Institutional Honors

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Division of Student Development 
Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Dean of Student Development
Room:  C2110, General Studies Building
Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.5120 or 423.354.5232
Fax:  423.323.0240
Email:  studentdevelopment@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/InstitutionalHonors



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Recognizing significant milestones and celebrating accomplishments are important aspects of the educational experience at Northeast State Community College. The College administers and awards various institutional honors to students, faculty, staff, and alumni that reflect their commitment to excellence in academics and service.

Each year Northeast State Community College recognizes an exemplary adult student who is enrolled in an educational program to enhance or improve his/her educational credentials. The Adult Learner of the Year Award honors a student who achieves high performance within the program of study; demonstrates good citizenship; exhibits personal desire and motivation; and meets one or more of the social definitions of adulthood: married, a parent, or self-supporting.

Students are nominated for the award by faculty and staff. The award is sponsored by the Division of Student Services, and the recipient is selected by an ad hoc committee from the Northeast State community. Priority consideration is given to individuals who have overcome significant obstacles in the pursuit of their academic and career goals.

Recipients of the Adult Learner of the Year Award include:

  • 2015-16 – Alicia N. Blasini
  • 2014-15 – Paul E. Taylor III
  • 2013-14 – Willie J. Riddle 
  • 2012-13 – Elizabeth S. Ross 
  • 2011-12 – Joshua A. Johnson 
  • 2010-11 – Sandra M. Bullins 
  • 2009-10 – Larry H. Templeton 
  • 2008-09 – Yuezhu Liu 
  • 2007-08 – Beverley R. Ehrhart 
  • 2006-07 – Lisa D. Kilby Adams 
  • 2005-06 – Wendi J. Pickel 
  • 2004-05 – Judith V. Shannon 
  • 2003-04 – Leona C. Holman 
  • 2002-03 – Debra M. Stout 
  • 2001-02 – B. Joyce Hyder Sweeney 
  • 2000-01 – Leigh M. Fox 
  • 1999-00 – Melanie R. Highsmith 
  • 1998-99 – Mitzi L. Gibson 
  • 1997-98 – Connie J. Goddard 
  • 1996-97 – P. Darlene Jolly 

Administered by the Tennessee Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team recognizes outstanding students from each of the state’s community colleges. The All-Tennessee team is one of 38 All-State Academic Teams sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa at the national level. Recipients of All-State honors are then placed in competition for the All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Team. The All-USA team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA TODAY with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Students from Northeast State are nominated to the All-Tennessee team by the Institutional Student Nominating Committee. Nominees are selected from students scheduled to complete associate degrees during the academic year of nomination with GPAs ranging from 3.5 to 4.0, who make significant service contributions to the College or community, and who meet national eligibility criteria. Northeast State recipients include:

  • 2016
    Victoria G. Hewlett (Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee)
    Paul E. Taylor III (Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar)
    2015
    Emmaline H. Bragg (Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar)
    David J. Shepherd (Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar)
    2014
    Olivia A. Orten (Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee)
    Nikki D. Sumner (Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar)
    2013
    Elizabeth S. Ross
    Anne N. Rowell
    2012
    A. Kelly Stapleton
    Brittany L. Thomas (Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee and All-USA Community College Academic Team)
    2011
    Brittany N. Boone
    F. Lee Boyd II
    2010
    April M. Barrett (Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar)
    Jennifer N. Miller
    2009
    Kimberly M. Coalson
    L. Nichole Manz
    2008
    Elaine M. Henry
    Debra A. Oglesby
    2007
    Kelley M. Hatch (Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee)
    Caleb P. Pearson
    2006
    Christina M. Huffines
    Sean P. Rupley
    2005
    Erika M. Adams
    Tracy L. Mantell
    2004
    Brian E. Moody
    Jason E. Tipton
    2003
    Rhonda G. Castle
    Lydia R. Prior
    2002
    David W. Buchanan
    Pamela A. Echols
    2001
    Leigh M. Fox
    Jacqueline R. Robinson
    2000
    Marsha H. Elam
    Elizabeth C. Nicely
    1999
    Anthony M. Lewis
    Alvin L. Murphy
    1998
    Michaela C. Boggs
    Joyce Lawson Noto
    1997
    F. Arlene Miles
    Marie M. Sandidge
    1996
    John P. Forbes
    Kristen E. Rudder
    1995
    Robert W. Wagner

Northeast State honors its Most Distinguished Faculty, Administrative/Professional, and Support Staff members with awards presented annually at the Honors Convocation ceremony in April. The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize employees who demonstrate excellence in teaching and service that impacts the College and the student body. Staff members who meet eligibility criteria are nominated by students or fellow employees. The recipients of the awards are selected by the Distinguished Staff Awards Committee. 

Award recipients include:

Year Faculty Administrative Support Staff
2015-16  Tempi Hale Jennifer Starling  Dottie Corey
2014-15 David Haga Malissa Trent Debra Johnson
2013-14 Brent Lockhart Patricia Chandler Mike Collins
2012-13 Jim Kelly Sandra Gardner David Lewis
2011-12 Ed Osborne Nancy Forrester Erin Blevins
2010-11 Connie Marshall Chris Lefler Brenda Denton
2009-10 Garry Grau Josh Crowder Angela Huddle
2008-09 David Maldon Donald Coleman Patricia Haynes
2007-08 David Wollert Pete Miller Jeff Grindstaff
2006-07 Mark Pollock Pat Moody Joyce Sweeney
2005-06 Michael Aulick Kathy Coleman Sherry Mott
2004-05 William Wilson Crusie Lucero Linda Hamilton
2003-04 Robert May Tammy Street Linda Carpenter
2002-03 Fred Cope Ranee Baker Lory Fulton
2001-02 Mary Ella Poteat Duncan Parsons Mary Plank
2000-01 Donald Whitaker Jon Harr Janet Gregg
1999-00 Charlie Bloomer Margaret Lester Zoe Witcher
1998-99 Sam Stevenson Pat Moody Debra Johnson
1997-98 Carolyn McCracken Susan Graybeal Patricia Chandler
1996-97 Lana Hamilton Susan Allen Sandra Gardner
1995-96 Pashia Hogan Lydia Knight Dianne Grant
1994-95 Brian McRae Elaine Boone David Haga
1993-94 Ramona Stephens Greg Walters Debi Beverly
1992-93 Carole Shaw Donald Coleman Sue Cunningham
1991-92 Rita Quillen No Award James Sell 


Students receiving associate degrees with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.9 to 4.0 will be awarded Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors), while those with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 to 3.89 will be awarded Magna Cum Laude (High Honors). Graduates with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 to 3.74 will be awarded Cum Laude (Honors). Learning Support grade point averages will not count toward calculation of either semester or graduation honors. Northeast State has one commencement ceremony per year, which is at the end of the spring semester; therefore, graduation honors are calculated at the end of the fall semester. The graduation honors designation will be included in the graduation program, the graduation ceremony, and all news releases concerning graduation.


Community service recognition programs for higher education students and faculty/staff at the campus level were created in Tennessee through legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 1991. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) administers the program to recognize Outstanding Community Service performed by the faculty, staff, and students of Tennessee’s higher education institutions, including public and private two- and four-year institutions. In 1997, the awards were named for the late Representative Harold Love, Sr. who was instrumental in passing the enabling legislation.

Elected to the General Assembly in 1968, Rep. Love was known for his compassion and good humor. With the welfare of his community as his primary concern, Rep. Love went to any lengths to help a constituent in need, even if it meant giving from his own pocket. That is why, whenever he was present during a session of the Tennessee House of Representatives, it was said, “Love is in the House.” Five student and five faculty/staff winners state-wide are named each year. Each individual recipient receives a $1,000 prize and is honored at the annual awards ceremony in Nashville.

Love Award recipients from Northeast State include:

  • 2015 – David E. Haga, Faculty 
  • 2014 – Linda W. Calvert, Staff 
  • 2007 – Dr. Laura T. Barnett, Faculty 
  • 2007 – Kelley M. Hatch, Student 
  • 2004 – Keia S. Loveless, Student 
  • 2002 – Janet L. Blankenbecler, Student 
  • 1999 – Jerry Brown Courtney, Student 
  • 1998 – Joyce Lawson Noto, Student 
  • 1997 – Melissa A. Ripley, Student 
  • 1996 – Marie M. Sandidge, Student 
  • 1994 – Thomas L. Turner, Jr., Student 

Honors Convocation is held annually in April and is considered one of the two most important events sponsored by the College. The other is the yearly Commencement Ceremony for graduating students. Awards for outstanding students in each academic program area and the overall Northeast State Outstanding Student Award are announced during Honors Convocation. In addition, students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have made significant contributions in various programs and student organizations are honored. Selection of the recipients varies by award and/or program.

The date and time for the 2015-2016 ceremony was Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. The location was the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport. 

Download a copy of the latest Honors Convocation program book to view a complete list of the award winners: 


The Institutional Student Nominating Committee (ISNC) is an ad hoc college committee of administrators, faculty, and staff who serve to nominate Northeast State students for state, regional, and national awards that require institutionally approved nominees. The committee reviews award criteria and implements selection procedures to screen potential nominees. The ISNC currently oversees the Northeast State nomination processes for the following awards or programs: the All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Tennessee Board of Regents Student Regent, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Student Member, and the State's Love Community Involvement Awards. The ISNC also selects the student nominees for transfer scholarships when offered by state four-year colleges and universities as institutional awards.


Northeast State Community College and the Northeast State National Alumni Association recognize a graduate with the Outstanding Alumni Award each year at Honors Convocation. The award honors an alumni who has made significant contributions in one or more of the following categories: Northeast State, career, or community. Alumni are nominated by Northeast State students, faculty, staff, alumni, or community members. The recipient of the award is selected by the Outstanding Alumni Award Committee. 

Outstanding Alumni Award winners include:

  • 2016 – Donald Coleman '87, Northeast State Community College
  • 2015 – Dannette Williams '04, Marriott International
  • 2014 – Carson Waugh '05, Off The Waugh Productions
  • 2013 – Dr. David Long '92, The University of Auckland (NZ)
  • 2012 – Rep. Matthew Hill '01, Tennessee's 7th House District
  • 2011 – Mary Moore '91, Eastman Chemical Company
  • 2010 – Duke Okes '76, APLOMET/Applied Logical Methods
  • 2009 – Greg Walters '07, Northeast State Community College
  • 2008 – Rayma Gibbs '03, Northeast State Community College
  • 2007 – April Eads '02, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services 
  • 2006 – Allen Hurley '93, Touchstone Wireless, LP
  • 2005 – Robin Eller '00, Hallie Turner Private School
  • 2004 – Becky Berry '99, Northeast State National Alumni Association

Northeast State’s Outstanding Student Award honors a graduating student who demonstrates excellence in academics and service that impacts the College. Nominees for the Outstanding Student Award are selected by faculty and staff from students scheduled to complete associate degrees during the academic year of nomination with a minimum required GPA, who make significant service contributions to the College or community, and who meet additional eligibility criteria. The recipient of the award is selected by the Outstanding Student Award Committee. 

Help us find our missing Outstanding Student Award winners! We are searching for the names of the students who received the Outstanding Student Award (then known as the Faculty Scholarship Award) in 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, and 1989-90. If you are the award winner or have documentation of the award winner’s name, please contact studentdevelopment@NortheastState.edu

Outstanding Student Award winners include:

  • 2015-16 – Victoria G. Hewlett, Sociology/Speech Communication
  • 2014-15 – Emmaline H. Bragg, Social Work/Sociology
  • 2013-14 – Nikki D. Sumner, Pre-Nursing
  • 2012-13 – Elizabeth S. Ross, Speech Communication
  • 2011-12 – Joshua A. Johnson, Speech Communication/Theatre
  • 2010-11 – F. Lee Boyd II, Speech Communication
  • 2009-10 – Adnan Brka, Nursing
  • 2008-09 – L. Nichole Manz, Electromechanical
  • 2007-08 – Elaine M. Henry, Pre-Nursing/Speech Communication
  • 2006-07 – Caleb P. Pearson, Pre-Health Professions
  • 2005-06 – William H. Bloomer, General Transfer
  • 2004-05 – Tracy L. Mantell, Business/English
  • 2003-04 – Patricia J. Cross, General Transfer
  • 2002-03 – Jason E. Tipton, Mechanical
  • 2001-02 – Cynthia C. Hill, General Office
  • 2000-01 – Dinah L. DeFord, General Transfer
  • 1999-00 – Marsha H. Elam, Accounting
  • 1998-99 – Scott A. Dykes, General Transfer
  • 1997-98 – Kellie E. Arnold, General Transfer
  • 1996-97 – J. David Bowles, General Transfer
  • 1995-96 – Margaret H. Davis, Psychology
  • 1994-95 – Theresa M. Simpson, Management/Small Business Management
  • 1993-94 – Tiffany R. Watkins, General Transfer
  • 1992-93 – Danna K. Pearce, Finance
  • 1991-92 – Susan E. Graybeal, Management Information Science
  • 1990-91 – H. Alan Miller, Instrumentation Engineering Technology
  • 1989-90 – Unknown
  • 1988-89 – Mark Singleton, Drafting
  • 1987-88 – Carolyn Ward, Management Information Science
  • 1986-87 – William E. Whitesides, Welding
  • 1985-86 – Unknown
  • 1984-85 – Unknown
  • 1983-84 – Phillip D. Stanley, Welding
  • 1982-83 – Unknown 


The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award recognizes faculty and staff who voluntarily serve as advisors to the College's student organizations, clubs, and programs. The criteria for the award include being a student organization advisor for a minimum of two years with the same club or organization and exhibiting model behaviors in the performance of the duties and responsibilities of a student organization advisor as described in the Northeast State and Tennessee Board of Regents policies and procedures. 

The award is sponsored by the Office of Leadership Programs. Recipients are honored each year during Honors Convocation. 

Award winners include: 

  • 2015-16 – Rayma Gibbs, Northeast State Scholars Foundation
  • 2014-15 – Nona Shepherd, The Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild
  • 2013-14 – Jane Honeycutt, Phi Theta Kappa's Alpha Iota Chi Chapter 

Established by Northeast State’s President, Dr. Janice H. Gilliam, the President's Academic Leadership Award recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership in the advancement of academic life at the College with an impact on the state and/or national level. The recipient(s) is recognized individually during the annual Honors Convocation in April.

Award recipients include:

2016 – Phi Theta Kappa's Alpha Iota Chi Chapter Officer Team: Myka M. Baker, Kyla L. Faust, Victoria G. Hewlett, Cassandra L. Ross, Tessa L. Ross, Carly P. Sluder

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Distinguished Chapter Officer Team 

2016 – Victoria G. Hewlett

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team 
  • Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee
  • Phi Theta Kappa International Distinguished Regional Officer 

2016 – Paul E. Taylor III

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team  
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar  

2015 – Phi Theta Kappa's Alpha Iota Chi Chapter Officer Team: David Barlow, Emmaline H. Bragg, Anna J. Musket, David J. Shepherd, Isabella K. Smith, Kelsey M. Smith 

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Distinguished Chapter Officer Team 

2015 – Emmaline H. Bragg 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team  
  • Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar  

2015 – David J. Shepherd

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team  
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar  

2014 – Megan C. Coram 

  • League for Innovation in the Community College's Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champion Award 

2014 – Olivia A. Orten 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team 
  • Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee 

2014 – Nikki D. Sumner 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team  
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar   

2013 – Elizabeth S. Ross 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team  
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship    

2012 – Brittany L. Thomas 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team 
  • Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for Tennessee 
  • All-USA Community College Academic Team  

2011 – Merrisa L. Williams 

  • Outstanding Student Award, Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disabilities 
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship  

2010 – April M. Barrett 

  • All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team 
  • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar


Northeast State’s President, Dr. Janice H. Gilliam, established the President’s All-Academic Team to recognize graduating students who maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout their college-level course work. These students are honored individually during a special reception that precedes the annual Honors Convocation in April.

William J. Allen
Jesse A. Ball
Bronston-James K. Batara
Sarah L. Black
Christina M. Blevins
Matthew T. Boyd
Kevin Brown
Shawna L Burrow
William P. Byington
Ryan T. Campbell
Justin R. Carter
Christopher D. Cody
Charity M. Conkin
Ethan C. Crawford
Jason A. Crawford
Austin E. Cross
Whitney B. Culbertson
John J. Deakins
David J. Dexter
Jacob M. Ellis
Christopher D. Estep
Kyla L. Faust
Hannah L. Fink
Victoria T. Fleming
Tina M. Fullington
Melinda S. Gouge
Brent Grindstaff
Peter J. Hartman
Victoria G. Hewlett
Alicia B. Holley
Brittanie L. Hubbard
Landis H. Johnson
Melindalou N. Johnson
Annie L. King
Mary M. Klug
Eileen B. Madden
Savannah A. Maxwell
Ashlee M. Miller
Jimmy L. Murphy
Melissa A. Napier
Andrew D. Osborne
Maria G. Rice
Jeffrey L. Robinson
Taylor L. Slaughter
Darrell D. Smith
Logan B. Taylor
Paul E. Taylor III
Carolyne S. Thomas
Kelly R. Tolley
Christopher B. Vermejan
Suzanne R. Watson
James C. Weaver 
Isaac R. Wentz
Kimberly Y. Wheeler
Heather D. White
Heather Willson
Garrett G. Wright
John G. Yeazel


Sharon F. Baird
Alicia LeeAnn Bales
Melissa Botaro Rosa Bowers
Emmaline Hope Bragg
Joshua Lee Capwell
Conner Shane Collette
Hannah Patricia Davis
David J. Dexter
Samuel Jacob Estepp
Sam P. Fanning
Carly Denise Fields
Jennifer Anne Fields
Abigail L. Freeburn
Matthew S. George
Sequan Q. Griffin
Jenny Lynn Hilton
Taylor P. Jenkins
Karen Lawson
McKensie GraceAnn McGee
David T. Medukas
Ronald G. Mullikin
Carie Ann Payne
William Daniel Potter
James Brian Raxter
Bridgette Ilene Smith
Jacob W. Smith
Tabitha Brooke Smith
Charles R. Spencer
Jonathan Ray Stacey
Ian Edward Woodworth


George Curtis Akard 
Jaime Lee Arnold 
Benjamin Jon Shemaiah Bishop 
Tanya L. Black 
Tia Campbell 
Johnny M. Carpenter 
Wendy Compson 
Timothy Joe Crigger 
Mary Kaitlyn Crowe 
Elaine M. Cuddihee 
Stanley Derrick 
Austin Cole Dietrich 
Rachel Nichole Durham 
Richard Scott Ervin 
Jeremy Keith Frazier 
Zachary L. Gilliam 
Michael William Grindstaff 
Amanda Mae Haun 
James H. Isley III 
William Wayne Jarrell 
Taylor P. Jenkins 
Kasey Nichole Johnson 
Mary W. Johnson 
Virginia M. Ketron 
Alexander James Kilgore 
Susan Sullivan Kudera 
Mary Pat Mattingly 
Chad Allen Meade 
Robin Johnson Merrell 
Jacob Ali Mims 
Julie Murray 
Daniel Neubrander 
Dustin Earl Neubrander 
Olivia Anne Orten 
Anna Beth Pollard 
Jacob I. Porter 
Brenda Lynn Rankhorn 
Timothy Allen Rice 
Justin C. Roberts 
Gracie Rossie 
Joseph K. Saulsbury 
Cassandra Shea Scalf 
Robert L. Shelton 
Dustin Blake Silcox 
David M. Silver 
Odette D. Simons 
Nikki Darlene Sumner 
Edward A. Teal 
Jasson Thomley 
Rebecca Tippner 
Terence V. Weber 
Samuel Wells 
Lora Ann Workman


Jason D. Arnold
William James Bailey
Tanya L. Black
Angelica Grace Bridges
Amanda Renee Broome
Beverly Diane Campbell
Josie SuAnn Carmody
Jennifer Nicole Clouse
Patricia Coonley
Craig Cox
Altheria Davis
Aaron Neighbors Farmer
Cassandra Anne Elisabeth Ford
James Patrick Fuller
Heather L. Gortney
Jamie Leann Harris
Hannah Faye Haworth
Brittany Michelle Hicks
April Davidson Hooker
Margaret Elizabeth Howell
Bryan J. Langan
Mary Anne Morelli
Jessica Nichole Murray
Randa Bird Norton
Colin O'Connor
Cory Elizabeth Parker
John Christopher Parks
Christiian Glenmore Ratliff
Elizabeth Sarah Ross
Anne Nicole Rowell
Katherine Scheiman
Joshua Richard Shearer
Grace Ann Smith
Chelsea Danielle Taylor
Rebecca Tippner
James Sumner Wagner
Shalena Ward
Terence V. Weber
Laura Brooks Wemple
Kipling D. Woods
Justin David Wright


Jamie Nicole Ballew
Allison L. Bare
Jennifer Diann Bernard
Cathy Lynn Blados
Eric Borman
Haley Bridwell
Darlene Louise Brooks
Mary Katherine Burke
William Joseph Burton
Johnny M. Carpenter
Anthony James Clemons
Stacie Davis Conder
Jeffery A. Cooper
Lemuel De Repentigny
Carrie Michelle Drinnon
Melissa D. Ealey
Wendy Eaton
Benjamin Mark Eversgerd
Daniel Lancer Finnie
Jenna Breanne Griswold
Sarah Elizabeth Gustafson
Jennifer Nicole Honeycutt
Jennifer Dianne Houser
Allen Kennedy
Alan D. Koch
Nicole Marie Kroshus 
Cheri Yvonne Kuzio 
Jian Li McKee 
Ricker Owens Montgomery 
Bryan K. Richardson 
Alicia Ronquillo 
William Jackson Saulsbury 
Monica Lee Scheiman 
Brandon Scott 
Katherine Dyer Sellers 
Matthew Skates 
Tracy D. Slagle 
Alyssa Kelly Stapleton 
Paul Benjamin Steele 
Caroline Carson Timanus 
Gary Wagner 
Christine Nicole Wernick 
Matthew G. Wolfe 
Lora Ann Workman 
Jodi Young 
Juanita Ann Young



Visit the Program Area Awards web page for listings of students who have been named as the Outstanding Students in their major programs.


Visit the Skills Competitions web page for listings of students who have participated in local, regional, and national competitions.


Community is one of Northeast State Community College's core principles. As the region's community college, Northeast State models servant-leadership in its programs and services to encourage community engagement by students, faculty, and staff. To this end, Volunteer Northeast State coordinates service-learning initiatives and nurtures partnerships between the College and community agencies. The organization also serves as a clearinghouse of community service activities and maintains records to document service.

Volunteer Northeast State sponsors the Volunteer of the Year Awards to recognize campus individuals and organizations that make significant impact through volunteer service. Eligible service activities include those performed on campus to benefit the Northeast State community as well as the community at-large.

Volunteer of the Year Award winners include:

Year Student Staff Faculty Student Organization  
2015-16  Caroline Little Julie Murray Wayne Loving Phi Theta Kappa
2014-15 Sarah Moore Tonya Cassell Mitzi Neeley Student Tennessee Education Association
2013-14 Logan Jordan Linda Calvert David Haga Northeast State Scholars Foundation
2012-13 Audra Poole  Jim Henrichs  Theresa Barringer  GREENS Club