SC State University Scholars Honored for Academic Excellence

Thursday, April 5, 2012

It’s a time when dedicated and hardworking students who spend countless of hours studying are bestowed with high honors and top recognition.  Carrying the theme: “Celebrating a Legacy of Achievement,” SC State University Honors and Awards Convocation celebrated the accomplishments of dedicated scholars.

Dr. James RenickThe words of keynote speaker, Dr. James Renick, senior advisor to Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers, echoed loudly throughout SC State’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. “You’re the intellectual of America,” stressed Renick to the sea of honor students.

In his message, Renick told students that the very thing which got them to their seat of honor is something to be valued and treasured. “Knowledge is a gift.  You can’t buy it and you can’t wish for it.  You have to want it,” he expressed. “It is your gift and no one can take it away. It is a gift that the esteemed faculty and staff here have shared with you to ensure that you can embark upon any opportunity. It is a powerful force that people can use to change the world.”

Quoting the legendary SC State alumnus Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, ‘16, the notable higher education administrator said,” We make our living by what we get.  We make our lives by what we give.  Honors day is more than personal recognition. It’s a challenge to soar even higher. You are charged with greater responsibility, you are called to higher expectations,” he said. “As our honor students this is the task you now called to fulfill. Our future depends on honor students like you.  Those who have excelled, Those who have stayed the course, those who have conquered, those who have dreamed, those who have preserved and understand the value of an education.”

Commending students on their many accomplishments, Renick added, “Don’t be afraid to call forth your seeds of greatness. You are achievers, you are brilliant, you are wonderful, and you are outstanding.”

During the convocation, SC State University recognized students who distinguished themselves in scholarship and service by awarding presidential pins, academic scholarships and awards.
Eight seniors were recognized as Presidential Medallion Scholars, the highest academic award presented during the convocation. These scholars maintained a 3.75-4.00 grade point average (GPA) during their four consecutive years at SC State University: civil engineering major, Nicole Barclay from Siparia, Trinidad & Tobago; nursing major, Shatericka Campbell from Bishopville, S.C.; nuclear engineering major, Damayne Hyatt from Kingston, Jamaica; psychology major, Danielle Jack-James from Cunupia, Trinidad & Tobago; biology major, Kamika Laursen from BonAir, Trinidad & Tobago; physical education major, Brianna Oates from Columbia, S.C.;  and accounting major, Carla Payne from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

Political science major, Janique Francis from BonAir, Trinidad & Tobago maintained a 4.0 GPA during all four years at SC State University.