WALNUT RIDGE – Karisa Hendrix and Andrew Chandler are the 2013 recipients of the Williams Baptist College Founders Awards. Hendrix is from Cherokee Village and Chandler is from Sherwood. Williams president Tom Jones presented the awards at the college’s annual graduates luncheon on Friday, May 3.
Founders Award winners are selected from each graduating class at Williams. Recipients are chosen by a vote of the faculty and administration as outstanding representatives of the college and its ideals. Hendrix and Chandler graduated Saturday during WBC’s baccalaureate and commencement ceremony.
Hendrix, who majored in secondary social studies education, is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Hendrix of Mabelvale.
“Karisa is a once in a lifetime type of student athlete. It would be hard to fathom a student athlete with more impressive character credentials than Karisa,” noted Eric Newell, Hendrix’s softball coach and mentor during her 4 successful years as a Lady Eagle.
Chandler, who was a church music major, is married to Taylor Chandler, and he is the son of Todd and Kelly Chandler of Sherwood.
“Throughout my teaching career of more than 28 years, Andrew has been one of the outstanding students with whom I have had the pleasure of working. He is the kind of student that makes teaching so enjoyable and rewarding,” said WBC music department chair, Dr. Bob Magee.
Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.