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    Spring 2017 honor graduates recognized at commencement

    Lamar State College Port Arthur recognized its honor graduates during the recent Spring 2017 commencement, held at the Carl Parker Center.

    The college presented associate degrees and technical certificates to 134 students during the event.

    Several graduation awards were announced, including the Sydalise Fredeman Awards, which go to the student with the highest grade point average in an associate of applied science degree program and to the student with the highest GPA in a technical certificate program.

    The degree-level Fredeman Award went to three students who completed their associate degrees with perfect 4.0 grade point averages – Luke Roy of Port Arthur (Process Technology) and Leigh Stiles (Commercial Music: Sound Engineer).

    Jessica Jones of Vidor, who majored in Medical Coding, won the certificate program Fredeman Award.

    Darrell Antwine Jr. of Beaumont received the H.S. Anderson Award for Allied Health. This award goes to the Allied Health graduate with the highest GPA. Antwine majored in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling.

    The John C. Huval Memorial Award for Academic Excellence went to Arthur Davis of Groves, who earned an associate degree in academic studies.

    Academic Excellence honors went to the following students:
    Summa cum laude degree honors (GPA between 3.8 and 4.0):
    Arthur W. Davis of Groves (Academic Studies-4.0), Luke Roy of Port Arthur (Process Technology-4.0), Leigh Carole Stiles of Beaumont (Commercial Music: Performance and Sound Engineer-4.0), Justin Gilbert of Groves (Commercial Music: Sound Engineer, Audiovisual Production and Performance), Jessica Headley Jones of Vidor (Medical Office Administration), Kayla Sheridan of Sulphur, La. (Kinesiology), Alyssa Beth LaRocca of Lumberton (Commercial Music: Sound Engineer and Audiovisual Production), Shawn Rabon of Beaumont (Academic Studies), Nathaniel R. Chipps of Beaumont (Academic Studies), Brandy Lynn Jones of Vidor (Business Administration), Danny Earl Strickland of Beaumont (Academic Studies), Lauren Kellie Morgan of Vidor (Paralegal), Herman Washington of Port Arthur (Process Technology), and Ashlan Nichole Day of Port Neches (Academic Studies).

    Magna cum laude degree honors (GPA of 3.65 to 3.79): Darrell Antwine Sr. of Beaumont (Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling), Tevin Quinn Soileau of Beaumont (Commercial Music: Audiovisual Production), Natalia Ruby Acosta of Port Arthur (Academic Studies), Layna Lynett Holcomb of Groves (Process Technology), Brian Christopher Tamez of Beaumont (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration), Damasters Sam of Beaumont (Academic Studies), Juan M. Ceja of Groves (Instrumentation Technology), Gagana Katuwalawatta Liyanage Perera of Port Arthur (Business Administration), Dustin Van Tran of Port Arthur (Graphic Design), and J Pablo Castillo Ledezma of Beaumont (Commercial Music: Sound Engineer).

    Cum laude degree honors (GPA of 3.5 to 3.64): Cameron Desean Frank of Beaumont (Kinesiology), Dylan Sean Garrison of Lumberton (Business Administration), Courtney Alicia Molo of Beaumont (Process Technology), Roberto Wong Jr. of Port Arthur (Process Technology), Courtney D. Brooks of Beaumont (Office Administration), and Kortni Kaye Rice of Nederland (Cosmetology Operator).

    Summa cum laude certificate honors: Jessica Headley Jones of Vidor (Medical Coding), and Alyssa Beth LaRocca of Lumberton (Live Sound Design and Technology).

    Magna cum laude certificate honors: Jared Andrew Smith of Silsbee (Life Sound Design and Technology).
    Cum Laude certificate honors: LaShaina Simone White of Beaumont (Automotive Technology) and Kristen Smith of Nederland (Medical Office Assistant).