Fifteen Putnam County students receive awards from TTU
Recent graduate and Spanish major Martin Martin-Tomas, of Monterey, received the Askey foreign languages scholarship. Son of Domingo Juan, he hopes to become a Spanish teacher. He graduated from Monterey High School in 2008.
Junior Monterey native Heather Harris received the Walter L. Helton scholarship. A geology major, she is a member of the university geoclub and plans to attend graduate school after TTU. She is the daughter of Kathy Scott and wife of Shawn Harris. She is a 2000 graduate of Monterey High School.
William Seagrave is a sophomore from Cookeville majoring in chemistry. He is a member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and is training for his pilot’s license. He plans to go to medical school and join Doctors without Borders. Son of George and Patty Seagrave, he is a 2012 graduate of Cookeville High School.
Drake Fenlon is a sophomore majoring in journalism at TTU. He received the Thomas Weitzel memorial scholarship. He is a DJ on the university radio station, WTTU-FM, editor of the student-run campus newspaper The Oracle, a member of the cheerleading squad, and an eagle scout. A 2011 graduate of Cookeville High School, he is the son of Dan and Barbara Fenlon and grandson of Maxine and Jim Drake.
Benjamin Groves, originally of Walingford, Conn., received the Howard G. Ashburn memorial scholarship. A junior biochemistry major, he is a member of the TTU Honors Program and chem-med club. A 2010 graduate of Cookeville High School, he is the son of Gregory Groves and Michelle Kindrick and brother of Katie Groves. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.
Alexander Palentyn, of Cookeville, received the Dr. and Mrs. S.A. Patil scholarship. A recent TTU graduate, he majored in math and plans to return to TTU for graduate school. A 2010 graduate of Cookeville High School, he is the son of Clay and Deborah Palentyn.
Eric Morgan, a graduate student from Cookeville, received the Stanley Dolzycki memorial scholarship. Son of Neil and Artys, he is studying math and is a 2008 graduate of Cookeville High School.
Sarah Gray, a recent TTU graduate and Cookeville native, received the James and William Headrick scholarship. A chemistry major, she is the vice president of the campus Lions Club chapter and plans to go to graduate or medical school. Daughter of James and Cindy Gray, she is a 2010 graduate of Cookeville High School.
Skyler Smith, a sophomore chemistry major, received the J. Powell and Willie Rush Jewell scholarship. The Cookeville native plans to attend medical school after completing her studies at TTU. Daughter of Sullivan and Rhonda Smith, she is a 2012 graduate of Cookeville High School.
Recent TTU graduate Jamhile Moreno, of Cookeville, received the foreign languages faculty and alumni scholarship. A Spanish major, she was the treasurer of the TTU Amigos Club and hopes to get a job teaching Spanish. She is a 2009 graduate of Cookeville High School. Her mother is Isabel Hawkins and her daughter is Ansley Alred.
Cassie Woodward, a junior sociology major from Cookeville, received the excellence in criminal justice studies award. She is a member of the TTU gymnastics club and Alpha Kappa Delta and volunteers at Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland. Daughter of Lisa and Timothy and sister of Chantell and Alexandra Woodward, she plans to go to graduate or law school after her studies at TTU. She is a 2010 graduate of Cookeville High School.
Ashley Dunn, a junior wildlife and fisheries science major from Cookeville, received the B.L. and Lillian Ridley scholarship. A member of the Wildlife Society, Beta Beta Beta and Society for Conservation Biology, Dunn plans to attend graduate school after completing her TTU degree. She is the daughter of Ginger and Jeff Dunn and a 2010 graduate of Upperman High School.
Shannen Leahy, a junior majoring in biology at TTU, received the W.H. Farley memorial biology scholarship. The Buffalo Valley native is a 2010 graduate of Upperman High School. Her parents are John and Fides Leahy.
Jacob Buckner, a junior biochemistry major and Cookeville native, received the Joseph B. Hix memorial scholarship. He is a 2010 graduate of Cookeville High School. His parents are David and Tawnya and his siblings are Arielle, Joshua and Courtney Buckner. He plans to go to medical school after finishing his TTU degree.
Elizabeth Clemens, a junior Cookeville resident, received the Marion Hood Langlois history scholarship, the B.F. Jones endowed history scholarship and the Marshall and Thelma Bertram liberal arts scholarship. A junior majoring in history, she was the winner of the history department’s 2013 Lyseum for her paper, “Sesame Street as a Cultural Mirror in the 1970s.” After graduation, she plans to do research for a law firm or government agency. She is the daughter of Timothy Kurtz, wife of Ernest Clemens and mother of Katherine Clemens. She graduated from Maine South High School in 1994 and grew up in Park Ridge, Ill.