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This item originally appeared in the January 21, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

Who's Who honorees have been chosen at Tech. The best of students who have endured hectic academia and countless hours of campus involvement are now in the "Who."

"Who's Who honors students are based on academics and campus and community involvement," Lindsay Mencacci, SGA vice president and a senior biology major, said.

Who's Who is a chance for those students who are involved on campus to be recognized for their achievements, Mencacci said.

The 20 winning seniors for the Who's Who honor this year are: Charles Bradford, political science; Sarah Jane Capstick; professional aviation; Giselle Chatelain, speech communications; Nicole Chico, speech pathology; Megan Cuevas, math education; Jill Davis, biology; Heather Dixon, elementary education; Sarah Goubert, studio art; Nicholas Judice, mechanical engineering; and Brad Lambert, Finance.

Winners also included: Kimberly Ludwig, business management and entrepreneurship; Kelsey Mann, biology; Bethany Michiels, marketing; Viet Nguyen, a graduate student in an unclassified major; Mindy Nunez, political science; Jennifer Owens, biology; Ryan Paul, industrial engineering; Jennifer Quinnelly, speech communications; Kirk Sweeney, professional aviation; and Lacye Swilley, Studio Art.

"It was an honor to be recognized as a student who is dedicated to academics and involvement in the university," Mindy Nunez, a Who's Who recipient and a senior political science major, said.

Nunez has participated in the following organizations: orientation leaders, cheerleading, Student Government Association, Golden Key Honor Society, Social Science organization and Lambda Sigma honor society while at Tech.

Of 50 applicants, only 20 had the necessary points, Laura Ashby, chairperson of the Who's Who selection committee and a senior photography major, said.

"It was a great surprise to make it through the selection process and become a member of such a distinguished group," Ryan Paul, a Who's Who recipient and a senior industrial engineering major, said.

Paul is the vice-president of Alpha Pi Mu and participates in organizations such as Gamma Beta Phi and Golden Key honor society.

He also served as the chairman of the Kappa Sigma's rush committee.

Ashby said the hopefuls had two weeks to fill out and return the applications that were reviewed by a point system that is "hush-hush."

Academics were the highest value in points, which were awarded for involvement in various campus organizations.

"It was a race against the clock to get the applications in on time, but a reward such as this one is payment in full," Brad Lambert, a Who's Who recipient and a senior finance major, said.

Lambert said, "I worked all the way through college and never really felt I did enough or was involved enough. This reward and honor is a distinct privilege and reflects the sacrifices that the Who's Who recipients have made."

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