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Pharmacy students honored for community service | Honors and Awards

A student organization at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy has ranked among the nation’s top service organizations for raising awareness about prescription drug abuse. The college’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Operation Substance Use Disorders (SUD) committee (formerly Generation Rx) was the first national finalist for the APhA-ASP Operation Substance Use Disorders Chapter Achievement Award in 2020-21.

This is the ninth consecutive year the chapter has been recognized nationally or regionally, and it has been named a four-time winner in the category. Overall, the chapter has won the first or second runner-up or winner eight times.

Pharmacist students faced many challenges due to COVID-19 during the year they were judged for the award, primarily because their program was online during this time. It also inspired creativity, such as converting their usually in-person presentations to an online format to be able to demonstrate the administration of naloxone, a drug that saves lives and reverses overdoses.

Highlights of their 2020-21 academic year include: collaborating with the ETSU Child and Family Health Institute to feature naloxone training in its collaborative series; training students at the alternative school Cora Cox Academy in Kingsport in the use of naloxone; train 139 Science Hill students in the use of naloxone; give 10 remote medical presentations; educate over 900 people at events; present to more than 550 people; and reaching more than 2,700 people through public relations.


Ayden Case, a senior Duke from Knoxville, was awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses for a student while pursuing their higher education at the University of Cambridge in England.

At Cambridge, Case will study the role of regulatory T cells in heart disease as part of an MD before returning to the United States to attend medical school.

Case will graduate in May with a degree in chemistry and a concentration in pharmacology. While at Duke, he was heavily involved in basic science and clinical research, pursuing his goal of becoming a physician-scientist.

Case is the son of John and Stephanie Case of Knoxville and grandson of Wayne and Mary Jo Case of Kingsport.


Jayden Spain of Dryden, Virginia has been named to Radford University’s Fall 2021 Deans’ List. Appearing on the Dean’s List is the most prestigious academic recognition Radford University students can receive for their performance over a semester.

Students are placed on the Dean’s List if they meet four specific criteria. They must have 12 semester hours of AF-graded courses; earn GPAs of at least 3.4 for all ungraded courses on a pass-fail basis; obtain no grade lower than “C”; and do not have incomplete marks.


Kingsport’s Sarah Homoky has been named a U.S. Student Fulbright Program semi-finalist at the University of Alabama. Students selected as finalists will receive a Fulbright award and may live abroad as teachers, graduate students or researchers.

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The Fulbright Program is America’s most prestigious international exchange program, providing opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals. The U.S. Department of State Fulbright Award provides one-year fellowships for independent study and research, as well as English teaching assistantships abroad. The highly competitive program selects approximately 1,500 winners from more than 11,000 applicants each year.

Homoky was selected as a semi-finalist for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach a class in Germany for one year.

If selected in the final round, students will live and work abroad representing their American culture and learning about daily life in another country.


Daniel Smith of Jonesville, Va., is among more than 80 cadets recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2021 semester by being named to the President’s List at the Citadel.

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commander’s Distinguished List and is made up of cadets who contribute the most to their businesses while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

About 30% of graduating cadets earn commissions in military service. The Citadel is just one of two 24/7 military-style colleges in the United States, excluding the federal academies.


Mountain Empire Community College has announced that student Fallon Fox has been named the 2022 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar for Virginia. Fallon was the highest-scoring student in All-USA varsity team competition for the Commonwealth.

This award, which includes a $1,250 scholarship, is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation through Phi Theta Kappa. It is given to one student in each state.

Fallon, of Big Stone Gap, Va., is currently enrolled in MECC’s Medical Office Coding in Procedures program and plans to pursue an associate’s degree in administrative technology. She is a member of MECC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was a member of the college’s All-Virginia Academic Team.


Bethel University Vice President Dr. Kimberly Martin recently announced the list of Deans for the College of Professional Studies. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have achieved outstanding academic achievement during the term ending January 31, 2022.

To be eligible, CPS undergraduates must have completed a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a GPA of 3.70 or higher in the term ending January 31, 2022. Local honored students were Andrew Walsworth of Blountville and Raquel Estepp of Church Hill.