It was an evening of celebration as York College held its annual All-College Banquet Tuesday night at the Holthus Convention Center in York. The student body gathered with faculty and staff for a night of reflection, recognition, and fellowship. Several awards were presented, including Mr. and Ms. YC. 

Cameron Coleman and Courtney Lovelace were named Mr. and Ms. YC 2017. YC faculty and staff make the selection for this award from among graduating seniors. Candidates embody a commitment to the mission, purpose and core values of York College. They must be well-rounded individuals who pursue spiritual integrity and academic excellence while making contributions to the campus and community, forming healthy personal relationships and living godly lives. 
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Cameron Coleman is a business communication major from Allen, Texas. He has been a member of the men’s varsity basketball team all four years, earning numerous conference awards along with being named both All American and All American Honorable Mention. He has also received the C3 Award and been involved with the Presidential Leadership Institute and is a member of the Kingsmen social club. He plans to continue his basketball career overseas after graduation. 

Cameron says, “Since coming to York College, my perspective has changed on my views of life, relationships, and spirituality. I'm better now than when I first came to YC because I've learned to listen to the love that God has surrounded me with. Also I have learned to use my failures as stepping stones for a foundation for success. The people that I have been surrounded by and have grown to love have made me better, simply by being them.” 

Courtney Lovelace is a psychology and criminal justice major from Lake Elsinore, Calif. Courtney is a member of the women’s softball team and cheerleading squad, a recipient of the C3 Award and named to the Dean’s List.  She has been involved with Theta Psi, Alpha Chi, York Campus Ministries, Psych Club, and the Criminal Justice Security Team.  Courtney was also named an NAIA Scholar Athlete and was a member of this year’s Homecoming Court. After graduation, Courtney will be attending law school at Faulkner University and is engaged to be married.

Courtney had this to say about her time at York College: “First and foremost I am now a Christian and I was not before York. I think the way I handle situations now has drastically changed as I have grown. I think I am a more gracious person, at least I aim to be. I just want to show Christ in all that I do. He is still working on me though.”

Halie Ewing and Ighor Tavares were honored as Student Athletes of the Year. This award is presented by Athletic Director Jared Stark to one male and one female athlete for their academic achievement as well as their leadership and service roles on their athletic teams. Ewing, a sports management major from Liberty, Mo., led the volleyball team in kills for the year and was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Tavares, a natural science major with a minor in mathematics from Joinvile, Brazil, notched an impressive 270 saves in his four years of playing goalie for the soccer team and was also named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Christi Lones, assistant professor of History, and Nick DiToro, assistant professor of Business, were voted by students as the 2017 Faculty Members of the Year. Dennis Leinen, who has been a part of the buildings and grounds’ crew for 19 years, was voted Staff Member of the Year for the second year in a row. Emily Lutz, director of student activities and Title IX coordinator, was given the David and Nellie Reppart Award for Service.

Recognized for their years of service to York College were: Dr. Ed Bailey, Dr. Louise Bailey, Matthew Madole, David Odom, Dr. Jaclyn Spivey, and Steve Thompson (5 years); Brien Alley and Brent Magner (10 years); Gayle Good and Janet Rush (15 years); John I. Baker III (20 years); Dr. Michael Case and Tim McNeese (25 years); and Gayleen Nestor (30 years).

Social clubs were also presented with year-end awards. Academic Excellence Award went to Theta Psi; Community Service Award to Delta Chi Alpha; Big Heart Award to Beta Beta Sigma; and the All-Sports Award went to Theta Psi and Sigma Tau.
Mr. and Ms. YC candidates (above l-r) Kaylee Becker, accounting and business management major from Axtell, Neb., Jeff Albers, business communications major from Blackwell, Okla., Bre Goben, a business communications major from Omaha, Neb., Troy Rowen, a business communications major from Stafford, Mo., Courtney Lovelace, a psychology and criminal justice major from Lake Elsinore, Calif., Cameron Coleman, a business communication major from Allen, Texas, Delaney Woods, an elementary education major with a biblical studies minor from York, Neb., Jarrell Cunningham, a psychology major from Susanville, Calif., Soren Tobey, a vocal performance and education major from Bellevue, Neb. Not pictured: Saia Lotulelei, a music performance major from Kihei, Hawaii.