News Brief: Local college students receive honors, degrees

Asher B. Quesenberry of Blacksburg has graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Quesenberry was among more than 4,007 students who received degrees awarded in May.


Anna Jenkins of Blacksburg qualified for the spring 2020 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 53 percent of Belmont’s 6,313 undergraduate students qualified for the spring 2020 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement for the spring semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”

Belmont University, the home of the October 22, 2020, presidential debate, the third and final one in the election season, has nearly 8,500 students who come from every state and more than 36 countries. Nationally ranked and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its innovation and commitment to teaching, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.


Two local students have been named to the spring 2020 president’s and dean’s list at Freed-Hardeman University.

Full-time students who achieve a 3.40 grade point average are named to the Dean’s List. To be on the President’s List, a student must be full-time and have a 4.0 grade point average.

Alyssa Musselman, from Riner, who is majoring in kinesiology exercise science, is on Freed-Hardeman’s Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.

Jessica Musselman, also from Riner, who is majoring in biochemistry, is on Freed-Hardeman’s

The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship and service. With locations in Henderson, Memphis and Dickson, FHU offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral degrees. More information is available at


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