2021 Tapping on the Mound Celebrates UA Excellence

  • April 9th, 2021

The University of Alabama honored the achievement of numerous students, faculty and staff during the annual Tapping on the Mound ceremony April 9 inside Foster Auditorium.

Students walking to the stage to accept their awardThe following were recognized during the ceremony.

Outstanding Freshmen: Kittson Hamill and John Richardson.

Outstanding Sophomore: Trinity Hunter.

Outstanding Junior: Nicolas Hayes.

Outstanding Senior: Josh Britt.

Outstanding Transfer Student: Nathan Walton. 

Outstanding Graduate Students: Erica T. Campbell and Khadeidra Billingsley.

Anderson Society

Anderson Society, a senior honorary, was founded at The University of Alabama in 1975 and seeks to promote excellence in student leadership and service as well as high academic standards. Each year, 24 members are selected in recognition of their significant contributions to the University.

Anika Ames, Emily Baschab, Thomas Bugg, Tejas Dinesh, Jillian Fields, Lindsay Fincher, Olivia Hannum, Catherine Hauck, Nicholas Hayes, Halee Hudson, Anna Kutbay, Bryant Long, Princess Moore, Zachary Pate, Micah Presley, Bhavana Ravala, Nikki Reh, Camryn Shields, Jordan Smith, Lacy Smith, Alli Swann, Tionna Taite, Callen Woodard and Payton Wortsmith.

Honorary Members: Kate Fountain, Allysa Rapadas, Megan Friend, Caitlyn Johnson, Angel Narvaez-Lugo and Thomas Herwig.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board, a national honor society for men and women, is based on leadership, scholarship and service. It is one of the highest honors that can be granted to seniors. Members must display outstanding dedication to service and leadership.

Anika Ames, Julia Barefoot, Sam Barnes, Mary Morgan Barron, Sarah Bittner, Reid Blackmon, Thomas Bugg, Elizabeth Carpenter, Brianna Cipolla, Katherine Crowe, Chloe Curtis, Olivia Davis, Kevin Doh, Trinity Donnellan, Emma Drew, Max Egan, Carolyn Elliott, Grace Evans, Katherine Fadus, Anna Field, Jillian Fields, Lindsay Fincher, Lana Fuqua, Michael Gilmore, Lauren Gilonske, Parker Grogan, Stephen Guerrero, Olivia Hannum, Catherine Hauck, Nicholas Hayes, Shannon Healy, Benjamin Hendrix, Riley Howk, Halee Hudson, Mary Catherine Kelly, Victoria King, Karlin Klass, Stephanie Kozel , Anna Kutbay, Corrie LaBelle, Maddie Little, Bryant Long, Lindsey Mann, Keerthana Manoj, Maddy Martin, Natalie McGarry, Mary Kathryn Morgan, Mattie Naman, Madison Natemeier, Danielle Neer, Kyndal Oden, Elyse Paalz, Anna Beth Payne, Mary Collins Pearson, Elizabeth Graham Pistole, Micah Presley, Luke Rakers, Bhavana Ravala, Nikki Reh, Tori Scroggins, Margaret Seay, Camryn Shields, Utkarsh Singh, Jordan Smith, Zach Stanton, Alli Swann, Tionna Taite, Alex Thompson, Samantha Tucker, Jake Waggoner, Ellen Walton, Anna Williard, Mary Katherine Winfield and Callen Woodard.

Honorary Members: Dr. Ruperto M. Perez, Dr. Myron L. Pope and Dr. Tricia Witte. 

Blue Key Honor Society

Blue Key was, with Omicron Delta Kappa and the Jasons, one of the first three honor societies at The University of Alabama. During the Great Depression, Blue Key ceased operating on the campus, but it returned in 1987. Blue Key members are selected during spring semester of the junior year and must represent high scholastic ideals, leadership and diversity of background. Selection is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on rising seniors.

Aija Abele, Anika Ames, Sam Barnes, Reid Blackmon, Will Bradley, Anna Paige Burrow, Katherine Crowe, Olivia Davis, Cassidy Diamond, Jordan Eady, Jillian Fields, Lindsay Fincher, Lauren Gilonske, Lauren Grooters, Olivia Hannum, Catherine Hauck, Shannon Healy, Sophie Keeler, Karlin Klass, Maddie Little, Bryant Long, Princess Moore, Mattie Naman, Anna Beth Payne, Mary Collins Pearson, Elizabeth Graham Pistole, Avery Portz, Micah Presley, Luke Rakers, Bhavana Ravala, Nikki Reh, Paige Rentfro, Margaret Seay, Camryn Shields, Zach Stanton, Elizabeth Claire Tabor, Tionna Taite, Ellie Toranto, Adeline Treadwell, Leah Varnell, Ellen Walton, Kaitlin Wiltshire, Mary Katherine Winfield, Callen Woodard and Payton Wortsmith.

Omicron Delta Kappa

The purpose of Omicron Delta Kappa is to recognize those students who have attained high standards in collegiate activities, to inspire others to strive for similar attainments, and to bring together students in all areas of college life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and mass media; and creative and performing arts.

Anika Ames, Nicole Arnold, David Artushin, Jennifer Baggett, Julia Barefoot, Taraneh Barjesteh, Kristoni Barnes, Sam Barnes, Mary Morgan Barron, Emily Baschab, Gracie Benevicz, Hannah Berry, Taylor Blatchford, Isabelle Boyd, Keely Brewer, Thomas Bugg, Frances Buntain, Ceara Burden, Anna Paige Burrow, Lindsay Callender, Sav Campbell, Shaoey Chapman, Alyssa Cherney, Elizabeth Connick, McKinley Crone, Katherine Crowe, Olivia Davis, Matthew DeBrunner, Cassidy Diamond, Mustafa Divyapicigil, Anna Russell Earrey, Carolyn Elliott, Grace Evans, Anna Field, Jillian Fields, Lindsay Fincher, Alexa Fisher, Katrin Friesen, Maddie Gall , Gabi Gevers, Kailey Griffin, Sawyer Griffy, Parker Grogan, Stephen Guerrero, Reed Hairston, Caroline Hall, Keilani Hamann, Amelia Harrison, Cheyenne Hayes, Shannon Healy, Sierra Hittel, Annie Hollon, Riley Howk, Kate Huffman, Leah Humble, Tony Johnson, Miller Johnson, Erin Jolley, Emma Grace Jones, Karlin Klass, Anna Kutbay, Corrie LaBelle, Skyler Lambert, Bryant Long, Emily Lucas, Ines Martinand, Justin McCleskey, Avery McCutcheon, Noella Merchant, Luke Mondia, Samantha Moody, Victoria Morrison, Ford Mozingo, Sara Myrick, Mattie Naman, Luke Navarro, Emma O’Brien, Elyse Paalz, Anna Beth Payne, Mary Collins Pearson, Walker Phillips, Katie Poedtke, Caroline Pope, Micah Presley, Abby Quammen, Sophia Ragusa, Luke Rakers, Kathryn Rathke, Bhavana Ravala, Nikki Reh, Olivia Ricche, Sam Rickert, James Roberson Jr., Mary Frances Robertson, Ashton Royal, Kelli Sandras, Jeromy Shaw, Camryn Shields, Christopher Simpson, Julia Sinkevich, Hannah Slater, Donna Thomasson Smith, Jordan Smith, Lacy Smith, Victoria Smitherman, Danielle Spencer, Mary Stahlman, Jack Steinmetz, Natasha Stevanovich, Megan Stevens, Zachary Stewart, Katie Sullivan, Alli Swann, Elizabeth Claire Tabor, Tionna Taite, Amber Taylor, Kersten Taylor, Sam Taylor, James Thomas, Courtney Thomas, Hannah Thompson, Tina Tran, Adeline Treadwell, Lauren Tubbs-Ezell, Ellen Walton, Anna Williard, Collier Wilson, Mary Katherine Winfield, Callen Woodard, Payton Wortsmith, Kristen Yukness, Stephanie Zielinski and Bryne Zuege.

2021 Alumni Student Award Recipients

The purpose of the Alumni Student Award is to honor seniors who have excelled in academics and extracurricular activities, shown strength of character and maturity, and displayed exceptional hospitality toward guests and friends of the University. Nominations are accepted from student organizations, deans, department heads, University administrators, alumni, faculty and friends of the University. The selection committee for the Alumni Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award consists of students, alumni and faculty. The students receiving the award are Royce Dickerson and Alexa Nunn.

Cleo Thomas Award: Jasmine Arnold, Sala Bandele-Jackson, Tyala Bonner, Aleah Brown, Alexis Carmichael, Olivia Diaz, Sydney Duleba, William Griskell, Brea James, Courtney King, Hannah King, Vito Lella, Caitlyn McTier, Kendra Palmer and Jaliyah Tabb.

Walter R. Guyton Service Award: Shane Sharp. 

Frances S. Summersell Award: Katie Boyd Britt.

Dr. Kathleen Cramer Award: Tiffini Grimes and Najee Harris. 

Living Legend Award: Bill Battle.

Other Club Outstanding Senior Award: Isabel Langdale.

Other Club Outstanding Faculty Award: Sim Butler. 

Amanda Grace Taylor Watson Distinctive Image Award: Ray Taylor.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, bryant.welbourne@ua.edu

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.