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Anna Louise Gray, a Psychology major from Devon, England, received TU’s President’s Award during the annual Honors Ceremony held Friday, May 10, at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. The President’s Award is TU’s highest honor presented to a student.

 

TU recognizes outstanding students during annual Honors Ceremony

Students took center stage Friday evening, May 10, as Thomas University honored those graduating with Latin honors and those who earned the top awards in their academic divisions during the annual Honors Ceremony held at the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

This year 90 undergraduates earned Latin honors and received honor cords to wear with the cap and gown during commencement on Saturday, May 11. Other students received awards for being the top undergraduate or graduate student in their academic division.

The President’s Award, TU’s most prestigious honor presented to a student, went to Anna Gray, a Psychology major from Devon, England, graduating magna cum laude. Gray was lauded for her academic and athletic accomplishments as well as for her service to other students.

For the past three years, Gray served as a tutor in TU’s Academic Resource Center, where students sought her out because of her expertise and patient nature with students.

“She is not only good-humored and friendly, but she also has the ability to gauge a peer’s level of knowledge and attitude toward a subject in order to build rapport and confidence in that student,” said Robin DePaola, ARC Director. “Several particularly anxious writers have commented that Anna’s calm approach to their particular writing problems gave them the self-assurance to address not only those problems but to improve the quality of their writing. Her deep work ethic and commitment to serving others are hallmarks of not only the manner in which she conducts herself as a tutor but the way she approaches all she does.”

As a member of the Night Hawks Women’s Soccer Team, Gray served as team captain for the past two years. She was the lead scorer and offensive player of the year in 2018. Gray has been a on the Sun Conference All-Academic Team for the past three years and has been recognized as an NAIA Scholar Athlete. She has also served as the Head Coach of the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team at Brookwood School in Thomasville.

“So much goes into being a quality student and a quality athlete in college,” said Julie Orlowski, Head Women’s Soccer Coach. “Anna Gray has established herself as the standard everyone should strive for.  I am so proud of the woman she has grown into. I am excited for what her future brings.  We are proud she is a Night Hawk!”

Other awards presented during the Honors Ceremony recognized students earning top honors in their academic divisions. Those include:

  • Brandon Geiger of Crawfordville, Florida – Undergraduate award in the Division of Science
  • Christina Jones of Thomasville, Georgia – Undergraduate award in the Division of Counseling and Psychology
  • Abigail Barwick of Boston, Georgia – Undergraduate award in the Division of Business
  • Gregory McLaughlin of Midland, Georgia – Undergraduate award in the Division of Criminal Justice
  • Kimberly M. Duncan of Thomasville, Georgia – Undergraduate award in the Division of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Carson Minor of Jacksonville, Florid – Undergraduate award in the Division of Nursing
  • Caitlyn Riggins of Pearson, Georgia – Undergraduate award in the Division of Education
  • Camille Turner-Bragdon of Tallahassee, Florida – Undergraduate award in the Division of Social Work
  • Anna Felixson of Thomasville, Georgia – Graduate award in the Division of Business
  • Randy Cribbs of Fort Worth, Texas – Graduate Award in the Division of Counseling and Psychology
  • Amy Cannon of Jakin, Georgia – Graduate Award in the Division of Education
  • LeAnn Pritchett of Tifton, Georgia – Graduate Award in the Division of Nursing

 

Thomas University honored its outstanding students during the annual Honors Ceremony held Friday, May 10, at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. Honorees include (from left) Anna Gray, Camille Turner-Bragdon, Kimberly M. Duncan; Randy Cribbs, Abigail Barwick, LeAnn Pritchett, Christina Jones, Gregory McLaughlin, Caitlyn Riggins, Amy Cannon, Anna Felixson and Brandon Geiger. Not pictured is Carson Minor.

 

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