YC students, alumna honored at Evening of Recognition

Rebecca McCullough (right), a member of the All-USA Academic Team, received the Vice President’s Award for Academic Excellence at Yavapai College’s annual Evening of Recognition event April 22 on the Clarkdale campus. Linda Evans, coordinator of Student Support Services and Veterans Upward Bound, and Terence Pratt, English professor, introduced Rebecca at the event.

Rebecca McCullough (right), a member of the All-USA Academic Team, received the Vice President’s Award for Academic Excellence at Yavapai College’s annual Evening of Recognition event April 22 on the Clarkdale campus. Linda Evans, coordinator of Student Support Services and Veterans Upward Bound, and Terence Pratt, English professor, introduced Rebecca at the event.

Yavapai College alumna Diane Lovett and 16 exceptional Yavapai College students from the Verde Valley and Sedona campuses were honored at the college's annual recognition event April 22 at the college campus in Clarkdale.

Lovett, Verde Valley realtor, community volunteer and trail builder extraordinaire, was named Yavapai College's 2014 Outstanding Alumna from the Verde Valley Campus. Linda Buchanan, Community Education Coordinator on the Verde Valley Campus, introduced Lovett, who lives in Cottonwood and graduated from Yavapai College on 1976.

"Diane Lovett has made fierce determination her hallmark," Buchanan said. "Throughout her career in the Verde Valley, Diane served and led numerous Boards and Commissions. As a founding member of Verde Valley Horsemen's Council and the Rio Verde Roverettes, Diane has organized major beneficiary trail rides, on horseback and mules, contributing more than $100,000 to local charities. Recognized locally as 'Cottonwood's Volunteer Expert,' Diane is saluted throughout the Southwest for her legacy of trail building, ensuring connectivity from urban areas to public lands. From almost any vista in the Verde Valley, you will find a trail Diane Lovett helped blaze."

The college also recognized 16 students from the Verde Valley and Sedona campuses for outstanding achievements in individual academic programs and national competitions. Honorees included Dorothy "Madison" Maher and Rebecca McCullough, who were named to the All-USA Academic Team based on their academic achievement, leadership and community service. Both will receive full tuition scholarships to continue their studies at any Arizona state university.

Maher, whose career goal is to be an inspirational public speaker, is majoring in communications and has a 4.0 GPA. The 2013 English Student of the Year and 2014 Outstanding Student in Communication, Maher will attend ASU to pursue her bachelor's degree in technical communications. McCullough, who also received the Vice President's Award for Academic Excellence, is an English major who volunteers with the Central Arizona Food Bank and the Verde Valley Humane Society. She plans to continue her education at NAU where she will study environmental sciences with an emphasis in management and policy.

Yavapai College Verde Valley/Sedona 2014 Evening of Recognition Honorees

Jennifer Jacobs: Outstanding Student in History

Christina (Tina) Lombardi: Outstanding Student in Social Sciences

Ashley Williams: Outstanding Student in English

Dorothy "Madison" Maher: Outstanding Student in Communication

Deanna Hughes: Outstanding Student in Math

Russell E. Baker: Outstanding Student in Networking Technology

Sarah Little: Outstanding Student in Nursing

Alice Kuhn: Outstanding Student in Sciences

Brandon J. Corrales: Outstanding Student in Physical Education

Aaron Weiss: Outstanding Student in Enology

Bree Nation: Outstanding Student in Viticulture

Stephen Laughrun: Outstanding Student in Digital Film Making - Narrative

Lindsey Thurston: Outstanding Student in Digital Film Making - Documentary

Dorothy "Madison" Maher: All-USA Academic Team

Rebecca McCullough: All-USA Academic Team

Diane Lovett: President's Outstanding Alumna

Rebecca McCullough: Vice President's Award for Academic Excellence

Sonya Wilson: President's Award for Excellence

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