Local students honored, graduate from college

WINSTON-SALEM — Allie Snow from Dobson graduated from Wake Forest University on Monday, May 18.

“Do yourself a favor: Be an easy grader. Score yourself on a curve. Give yourself extra credit,” comedian and late night television host Stephen Colbert said, while encouraging graduates to set their own standards for success as they transition out of the classroom.

Surrounded by family and friends, Snow was one of 1,861 graduates facing their futures against the backdrop of a new, modern, open-air stage designed to complement the structure of Wake Forest’s iconic Wait Chapel.


BREVARD — Two Mount Airy residents were among those receiving degrees during the Brevard College 162nd Commencement Ceremony held in May.

Taylor Laken Hiatt was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biology and Matthew Scott Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree in English during hour-long ceremony.

“Each of you becomes an esteemed graduate of Brevard College, and we will proudly claim you all as BC alumni,” said Brevard College President David Joyce to the graduates in an opening welcome speech.

The Class of 2015 collectively performed 9,700 hours of community service, obtained high achievements in both scholastics and athletics and was highly influential in helping the College become the first academic institution to commit to divesting from fossil fuels in the Southeast.


GREENVILLE, SC — Hannah Tompkins and Sean Best, two local students attending Bob Jones University, were named to the President’s and Dean’s List for the spring semester.

Tompkins, a junior special education major who also is a starting player on the women’s basketball team, was among approximately 480 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2015 President’s List. This President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher GPA.

She is the daughter of Jack and Jan Tompkins of Ararat, Virginia.

Best, a sophomore exercise science major of Mount Airy, was among approximately 830 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 GPA.


NORTHFIELD, VT — Two local students earned dean’s list recognition at Norwich University for the spring semester.

Victoria Lynn Olchowoj of Dobson and Maria Isabel Trejo of Elkin were each named to the list.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a corps of cadets and as civilians. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).