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Leadership awards honor student legacies, impact

Recipients of the 2024 Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership.

Last updated April 17, 2024

By Clinton Colmenares, Director of News and Media Strategy

The Furman University Student Leadership Awards were presented April 7 in Younts Conference Center. Students were recognized in 15 categories; two student groups and two advisors were also recognized. One of two recipients of the President’s Award was Bryce Stanfield ’24, a health science major and Paladin football player who passed away in February. His parents, Fred and Teri Stanfield, received his award for him.

“Here at Furman, we believe that leadership is not about title or position, it’s about leaving a legacy and creating an impact. The groups and individuals that we recognize today have made a true impact, one that will be felt for years to come,” Natalie Kindler, assistant director of the Shucker Center for Leadership Development, told the crowd.

“Our ceremony was full of joy and pride, celebrating the accomplishments of so many wonderful people and groups,” Kindler said. “The energy in Younts was infectious. We feel very fortunate to have had so many families, friends, faculty, staff and community members in attendance.”

2024 Leadership Award Winners

The President’s Awards

Abijah Leamon ’24

Bryce Stanfield ’24 (posthumously)

Harry B. Shucker Outstanding Student Leader Awards

Botamina Mahrous Sorial ’24

Alex Bussom ’24

Alfred S. Reid Memorial Awards

Anita Wanjiku Mwangi ’27

Katie Rudins ’26

Emmeline Barth ’25

Sophia Marie Anthony ’24

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Lydia Ruth McCarty ’24

American Legion Medals

Denison Harmon Jones ’24

Jaeyden Hill-Mims ’24

Dan Joyner Outstanding Athletic Leaders

Cameron Ponder ’24

Camryn Bolick ’24

Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership: Class of 2024

Colin Brake

Rebecca Jane Copeland

Sammy Damesek

Adrian González

Rohan Halloran

Lillian Meyer

Abigail A Miller

Christian Jamar Newman

Regan Richardson

Alexis Rojas

Haley Simone Shadburn

Araceli Ubl

Joseph Vaughn Award

Miles Jacob Baker ’24

Lillian Brock-Fleming Award

Jada Zaurice Walker ’24

Lipscomb Award

Isabella Ahnawake DeCosty ’25

Max and Trude Heller Commitment to Community Award

Ashley Tillman ’24

Boundary Breaker Program of the Year

Purple Diamonds

Student Organization of the Year

Furman University Equestrian Team

The Leverette Sustainability Award

Marie Louise Cecil ’24

Unsung Hero Awards

Myla Crosby ’24

Xavier Johnson ’24

Conor Riordan ’24

Sophia Elizabeth Shaw ’24

Willard A. Metcalf Personal Character Award

Louisa Brown ’24

Winston Babb Memorial Awards

Elizabeth Adams ’27

Mia Mantovani ’26

Sara Isabel Snyder Melendez ’25

Saluda Abigail Stapleton ’24

Student Organization Advisors of the Year

Cleve Fraser

Rod Kelley


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