Published on May 4, 2022  

Samford University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLAC) presented its annual student honors in April, with department chair Grant Henley presiding over the ceremony. The 2021-22 WLAC student honors included:

Wheeler Hawley Awards for Excellence


100-Level: Molly Billingsley (presented by Dr. Heather West)
200-Level: Ellie Lynch (presented by Dr. Heather West)
300-Level: Mollie Smith (presented by Dr. Heather West)
400-Level: Lauren Laughlin (presented by Dr. Mary McCullough)

German (presented by Dr. Grant Henley)

100-Level: Lee Taylor
200-Level: Lizzy Frykman
300-Level: Laura Aughtman
400-Level: McKenzie Glaze


100-Level: Luke Hicks (presented by Dr. Dieter Waldvogel)
200-Level: Anna Rose Honea (presented by Prof. Charley Workman)
203-Level: Mollie Smith (presented by Dr. Andy Milstead)
300-Level: Michayla Hebert (presented by Dr. Tiffany Robayna)
400-Level: Lacey Spear (presented by Dr. Sara Ortega-Higgs)

Critical Languages (presented by Dr. Heather West)

Korean 102: Megan Crawford
Chinese 202: Adam Carr
Chinese 206: Sarah Johnson

Department Scholarships

Thomas Hines/Wheeler Hawley Junior Scholarship in French

Anna Renner (presented by Dr. Mary McCullough)

Wheeler Hawley Junior Scholarship in German

Kaleigh McFadden (presented by Dr. Grant Henley)

Hilda Hicks Scholarship in German Studies

Laura Aughtman (presented by Dr. Grant Henley)

Grace Hicks Ezell Junior Scholarship in Spanish

Sarah Westmoreland (presented by Dr. Joanna Bradley)

Department Study Abroad Scholarships (presented by Dr. Marigene Chamberlain)

The David Michael Coleman Spanish Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship

Liv Peavey
Madelyn Sinn

The C. Murray and Sybil C. Frizzelle Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Mattie Grace Holley

Thomas M. and Sandra W. Hines Annual and Endowed Travel Abroad Fund

Olivia Packer

National Scholarships

Turan Future Educator Scholarship (presented by Dr. Heather West)

Lauren Laughlin

The Distinguished World Languages and Cultures Scholar Award

McKenzie Glaze (presented by Dr. Grant Henly)
Lacey Spear (presented by Dr. Kelly Jensen)

National Collegiate Honor Societies

Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society (presented by Dr. Dieter Waldvogel)

Natalie Budd
Reed Burton
Merritt Cahoon
Avery Evans
Ellie Fussel
Lane Henderson
Sonia Kerrigan
Sarah Kovach
Seth Spry
Christopher Todd

Sigma Delta Pi Internship Grant (Presented by Dr. Dieter Waldvogel)

Sarah Westmoreland


Class Honors (presented by Dr. Mary McCullough)

Sheryl Garcia-Aguilar
Madison Hooks
Riis Wilson

Highest Class Honors (presented by Dr. Mary McCullough)

Carolina Acosta
Delaney Laing
Laura Aughtman
Erica Bradley
Catherine Dodd

Graduating World Languages Seniors


McKenzie Glaze
Riis Wilson


Adam Carr
Isabella Cruz
Kathryn Estes
Madison Goldberg
Michayla Hebert
Madison Hooks
Joshua Orr
Ashlee Priest
Lacey Spear
Selah Vetter

Language and World Trade

Mia Farris
Sheryl Garcia-Aguilar
Peyton Smith

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