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Black & Gold Leadership Awards

Campus Activities and Club Council hosted the Black & Gold Leadership Awards which recognized some of Appalachian State's finest clubs, students, faculty, and staff.  In addition to recognizing clubs and club leaders, we also had the privilege of recognizing the Bobby L. Dunnigan Outstanding Service Award, the Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, and the W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medalion.


Collaboration Award: 

  • Phi Beta Sigma, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Black Student Association, and Latin Hispanic Alliance for the Black & Brown Mixer

Community Impact Award: 

  • National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

Outstanding Educational Program: 

  • Association of Student Entrepreneurs (ASE)

Membership Development Award: 

  • Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA)

Outside the Box Award:

  • Japanese Culture Club

Appalachian Image Award:


Leaders in Action Award: 

  • Appalachian Student Ambassadors

Best New Student Organization Award:  

  • Mountaineer Magicians
  • Neurodivergent Students and Allies Club

Outstanding Organization Award:

  • Club Sport - Appalachian State Equestrian Team
  • Associate Organizations of Intercultural Student Affairs - Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life - Alpha Tau Omega
  • General Clubs - Appalachian Musical Theatre Club
  • Department Affiliated - The Appalachian

Student Organization of the Year:

  • Hillel at Appalachian State


Unsung Champion: 

  • Keyona Anthony (APPS)

Rising Star:

  • Emelie Rodriguez (Student Chapter of the Institute of Managerial Accountants)

Outstanding Achievement:

  • Ash Gerlach (American Sign Language Club)

Commitment to Justice:

  • Eoinn Guth (Sexuality And Gender Alliance)

Spirit of Service:

  • Cierra Bell (Student American Indian Movement)

Dr. Jim Street Award for Outstanding Presidential Leadership: 

  • Grace Pagan (APPS)

Outstanding Advisor

  • Jennifer Van Gilder (Dementia Awareness Club)
  • Bethany Gonzalez (Student Veteran Association)

Bobby L. Dunnigan Dunnigan Outstanding Service Award:

  • Madison Neisz - University Recreation

Gregory S. Blimling Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

  • Ava Young - Plemmons Student Union
  • Lexi Snoke - Campus Activities

W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medalion

  • Rylan O’Connor
  • Christian Martin
  • Beth Holcomb
May 11