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