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Cumberlands Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Education

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-University of the Cumberlands Department of Education annually honors students for their dedication in the classroom and their potential for success as an educator. Joy Mills, Brenda Favorite, Rachel Morrin and Melanie Roberts were each honored for their achievements during the Honors Day service held at Cumberlands on April 24.

Mills, the wife of Justin Williams and the daughter of Cindy and S.T. Mills, is from Barbourville, Ky. While at Cumberland, she has been listed on the national dean’s list and University of the Cumberlands’ dean’s list for seven semesters. Other honors Mills has received are Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta Vice President, Sigma Tau Delta Critical Writing Award Recipient and Tessa Nelson Humphries Freshman Writing Award Recipient. She was also inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Honor Society. Future plans for Mills include attending Graduate School in pursuit of a master’s degree in English literature and teaching in a high school English classroom.

Favorite, the daughter of Terry and Cindy Favorite, is from Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Favorite has received the ETS Recognition of Excellence for PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning & Teaching and was a 2005 Mackey Scholarship recipient. She has also been recognized as a Hutton Scholar for her leadership and community service, been included in the national dean's list and is a KEA-SP officer. Favorite also teaches a class for the after school program HIVE. Her future plans are to obtain a full-time elementary teaching position for next school year.

Roberts, the daughter of Larry and Debbie Roberts, is from Owensboro, Ky. Some of her achievements and activities include being an Academic All-American, co-captain of women’s varsity soccer team, freshmen orientation leader, vice-president of FCA, president’s list, resident assistant and a peer tutor in the academic resource center. She also received the ETS Recognition of Excellence Award for scores on the Praxis II test and is a member of Kentucky Education Association Student Program and Kentucky Association of Professional Educators. Her future plans are to be married to Todd Petzold and move to Atlanta, Ga. where she is to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.

Morrin, the daughter of Robert and Joan Morrin, is from Richmond, Ky. She has been recognized as an All-American scholar athlete, Academic All-Conference, and has been on the dean's list. She is a member of KEA-SP and Kappa Mu Epsilon. She is also a presidential scholar, captain of Cumberlands dance team and a member of the women’s varsity soccer team.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.