Top Student Achievements Honored at University Campus

April 16, 2014

From left: David LeBlanc; Dr. Maribeth Durst, vice president of academic affairs; Christopher Lambert; and Sandra Cifuentes. Another honoree, Brittany Ewing, could not be present.

Top students in nearly every academic major were honored earlier this month for their achievements while studying at University Campus. Many of those honored are graduating seniors, and are making plans now to start their careers or pursue graduate studies.

Four students in particular were recognized for work that reached the highest standards. Three graduating seniors named as the Outstanding Student from each of the schools within Saint Leo University: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Social Services, and the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. A fourth senior was given the Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award reflecting a consistent record of high grades during four years of study at University Campus.

Those honored are:

  • Christopher Lambert, named the Outstanding Student from the School of Arts and Science, as well as in the biology program. He will attend the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (MA) in the fall. Lambert was also enrolled in the university’s Honors Program and is from North Smithfield, RI.
  • Brittany Ewing, selected as the Outstanding Student from the School of Education and Social Services, as well as from the middle grades education program. She specialized in mathematics for middle grades education and will look for a teaching job. She is from West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Sandra Cifuentes, recognized as the Outstanding Student from the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, as well as in her major, human resource management. She wants to work in the corporate sector and her hometown is Zephyrhills, FL.
  • David LeBlanc was named recipient of the Clara McDonald Olson Award. He dual majored in criminal justice and political science and was also enrolled in the university’s Honors Program. He is from Merrick, NY.

Additionally, the university honors the student organization with the highest grade point average. This year it was Psi Chi – International Honor Society of Psychology (pictured).

From left: Dr. Durst and Psi Chi leaders Alanna Marrero, Alexis Watson, and Tierra Willis.

In a separate ceremony, continuing students Orlando Rolim and Jodecia Parkins were honored with named awards facilitated by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. The foundation works with 60 colleges and universities to highlight one male and one female student who exhibit exemplary character and serve as role models for peers. Rolim has been active with the university’s Rotaract Club and multiple other community service-related activities. Parkins has helped raise money for international student scholarships, has helped create cultural diversity programming, and works for campus programs that help incoming students adjust to college life.