STARKVILLE, Miss.--More than two dozen Mississippi State seniors graduating May 10 and 11 are new members of the university's Society of Scholars.
At the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, the campus organization recognizes top students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic excellence in their majors. In addition to a broad, rigorous exposure to arts, sciences and humanities courses, they consistently have demonstrated a sound foundation in languages, mathematics, social sciences and oral and written communication.
Of the approximately 2,400 undergraduate candidates for 2013 spring semester degrees, only 25 students recently were inducted into the society.
More than 500 students have been honored with membership since the organization was founded in 1981 with 21 charter members.
In addition to Mississippi, this year's group also represent Alabama and Tennessee. They include (by hometown):
AMORY--Kishan J. Patel, an aerospace engineering/astronautics and mathematics double-major and the son of Jagdishkumar and Naynaben Patel.
ATHENS, Ala.--Jillian D. Fowler, a communication/journalism and public relations major and the daughter of Frank and Pamela Fowler.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.--Lesley A. Hammers, an educational psychology major and the daughter of Brett and Shannon Hammers.
COLUMBUS--Rebekah E. "Beka" Boden, an English major and the daughter of Roy and Stacie Boden.
CONEHATTA--Ted E. Guyse, an interdisciplinary studies major. [Parent information not listed.]
GOLDEN--Ashley N. Horn, a chemistry major and the daughter of Joel and Cindy Horn.
HATTIESBURG--Sarah E. Burnham, a biological sciences/pre-dental major and the daughter of William and Tracy Burnham.
HOLLANDALE--Hudson M. Frey, a microbiology major and the son of Tony and Anna Frey.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--Michael P. Acosta, an electrical engineering major and the son of Patrick and Maria Acosta .
LAUREL--Justin M. Sumrall, a history major and the son of William and Jan Sumrall, and Deana C. Weems, a psychology major. [Weems' parent information not listed.]
LEAKESVILLE--Sarah N. Roberts, a kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major and the daughter of Stephen and Charlene Roberts.
LEXINGTON--Raven R. Redmond, a general liberal arts major and the daughter of Raymond and Marvie Redmond.
LITTLE ROCK--Anna M. Alexander, a communication/public relations major and the daughter of William and Cynthia Alexander.
LUCEDALE--Nicole M. Harlan, an English major and the daughter of William and Traci Harlan.
MADISON--Sarah Elizabeth "Sara Beth" James, a communication/public relations major and the daughter of Faye James.
MERIDIAN--Holley A. Harris, a psychology major and the daughter of Charles and Pamela Harris.
PASS CHRISTIAN--Caterina T. Tran, a chemical engineering major and the daughter of Khai Tran and Ven Hoang.
PETAL--Ethan G. Chancellor, a communication/broadcasting major and the son of Gregory and Phyllis Chancellor.
POWELL, Tenn.--Bryce R. Williams, a geosciences/professional meteorology major and the son of Kent and Amy Williams.
STARKVILLE--Benjamin B. Bailey, an international business and religion and philosophy double-major and the son of Richard and Carolyn Bailey; Linda J. Konde, a psychology major and the daughter of Kimy and Asa Brugard Konde; and Lindsay S. Linhares, a communication/journalism and political science double-major and the daughter of Gerald and Susan Linhares.
SUMMIT--Morgan A. Middleton, a communication/public relations major and the daughter of Robert and Debra Middleton.
WESSON--Lindsay H. McQuage, a social work major and the daughter of Kenneth and Suzanne McQuage.