Katie Hillman – Staff Writer
CLARION, Pa.- Clarion University’s 12th Annual Academic Excellence Series continued April 29 as the Office of Minority Student Services hosted the Minority Student Services Recognition Dinner in the Student Gemmell Complex Multi-Purpose Room. Of the 102 award recipients, 23 students attended.
“It was a great event, the 44th Annual Minority Student Recognition Dinner, that was well attended by parents, other students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni,” Rogers Laugand, the director of Minority Student Services, said. “We recognized and celebrated students in the areas of academics, service, athletics and leadership. I hope that it inspired the other students to work hard and give their best effort so that they will be award recipients next year.”
Sixty students received an award for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Thirty-eight students received the W.E.B. DuBois Award, a $250 award for students with 12 credits or more and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To receive the award, students also had to submit an essay about how they intended to use their education to help others in society. Other major awards went to the following students:
*Outstanding Service: Virgil McClendon
*Outstanding Leadership: Torron Mollett
*Outstanding Achievement: Coralie Compere
*Freshman of The Year: R’monni Sargent
*Athlete of The Year: Amesha Harden-Pullium & Aaliyah Odom
*Student of The Year: Etor Ndinyah
*Graduate Student of The Year: Traesha Pritchard
*Daniel P. Roberts Award: Makayla Anderson
*John S. Shropshire Award: Alissa Spencer
Some awards were based on the students’ academic performances, while others came from nominations from faculty, staff and administration.
Mollett, a senior political science and criminal justice double major set to graduate this spring, gave a speech about his journey at Clarion University. He was very active on campus and also held several leadership positions. He served as president of Men of Color Think Tank; vice president of the Criminal Justice Society; a political action chair for NAACP; a liaison for Brothers and Sisters in Christ; coordinator/mentor of GEMS/RUBIES, a facilitator for Building Bridges; a member of ABLE and the University Conduct Board and a Diversity Ambassador.
“I am honored and blessed to receive this (Outstanding Leadership) award,” Mollett said. “I’ve always wanted to be one of the many great leaders of Clarion University and I believe my dream is coming true.”