Thomas University announces award winners in online event

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Usually Thomas University would recognized its student award recipients during its annual Honors Ceremony held just before graduation. Since that was not possible this year, the presentations moved online.

During the event, which was livestreamed on TU’s Facebook account on Friday, May 8, Dr. John Meis, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Andy Sheppard, President, announced the award recipients.

The President’s Award, the top award presented to a student, went to Jose Salvador Marin Perna, who graduates Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Originally from Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Perna also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for the Division of Business.

During his time as a student at TU, Perna was also a member of the Men’s Soccer Team; a member the TU Honor Council, including serving as president since 2018; an assistant in the Office of Admission; a resident assistant in Housing; Vice President of Projects for Enactus; and a tutor in the Academic Resource Center. He was also a head coach with the Thomas Area Soccer Association (TASA), an assistant soccer coach with Brookwood High School, a leader with Goalline Ministries and chief summer camp coordinator with the Sherpas Club.

Other students who received awards were:

Charles Klingeman of Hahira, Georgia, Outstanding Student for the Division of Criminal Justice

Jose Salvador Marin Perna received the President’s Award, Thomas University’s highest honor presented to a student.

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