As part of winning the Staff Shout Out program’s May drawing, Linda Scherry, loan manager in Appalachian’s Office of Student Financial Aid, will receive a gift from the University Bookstore valued at $25.
Appalachian’s Aeron McConnell, of Asheville, earned the Walter C. Connolly Endowed Award for Physics and the George Dewey Bingham D.D.S. Endowed Award for Math at the end of his first year at Appalachian.
McCaughey, director of First Year Seminar in Appalachian’s University College and professor in the university’s Department of Sociology, was recognized for her contributions to improve the experience of Appalachian’s first-year students.
As part of the award, D. Jason Miller, associate professor in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, will receive a $12,500 cash prize and a commemorative bronze medallion.
Appalachian juniors Amerity Head and Franklin Bogle, both English majors, were named winner and runner-up, respectively of the competition. Novelist and former Appalachian professor Abigail DeWitt judged this year’s competition.
Valle Crucis teacher Mitchell Wright was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year. Wright teaches seventh and eighth grade students at Valle Crucis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Appalachian State University as well as a master’s degree in middle school education with concentrations in language arts and social studies, according to Valle Crucis School.