health sciences major.

The Outstanding Heber Springs Campus Student award was presented to Hailey Carson, Heber Springs, health sciences major; and Steven Winchell, Fairfield Bay, Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

The Outstanding Searcy Campus Student award was presented to Emily Bradshaw, Vilonia, Welding Technology major; and Cody Wilkerson, Austin, nursing major.

The Outstanding Little Rock Air Force Base Campus Student award was presented to Jeanie Richards, Bald Knob, Health Information Systems major; and Jared Floyd, Jacksonville, nursing major.

Korey Davis, Instructor of Psychology and Sociology in the Division of Arts and Humanities, was recognized with the Student Government Association (SGA) Outstanding Faculty Award; and Frank N. Taylor II, Assistant Manager of the Student Center, received the SGA Outstanding Staff Award.

Additionally, the Outstanding Registered Student Organization Award was presented to the ASU-Beebe TRIO Leadership Council (TLC) and the Family of the Year award was presented to the Jeanie Richards Family. Richards is from Bald Knob and is a Health Information Systems major.

At the end of the program, Zackery Tucker, Dean of Students, thanked Reid Dunivan for serving as the 2021-2022 president of the Student Government Association. Tucker then gave the Oath of Office to Zayd Kelley, President-Elect of the 2022-2023 SGA.

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