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ACU presents degrees, awards at December Commencement

Dec. 12, 2005

Abilene Christian University awarded 287 degrees Friday as friends and family of the graduates filled Moody for Commencement.

Several awards were presented, including the Board of Trustees awards for the honor and recognition the recipients have brought ACU through their achievements, character and devotion. Recipients were Cami Brunts, exercise science major from Helotes; Emily Branam, music major from Los Alamos, N.M.; Emily Felts, management major from Abilene; Stacy Jones, interdisciplinary studies major from Vallejo, Calif.; and Collin Packer, Christian ministry major from Abilene.

The Dean Adams Achievement awards were presented to students who overcame some type of obstacle to achieve their ACU education. Recipients were Allison Booth, elementary education major from Colleyville; Rachel Klick, journalism major from Haltom City; Joann Nangauta, Christian ministry major from Fort Worth; Teresa Pevey, applied studies major from Abilene; and Samantha Valdez, range and agronomy major from Weslaco.

Honor Man and Honor Woman Awards were given to students who exhibited exemplary character, outstanding academic achievements and behavior epitomizing the ideal student. Recipients were Aaron Echols, management major from Odessa, and Kelly Sargent, Bible major from Mesquite.

The B Sherrod Scholarships were awarded to students for their overall contribution to the university and will each receive a $500 scholarship to be used for graduate school. Recipients were Stacy Jones, interdisciplinary studies major from Vallejo, Calif.; Tanner King, Christian ministry major from San Angelo; Rachel Klick, journalism major from Haltom City; and Elizabeth Talley, English major from Abilene.

Purple & White Awards were given to Rachel Klick, journalism major from Haltom City; and Rheannon Reese, marketing major from Austin. These awards honor students who exemplify honesty, integrity, service and dependability.

Ten seniors were honored with Alpha Chi awards for highest grade point averages. Nine seniors had perfect 4.0 averages:

  • Charles Ross Baldwin, physics
  • Julie Renee Bright, elementary education
  • Justin Lynn Cope, interdisciplinary and history
  • Erin Mashay Denson, accounting
  • Aaron Craig Echols, management
  • Megan Michelle Jackson, psychology and English
  • Laura Ann Pierce, middle school education
  • Kathrine Lindsey Pimentel, middle school education
  • Jason Bryant Pond, biology

Lindsey Beth Martin, exercise science graduate, received the award for next highest GPA with a 3.974.

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