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Chancellor Cheek and Dean of Students Melissa Shivers surprised nine seniors during the past two weeks in different classes and meetings to notify them they had been selected to receive the Torchbearer award.

Congratulations to Rilwan Balogun, Matthew Barnett, Cierra Burdick, Connor Dugosh, Kelsey Keny, Valerie King, Kenna Rewcastle, Julia Ross, and Christopher Smith for being awarded the highest honor that a student can receive at the university.

Chancellor Cheek surprised Cierra Burdick during a Lady Vols basketball practice to announce her Torchbearer award.
Kelsey Keny and Connor Dugosh were notified of their Torchbearer awards by the chancellor during a Student Government Association meeting.
Chancellor Cheek surprised Julia Ross and Kenna Rewcastle with their Torchbearer awards during a Haslam Scholars luncheon.
Rilwan Balogun and Christopher Smith were announced as Torchbearers by Dean of Students Melissa Shivers.
Valerie King was in the middle of class when Chancellor Cheek came by to notify her of her Torchbearer award.
Matthew Barnett stopped by Chancellor Cheek’s office last week to be notified that he had been selected as a Torchbearer.

These nine students will receive their Torchbearer awards during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wednesday, April 8.