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Three Rivers College recognized more than 40 of its highest performing students with its Annual Student Excellence Awards. Winners were chosen to represent each academic department and career education program, the Three Rivers external locations, honor societies, and major student organizations.

“The Student Excellence Awards are a celebration not only of academic success but of the hard work and commitment of our student body,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “The success these students have achieved is not only an indication of natural ability and talent, but also their dedication to putting in the time and doing the work that makes them the standouts of Three Rivers.”

Winners from academic and career programs are chosen by that program’s leadership based on recommendations from faculty members. The leadership of each organization selects student organization, external location, and honor society award recipients.

List of award recipients by hometown.


  • Rachel Chitwood, Practical Nursing – Poplar Bluff


  • Bridgette Jenkins, Three Rivers – Sikeston


  • Christopher Pense, Teacher Education

Cape Girardeau

  • Holden Jennings, Information Technology Specialist
  • Allison Stephens, Practical Nursing – Sikeston

Corning, Ark.

  • Kylie Carroll, Music – Instrumental, Phi Theta Kappa

Dardanelle, Ark.

  • Tate Vestal, Raider Baseball

Des Arc

  • Mason German, Music – Vocal


  • Courtney Putnam, Student Nursing Association


  • Macy Baugh, Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Sydney Wilkerson, English Composition

Effingham, Ill.

  • Trevor Zerrusen, Raider Rodeo, All-USA Coca Cola Scholarship Award


  • Garrett Shackleford, Nursing – Evening Program


  • Matthew Pickard, NAfME


  • Melissa Fox, Psychology
  • Mike Sherfield, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic


  • Rebekah Hill, Chemistry, Student Government Association
  • Whitney Preslar, Biological Sciences


  • Carol Cumberland, Three Rivers – Kennett
  • Crystal McNew, Nursing – Sikeston Program
  • Maria Ortiz, Agriculture

Monroe, Tenn.

  • Cannon Smith, Raider Rodeo


  • Jennifer Stinnett, Medical Billing and Coding

Poplar Bluff

  • Zachary Batton, Physical Sciences
  • Michael Beltz, Forestry
  • Sydney Clanahan, Nursing – Day Program
  • Ayla Crawford, Speech Communication
  • Daniel Hulan, All-USA Coca Cola Scholarship Award
  • Derrick Innes, Alpha Delta Nu
  • Travante Johnson, Information Technology Specialist
  • Holley Lutes, Aggies
  • Zachary Marion, Philosophy
  • Christopher Montgomery, Mathematics
  • Amanda Moore, Government/Political Science
  • Hannah Moore, Three Rivers – Dexter
  • Violet Rommel, Sociology
  • Michael Russell, Administration of Justice, History
  • Elijah Stinson, Criminal Justice


  • Kelsey Kellams, Student Ambassador


  • Katie Baxter, Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Kaitlyn LaChance, Art
  • Chelsie Thornton, GO-FAR Club


  • Kathryn Willingham, Early Childhood Development

Three Rivers College is committed to contributing to the quality of life in Southeast Missouri with quality, affordable higher education opportunities and community services that support and encourage the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the region. For more information about college and workforce programs and upcoming events, visit

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