Bethany's Fullbright Receives Award at Fall Convocation

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College sophomore Brittany Fullbright received the Richard B. Kenney First-Year Leadership Award for the 2013-14 school year during Fall Convocation held in Commencement Hall Thursday, Sept. 11.

The award is granted to a student who, in their first year at Bethany College, has demonstrated outstanding leadership and character, has been actively involved, and has contributed service and devotion to the College community.

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The student who receives the award must also achieve at least a 3.5 GPA during their first year at Bethany.

The award, which honors the late Dr. Kenney, the T.W. Phillips Professor of Old Testament Literature who taught at Bethany from 1964-86, was established by the Freshman Activities Council of 1986-87.

Fullbright is from Wadsworth and the daughter of Mike and Tonya Fullbright. She is pursuing a degree in biology.

“It's nice to be acknowledged for my hard work,” Fullbright said. “It is something I definitely was not expecting, because I simply was just going about my business and doing what I do.”

According to her professors, Fullbright has excelled in the classroom, and has used her academic abilities to help other students who may have been struggling with course work.

Outside of the classroom, she is involved in many activities, including the women’s soccer team. Throughout her freshman season on the team, Fullbright was the team leader in assists and scored two goals. As the secretary of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta, she is responsible for submitting monthly reports to the Student Government Association, and she represented the club at the Bethany College Math Science Day Competition last year. She is also a member of the Pre-health Professions Club.

“It is definitely not easy,” Fullbright said of balancing her busy schedule. “But I have been doing this since high school, so time management has been practiced and mastered I think for years now. It is very easy to fall into a routine and follow a set schedule for so long that it just becomes a habit.”

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.