Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Paris, Tennessee resident, John Stahl, was presented the Academic Achievement Award at the May 2013 Commencement Ceremony. Mid-Continent honors the student graduating with the highest Grade Point Average with this award.

John grew up in Michigan and served in the U. S. Army from 1989-1991. He is currently a Production Manager with 22 years of operations experience at Pella Corporation in Murray, Kentucky.

John and his wife, Jauicee, a dental hygienist, will celebrate their 24thwedding anniversary on July 3rd. They have two children, Jacob and Bridgett. Jacob is also employed at Pella and attending Jackson State Community College. Bridgett is attending Bethel University on a soccer scholarship.

John said, “In retrospective, what I have gained through my time at Mid-Continent is not limited to the achievement of a degree or award. Rather, it is the things gained along the way that are most important. The relationships forged with fellow classmates, learnings from my professors, and most importantly an increased Biblical understanding (through Mid-Continent's focus on “Faith in Learning") are my most valued college experiences.”  

Lebanon, Kentucky resident, Kathy Jones, was also presented the Academic Achievement Award. She is married to Tim Jones and mother to Cory and Meagan Medley. She is employed at Maker’s Mark Distillery as Special Projects Coordinator. 

Kathy said, “My journey through college has been one of many challenges, but with determination, a great support network, and God’s helping hand, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Graduating from college has been a lifelong dream, and I am humbled and honored to receive the Academic Achievement Award.”

Jackie Imhoff, Vice President of Adult Programs at Mid-Continent, said, “John and Kathy’s academic achievement demonstrates exceptional persistenceand determination. When adults return to school for a second chance to reach their goals they may have given up on attaining, they tend to make up for lost time by exhibiting a strong work ethic and a passion to succeed. They are one of many adults in Advantage that have discovered it is possible to balance family, job, community, and church commitments while attaining educational goals. MCU’s accelerated degree completion programs, through Advantage, make it possible for adults to realize their dream of a college degree while maintaining other responsibilities.”

Mid-Continent University offers the traditional college experience on the main campus in Mayfield, Kentucky. MCU also offers the accelerated adult Advantage option which provides accredited degrees face-to-face in 27 cities and towns throughout Kentucky and southern Illinois or online. The unique cohort format allows adults students to fit a college education into their busy lives. Face-to-face classes are offered one night a week with one class at a time. Adults can earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. 

Mid-Continent University is a private, non-profit, Southern Baptist affiliated organization. MCU is regionally accredited and headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky. If you are interested in information about enrolling visit www.midcontinent.eduor call 1-888-MCU-GRAD.