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Kristen Gotch Earns Multiple Awards at Honors Day


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Kristen Gotch (Idaho Falls, Idaho) with the Emma McPherson Award for her outstanding performance in English during the 53rd Honors Day Convocation on Monday, April 23rd. Gotch was also recognized for Honor for maintaining a grade point average above 3.70.

In addition to these awards, Kristen was named to the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a 3.5 standing or better each semester. The student must have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. Students who have transferred to the University have a different set of rules depending on G.P.A. and number of hours taken at UC.

Several years ago, the UC English Department named its departmental award in honor of Miss Emma McPherson, a longtime UC administrator and member of the English department.

While at University of the Cumberlands, Gotch has studied both English and journalism, being involved with the campus newspaper The Patriot, serving as editor-in-chief, design editor, and online editor. She has hosted two radio shows on UC’s local radio station, WCCR entitled The Conversation Tree and A Little Less Conversation.

Her poetry has appeared in Still: The Journal and Pensworth. She is also a staff writer at PopMatters Magazine. Kristin hopes to continue writing poetry as well as music reviews and features, all while leaving herself open to whatever else comes her way.

Kristin will be named a Presidential Research Scholar upon graduation for her creative project under the direction of Mr. Cory McClellan. After graduation, Kristin plans to enter the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.