Published on June 1, 2023 by Diamond Nunnally, Chad Awtrey  
Math and CP 2023 Awards

On April 6, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science recognized the outstanding achievements of its majors, including graduating seniors, department award winners, honor society inductees and students receiving cords and certificates. Attendees also heard an inspirational message from Samford Instructor Scott Crews '05, who received his master's degree in cybersecurity from Georgia Tech in 2021. 

2023 Math and Computer Science graduates are as follows:

  • Math Majors: Ally Lee, Madelyn Mixon, Zach Overton (Ph.D. in statistics at Baylor), Thomas Reinke (Ph.D. in statistics at Baylor), Callie Ware (Master's in education at Samford), Sarah Westmoreland (Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Iowa State University)
  • Math and Computer Science Double Major Merritt Cahoon (Master's in bioethics and tech policy at Duke University)
  • Computer Science Majors: Allison Dusek (Master's in biomedical engineering at Florida International University), Michael Halverson, Bailey Holland (software engineer at Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, AL), JaKia Hood (McLeod Software in Birmingham), Corey McDaniels (Master's in computer science at Auburn), Jake Moultrie (commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Air Force, Cyber Operations, at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS), Adonis Ojendyk, Thomas Walker

Departmental award winners are as follows:

  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics and Computer Science: Merritt Cahoon
  • Outstanding Senior in Mathematics Award: Thomas Reinke, Callie Ware, Sarah Westmoreland
  • Emerging Mathematician Award: Kendall Bearden, Gabbie Hoots, Dylan Lee, Madison Tarifa
  • Outstanding Senior in Computer Science Award: Bailey Holland, Corey McDaniels, Thomas Walker
  • Emerging Computer Scientist Award: Lily Bouldin, Grant King, Jonah Rinehart, Emily Rouse
  • Foreman Competition Awards: 1st place team: Bailey Holland and Sarah Westmoreland; 2nd place: Thomas Reinke
  • Putnam Award: Thomas Reinke, Sarah Westmoreland

Pi Mu Epsilon Math honor society inductees include: 

  • Kendall Bearden, Joanna Blaine, Robbie Hedden, Sam Johnson, Ally Lee, Luke McClelland, Thomas Reinke, Madison Tarifa, Gracie Van Orden, and Lauren Winslett

Samford academic honors winners are as follows:

  • Certificate recipients: Tyler Burke, Jackson Orth, Zachary Overton, Emily Rouse, Adam Tamucci, and Lauren Winslett
  • Cord recipients: Kendall Bearden, Noah Berry, Brittany Bishop, Lily Bouldin, Merritt Cahoon, Andrew DeSimone, Bailey Holland, Gabbie Hoots, Samuel Johnson, Kayli Jones, Grant King, Dylan Lee, Madelyn Mixon, Jake Moultrie, Alessandro Onate, Thomas Reinke, Jonah Rinehart, Cooper Sullivan, Madison Tarifa, Thomas Walker, Callie Ware, and Sarah Westmoreland


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.