December 8, 2020

Outstanding UM students honored at virtual Senior Elite Night

Many University of Montevallo students were honored for their achievements during the University’s Senior Elite Night on Nov. 4, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

The event is a longstanding tradition dating back to 1933, and honors students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership abilities during their time on campus. Faculty in each academic department select the student Senior Elite honorees, and the recipients typically have the highest major and overall GPA and will graduate with honors.

The following students were recognized as Senior Elite:


Biology- Alexis Cortez and Nicole Sparks

Chemistry – Rachael Smith and Hannah Waki

Communication Science and Disorders – Sarah Wagner

English – Laura Ling and Michelle Le

Environmental Studies – Savannah Gabrus

Foreign Language – French – William Lindbergh

Foreign Language – Spanish – Katherine Rivera

Health Professions – Emma Lamoureux

History – Peri McCoy

Mathematics – Milan Ludlage and Evelina Teran

Political Science – Beau Parkinson

Psychology – Esperanza Soriano-Sanchez

Social Work – Barbara Carpenter

Sociology – William Cockrell

Accounting – Kristen Chance

Computer Informatics – Andy Abbott

Finance – Brennan Ferguson

Management – Caleb Lyle

Marketing – Adam Carroll

EDDH – Rachel Fisher and Lillian Barth

Elementary Education – Justin Knight

Elementary Education – Collaborative – Sarah Kathryn Murdaugh and Lauren Vick

EXNS – Allied Health – Kordell Primus

EXNS – Health Promotion – Brittany McGainey

EXNS – Nutrition and Wellness – Emily Culver

EXNS – Strength and Conditioning – James Bloomer

Family and Consumer Sciences – Human Development and Family Studies – Asha Balaam-Reed

Art – Ashlyn Capps and Emma Lamoureux

Communication Studies – Abby Jo Askins

Mass Communication – SarahAnn Funderburk

Music – Madison Hendrix

Music Education – Daniel Moore

Music Performance – Thomas Frost and Kane White

Theatre – Cameron Wasner


Several students were also honored as Who’s Who Among Students at the University based on their academic achievements, service to the UM community and campus involvement:

Abby Jo Askins, Solomon Balaam-Reed, Meg Bowen, Candler Brown, Taylor Chatman, Claudia Chisolm, Alexander Cochran, Heather Collier, Christine Compton, Madelen Harris, Alexandria Hawkins, Madison Lawrence, Kaleigh Parker, Madison Robinson, Jill Sharpe and Meagon Williams were honored as Who’s Who.


Members of this year’s UM Student Government Association cabinet were also honored during the event:


Thomas Dillard – SGA President

Natalie Seavers – SGA Vice President

Caitlin Blackburn – Administrative Vice President

Josiah Garrett – Treasurer

Solomon Balaam-Reed – Senior Class President

Alexandria Hawkins – UPC Coordinator

Abby Clark – Director of Diversity and Campus Outreach

Anakate Andrasko – Student Trustee

Marissa Fletcher – Executive Secretary

Whitney Smitherman – Senate Clerk

Jacob Heath – Director of Social Services

Emily Torres – Director of External Affairs

Heather Collier – President Pro-Tempore

Abby Jo Askins – Director of Public Relations