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Braxton Hicks (left) of McAlpin, Florida, receives the President’s Award from Thomas University President Dr. James Andrew Sheppard during TU’s annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 5, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville.

 

TU recognizes outstanding students at annual Honors Reception

Students graduating with honors and those selected for top division awards were recognized during Thomas University’s annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 5, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville.

The President’s Award, TU’s highest honor presented to a student, went to Braxton Hicks of McAlpin, Florida. A biology major with a concentration in environmental science and a minor in geographic information science, Hicks also received the outstanding graduate award for the Division of Science.

“Braxton is an open-minded critical thinker, is very inquisitive, embraces new concepts and likes a good challenge,” said Dr. Christine Ambrose, assistant professor of conservation biology and the director of the Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation (GAPP) Center at TU, as she presented the division award. “For him, the sky is the limit. He is a talented researcher and has been a tremendous asset to the Environmental Science and GIS (Geographic Information Science) programs at Thomas University. Braxton has made significant contributions working with local organizations and community partners on several GIS projects to conserve rare natural resources and promote ecotourism.”

In addition to his work within his major, Hicks was a catcher for the Varsity Baseball Team, a member of the Bridge Young Adult ministry, a Youth Camp Counselor, a Baseball Skills Instructor, a Ronald McDonald House volunteer, a Rethreaded Volunteer and a member of Goaline Ministries.

Hicks graduated on Saturday, May 6, with a 3.6 GPA and cum laude honors. After graduating from TU, Hicks will pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Florida State University, while working full time as an engineer in training at Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative. His ultimate goal is to obtain a professional engineering certification.

Other students receiving awards included Tan Duy Dang of Atlanta, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Business; John Stephens of Monticello, Florida, who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Division of Business; Delphanie McGhee of Quitman, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Division of Counseling and Psychology; Codey Conway of Orlando, Florida, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Criminal Justice; Savannah Richardson of Moultrie, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Education; Christy J. Mullen of Dacula, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Division of Education; Harley Tanner of Boston, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies; Angela Korona of Albany, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Nursing; Joy Salter of Thomasville, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Division of Nursing; and Jimmy Rollins of Cairo, Georgia, who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in the Division of Social Work.

 

Graduating students honored with division awards during TU’s annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 5, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville include (front row from left) Savannah Richardson from Moultrie, Georgia; Tan Duy Dang of Atlanta, Georgia; Braxton Hicks of McAlpin, Florida; Harley Tanner of Boston, Georgia; Christy J. Mullen of Dacula, Georgia; (back row) Delphanie McGhee of Quitman, Georgia; Angela Korona of Albany, Georgia; Codey Conway of Orlando, Florida; and Jimmy Rollins of Cairo, Georgia.

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