Bethany's Taylor Receives Award at Fall Convocation

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College sophomore Anne Taylor received the Richard B. Kenney Freshman Leadership Award for the 2012-13 school year during Fall Convocation held in Commencement Hall Thursday, Sept. 12.

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

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.

Taylor, of Lancaster, NY, is pursuing a degree in Integrated Marketing in the Communications and Media Arts Taylor.jpgDepartment, has a high GPA and is currently on the Dean’s List. She is the Sophomore Class President, a Kalon Scholar and a Resident Assistant. Taylor also works as an Integrated Marketing Assistant and the Program Director at WVBC, the campus radio station, as well as an Assistant in the Office of the President.

“Balancing hard work and maintaining a great GPA was never an issue for me,” Taylor said of her busy schedule. “I put a hundred percent into everything I do. I believe that you should give everything your all, because what is the point of doing anything if it is not your best work?”

Taylor’s work in the Communications and Media Arts Department during her freshman year included maintaining The Tower, Bethany’s online campus newspaper. She was in charge of weekly updates to the Bethany Broadcasting Network television station, as well as signing in on the air for the College’s radio station, WVBC.

Taylor has also been involved in service projects, such as managing the Cram-a-Van event at Bethany College, an event she will be in charge of this year as well. During last year’s event, two vans were filled with food, clothing and supplies for the Carpenter’s House in Wheeling. Taylor also collected and made food baskets at Christmas and Easter for needy families, a cause she has been committed to for the past ten years. Taylor is active in the Young Adult Down Syndrome program, a cause close to her heart, as her twin sister lives with the disorder.

“My purpose in life is to make a difference in this world,” Taylor said. “Having success is an amazing bonus. I feel very honored to have received the Kenney Award here at Bethany College. In life I do not expect recognition in anything. I do what I do because it makes me happy and I love to do it. For me it is a very humbling experience to have even been thought of and nominated for this prestigious award.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.