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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Eight seniors at West Virginia University have been recognized as Order of Augusta scholars, the university's most prestigious student honor.The Order of Augusta recognizes the students' superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service, according to a WVU news release. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names the Legislature considered when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.
The 2012 Order of Augusta scholars are: Tonia Ahmed, Morgantown; Caroline Bailey, Belmont; Jessica Carr, Fairmont; Chelsea Hodgkins, Sudlersville, Md.; Surya Mannivannan, Morgantown; Miranda Miller, Morgantown; Byron Patterson, Philadelphia; and Petra Zublasing, Eppan BZ, Italy.Also, 19 students from West Virginia and seven students from outside the state have been recognized with Outstanding Senior awards.The West Virginia students are: Erin Bryant, Morgantown; Sarah Cordonier, Parkersburg; Jacob Frame, Maidsville; Jordan Hamric, Bruceton Mills; Heather Hill, Grafton; Jessica Kawalek, Bunker Hill; Chelsea Kuhn, Burton; Christopher McBride, Beckley; Cody McPherson, Parkersburg; Darrin Nichols, Walker; Meredith Orndorff, Morgantown; Alexandra Palmer, Morgantown; Amanda Pollard, Morgantown; Sara Rhodes, Washington; Charles Schuler, Scott Depot; Sripadh Sharma, Fort Ashby; Stanley Smith, Morgantown; Kendra Thorne, Petersburg; Jonathan Turner, Fairmont.