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Gardner-Webb Sigma Zeta National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Students Recognized for Academic Achievement in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Zeta National Honor Society held its induction ceremony in March. Nineteen students were recognized as new members, and the new officers were installed. Graduating seniors were also recognized.

New members received membership certificates, and graduating seniors were given a medallion to wear at graduation. Sigma Zeta is open to students who are majoring in natural science, computer science, mathematics, or mathematics education. They must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed 25 hours towards a degree.
  • Have completed 15 hours of science and/or math courses.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in science and math courses.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

The Chapter President Makayla Jibben (biology, Anderson, S.C.) led the induction ceremony with assistance from Kyndal Jackson (biology, Gaffney, S.C.) and Savannah Ward (biology, Conover, N.C.). Faculty sponsors Teralea Moore and Dr. Stefka Eddins presented certificates and medals and installed the new officers.

New Members

  • Crystal Aldridge, mathematics, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Cory Dragun, computer science, Clover, S.C.
  • Hailey Hamrick, biology, Shelby, N.C.
  • Makenzie Harris, biology, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Emma Hewitt, biology, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Sara-Michael Jann, biology, Greenville, S.C.
  • Hunter Lee, chemistry, Rutherfordton, N.C.
  • Kylee Morris, biology, Newport, N.C.
  • Snow Nguyen, chemistry, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam      
  • Trinity Owens, biology, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Mitchell Pote, biology, Daphne, Ala.
  • Adrian Rodriguez, computer science, Shelby, N.C.
  • Hannah Routh, biology, Grove City, Ohio
  • Terry Sawyer, biology, Cowpens, S.C.
  • Amber Smith, biology, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Lauren Stephens, biology, Chesnee, S.C.
  • McCoy Stowe, biology, Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Andrew Wilson, biology, Noblesville, Ind.
  • Oscar Gonzalez, GWU assistant professor of computer science-cybersecurity  

New officers

  • President – Savannah Ward
  • Vice President – McCoy Stowe
  • Secretary – Kyla Pascucci
  • Treasurer – Reese Jones

Graduating Seniors

  • Allie Blackburn
  • Marissa DiMatteo
  • Cory Dragun
  • Courtney Gant
  • Blake Henkel
  • Anthony Herock
  • Makayla Jibben
  • Carlos Jimenez-O’Farrill
  • Julian Mancipe Beltran
  • Sarah Morrow
  • Adam Mystkowski
  • Nadia Norman
  • Trinity Owens
  • Mitchell Pote
  • Emma Rayfield
  • Terry Sawyer
  • Lauren Setzer
  • Whitney Upton
  • Trevor Wyatt
  • Hailey. Hamrick
  • Kyndal Jackson
  • Ella Simonds

About Beta Tau Chapter and Sigma Zeta

Sigma Zeta began on Gardner-Webb’s campus in 2008. In the fall of 2007, with a unanimous vote, the faculty in both the Departments of Natural Sciences and Mathematics elected to apply to the national Sigma Zeta Honor Society for a GWU chapter. The application was granted and Gardner-Webb was designated the Beta Tau Chapter and installed as the Sigma Zeta’s 51st chapter. Sigma Zeta began in 1925 at Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., to recognize the academic achievements of any major in the natural sciences, computer science or mathematics.

About Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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