Last Updated: January 2, 2018, 7:22 pm

Dixie Awards ceremony creates laughter, memories


    The best of the best received the highest of honors Dixie State University offers Thursday night during the 2014 Dixie Awards Ceremony.

    About 45 of DSU’s most renowned individuals stepped onto the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage before a crowd of roughly 500 to accept distinguished awards for academic excellence, campus spirit and community and campus service. 

    “Dixie Awards is a tradition that has gone on for decades at Dixie State,” said Del Beatty, the Dean of Students and Dixie Awards master of ceremony. “It’s for the most prestigious awards that we offer at our institution.” 

    Beatty said the nomination process for each award category was extremely meticulous. For each academic award, faculty members within each respective discipline nominated students based on how they excelled in department involvement and classwork. All community members, faculty, staff and students were also free to nominate students for the general awards like Male and Female Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year and so forth.

    “To be one of the five finalists in any category is a phenomenal accomplishment because there are hundreds of people nominated, and it’s a really rigorous process to be selected as a finalist,” Beatty said. 

    A selection committee appointed by President Stephen Nadauld then narrowed the nominees to five for each award, from which a separate panel of judges chose the winners.  

    “It’s super emotional for [the winners], especially the ones who are graduating because this is the end,” Beatty said. “They’ve loved their time at Dixie. They’ve given all they have academically as well as being involved, being in clubs, leading, serving, doing all those things. And it is truly an honor for them.”

    Beatty said while each award distinguishes its recipient in extraordinary light, the Male and Female Student of the Year awards are exceedingly esteemed.

    Nadauld and his wife Margaret Nadauld addressed the Male and Female Students of the Year Award nominees before announcing the winners.

    “The finalists in the student of the year categories have demonstrated consistent involvement and outstanding leadership on campus,” Margaret Nadauld said. “They have also distinguished themselves through service for Dixie State University, participation in the community, involvement in numerous clubs and organizations, and leadership that contributed to the success of this institution. These students know how to motivate themselves to serve others and they have had significant experience leading students.” 

    Jordyn Hanevold, a senior communication major from Logandale, Nev., and Brandon Price, a senior communication major from Perry, were then announced as the Female and Male Students of the Year.

    “It’s a huge honor,” Hanevold said after receiving her award. “It’s just there are so many students here, and I can’t believe out of all of them I was chosen to receive this award. I’m overwhelmed … I know a lot of the other candidates, and they are amazing, so I just feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to get up there and accept this award.”

    Along with Hanevold, Price also thanked his peers, professors and advisers upon approaching the stage to receive his award. 

    “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it’s really humbling,” Price said. “There are some great people that have won this award in the past, and to have the award presented by President and Mrs. Nadauld is just really great. Dixie’s amazing, I’ve loved my time here, and I hope all students here have as great of an experience as I’ve had.”

    Below is a full list of the award winners. For more information about each award, visit


    Club of the Year — Sigma Tau Delta

    Club Adviser of the Year — Phillip Lee

    Integrated Studies Student of the Year — Anita Wotkyns 

    Elementary Education Student of the Year — Kristi Charlton

    Secondary Education Student of the Year — Travis Read

    Nursing Student of the Year — RaeJeanne Guizar    

    Dental Hygiene Student of the Year — Summer Luke

    Heart of Dixie — Maria Bonny

    Stafford Student Involvement — Lacy Culpepper

    Dixie Spirit Award — Jordan Bracken

    CIT Student of the Year — Stacey Allen 

    Biology Student of the Year — Cami McKellar

    Math Student of the Year — Stephenie Van Den Eikhof  

    Music Student of the Year — Elizabeth Peterson

    Theatre Student of the Year — Ami Porter

    Art Student of the Year — Marjorie Eno

    Commitment to Diversity — Rae Matalolo

    Dixie 11 Award — Marcia Bang, Bailey Bundy, Lacy Culpepper, Kendra Kaneversky, Emma Moreno, Katie Patterson-Hulett, Allison Stewart, Eric Swenson, Jamie Udell, Kristie Walker, Flori Wentzell

    Entertainer of the Year — Sarah Ramaker

    Classified Staff of the Year — Sylvia Bradshaw

    Exempt Staff of the Year — Jon Gibb 

    English Student of the Year — Katie Patterson-Hulet

    Spanish Student of the Year — Colten Butler 

    Psychology Student of the Year — Lahela Manning 

    Criminal Justice Student of the Year — Travis Seih 

    History Student of the Year — Bethany Thomas 

    Accounting Student of the Year — Jeremy Stout 

    Business Student of the Year — Leigh Cannon 

    Finance Student of the Year — Jacob Heimberger 

    Communication Student of the Year — Josh Wallis 

    Teacher of the Year “Rising Star” — Rico Del Sesto 

    Teacher of the Year — Del Smith 

    Male Student of the Year — Brandon Price 

    Female Student of the Year — Jordyn Hanevold