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University honors students with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Campus News | April 09, 2015

Ashlyn Stanton (left) and David Warren (right) stand with Carson-Newman University Interim Provost Paul Percy following the University's Honors Convocation. Stanton and Warren were name recipients of this year's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

(April 9, 2015) – Carson-Newman University honored two students during its April 9 Honors Convocation. Ashlyn Stanton and David Warren were both presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award before friends, family and the greater campus community.

"These are among the highest student accolades we present," said Carson-Newman President J. Randall O'Brien. "They are based on the recommendations of Carson-Newman faculty and staff members who see in these graduating seniors the attributes of leadership, service and compassion."

The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1890 to honor an Indiana native and Manhattan attorney who was considered a living example of genteel spirit and Christian compassion. The awards, which are donated by the foundation that bears his name, are granted at 68 colleges and universities to graduating seniors, one female and one male, who “excel in high ideals of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and in generous and unselfish service to others.”

Stanton, a Knoxville resident, is a double major in Cross-Cultural Sociology and Social Entrepreneurship and is earning a BS in Business Administration, with an emphasis in International Business. She has participated in more than a dozen mission/service trips, including eight international countries.

A Carson-Newman Bonner Scholar, Stanton has amassed more than 1,800 hours of service to her campus and community. She serves as assistant manager for Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store in Jefferson City. The graduating senior has also worked with the University's Counseling Services to develop "Send Silence Packing," a program addressing society's willingness to downplay sexual assault.

This summer she will work with CISV (Children's International Summer Villages), an international organization that fosters peace initiatives across the world through summer camp programs.

Stanton is the daughter of Knoxville's Darryl and Dannette Stanton.

David Warren, of Charleston, South Carolina, is a church music major credited for having a host of leadership skills. As a Worship Planning Team member, he helped develop 28 campus chapel services during the year. He has been a stalwart A Cappella Choir member, serving as bass section leader, vice president and now president.

For three summers, he has been a worship coordinator and Bible study leader through the Passport organization. He will work with them a fourth time in the coming months. Possessing a reputation for having a heart for service, Warren has taken part in four of Carson-Newman mission trips with A Cappella Choir.

He has dedicated off-campus time to being Reformed University Fellowship's worship leader, planning weekly services, directing the ministry's worship band and serving on its student leadership ministry team.

He is the son of Susan Warren and James Warren.