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Volume 88

August 2012 - March 2013

YHC Adds Competitive Cheerleading & Lacrosse

Travel Abroad: The YHC Spirit Leaves its Mark in Germany, Italy & the Dominican Republic

Pe ach Belt Here We Come!


A classroom unlike any other... “Thousands of tired, nerve shaken, over civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.� -John Muir

1 College St., Young Harris, GA 30582

Y2013 HC Contents 2

Senior Superlatives:

superlative adjective 1. of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme: superlative wisdom. 2. grammar - of, pertaining to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison.

4 Portraits:

Seniors 4, Juniors 19, Freshmen &

Sophomores 27, Faculty & Staff 42.


Residence Life:

Young Harris College is a residential campus 90 percent of students live in one of the College’s residence halls. By living on campus, students join a community to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom. Students enjoy an environment where diversity is celebrated and where students can study and share ideas with peers, faculty and staff whose culture, lifestyle and opinions may be very different from their own.



Greek Life:

Greek Life at Young Harris College emphasizes scholastic achievement, philanthropy, leadership and personal growth. There are eleven fraternities and sororities for students to choose from—and with both national chapters on campus as well as local groups exclusive to YHC, every student is sure to find the perfect fit.

Clubs & Organizations:

Young Harris College recognizes and sponsors more than 50 student organizations that welcome student participation, energy and leadership. With social groups, honorary and service organizations, religious fellowship groups and other special interest groups, there are activities that appeal to every student’s interests.

124 Dedication:

Each year The Enotah chooses a faculty or staff member to dedicate the yearbook to for their service to the campus and community. The Enotah staff strives to make a decision for this honor based on commitment to their YHC family, devotion to students inside and outside of the classroom and the perseverance to continue making the Enchanted Valley a better place.


94 Athletics:

- 15 Varsity Sports - 7 Men’s Sports - 7 Women’s Sports - 1 Coed Sport - NCAA Division II - Peach Belt Conference - Mascot: Mountain Lions - Colors: Purple & White

Pacesetter Awards

are given to students, faculty and staff who are believed to be exceptionally successful in their day-to-day jobs, whatever they might be, here at Young Harris College. To show appreciation, these awards are presented as a ”Thank You” to these individuals for making everyone’s experience at Young Harris the best possible.

129 Yearbook Staff Cover photographed by Scott Dean

Senior Superlatives Class of 2013

Mr. & Ms. YHC

Matt Wilmer and Keri Brown

Most Athletic

Ashley Walker and Kayla Jones

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Most Spirited

Matt Peeler and Bekah Medford

Most Talented

Melissa Murphy (Music), Kyle Hunneycut (Art) and Evan McLean (Theatre)

Most likely to Succeed

Mary Beth Maxwell and Thomas Crosby | Superlatives | 3

Senior Class of 2013

Chase Alford

Stephanie Arrowood Biology Blairsville, GA

Business and Public Policy Boksburg, South Africa

“My favorite memory was winning Greek week with Phi Delta.”

“After graduation I plan to attend medical school at Mercer University.”

“My favorite memory was the close team culture on the soccer team and all the great friends I made.”

Kelsey Battle

Doukoe Mouhamed Bechir

Katie Bludworth

“My favorite memory was playing soccer all four years and scoring a goal in my very last game.”

“My favorite memory was the men’s soccer semi-final match of the Peach Belt Conference. ”

“I attended YHC for golf and to con-

Theatre Carrollton, GA

Business and Public Policy Douglasville, GA

4 | Seniors |

Business and Public Policy Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Wezly Barnard

Communication Studies Alpharetta, GA

tinue friendships I had already made.”

Don Bracewell

Jesse Brock

Keri Brown

“YHC was something short of an accident, but nothing short of a miracle. I feel so blessed for being able to be here for these four years.”

“Not for a day, or an hour, or a college term only, but for life.” –Kappa Sigma Fraternity

“My heart and flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalms 73:26

History Johns Creek, GA

Michael Brown

History Watkinsville, GA

Education Conyers, GA

Theatre Savannah, GA

Business and Public Policy Blairsville, GA

Ryan Burks

Kendall Cain

“I always knew I was a star, and now, the reset of the world agrees with me.” –Freddie Mercury

“My favorite memory at YHC was the first home basketball game I atteneded.”

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” –Henry David Thoreau

Biology Grayson, GA | Seniors | 5

Ian Calhoun

William Derek Chastain

Allie Coker

“My favorite course was fly fishing with Rob Dussler. ”

“I attended YHC because it’s a family tradition; many of my family members, including my greatgrandfather, studied here.”

“Do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

Emalyn Cork

Alexis Cosper

Kendra Lynne Cowart

“I attended YHC because of the beautiful campus and the personal relationships with the faculty and my friends.”

“Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” –Yoda

“My favorite memory was meeting my fiancé at START.”

Business and Public Policy Young Harris, GA

Biology Marietta, GA

6 | Seniors |

Business and Public Policy Hiawassee, GA

English Douglasville, GA

Biology Clarkesville, GA

English Dahlonega, GA

Paige Crawford

Thomas Crosby

Taylor Dallas

“After graduation I plan to move to Chicago to do sketch comedy.”

“I attended YHC because of Coach McKeever and his vision for the YHC soccer program.”

“I attended YHC because of the mountains and the family atmosphere.”

Theatre Decatur, GA

Jake Davis

History Coventry, England

Education Conyers, GA

History Dalton, GA

Communication Studies Roswell, GA

Sarah Deese

Sean Dorough

“My favorite memory was being the mascot the last two years.”

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that always prevails.” –Proverbs 19:21

“I attended YHC because of the mountains.”

Music Marietta, GA | Seniors | 7

Jeree Dukes

Christine Durniat

Alejandra Escamilla

“My favorite memory was freshman year performing in the talent show with my friends.”

“May you live all the days of your life.” -Jonathan Swift

“If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.” –Anonymous

Amberly Lashae Fell

Rolando Fernandez

Alex Gannon

“My favorite memory was living in Winship.”

“Always make it a habit to where you’re surprised that you messed up, not the other way around.” -Benny Ferguson

“What we think, we become.” -Buddha

Music Lincolnton, GA

Comunication Studies Hiawassee, GA

8 | Seniors |

Outdoor Leadership Snellville, GA

Music Canton, GA

Biology Cumming, GA

Music Blue Ridge, GA

Erika Garcia

Robbie Garrett

Camden Goddard

“After graduation I would like to pursue a career in the field of orthodontics.”

“My favorite memory was being a member of Upsilon Delta Sigma.”

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to propser you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

Kathy Guerrero

Hilary Hawk

Callie Holloway

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa

“I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher and eventually furthering my education from there.”

“My favorite memory was meeting the people who have helped me become who I am today.”

Biology Lawrenceville, GA

Biology Lawrenceville, GA

Biology Hampton, GA

Education Marietta, GA

Art Blairsville, GA

Biology Jefferson, GA | Seniors | 9

Nathan A. Hughes

Kyle Shaw Huneycutt

Anna Laurie Hunter

“I attended YHC because my father wanted me to, however, my friends have kept me here. ”

“My favorite memory was when I went to Italy for two weeks with the Art Department. ”

“I loved every moment getting to know the people who will be my lifelong friends. ”

Betsy Bennett Hutson

Naomi Hyde

Paige Jenkins

“Dr. Leigh Miller was my favorite professor.”

“My favorite professor at YHC was Mrs. Franklin who taught Non-European Literature.”

“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” -Elf

Business and Public Policy Young Harris, GA

Education Griffin, GA

10 | Seniors |

English and Art Blairsville, GA

English Ellijay, GA

Communication Studies Powder Springs, GA

Music Dallas, GA

Kayla Jones

Biology Marietta, GA

Ashton Jones

Communication Studies Blairsville, GA

History Covington, GA

“My favorite course was Parasitology with Dr. Jones. Animal shopping for road kill made my semester so much fun.”

“My favorite memory at YHC was meeting new friends during the summer session of 2009.”

“My favorite memory was meeting my soon to be husband, Samuel Walker, freshman year and all the girls I have lived with over the years.”

Amber Johnson

Communication Studies Dacula, GA

Communication Studies Blue Ridge, GA

Sarah Keeler

Dane Allen Knudsen

“My favorite course was Intercultural Communication with Dr. Hallet.”

“After graduation I would like to get a job with events and weddings.”

“My favorite memory was founding the Kappa Sigma Fraternity chapter at YHC.”

Marley Kahoun

Biology Savannah, GA | Seniors | 11

Landon Lovell

Ashley Loyd

Mary Elizabeth Maxwell

“I plan to go to graduate school and hopefully get a job in music technology, sound design or teaching music at the collegiate level.”

“Never say goodbye, ‘cause goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting” –Peter Pan

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Travis J. McAllister

Whitney McClure

Kelsey McEntyre

“My favorite memory was being a founding father of Kappa Sigma at YHC.”

“Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” -Benjamin Franklin

“My favorite course was Organic Chemistry with Dr. Forrester.”

Music Blairsville, GA

Business and Public Policy Athens, GA

12 | Seniors |

Theatre Blairsville, GA

Communication Studies Hayesville, NC

Biology Carrollton, GA

Biology Hiram, GA

Robert McKinnon

Evan McLean

Business and Public Policy Oxford, GA

Theatre Woodstock, GA

“I attended YHC because it is a beautiful campus.”

“My favorite memory was being Max Bialystock in The Producers.”

“My favorite memory was the day AO asked me to be their Sweetheart!”

Cameron Medina

Eric Wright Miller

Melissa Armazinda Murphy

“I attended YHC because I had the opportunity to play golf.”

“Trust, but verify.” -Ronald Reagan

“You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars, regardless of who you are.” -Nickelback

Biology Bremen, GA

Music Clayton, GA

Bekah Medford Theatre Powder Springs, GA

Music Blairsville, GA | Seniors | 13

David Ruben Nieto

Stephania Orbe Biology Lawrenceville, GA

Business and Public Policy Paulding County

“My favorite memories were all the moments I experienced as a brother of Upsilon Delta Sigma.”

“After graduation I would like to attend Pharmacy School.”

“My favorite memory was playing on the women’s soccer team.”

Caleb Paul

Sarah Pinson

Carson Pruitt

Business and Public Policy Hendersonville, NC

Education Athens, GA

“The measure of the good that God is doing in our lives isn’t how we are feeling about it, it’s how others are changed by it.” –Bob Goff 14 | Seniors |

Mathematics Jasper, GA

“My favorite memories were all the road trips with the softball and golf teams.”

K.C. Pagnotta

Biology Athens, GA

“My favorite memory was being a founding father of Kappa Sigma at YHC.”

Stephen A. Ramsay

Heather Richbourg

Todd Searcy Rilling

“My favorite memory was storytelling festival for the oral traditions course.”

“After graduation I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in animal cognition research.”

“My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.” –Psalms 7:10

Brett Alan Rogers

Melina Medina Salmeron

Anabel Sanchez-Bustamante

“After graduation I plan to attend law school and travel the world.”

“My favorite memories were being a part of the Sigma Beta Sigma sorority.”

“After graduation I plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in psychology.”

English Sugar Hill, GA

English Blue Ridge, GA

Biology Hayesville, NC

Business and Public Policy Cordoba Veracruz, Mexico

Business and Public Policy Ocala, FL

Communication Studies Guerrero, Mexico | Seniors | 15

Victoria Sink

Carmen Solis

Jake Sorrells

“After graduation I would like to become a teacher and change children’s lives.”

“My favorite memory was Halloween week when children came knocking on the dorm doors for candy. ”

“My favorite memories were from living in Winship.”

Education Hoschton, GA

Biology Lima, Peru

Biology Jasper, GA

Cristen Stevenson

Cheyenne Teeple

Austin R. Thomas

“He who is happy whose circumstances meet his temper. He who is more excellent whose temper meets any circumstances.” –David Hume

“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” -Max Ehrmann

“After graduation I plan on attending seminary to get a Master of Divinity and become a student minister.”

Business and Public Policy Hayesville, NC

16 | Seniors |

Psychology Englewood, FL

Communication Studies Kennesaw, GA

Shaenique’ Tywana Tyndal Education Atlanta, GA

Communication Studies and Psychology Bardstown, KY

Christelle May Vereb

Luis J. Artega Vega

“My favorite memory was being a founder of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority at YHC.”

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” –Unknown

“My favorite memory was when I first joined Upsilon Delta Sigma fraternity and made great friends.”

Ashley Walker

Connie Wallace

Cody Dewain Watkins

“I came to YHC because of Coach McKeever and the athletic facilities.”

“I came to YHC because of my daughter that graduated from here in May of 2012.”

“I attended YHC because of the small class sizes and sense of community.”

Business and Public Policy Birmingham, England

History Klamath Falls, OR

Communication Studies Blairsville, GA

Business and Public Policy Blue Ridge, GA | Seniors | 17

Mathew Wilmer

Katheryn Woods

“My favorite professor was Dawn Dickins.”

“My favorite memories were sledding and snow kayaking in January of 2010. The whole student body was out in the snow all day.”

Communication Studies Conyers, GA

Education Cleveland, GA

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss 18 | Seniors |


Class of 2014

Kirsten Anderson

Allison Arnold

David Atwood

Sara Beaster

Molly Blaschke

Kelsey Britt | Juniors | 19

Erica Brooks

Shelby Brown

Mathilde Brun

Britney Cheney

Cassie Chupp

Kara Cook

Nina Couch

Ashley Cross

John Daniels

20 | Juniors |

Nadia Dean

Kelli Denning

Lateefah Dooling

Katie Earle

Emily Espy

C.J Fellows

Robyn Finley

Rebecca Fordyce

Katie Freeman | Juniors | 21

Sara Gillispie

Breanna Gleeson

Martin Roger Harach

Victoria Herndon

Emily Hornsby

Daniel Hudson

Ladondra Johnson

Daniel Jones

Jamie Kelley

22 | Juniors |

Elizabeth Land

Monica-Gayle Lewis

Tim Linley

Rocio Estupinan Lomas

Alexis A. Maddox

Whitney Marcus

Amanda Massey

Sabrina McLucas

Paige McQuade | Juniors | 23

Jordan Meeks

Erica Neese

Emily Nichols

Aaron O’Tule

Brittany Olsen

Grayson Payne

Carol Raterman

Jessie Robinette

Lauren Robinson

24 | Juniors |

Trey Rogers

Nicole Schmidt

Dawn Shannon

Ambrose Clarance Sleister III

Lauren Smith

Daniel Sowell

Matthew Sudderth

Hilary Taber

Jordan Meeks | Juniors | 25

Laura Grace Tarpley

Lawrence J. Trotti VI

Gloria Umana

Danielle Tully

Shannon Weaver

“Education is not preperation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey 26 | Juniors |

Freshmen & Sophomores | Freshmen & Sophomores | 27

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“My advice is to not have any expectations for what your college experience should be like and to take advantage of whatever opportunity is offered to you.� - Dasha Bohannon | Freshmen & Sophomores | 29

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“I really like how close everyone seems to be around here. I have made so many new friends in such a short period of time. I consider the women’s lacrosse team as my second family.” - Breanna Farmer | Freshmen & Sophomores | 31

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“Being a sophomore is a lot different from being a freshman. You have gained experience but still have a lot to learn.� - April Hobbs | Freshmen & Sophomores | 33

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“I love the mountains and cannot imagine a better place to spend my time.� - Sarah McDevitt | Freshmen & Sophomores | 35

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“Everyone is really nice and friendly here and the science department is awesome.� - Anthony Peters | Freshmen & Sophomores | 37

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Angelina Rosales, 1993-2013

It is with great sadness that one of the members of the YHC family, and the Enotah staff, passed away this year. Angelina was a freshman art major with a minor in psychology from Chatsworth, Georgia. She suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and passed away on February 28, 2013 surrounded by her family. This edition of the Enotah is dedicated to her memory and the impact she made on all of us at YHC. | Freshmen & Sophomores | 39

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“Coming to YHC has proved to be the best decision I could’ve made when deciding what school to choose because I have met some of the best people and the faculty and staff here are truly amazing!” - Saundra Wright | Freshmen & Sophomores | 41

42 | Faculty & Staff | | Faculty & Staff | 43

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Athletics | Faculty & Staff | 45

Information Technology

46 | Faculty & Staff |

Police Department | Faculty & Staff | 47

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50 | Faculty & Staff | | Faculty & Staff | 51

Physical Plant

Grace Rollins Dining Hall Staff

52 | Faculty & Staff |

Residence Life | Residence Life | 53

Appleby Complex

Glona Nam and Gloria Avalos

Erica Pilote and Denae Cloud

“I’ve loved being an RA for two years. I’ve had the privilege of watching new residents grow. I’ve been given the opportunity to form lasting relationships with other RAs and residents. This is an experience I will always be grateful for.” - Christelle Vereb

Freshman Tony Kipkemboi

54 | Residence Life |

Mallory Thurmond, Emmy Hendrix, Anna Walsh and Kally Rushnell

Enotah Hall

Joe Appolonia, Garrison Coles, John-Michael Robinette, Drew Milner and Cape Lovvorn

LaDareon Copeland

Mary Leigh Enders, Kaisha Marlow and Alisha Epps

Nichole Vacarella, Ivey Franklin and Caitlin Pardus

Phoebe Kellar and Grayson Bennett

Michael Rismiller and Brandon Hollis | Residence Life | 55

Hillgrove Hall

Wade Orr and Matthew Heard

Codi Wayand and Bailey Brado

Maia Price, Emily Adair and Claire Galt

56 | Residence Life |

“Personally, I love Hillgrove for the peace and quiet. The people are super nice and will help you with anything you need. The RAs are the greatest. They always help with maintenance problems and are easy to talk to. Hillgrove is the best!� - Ansley Chandler

Armando Granados and Spencer Murray

Kaleb Swanda and Emily Harper

Manget Hall

Cole Hanson, Trey Rogers and Will Leatherwood

Adam Moore and James Mills

Harrison Myers and Nathan Hughes

Mauricio Jacobo

Will Clements, Trent Jones and Erica Neese | Residence Life | 57

Rollins Hall

Jasmine McGrath, Marissa Donegan and Savannah Ash

Dasha Bohannon, Nicole Drake, Erica Lowery, Allison Burnham, Emily Espy and Angelina Rosales

“I love living in Rollins. It is such a great experience being in a suite with six other girls. One of my favorite things about living here is having access to a complete kitchen. My friends and I go into the Rollins common room to bake dessert or a complete dinner.� - Angelina Rosales

Nicole Drake & Angelina Rosales

58 | Residence Life |

Samantha Parker

The Village

Carly Marus

Lauren Robinson and Christelle Vereb

Carolina Hernandez, Lina Parra Pa Ya and Stormy Dvorak

RA lip Sync L to R: Gina Dropp, Katie Bryant, Cheyenne Teeple, Katie Richardson

Shae Tyndal

Katie Bludworth, Carly Parsons, Sarah Deese, Laura Tarpley , Carly Marus, Caroline Hearst, Jordan Meeks and Jordana Freitas | Residence Life | 59


Adam Miller, Brett Davis, Becka Merritt and Nolan Burks

Tex Fambrough

Kyle Hunneycut

Jade Garrison

Beau Page

60 | Residence Life |

Catie Tanner, Shanda Speed and Callie Dyer

Resident Assistants

Appleby Complex RAs:

Enotah Hall

Melissa Murphy, Christelle Vereb, Katheryn Woods, Tom Crosby, Ashley Walker, Arielle Thomas, Jane Plevako

Keri Brown, Ashley Davenport, Cedric Epps, CJ Fellows, Richie Heyward, Daniel Hudson, Alyssa Lowery, Rebekah Medford, Erica Neese and Ben Sims

Hillgrove Hall: Ashley Cross, Caroline Dern, Roman Martin and Ambrose Sleister

The Village:

Rollins Hall: Elizabeth Land, Taylor Loveless, Erica Lowery and Heather Richbourg

Don Bracewell, Gina Dropp, Callie Holloway, Dakota Kellerman, Mary Beth Maxwell, Caitlin Meads, Katie Richardson, Taylor Rogers, Aaron Shepherd, Alex Sleister, Cheyenne Teeple and Hayden Verner

Manget: Chase Alford, Tim Linley and Sam Wolaver | Residence Life | 61

Greek Life

62 | Greek Life |

Alpha Iota

President, Co-Treasurer: Cheyenne Teeple Vice-President, Co-Treasurer: Alison Missler Secretary: Hayley Hoopingarner Sisterhood Educator: Mindy Moore Historian, IGC Rep; Sports Chair: Caitlin Meads Sergeant at Arms: Jessica Aderhold Community Service Chair: Kinsey Wade Member at Large: Melissa LeViner Member at Large: Lindsey Yearwood AI Guy: Taylor Davis AI Guy: Tyler Gunnin AI Guy: Will Skelton AI Guy: Bradly Rodriguez

Alpha Iota is a sorority which promotes sisterhood, scholarship, good sportsmanship and character. | Greek Life | 63

Alpha Omega

President: Jacob Vermilya Vice President: Alec Housholder Chaplain: Don Bracewell Community Service Chair: John Ross Secretary: Ben Simms Treasurer: Corey Helton Alumni Chair: Lawrence Trotti Social Chair: Steve Ramsa Michael Rismiller Nathan Hughes Matthew Wilmer Hunter Good Sweetheart: Bekah Medford Sweetheart: Stephanie Kennedy

We provide a brotherhood on campus that is based on Christian values, a place to gather to share common Christian beliefs, and a refuge from ideals and interests which may otherwise compromise the shared Christian values of the brotherhood. Our brothers take advantage of service and/or mission opportunities throughout the campus and community, as well as to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ wherever they may be.

“Alpha Omega is a brotherhood that is completely life changing. There is nothing like having an unbreakable bond that goes beyond friendship with a group of guys. We are founded in Christ and we try to represent the Lord on this campus. God is good!� - Hunter Good 64 | Greek Life |

Chi Delta Phi Our fraternity aims to develop a strong brotherhood through understanding and working together intellectually, physically and socially. Chi Delta Phi works to promote individualism, to provide service to the campus and community, and to develop cooperation by working with one another. Our members develop leadership, scholarship ad maturity while also increasing self-motivation, self-confidence and good sportsmanship. We constantly try to promote recreational and leadership opportunities, a strong tradition of academics and scholarship, chivalry, and most importantly a positive image on campus.

“Being a part of Chi Delta Phi is a priveldge in which I am thankful for everyday. These guys have truly made a difference in my life.� - Ricky Getch

President: Jeremiah Kersting Ricky Getch Zachariah Chamberlin William Skelton Samuel Wolaver Taylor Loveless Lindsay Yearwood Cheyenne Teeple | Greek Life | 65

Phi Alpha Phi P hi Alpha Phi promotes love and encouragement through the unity of a Christian sisterhood, rooted in a passionate love for God. Our goal is to achieve outreach and ministry throughout the campus and the community. We have banded together, under God, as a solid rock of support to offer strength and accountability for one another in each of their daily walks with Christ. We constantly strive to reflect the example laid before them in Proverbs 31, by showing humble kindness and a strong love for the Lord.

President: Emalyn Cork Advisor: Tonya Nix Gents: Lou Roland, Robert Mckinnon, CJ Fellows, John Ross, & Nathan Hughes Rachel Sherrod, Jerilyn Oquendo, Anna Vacerella, Grace Patterson, Yustin Nambo, Ashley Davenport, April Hobbs, Erica Pilote, Paige Jenkins, Megan Fisette, Clair Galt, Hana Kudela, Adrea Simmonds, Emily Adair, Sarah Bohannon, Melissa Walters

66 | Greek Life |

Phi Delta

Phi Delta Sorority develops a strong sisterhood and friendship through understanding and working together, as well as providing opportunities for  recreation, leadership and scholarship. We promote individualism, service to the campus and community, and good sportsmanship. Our members develop cooperation and leadership skills by working with one another. One of our main goals is to increase a sense of initiative and self-confidence among members of this strong sisterhood.

President: Erin Brewton Vice President, Treasurer and Chaplain: Madison Black Alumni status: Ashley Murray Mr. Phi Delta: Zachary Collett  Mr. Phi Delta: Stephen Kuni Big Brother: Trevor Rich

“Phi Delta is the pipeline to a friendship and a sisterhood that will last forever. We are different, but together we grow stronger and find out who we really are. I love every single one of these ladies and gentlemen. I know at any moment they would do anything they could for me and I would do anything for them. I love PHI DELTA! BAFPDAPDWBAFY!!!!”

- Madison Black | Greek Life | 67

Sigma Beta Sigma

Ashley Eschbach, Katherine Gwin, Melina Medina, Marley Kahoun, Alex Chance, Danielle Tully, Erica Ware, Alec Housholder, Alex Sleister, and Luis Artegea

“Sigma Beta Sigma is a group of girls that love me for exactly who I am and support me through anything. It has also given me the opportunities to connect to other organizatiobs and gain many close friends.”

Our sorority’s overarching goal is to foster in the hearts of our members a love for Christian fellowship and an attitude of goodwill towards others.

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-Alex Chance

Upsilon Delta Sigma Upsilon Delta Sigma holds true to our virtues and morals, to believe in ourselves, to make right decisions, to foster a spirit of brotherhood, to excel academically and athletically, to better our community and college, and to believe in tradition, loyalty and brotherhood no matter what walk of life we come from. “A brotherhood not only for these days but for all our years.” - David Nieto

“This brotherhood has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s about the individual and diversity of the brotherhood. The brotherhood allows you to grow and be yourself, not adhere to a standard others expect. It doesn’t matter which walk of life you come from. This brotherhood was here first and will be last.”

- Robbie Garrett

President: Luis Jesus Arteaga Vega Vice President: David Nieto Secretary: Robbie Garrett Treasurer: Alex Sleister Historian: Richard Noble Chaplain: J.D. Umberson Recruitment Chairman: Tyler Benson Jesse Dickerson Tanner Petitt Gerardo Ojeda Sweetheart of the Year: Monica Lewis Sweetheart: Kathy Guerrero Sweetheart: Kelsey Britt | Greek Life | 69

Zeta Phi Beta

Founding Members: President: JeRee Dukes Vice President: Shae Tyndal Secretary: Lauren Robinson Treasurer: Christelle Vereb Daphne Mungin

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded January 16, 1920. Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. We were founded to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty and health concerns of the day. Omega Epsilon Zeta Chapter will be the advising chapter at Young Harris College.

“I thank God every day for the relationships I have had the opportunity to form through being a part of Zeta Phi Beta! My sisters are priceless! I could not ask for better friends who encourage me and give me wonderful advice.� - Christelle Vereb

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Clubs and Organizations | Clubs & Organizations | 71

Alpha Chi Charter members of the Georgia Xi chapter of national honor society Alpha Chi were inducted at YHC in 2011. The installation of this new chapter of Alpha Chi reflects the College’s transition to a four-year institution, as all colleges seeking a chapter must grant baccalaureate degrees and be regionally accredited. Membership in Alpha Chi is limited to no more than 10 percent of the junior and senior classes. The objectives of Alpha Chi are to promote and recognize superior scholarship and those elements of character which make scholarship effective for service. Founded in 1922, the society has more than 300 chapters. Membership is the highest academic honor on campus.

Spring 2012 Inductees: Wezly Bernard, Sara Beaster, Donald Bracewell, Delia Contreras, Emalyn Cork, Ashley Cross, Jacob Davis, Sarah Deese, Emily Hornsby, Rebekah Medford, Mayeli Medina, Eric Miller, Sarah Pruett, Teresa Ricks, Brett Rogers, Heidi Sherlock, Carmen Solis, Austin Thomas, Miriam Torres, Connie Wallace, Jordan Wilkes, Katheryn Woods “It has been an honor to be apart of the Young Harris Alpha Chi chapter. Being recognized by the institution I love for being a hard-working, responsible student not only acts as encouragement for the present but will also help later in job searching endeavors.” - Kathryn Woods 72 | Clubs & Organizations |

Aspiring Medical Professionals

AMP brings students together who are interested in pursuing careers in the health care field and to offer opportunities for these students to organize and participate in health-related volunteer opportunities on-and-off-campus.

President: Stephanie Arrowood Vice President: Madison Purdue Secretary: Joelynn Heck Treasurer: Tyler Benson Historian: Whitney Marcus Kellan Burrell, Mary Calderon, Chris Calloway, Kathy Guerrero, Robin Hayes, Lauren Johnson, Mary Beth Maxwell | Clubs & Organizations | 73

Anime Club Christine Mayfield Sabrina McLucas Kelsey M Mauldin Kristen Anderson Gerardo Ojeda Brooke H Donaldson Megan Fisette Kelley M Ley Sara Gillispie Crystal Clark Timothy Dean Emma Dennis (Chara) Rocio Lomas Taylor Tracy Joseph Loomis Lacey Larrimore

“The Anime Club is a crazy, but really great family.� - Kelsey Mauldin

The Anime club provides students with the opportunity to learn about cultural storytelling through the mediums of anime, manga (Japanese comics) and music.

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Bass Fishing Team Young Harris College’s bass fishing team formed in Fall 2009 and regularly competes in tournaments locally, regionally and nationally. Kendall Cain, Brad Rutherford, Chandler White, Matthew Peeler, Chase Blair, Crystal Bishop, Daniel Jones, Edward Howard, Grayson Payne, Jarrett Brown, Joe Thompson, Judson McEachern, Lou Roland, Megan Canter, Robert Woods, Tate Cooper, Trevor McPherson Advisor: Jonathan Davis | Clubs & Organizations | 75

Buddhist Meditation & Mindfulness Gathering

This group recently formed on campus in 2011 to promote the emergence of “bodhicitta” (awakened consciousness and compassion). This gathering is to offer a safe and open environment for committed Buddhists and those interested in spiritual and religious exploration in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, this organization is nominally Buddhist for the purpose of providing a space for Buddhist practice and reflection.

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“BMMG hopes to contribute to religious diversity on campus by offering the opportunity for students to either sustain an already committed meditative practice, or to drop in and try something new. For me personally, BMMG has enabled me to develop a contemplative practice which now affects the way I regularly see the world. Expanding my horizons of religious experience has certainly increased my sensitivity and understanding towards other people.”

- Alyssa Lowery

Campus Activities Board The Campus Activities Board (CAB) at Young Harris College is a student-run organization that provides a variety of quality entertainment and leadership opportunities for all YHC students, allowing them to get involved on campus in a unique way. Not only do students gain incredible life skills through planning and running events, but they also enjoy experiences that they will remember for a lifetime with friends they’ll never forget. Students can join seven committees that are committed to planning exciting events for all students at YHC like Fall Fest, Spring Fest, live concerts, monthly coffee houses, laser tag, casino night, dances, entertainers including comedians, hypnotists and magicians, intramural activities, pool and poker tournaments and many more. CAB’s events not only help student relax and enjoy their time on campus - they also often provide students with a muchneeded break from studying.

President/Special Events Chair: Kelsey Harris Vice President: Maia Price Co-Chair: Claire Galt Secretary/Treasurer: Taylor Loveless Ideas and Issues Chair: Emily Adair Special Events Co-Chair: Emily Harper Social Activities Chair: Erica Lowery Social Activitie Co-Chair: Rawlin West Sound and Lighting Techncian: Kaleb Swanda Publicity Director: Sarah Bohannon Publicity Co-Director: Melissa Wall Coffee House Chair: Ashley Eschbach Coffee House Co-Chair: LaDareon Copeland

“I think the best part about being in CAB is providing free events around campus that help students relax during the week and help everyone enjoy life at Young Harris.”

- Sarah Bohannon CAB provides students with experiences in planning, publicizing, budgeting and implementing programs that help them develop lifelong skills to compliment their academic experiences at YHC. Any student at Young Harris College is welcome and encouraged to get involved with CAB through the committees at anytime during the academic school year. CAB is funded by the Office of Campus Activities. | Clubs & Organizations | 77

Circle K

Circle K promotes fellowship, leadership and service. The group strives to establish a strong sense of responsibility through service to the community.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

President: Sarah Deese Vice President: Adam Moore Secretary: Callie Holloway | Clubs & Organizations | 79

Mu Phi Epsilon Advisor: Richard Knepp President: Rachel Bettis Vice President: Paige Jenkins Secretary: Lisa Dear Treasurer: Melissa Murphy Historian: Heather Poole Steward: Patrick Young Chaplain: Richie Heyward Chorister: Ashley Johnson Sam Wolaver Judith Lyle Shelby Brown

The Zeta Kappa Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon was founded at Young Harris College in 2011. Mu Phi Epsilon is an International Professional Music Fraternity whose purposes are the recognition of scholarship and musicianship and the promotion of friendship. Its aims are the advancement of music throughout the world, the promotion of musicianship and scholarship, loyalty to the Alma Mater, and the development of a true bond of friendship. Election to membership in Mu Phi Epsilon is based upon scholarship, musicianship and character. Undergraduates must be enrolled as music majors or minors and have attained at least second term freshman standing, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in music subjects and 2.0 in academic subjects. The Fraternity is composed of Collegiate Chapters, Alumni Chapters and Allied Members. Since its beginning in 1903, Mu Phi Epsilon has installed more than 210 chapters.

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Multicultural Club

President: Shae Tyndal Vice President: Alissa Valvo Secretary: Amber Johnson Treasurer: Lisa Rucker

Change, diversity and involvement are the three main aims of this group, as well as bringing forth leaders and creating a bridge of unity and commitment. | Clubs & Organizations | 81

Photography Club From left: Vice President: Logan Polley Ed Howard President: Hunter Good Grace Patterson Roman Martin Audrey McLendon Grace Patterson Advisor: Scott Dean Trent Sizemore

This group is dedicated to the education of the photographic arts for all members of the YHC community that enjoy being behind the lens. The organization meets regularly to discuss old and new practices of the art, learn about photographic techniques and technologies, discuss photographic methods and create images in digital and darkroom spaces. The organization hopes to branch out in the future to encompass many other facets of the educational institution including dramatic arts, science and astronomy, outdoor leadership and athletics, where photography is of common use in these fields. The Photography Club is affiliated with The Campus Gate Art Gallery and the Art Department of YHC. 

Advisor Scott Dean, Audrey McLendon, Ashton Jones and Logan Polley Grace Patterson and Jerilyn Oquendo photograph a University of Georgia football game on September 15, 2012. photograph a Georgia Tech Football game on Septmeber 8, 2012. 82 | Clubs & Organizations |

Roots & Shoots YHC founded a student chapter of Roots & Shoots in 2009. Roots & Shoots is a global environmental and humanitarian youth program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The chapter is currently focusing on campus recycling, allocating part of their funds to educate students about the correct way to recycle. The chapter also collaborated with the YHC Student Government Association (SGA) to produce signs for recycling containers purchased by SGA for all residence halls. In the future, the group plans to focus on animal rights outreach and help non-governmental organizations communicate the dangers of invasive plants and the benefits of planting native species.

President: Crystal Bishop Vice President: Emily Hornsby Treasurer: Daniel Sowell Secretary: Maggie Atkinson Edward Howard, Rocio Lomas, Sarah Holmes, Karina Garcia, Breanna Farmer, Mark Jackson, Andrew Lyons

“I joined Roots and Shoots because I saw an opportunity to help out the evironment and make friends.” -Crystal Bishop | Clubs & Organizations | 83

Sigma Beta Spat Club strives to form a body of men thoroughly representative of the best social, spiritual and scholastic interest in the student body. The club unites its members intrinsically in the bonds of good fellowship and unites them extrinsically to the campus through the bonds of leadership and service.

President: Shaw Carter Vice President: Richie Heyward Secretary: Ben Sims Treasurer: Harrison Myers Historian: Robert Taylor Chaplain: Hunter Good Spencer Thomas, Roman Martin , Jared Whigham, Jacob Vermilla, Mike Medori, & Ptah Garvin Advisor: Lee March Sweethearts: FALL 2012: Jessica Robinette SPRING 2013: Grace Patterson

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Sigma Delta Chi Sigma Delta Chi (Dorcas) is an honorary service organization for women that renders service to the student body, the college, the church and the community. Spiritual growth of members is also a major goal of the organization through a conscious effort to render its services after the manner of Dorcas. Advisor: Debra March

President: Sara Beth Tankersley Vice President: Natalie Tripp Secretary: Ashley Davenport Treasurer: Kaycee Cash Historian: Grace Patterson Chaplain: Katie Richardson Spat Master: Judith Lyle Active Members: Hana Kudella Caitlin Ramsey

Dorcas Society

“Dorcas is unique because it’s a service -based organization that helps the college and the community. All of us are always busy and I love when we get together to catch up on each other’s lives. Dorcas is an amazing organization and I am so happy to be a part of it.” - Grace Patterson | Clubs & Organizations | 85

Student Government Association The purpose of the YHC Student Government Association is to develop principles of democratic self-government; hear and express the concerns and interests of the student body; facilitate communication between administration, faculty and students; and encourage student involvement in all facets of campus life.

Senior Senate

Allie Coker, Emalyn Cork, Jeremy Mabe, Kacey Miller and Ryan Shepard

“SGA has always been dedicated to helping the student body whether in academic life, or in student life. We have a great group of senators and it has been a priveledge and a blessing to work with every single one of them!� -Ashley Cross

Junior Senate

Molly Blaschke, Erica Brooks, Cassie Chupp, Daniel Jones, Emily Nichols, Shannon Weaver and Daniel Deas

Sophomore Senate

Roman Martin, Caitlin Ramsey, Sarah Beth Tankersley, Kathryn Johnson and Sheresse Williams

Freshmen Senate

Mark Jackson, Breann Lindsey, Jared Lee, Brandon Clabo, Ed Howard, Fernando Serrano, Zachary Champion, and Nicole McDermott

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President: Ashley Cross Vice President: Paige McQuade Secretary: Madison Perdue Treasurer: Mary Beth Maxwell Sergeant-at-Arms: Shaw Carter Academic Affairs Committee Head: Caitlin Ramsey Student Development Committee Head: Ryan Shepard Sustainability Committee Head: Emalyn Cork Chaplain: Sarah Beth Tankersley Historian: Allie Coker

S.I.G.H.T Student Inquiry Group for Humanist Thought

S.I.G.H.T. offers a safe and open environment to discuss topics such as faith, doubt and spirituality. This organization is non-sectarian for the purpose of objective intellectual and spiritual exploration.

President: Alyssa Lowery Vice President: Taylor Davis Advisor: Dr. Eric Dickman

“Where can people go who are interested in religious, spiritual, and human questions, but who are comfortable with the questions? SIGHT is a space for those kinds of people, and anyone else who enjoys conversation about deep issues. It’s not about debate or proving the superiority of one point of view, but instead allowing subject matters to unfold in often unpredictable ways. Participants often walk away with even more questions than when they came in! It’s kind of a church or zendo for Humanists, and exploratory conversation is our liturgy or meditation. As an advisor, I particularly appreciate seeing students fall in love with thinking and exploring ideas and questions, and I assume this only enhances their academic prowess and passions. Students often remark that they come to SIGHT to recharge and to be inspired. It’s what we think learning might be like without grades!”

- Dr. Eric Dickman | Clubs & Organizations | 87


The Enotah is the Young Harris College Student Yearbook which documents the academic year through photographs. Staff members plan, design, compile, and edit pages and photos in order to create the book. The members also learn to work closely with student organizations, faculty members, and staff members to gather the information that is used in the book. While being on the yearbook staff teaches members how to create and design pages, take and edit photos, it also teaches members how to interact with others, and work as a team. The yearbook staff is made up of volunteers, and we encourage other students to join us in the coming year to help create next year’s version of the Enotah. Editor-In-Chief: Jade Smith Photo Editor: Audrey McLendon Managing Editor: Wade Orr Advisor: Scott Dean Sierra Sonen, Noah Calhoun, Meghan Armento, Grace Patterson, Jerilyn Oquendo, Jesselyn Armstrong, Karina Garcia, Kendra Strickland, Jordan Woodward, Candy Bautista, Angelina Rosales

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Young Democrats President: Rachel Mason Vice President: Alex Hood Secretary: Rebecca Fordyce Hayley Hoopingarner Will Skelton Hope Fletcher Paige Crawford Nolan Burks Becka Merritt Arin Satterfield

Throughout our history, it has been the Democratic Party that day in and day out has stood up for civil rights, the environment, health insurance reform, energy independence and a host of other important issue. When every day Americans need a voice as they struggle to make ends meet, Democrats stand by them and fight for an economy that favors the middle class, not corporations. From President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s G.I. Bill to President Obama’s Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act, Democrats have opened the doors of opportunity for millions of Americans to go to college. | Clubs & Organizations | 89

Choir & Chamber Choir

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Instrumental Ensembles | Clubs & Organizations | 91


Performances: Sweet Charity Jack Dead Man’s Cell Phone Museum The Producers Musical Theatre Revue

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Left: Senior Cedric Epps Right: Sophomore Kaycee Cash

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Left: Senior Ryan Shepherd Right: Sophomore Jerilyn Oquendo

Left: Senior Matt Wilmer Right: Junior Erica Lowery

Left: Sophomore John Ross Right: Senior Emalyn Cork


oung Harris College students, faculty, staff, Mrs. Julia, a Sodexo employee, led the parade from alumni, and Mountain Lions fans kicked off the the athletic fields through The Plaza. Festivities and a 2012-2013 basketball season with Homecom- celebratory pre-game picnic lunch catered by Atlanta’s ing on November 16-17. With festivities centered on world-famous drive-in, The Varsity, the theme “Blast from the Past,” this exciting annual followed for all attendees. event was presented in collaboration with the offices of Student DevelopThe YHC women’s basketball team ment, Alumni Services, and the Dedefeated Bryan College 75-46, while “Traditions keep us rooted in what the school was founded on partment of Athletics. the men’s basketball team lost to and the close relations we hold Shorter University in a close match with one another. They’re the Throughout the week, student orga98-87. The Student Government bond that can’t be shared with nizations competed to earn the title anyone outside the YH family. The Association were honored as the of Homecoming Week Champions Homecoming tradition brings our Homecoming Champions, and the by participating in a variety of chal- older family members back home. Homecoming Queen and King were It provides a chance for alumni to lenges and events, including a trivia intermingle with current students Emalyn Cork and Matt Wilmer. game, spirit sign contest, car decorating competition, “Chalk the Walk” competition, and a lip sync challenge.

and to see the improvements and growth this campus has made.”

-Matt Wilmer

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Softball Several members of the Young Harris softball team received notable recognition for their ability to balance academics and athletics in the Fall of 2012. Tori Dyer, Kayla Jones, Kacey Miller, Brittany Olsen, Hunter Sims, Victoria Sink and Sydnee Weaver maintained at least a 3.5 GPA to earn the AllAmerica Scholar-Athlete Accolade; Dyer and Weaver have managed to keep a perfect 4.0. “Coming into the season there was a lot of confusion and a great deal of change related to our softball program and everyone involved. Coach met us with a number of challenges. However, he started us with ‘three simple assumptions,’ each somehow

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interconnecting with another. They were: intelligence, maturity and love. The biggest challenge throughout the season was not the physical obstacles or any of the typical answers you might hear from student-athletes. Although there were many problems in the beginning, proving we possessed each of those ‘assumptions’ placed before us at the beginning of the season was the most difficult. Of the three, the hardest task was showing our love for the game and for each other. This might seem hard to Kayla Jones, Kasey Pate, Callie Holloway, Molly Watson, Tori Dyer, Stacia Williams, Sarah Magill, Amber Statham, Brittany Henry, Sydnee Weaver, Jen Spradling, Lindsay Tudor, Brittany Olsen, Hunter Sims, Darby Stanford, Karli Lisa Wilson, Sarah Beth Marquis, Kali Shimmin, Dominique Sibley, Paige Sexton, Katie-Jo Gentry believe; how can Timms, Head Coach: Paul Raccio Assistant Coach: Jayme Larson

you not love something to which you devote so much of your life? How can you not love your teammates? The thing about love is that it is an action verb and arguably the most confusing emotion ever felt. You cannot just say you love someone or something. It is how you treat that person and what lengths you are willing to go to offer them support. It means being able to give up some of yourself for the “[Love] means bebetterment of the people ing able to give up you love and in my case, my some of yourself for teammates.

the betterment of the people you love – in my case, my teammates.”

The biggest accomplishment of this season for our team was the new sense of -Sydnee Weaver family that we found within ourselves. Our team has become more than just a group of people who play a game together. We have become a family that honestly cares about one another and loves each other through victory and defeat.” - Sydnee Weaver, Sophomore, Sylvania, GA | Athletics | 97

Baseball This year, the Young Harris College baseball team has started off with a strong season, winning over five games in a row against universities such as West Georgia, Point, and Reinhardt and the team is soaring with confidence.

“Being on the baseball team is an incredible experience. We have a tight group of guys that play hard for each other day in and day out. This past Christmas break we had the opportunity to do mission work in the Dominican Republic. We saw some things that you cannot even imagine seeing. We were able to go and play baseball, play with kids and spread the gospel and the love of

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Jesus Christ to many people by handing out Bibles and feeding an entire village. It was a life changing experience, bringing us closer as a team, and most importantly, closer to the Lord. We are so grateful for each other and we really have a brotherhood together. We have some of the best guys I have ever met on this team and we are even more than excited for this upcoming season in the Peach Belt. “ - Mike Medori, Junior, Newark, DE

Josh Rudnik, Tom Valichka, Spencer Thomas, Bowen Klosinski, Miles Nagel, Mike Medori, Zeke Gribble, Brad Nassaur, Justin Cooper, Taylor Topping, David Atwood, William Leatherwood, Eddie Kongquee, Cole Outz, Parker Nunnally, Tyler Spradlin, Zach Bricknell, Brice Merritt, Cody Ching, Trey Rogers, Brady McCarter Head Coach: Rick Robinson Assistant Coaches: Travis Huffman, Rick Guarno, Clint Ogle Student Assistant: Sarah Deese

“After spending a week in the Dominican Republic, my eyes were opened to the important things in life. I am glad God chose us to be there, helping others and praying for those that need it the most. I know God challenged us to spread his word and “We are even I have faith that we achieved our goal! It is unbelievable how little more than excited amounts of money these people for this upcoming live on and how remarkably hapseason in the py they are with what they have. Peach Belt.” I realized that material posses-Mike Medori sions don’t bring real happiness. The little things in life matter the most. I am glad we were able to serve under God’s leadership. This trip will inspire me for years to come.” - Spencer Thomas, Sohpomore, Key Biscayne, FL | Athletics | 99


Basketball “This is an exciting class that consists of proven winners in the classroom and on the court. Each year you want to sign a class that will challenge your returnees, and this class certainly has the talent and work ethic to make us better and gives us depth going into the Peach Belt.” - Brenda Paul, Head Coach “Coming from a different country and not knowing a single soul here was frightening, but my coach and team have made it hard for me to want to go back to Austrailya! The team, students, faculty and staff are there for me no matter whatand have become a great family filled with the spirit Young Harris brings to people. I was honored to

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help lead the team to our first victory. It was an away game and coach woke us all up on the bus as we rode through Young Harris with a police escort. We got off the bus around 1:00 A.M. and walked into “The Valley of Doom” where the band and other fans awaited our arrival. They played the fight song for us to congratulate our win! The atmosphere on our home court is much more supportive than any of our opposition thanks to our students, faculty, staff and community. The support we have is really incredible; I

Front Row Left to Right: Arielle Thomas, Ashley Knox, Lauren Smith, Assistant Coach Matt Stearsman, Head Coach Brenda Paul, Tiffani Harrison, Jenna Thompson, Brooke Thomas Back: Student Assistant Missy Conrad, Keta Robinette, Shereese Williams, Katrina Evans, Peyton Robertson, Erika Zurauskaite, Kaycee Cash, Ladondra Johnson, Breanna Gleeson, Rebecca Cohen

guess it stems from the wonderful people at the college, especially those involved with the basketball program. I have so much Purple Pride and Young Harris has given me many wonderful life experiences for which I will be forever grateful. I have had uncountable laughs and crazy late nights with so many different people whom I will always remember from my time here at Young Harris College.� - Breanna Gleeson, Junior, Adelaide, Australia | Athletics | 101


Basketball The Young Harris College men’s basketball team played well this year with a 9 game winning streak and a nail biting 111-107 win against Columbas State in overtime during the Mountain Lions final home game. The team also counted its 8th straight win against Lander University. “Packing your bags and starting a new life overseas in a completely different country is not always the easiest thing to do, but I think going to Young Harris College was the best decision I could have made. Everyone made the transition very easy for me. Everyone at the college from day one was as friendly as can be and made me feel at home.

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Being on a scholarship for basketball at Young Harris College, I knew that I would have my hands full in regard to balancing everything with school work and sports, but with Young Harris having such an understanding faculty and staff, they made the dilemma easy, and somehow I was able to stay on top of classes and basketball. It is a great honor that the coaching staff at Young Harris had enough faith in me to recruit me from overseas and get me on board, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.” - Sean Preston, Freshman, Melbourne, Australia

Front Row Left to Right: Avery Knutson, Sean Preston, Tony Raymond, Jacob Blalock, Michael Matta, Corey Garrett Back: Assistant Coaches: Andre Morgan & Michael Moynihan. Malcolm Jackson, Frank Adams, Daniel Chatchou, Phillip Uys, Andrew Reid, Bryson Robertson, Steve Viterbo, Vince Martin, & Head Coach Pete Herrmann

“Playing for the Mountain Lions during these past three seasons has been an incredible experience. Throughout my time here, I have noticeably grown as a student, member of the Young Harris community, and a member of this amazing team. Coach Herrmann is the perfect person to lead us into the NCAA conference. Hopefully, he will also lead us to a conference championship soon.� - Tony Raymond, Junior, Brooklet, GA | Athletics | 103




his season, the Young Harris College cross country teams placed sixth at the Peach Belt Conference Championship, a 6k race in October. In addition, several athletes earned special recognition. Freshman Nicole Smith, who finished 10th in the PBC, is the first YHC runner to earn the title “Co-Runner of the Year.” “Cross country this year was a different experience than in my previous two seasons. The program has been growing every year, and this fall, we competed at new races. However, what really changed everything was being the first Young Harris team to compete in the NCAA division II Peach Belt Conference. It added a whole new dynamic to competing that never existed before. In prep-

aration, we changed the way we trained and it turned out to be a productive season for us. This year we competed in six races across three states as well as in the PBC race in Montevallo, Alabama. YHC placed in the top half of every race, and both the men’s and the women’s teams won sixth in the conference final. Nicole Smith earned Peach Belt Runner of the week and Peach Belt Co-Runner of the Year. I was honored to be

Left to Right Back: Chase Alford, Alex Bitok, Josiah Bennett, Drew Milner, Trent Jones, Cody Decker. Middle: Stephen Kuni, Tyler Gunnin, Harrison Myers, Dakota Barrett, Charles Too, & Coach Barry Brown. Front: Tony Kipkemboi, Trevor Rich, Sebastian Bautista, Danny Brewer

Students Left to Right: Robyn Finley, Holli Abernathy, Ashley Short, Alison Missler, Erica Brooks, Christelle Vereb, Ciara Wood, Dorie Brunzelle, Kristin Fuhs, Zeddy Jepkosgei, & Nicole Smith Not pictured: Stephanie Nichols

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named to the Peach Belt’s All-Academic team. For the men, Alex Bitok was named to the All-Peach Beltsecond team, and Senior Tyler Gunnin, Junior Trent Jones and Sophomore Harrison Myers were named to the Peach Belt All-Academic Team.” - Erica Brooks, Junior, Watkinsville, GA “The cross country team made a great showing in our first year competing on the conference schedule. We have a strong group of determined and disciplined athletes who want to get better. Also, we have a lot of fun and still get the job done when it is time to compete. Overall, it has been a great year and next season we are working towards the win.”

“It was an honor to be added to the All-Academic Team, and I am proud that we placed 6th in the Peach Belt Conference.”

- Harrison Myers

- Trent Jones, Junior, Lakeland, FL | Athletics | 105




new sport was added to the list in the Fall of 2012: co-ed competitive cheerleading. Previously, YHC had a basketball cheer team, but now, it has gone up a notch. Mostly freshmen women and men were recruited from Illinois, Florida and Georgia. Already, they’ve earned a bid to nationals in April, 2013. “The team is very excited with their accomplishments, and the coaches are very proud of the result at camp. Having only been together for less than two weeks worth of practice, we competed up a division, placed in that division, qualified for Nationals, and turned heads of programs that have been around for years, if not decades. It is a huge accomplishment for

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our team!” - Chase Carter, Head Coach “My favorite part is seeing the student alumni’s reactions to our stunts and tumbling. Many of us had not cheered sideline and only a few had cheered on the collegiate level.” - Stephanie Brady, Freshman, Dawsonville, GA “Our coach always tells us, ‘You only have one chance to get it right the first time.’ As a member of the first Competition Cheerleading team at YHC, I learn to live by this quote. In the Fall,

Front Row Left to Right: Jessica Haas, Chelsea Belanger, Kara Cook, Jade McGarity, Bailey Brado, Kara Davis. Middle: Madison Aggen, Breann Lindsey, Stephanie Brady, Samantha Parker, Leslea Motley, Lexi Via, April Hobbs. Back: Cassady Leech, Luis Arteaga, Revon Magee, Tom Leshin, Stanford Thomas, Alex Sleister, Corbin Gilfilian, Christian Hambrick

we traveled as a team to Myrtle Beach, SC to attend NCA’s Collegiate Cheerleading Camp. Prior to that, the team was together for only one week: one week for us to move into our dorms, get to know each other and create a routine to perform at camp. Our coach reminded us that we are the foundation of this program, and we have the chance to make history. We left camp that weekend with Second Place in our division and a bid to NCA “If you settle for less, Cheerleading Nationals; we you deserve less, but made history in one week. if you strive for ex-

cellence, then that

Throughout the school year, is the result you will we’ve prepared for NCA Na- get; it is up to you to tionals at Daytona, FL as well strive for it.” as the Peach Belt Conference -Revon Magee Championship in Columbus, GA. Knowing that we’ve accomplished this much in a short amount of time reassures me that the sky is the limit. When I look back at my time at YHC, I will be honored to say I was apart of its first Competitive Cheerleading Team.” - Breann Lindsey, Freshman, Lindale, GA | Athletics | 107



“My experience with the Young Harris golf program has been unique and filled with second chances. I was recruited to play for Young Harris in 2009 and signed to play for the 20092010 academic year after leaving school to work for two years. This past summer, I decided to return to school and was graciously offered another opportunity by Coach Brett Beazley. I have nothing but gratitude for the second chance at a career in golf and my education. I view the season and our team as a work in progress. We have a very solid group of guys who all mesh very well together, both on and off the course. We have the potential to be champions and I am very excited to be a part of that opportunity. We have not quite made it to that point where we are all playing our ‘A-game’ at the same time. However, I am confident that each and every one of our guys want to win both individually and as a team, and we all will do everything we can to make that a reality. I am honored to call them teammates and friends.” - Beau Gammage, Sophomore, Cedartown, GA

Front Row Left to Right: Zach Vick, Evan Jordan, Beau Gammage Clark Melton Back: Coach Caleb Kelley, Adam Taylor, Chase Hankla, Matthew Peeler, Cameron Medina, Parker Hulme Coach Brett Beazley

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Golf “I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Young Harris College, and I credit a lot of this to the YHC’s women’s golf team and my experiences with them. Being on the golf team has taught me to work well with other people and practice good time management. I picture the Women’s golf team as a family. At times we get on each other’s nerves like sisters, but we always have each other’s backs at the same time. When I first arrived at YHC the first person to knock on my door and welcome me was Courtney Moore, a sophomore at the time, and she put forth the effort to make sure I felt at home. Courtney Moore, Kelsey McEntyre, Katie Bludworth, Rachel Mason, Sarah Pinson and Catherine Williams are six girls whom I now consider sisters. As we spend a lot of time together between practices, travel and tournaments, we get to know each other very well. I’ve also gone to many different golf courses that I would never had the opportunity to play if I was not a part of this team. When I decided to come to YHC and play golf, I did not know I was going to have such a great time with these amazing people.” -Carol Raterman, Senior, Atlanta, GA

Front Row Left to Right: Kelsey McEntyre, Rachel Mason. Back Row: Coach Brett Beazley, Sarah Pinson, Katie Bludworth, Catherine Williams Coach Caleb Kelley. Not Pictured: Carol Raterman.

“The women’s golf team is like a family. We are always helping each other become better golfers.” -Rachel Mason

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Lacrosse “Lacrosse is Young Harris College’s newest contact sport. It helps build friendships and it promotes leadership and the love of the game. Lacrosse is actually the nation’s oldest sport, dating back to the Iroquois Indians, who would play the game to prepare for war, settling inter-tribal disputes and also served as a religious function. Originally, it was only played by men, but there was a women’s form of the game that had differing sticks, much like today’s game. Lacrosse has evolved a lot over the years and I am happy and proud to be able to play America’s oldest sport at a college level.” - Carter Moore, Frehman, Columbus, GA

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Lacrosse Fall of 2012 marked the addition of a new and exciting intercollegiate sport at Young Harris College; lacrosse. Kirk Rogers was hired as the new director of the men’s program and became responsible for recruiting the team needed to participate in the Peach Belt Conference. Most of the men are from Georgia, but others traveled from as far as Florida, New York and Canada. Many other players are transfer students, such as: senior Mike Matthews from Shorter University, sophomore Jeff Rivait from Pfeiffer University and junior Ryan Ningard from Northern Virginia Community College. Together, this team consists of many highly talented athletes.

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The team started strong in its inaugural match in February against Point University. The Mountain Lions dominated the game winning by a landslide with a score of 23-2. The first goal, scored within 79 seconds, was shot by Jeff Rivait and assisted by Ronnie Adams. “My first thought about playing lacrosse in college was, ‘great!’ If I was told in high school that I’d be playing lacrosse, let alone any sport in college, I would have called them crazy. I came from a little, private school where lacrosse was nonexistent. When I was a senior in high school I had Front Row Left to Right: Kevin Daly, Bobby Parker, Darian Rice, Chris Campaneria,

Rene Mata, Marcus Lindquist, Ronnie Adams, Matt York, Alex Naftal, Ryan Ningard, and Andrew Kim. Middle: Alex Ashley, Tyler Woodruff, Mason McBroom, Tyler Bramblett, Reed Wilkinson, Andrew Warbington, Joe Appolonia, Ryan Pickowitz, Adam Staniewicz, Matt Spadafora, and Jarrett Brown. Back: Coach Nathan Young, Phillip Robertson, Mike Matthews, Patrick Moran, Kyle Henize, Matt Amell, Tyler Price, Tanner Shepardson, Jeff Rivait, Coach Kirk Rogers

three major college preferences but my choice became much easier when I found out that Young Harris College was starting a lacrosse program. My whole athletic career has been helping people start programs from the ground up. When I heard about the one beginning here, my choice was easy, and it felt right. I am so glad I decided to play for YHC. When I arrived at campus and began practicing with the team, it took time for us to get used to each others’ skill levels and learn our strengths and weaknesses. Despite the difficulty, the effort I put in was worth it because I can play the sport I love.

“Even after running three miles as punishment, I feel like it’s worth every moment of pain to play this sport that I am so passionate about.”

There have been times when -Alex Ashley I’ve felt horrible and wondered, ‘why do I go through all the stress and pain,’ but those thoughts vanish when I see my teammates working as hard as I do. Whenever I doubt myself, I remember all the time and effort I put in for this team to play at this level, and I suck it up to make sure I match everyone else’s intensity on the field.” - Alex James, Freshman, Atlanta, GA | Athletics | 115


Soccer “My teammates inspire me every time I step onto the pitch, whether for practice or a game. They literally give blood, sweat and tears for this program. I give credit to the coaching staff; they dedicate so much time and effort to help us become better, not only as soccer players, but also as students. Our coaches stress that we are students before athletes and they strive for us to become successful women upon graduation. Our team is a family that I have had the privilege to play with over these past few years. This team and the beautiful game truly put a smile on my face at the end of the day, no matter if it has been good or bad. I could not ask for a better group as I see old

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faces graduate and new faces arrive. I am truly blessed to be with these girls. Our team is always classy, never trashy, but sometimes sassy.” - Yustin Nambo, Junior “One of my favorite things about our soccer team is the pre-game ritual. Before the team heads to the field from the locker room, we pile into cars and drive a loop around campus. We honk, scream and tell people to come to the game. It’s a good way to get everyone pumped and excited, and it spreads the word, encouraging people to come.

Front Row Left to Right: Coach Kathy Brown, Beckie Kruse, Allison Burnham, Kelsey Battle, Hayden Verner, Elana Newman, Dani Heald, Taylor Erikson, Becky Abraham, Mika Lopes, Krissy Kauffman, K.C. Pagnotta, Haley Holderfield, Savanah Poole, Coach Levi Nunnally Back: Devin Waldron, Erica Lowery, Whitney Thomas, Kimmie Tierney, Kristen Naylor, Liza Carpenter, Yustin Nambo, Gabby Smith, Ashleigh Scarpinato, Shannon Lees, Caroline Mills, Kaeli McDermott, Alison Cox, Madelyn Youngblood

The team is always there for one another on the field. When we are doing hard fitness, those that finish first encourage the rest to keep going and to end strongly. When a player makes a great pass or tackle, we always yell, ‘Good work!’ The encouragement brings a positive atmosphere to training. One thing I like about practice is that when we scrimmage, Coach Kathy and “I like that our Coach Levi play with us. It’s awesome that our coaches coaches still love to still love to play the game as play the game as much as they love coaching much as they love it. They bring a playful intencoaching it.” sity to the field and the team when they play. In addition, -Allison Burnham they do Insanity workouts with us in the spring. They are always there to push and encourage us on the field and off.” - Allison Burnham, Junior, Perry, GA | Athletics | 117


Soccer “Young Harris men’s soccer team is like a family. I’ve had two fantastic experiences this year. The first was the trip to Pensacola; we won both our games and everything worked out perfectly. The beach, sun, bus driver, and my teammates created for an enjoyable atmosphere. I remember our second game against Rollins College on a Sunday morning. Coach McKeever clearly said, ‘This is the most important game of the season.’ Magic happened on that pitch, and everyone gave their all on that beautiful morning. We could see in each other’s eyes that we were living and loving the moment. We knew that better things were about to come. The other great moment was our victory on Senior Day.

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The game against Lander University was crucial because they were undefeated, and it was my last game on the Francis Wood Wilson Soccer Field. Thankfully, we won and thanked the fans that supported us. The atmosphere of the team was spectacular this season, and even though we didn’t win the title, I am confident that we will soon. I gave everything to Young Harris College and received more than I expected. It’s amazing how I learned from so many cultures and made friendships that will continue for the rest of my life.” - Alex Rivera, Senior, San Pedro Hulas, Honduras

Front Row Left to Right: Coach Mark McKeever, Dean Grey, Sean Morris, Zach Cravey, Bryson Read, Declan Traquair, Lewis Hilton, Wezly Hayward, Jordan Bradshaw, Kyle Ball, Homero Perez, Angel Salome, Alex Rivera, Mouhamed Bechir, Khurram Shazad, Max Stallings. Back: John-Michael Robinette, Tom Crosby, Stanford Thomas, Jonas Sturesson, Ilija Ilic, Andreas Pechmann, Sean Verhallen, Pedro Ozi, Samuel Mansour, Ashley Walker, William Schonfeldt, Kenny Pratt, Niall McCabe, James Thorpe, Sam Walker

“I’ve loved every minute of being a YHC soccer player. Our first season in the Peachbelt Conference and our record shows we were successful. However, I believe that we can improve further because of the quality of players. As a freshman, I was nervous before I traveled here from England because I didn’t know what the coaches and players would expect of me. Everything impressed me; the lads and team spirit are fantastic, and Coach McKeever has such passion for the game.

“Our coach is very optimistic about our future soccer endeavors, so maybe a trophy is near!”

This season, we’ve beaten top-notch opponents and have played some really attractive soccer! The style that we have is unique and fun to watch. I’m sure next -Lewis Hilton season we’ll kick on further. I’ve been personally pleased with my first college soccer season. I’m happy about the individual recognition I’ve received, and I hope press on next year. Ultimately, I want to win trophies as a team!” - Lewis Hilton, Freshman, Newquay, England | Athletics | 119


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oung Harris College’s women’s tennis team began the spring season with an 8-1 win against both Brevard and Tusculum College. Jane Plevako, ranked 23rd on a national level in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II preseason rankings. “I joined the tennis team at YHC in 2011. It was my freshman year and my first time in the U.S. When I met my team, everyone seemed so quiet and shy, but all of them were very nice to me and befriended me. Being from a foreign country, I didn’t know much about American culture and people however, I soon realized that their mentality is similar to mine. Overall, my team is so friendly, funny, and supportive.

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We’re all different yet unified at the same time. Coach Kelly Blount showed us what it’s like to be a part of the team and what we can do to contribute. Our practices are very interesting and she teaches us respect. In matches we support each other and show team spirit. Before I came to the U.S. I thought that tennis was an individual sport; I relied only upon myself. When I got to YHC and became a part of the tennis team, I let the experience change me for the better.” - Jane Plevako, Sophomore, Kazakhstan Back Row Left to Right: Jane Plevako, Carolina Hernandez, Charlotte Moreau, Victoria Herndon, Charlotte Dawson Front: Diana DiMarco, Lina Parra Pava, Katie Bryant, Stormy Dvorak

“Over the three years that I have been a part of YHC tennis, I have gained friendships that I will have forever. I have befriended girls from all over the world, including Russia, France and Columbia. The best part of being on the team is that we are our own ‘little family,’ and we have so much fun together. Practice is never a chore because we enjoy being on “The best part of the courts with girls that are some of our best friends. We being on the team is want to succeed together - a we are our own main goal that Coach Kelly has given us. Not only have little family.’” my teammates impacted me, -Victoria Herndon but also my coach. She has taught me that believing in myself gives me the ability to strive for the goals I want to achieve. She encourages me to always think positively and reminds me to forget mistakes and play with a positivite attitude. This year, moving into the Peach Belt Conference is both exciting and scary since it’s the toughest tennis conference in the nation.” - Victoria Herndon, Junior, Statesboro, GA | Athletics | 121


Tennis The Young Harris College men’s tennis team started the spring with a new coach, Barrett Elkins, who coached at Ave Maria University for four years. The players started their spring season strong with wins against Covenant, Brevard, and Tusculum College in the beginning of February. “Since joining Young Harris in the Fall of 2011, I have enjoyed many great experiences. The tennis team was my reason for selecting YHC. The team has become more than just a team to me and I am extremely lucky to have such great people around me. The tennis program is fantastic and is only getting stronger. One of my favorite memories of playing on the tennis team occurred in the Spring

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of 2012. The team and I had traveled to Shorter University to compete against their top-ten NEIA team. Shorter was a strong team and had edged us in a tight match a few weeks prior. As a team, we knew it would be a tough match to win, but I played well in the previous match and beat my singles opponent, which increased my confidence. If we could play well as a team then we could beat Shorter. The match was intense and after three closely contended doubles, we had a two-to-one edge going into the singles. As a team we were pumped up, and the atmosphere at the tennis complex was awe- Back Row Left to Right: Martin Harach, Joan Valls, Sebastian Dartnell, Brecht some - both teams Vangrinsven, Guilherme Frias Front: Devon Hampton, Gabriel Oliveira, Andrew Timms, Tom Gibaud battled hard.

After six nail-biting singles matches we pulled out a huge win: five to four. It was a great experience, a great team win and I won singles and doubles, which made it a great individual day for me too.” - Tom Gibaud, Senior, Bournemouth, England “The funniest moments occur when we travel on the bus or stay in hotels because “Being a part of a we tell jokes. Also, I enjoy group of people from every day at practice because we push ourselves to all over the world is be in the lineup for the next a unique experience match. Even though this can for me.” create tension between us on -Joan Valls the court, outside of it we are all friends. Being close helps us win matches because we work together on the same page. I love when we have home matches or play the conference tournament because we compete against the best teams in the country.” - Joan Valls, Senior, Barcelona, Spain | Athletics | 123


Janice Moore Associate Professor of English

“When Janice Townley, with her recent Master of Arts degree from Auburn University, trekked over Blood Mountain and wound her way toward tiny Young Harris, her “bouffant” hair grazed the roof of her oversized 1963 Pontiac, and her cat eye sunglasses covered her excited dark eyes, freshly lined with baby blue shadow. She cruised down U. S. Highway 76 without a stoplight to hold her back or a fast food restaurant to lure her in. Her new home in Hamby Hall, a women’s dormitory beckoned. Living among the students and sharing her passion for literature had drawn her to her first, and ultimately, her only teaching job. And while the temptation to recount Janice Townley’s early years at Young Harris College in the 1960’s is hard to resist, that story cannot overshadow the giant legacy she leaves for all of us who have called her beloved teacher, trusted colleague, and, most importantly, friend. While many college professors teach for a long time, not many love their studies and their students as much at the end of their careers as they did at their beginning. Janice Townley Moore is the exception. Her love for literature was enhanced by her own practice of the art and craft of poetry. She understood how students could struggle to know Dante, just as she grappled to find le mots juste for a rhyme. Janice Moore’s students always knew she was on their side as she inspired them in the classroom, counseled them in the office, and cheered at their achievements on the stage or the ball field. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a more faithful supporter of every extra-curricular activity than Janice Moore. Perhaps the difference between Janice and others is that she never viewed teaching as a job, never saw YHC as her employer, and never saw her colleagues as merely work place acquaintances. She had time for us all—students, advisees, administrators, and faculty. Her joy lifted us all and made us feel better about ourselves than we had before we knew her. What a gift she has shared with each of us in her over 10,000 hours in the classroom and 50 years of devotion to that same, though very much changed, small college she drove to so many years ago.” -Louisa B. Franklin 124 | Awards |


Pacesetter awards are given to students, faculty and staff who are believed to be exceptionally successful in their day-to-day jobs, endeavors and studies at Young Harris College. To show appreciation, these awards are presented as a “Thank You” to these individuals for making everyone’s experience at Young Harris the best of any college or university in the world.

“Gracious, pleasant, engaging, modest and smart. These words characterize Nathan Hughes, a young man who arrived at YHC as a willing and hopeful freshman, but who has transformed himself into a confident and capable leader.

Nathan Hughes

As are most YHC students, Nathan is quiet in class. However, his wry smile gives him away. Whenever I see that grin start to appear, I know it would be a good time to call on Nathan and hear what is on his mind. Usually, he will share valid “text-based” information that has been filtered through a solid dose of common sense and wisdom. I leave it to others to catalog Nathan’s string of successes as a vibrant member of the YHC community. I choose to highlight his strong sense of purpose and his determined ambition. Nathan is a pacesetter at YHC, but has grand potential to continue to be a pacesetter for the rest of his life.”

- Dr. John Van Vliet

Carol Raterman “From a teacher’s perspective, Carol Raterman is a student you are grateful to have in class because she creates an atmosphere around her – an atmosphere of energy, interest and sincere enthusiasm. Like the scent of baking cookies, Carol’s warm and sweet nature fills a room, but her laughter fills it like a hurricane. Whoever sits next to her feels the urge to join in on academic conversation, probably because Carol makes it look so pleasant and easy. Soon the whole room bubbles with talk. From the perspective of another human being, Carol is a person you want to know for the same reasons. I run into her outside of the class and she’s all smiles, lively conversation and animated adventures. She’s the bonne vivante of campus and I’m always glad to bask in her joy.”

- Dr. Jennifer A. Hughes | Awards | 125

Pacesetters Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt

“Seeing Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt stride across campus on the way to her office or down the halls of Goolsby to one of her classes always lifts my spirits: she radiates energy, purposeful activity and good cheer with every step. Students praise her knowledge of the subject matter - whether it’s how to write a killer introduction or understanding the layers of irony in a Marianne Moore poem. Her students also value Dr. Whisenhunt’s dedication to their success and genuine concern about their well-being, both in and out of the classroom. Anyone who traverses the bottom floor of Goolsby must have noticed how much time Eloise gives her students - there is usually someone in conference with her and one or two others waiting in the hall. You will often hear laughter too - another sign of Eloise’s many gifts as a teacher; it’s not easy to make the writing process chuckle-worthy! Dr. Whisenhunt brings the same dedication to her role as Director of Study Abroad. Building on the fine programs already in place, Eloise has strengthened the college’s study abroad opportunities in Italy, Ireland and England, with an eye to creating signature programs available to all of our students. Besides being a crackerjack instructor and administrator, Eloise (Weezie) plays a mean upright bass as one of the Butterbeans in the old-time string band Cornbread Ted & the Butterbeans. The group has a wide following, including Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, and Amy Adams, but fame hasn’t gone to their heads. And you haven’t really lived until you’ve tasted Eloise’s iced tea punch and homemade cheesecake. She’s a keeper. Now let’s keep pace with her.” - Dr. Ruth Looper

“Jamie sets the bar high for our community in the quality of his service, scholarly contributions and especially in his commitment to students. A true philosopher - aiming for excellence in mind, spirit and body. Jamie invites whole-life excellence from students. In the classroom he demands students step up to face life’s most perplexing (and enjoyable!) questions. What do you believe? How do you know? Are you just going by the status quo or will you dare to emerge from your immature dependence on others to think freely? Jamie consistently extends such engagement beyond the classroom - from Friday afternoon gatherings on the CASCE porch, to accompanying students on life-changing opportunities, to the simple act of going for a hike. Jamie puts his rigor to the service of our common good - often a thankless job since so much thinking goes on behind the scenes! From the Core Curriculum, to support and leadership in our ‘gymnasium’ (Have any of you dared to take his Kick Boxing class?!?), to creating spaces for us to reflect on the “good life” in the EAC - such contributions have lasting impact on Young Harris College and show that Jamie is a model liberal arts educated mind. (Facilitating the ‘birth’ of new Majors and Minors is no small feat either!) Jamie also strives for more and more excellence in scholarship. (Don’t tell him, but I’m jealous of all his publications aimed at helping us novice philosophers improve our reasoning and to see philosophical themes permeating our culture!) Jamie’s excellent publication and conference presentation record is a product of his disciplined work ethic. We are all fortunate to work with you in our efforts to upbuild YHC, Jamie. Thank you. And, rock on!” 126 | Awards |

- Dr. Eric Dickman

Dr. Jamie Watson

“Coach Robinson has and will continue to set an example that others can only hope to follow. In a profession where success is usually measured by wins and losses, Coach Robinson has instilled in his players a number of values that go far beyond baseball. From his involvement in the local community, to his vision and ability to coordinate mission trips for the baseball team to travel to places like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the Dominican Republic, Coach Robinson has been instrumental in transforming the lives of the young men he works with every day.

Rick Robinson

On a daily basis Coach Robinson expects nothing but the best effort from his team in the classroom, on the field and in the community. It is pretty amazing to see a baseball coach who, from a worldly view, is evaluated on the team’s season record and how many championships he has won, but internally evaluates himself on how effective he is at helping the young men on his team become productive citizens within the community, outstanding fathers, husbands and well-rounded men.”

- Travis Huffman

Charlie Rogers

“Charlie is the ideal model of what an employee and co-worker should be. She is passionate about her job, and even more so about the quality of work she performs. Charlie dedicates herself to the students on a daily basis from open to close. She makes it her personal mission to ensure that each student receives any assistance needed when they come to the Business Office. She spends countless hours on the phone with students and their parents answering questions, discussing bills with a professional manner and is always polite and courteous. Charlie is also a vital resource to the faculty and staff because of her extensive knowledge of student accounts. In addition to these qualities, Charlie also has a great sense of humor and a positive outlook on life as a whole. We are all very blessed to have her as a friend and employee at Young Harris College.”

- Peggy Greene

“Dr. Swor enjoys talking to students about chemistry and any other topics of interest to him or those in his classes. Students enjoy his lectures because he uses such things as balloons to make chemical models, uses a beach ball to discuss gas laws and passes a phosphorous molecule from student to student to allow everyone to respond to questions he may ask as he is teaching.

Dr. Charlie Swor

Dr. Swor has many other interests such as hiking, hunting (this led to his broken leg for spring semester), sustainability and chemical safety to name a few. Last semester he presented a talk on sustainability in the Faculty Lecture series and will be presenting another on the environment this semester. Dr. Swor loves his job and the students of YHC love Dr. Swor as their chemistry professor and mentor.”

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Students who are selected for Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges must meet the following qualifications at the end of the fall semester: These recipients must have earned a minimum of 90+ hours, have a minimum academic average of 3.5 without any honor code violations, never have had a student conduct issues, and must show good citizenship, participation and leadership in all academic and extracurricular activities.

Brittany Allen Stephanie Arrowood Wezly Barnard Donald Bracewell Jesse Brock Shelby Campbell William Chastain Allie Coker Joshua Colwell Emalyn Cork Kendra Cowart

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Thomas Crosby Sarah Deese Emily Espy Charles Hankla Callie Holloway Kyle Huneycutt Tammy Jenkins Lauren Johnson Kayla Jones Kasey Lents Landon Lovell

Evan McLean Rebekah Medford Kacey Miller Karyn Pagnotta Caleb Paul John Payne Sarah Pinson Angelina Polizzi Heather Richbourg Collin Rodgers Victoria Sink

Carmen Solis Jeffrey Stewart Austin Thomas James Thorpe Andreas Von Pechmann Jake Wentzek Coley Williams Katheryn Woods Hannah Youngblood

Editors Editor-in-Chief “ This year has been a learning experience for me. I have truly learned how to appreciate help from others and how to manage my time. I know this experience was stressful at times, however very rewarding. Looking back on how much time, thought, and effort has been put into this book has made me proud. I hope the entire student body, faculty, and staff are in love with this book as much as I am and cherish all the memories that come with it. Thank you fellow staff members, Scott Dean, our printing company, and everyone else who had a part in making this yearbook. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such a great group of peers. May God be with you all and your future endeavors.” -Jade Smith

Managing Editor “Having the pleasure of becoming managing editor for the yearbook staff as a freshman was not something I anticipated, but it was an exciting opportunity. I am thankful to those who had the faith to choose me for this position. Without help from the enotah staff, faculty and other students, producing a quality yearbook would have been impossible. I have loved getting to know the everyone through the many late-night meetings and working together to accomplish this year’s book. I appreciate each staff member’s hard work and contributions to this edition of the enotah, and look forward to working with them again next year.”

-Wade Orr

Photo Editor “Being this year’s Photo Editor has really taught me a lot as a photographer and leader. I have always had a love for taking photos, editing them and ultimately capturing memories. Being able to wrap all three of those things into one job was an amazing experience. My dream career is to work in the photography department at National Geographic Magazine, so this job really set the foundation for my future plans. Not only was I provided with a job that correlates directly to my interests, but I also got to work with some amazing people. The purpose of a yearbook is to capture the highlights of a year, and for me, this year was filled with new experiences and great memories. Therefore, it was really cool to be able to be apart of the staff responsible for producing the Enotah.” ” -Audrey McLendon

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