By APRIL REYNOLDS
Every year on college campuses across the nation, many
graduating seniors apply for this honor, but few are chosen for Who’s Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges.
The 20 seniors named as this year’s Tech recipients were
announced the first day of winter classes.
In addition, an honor within the honor is the recognition
of Tech Elite. This signifies the two top students who are recognized as being
in the top 15 percent of recipients.
Who’s Who students from Tech include: seniors Jacquelyn
Erin Adcock, biology; Emily Christina Allison, marketing; Blair Bahlinger,
speech; Christal Beach, architecture; Melodie Benford, physics; Chuck
Brouillette, art education; Esteban Fiallos, computer science; Kristin K. Ginn,
mechanical engineering; Christopher A. Guidry, biomedical engineering; Julie
Haynes, elementary education; Lauren Jarreau, elementary education; Klark Kent,
professional aviation; Ashley Landrum, biology; Ashley Michelle McGarity,
biology; Lida Millman, family and child studies; Jennifer Lynn Sharp, biology;
Larry Shavers, mathematics education; Caleb Smith, marketing; Daytheon Sturges,
biology; and Katie P. Tyler, marketing.
“I’m really excited and very
honored,” Tyler said. “Being a member of Student Government Association really
helped me by getting to know people who were involved in other things and who
made you want to strive to do your best.”
Benford, a Tech Elite recipient, said she was not aware
of her selection until being notified about the change of date for the SGA
“I didn’t know about it; a lot of people knew about it
before me,” she said. “The guy called me to tell me the banquet was cancelled
and I was like ‘What banquet?’”
Benford said her participation in various organizations
really helped her get involved. She said she is pleased by her Who’s Who
“Over my four years, I’ve been in a lot of things,” she
said. “I think Who’s Who is a good ending to the school year.”
Sturges, the other Tech elite recipient, said he
attributes his selection to his academic success and campus involvement. He
believes the award is a great finale to his undergraduate experience.
“I believe being a well-rounded student, maintaining high
academic scholarship and being able to blend that with campus involvement
allowed me this opportunity,” Sturges said. “I was excited about the award
because I feel like all my work has paid off.”