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MORGANTOWN — A first-generation black Appalachian student graduating with a 4.0 GPA, a two-term mountaineer mascot passionate about finding new therapies for mental health disorders, and a young entrepreneur who worked to empower little ones West Virginia farmers are among the accomplished student leaders who have received West Virginia University’s most prestigious student award, the Order of Augusta.

These eight students have distinguished themselves not only for their outstanding academic performance, but also for their unwavering dedication to research, their efforts to close the achievement gap for underrepresented students in their home countries, and to advance justice. society in their communities and beyond.

One of the eight is from Randolph County.

Lillian Rhinehart, of Elkins, will graduate with a degree in environmental, soil and water sciences with a major in assessment and remediation and a minor in geology. She has served as WVU Peer Advocate for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division, Student Ambassador for the LGBTQ+ Center, and Mentor for the WVU Honors College.

She is a Foundation Scholar who has maintained a 4.0 while actively engaging in rigorous coursework, conducting research, and volunteering her time to promote social equity. Rhinehart has also dedicated her time to sparking interest in STEM education among underrepresented rural students in West Virginia.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, she conducted research at Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, an experience that allowed her to hone her skills in XRF spectrometer technology and work to expand geoscience education through creating easy-to-digest environmental education modules. for teachers and high school students in West Virginia. His modules focused on air quality, Appalachian acid mine drainage, and hardwood forest ecosystems.

Rhinehart was also enrolled in the Peace Corps Readiness Program, where she completed cross-cultural competency classes, completed more than 70 hours of community service, and traveled to her hometown to present a science learning module to students. college students to encourage them to enroll in STEM. degrees.

She notes that one of her most valuable experiences at WVU was serving as Kesem’s co-director at WVU, supporting children in West Virginia who have a parent diagnosed with cancer. In this leadership role, she helped lead fundraising initiatives, recruiting and organizing summer camps, and providing support by modifying diagnoses.

A Fulbright English Teaching Assistant finalist, she hopes to teach in Indonesia after graduation and eventually work as an environmental professional before joining the Peace Corps.

“WVU’s Order of August and Outstanding Senior Awards honor the University’s most talented senior graduates,” said vice president and vice president for academic affairs, Maryanne Reed. “Each of these students is exemplary in their own right – in their academic excellence, leadership and service. They will undoubtedly be forces for positive change in their local communities and around the world.

All 2022 Order of Augusta Scholars are members of the WVU Honors College.

“Students chosen for the Order of Augusta and as WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors are truly exceptional and embody the mountaineering spirit, bringing our mountaineering values ​​to life,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said.

“As the top 1% of their class, their academic achievements, leadership, and service to the WVU community and beyond are unparalleled. Having successfully weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, they show perseverance and resilience. We look forward to their future successes, knowing that they will represent West Virginia University well, no matter where their path takes them.

The winners, who are among 52 students named WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors, will be recognized at a drop-in event on Friday, May 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Elizabeth Moore’s Betty Boyd Lounge. Lobby.

Wellsburg’s Ashley Eby will earn a degree in chemistry and psychology. She has served as Presidential Student Ambassador, Chief Medical Officer of Global Medical and Dental Brigades, and President of Chi Omega.

Colson Glover of Lewisburg will earn a degree in neuroscience. He has served as orientation manager for the WVU Honors College, tutor for student-athletes and the biology department, and a member of the Pre-Med Club.

Weston’s Benjamin Harman will graduate with a degree in Global Supply Chain Management and a minor in Marketing. He was a mentor for the WVU Honors College, a student ambassador for the Chambers College of Business and Economics, and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda.

Savannah Hays of Mineral Wells will be graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering. She has served as a teaching assistant for the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, a STEM tutor for the TestWELL Learning Center, and vice president of the WVU Society of Women Engineers.

West Union’s Myya Helm will graduate with degrees in political science and international studies and a minor in Arabic studies. She served as vice president of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, mentor for the M-Power program, and held several leadership positions with the Student Government Association.

Emma Locarnini of Charles Town will earn a bachelor’s degree in music performance and biomedical laboratory diagnostics. She was a clarinetist at WVU Chamber Winds, president of Mu Tau, and tutor at music school.

Morgantown’s Allie Satterfield will earn a degree in Global Supply Chain Management and minors in Spanish and Political Science. She served as a Presidential Student Ambassador, Senior Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi, and a member of the Supply Chain Management Association and Camp Kesem at WVU.

The other 44 outstanding WVU seniors include:

Joseph Schmidlen; Elkins

Dalton Tenney; Buckhannon

Established in 1995 to mark the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors Award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service.

The Order of Augusta further recognizes students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and history of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.

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