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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Louisiana student receives honors

  • Lucas Watson of Louisiana, Mo., received the President’s Award from Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, during commencement ceremonies May 11.
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  • Lucas Watson of Louisiana, Mo., received the President’s Award from Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods University, during commencement ceremonies May 11. The award is presented to a graduate who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the university. It is not necessarily presented annually, and has, in fact, not been presented for two years.
    He also was recognized for his academic dedication and campus involvement during the Academic Convocation and Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at William Woods University April 24.
    Watson, who graduated with majors in biology, chemistry and physical science and minor in chemistry, received the prestigious honor of the Faculty Award. This award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”
    Watson was also named Distinguished Scholar in Biology. The faculty of various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each spring to designate graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
    In addition, Watson was one of 14 William Woods University students named to the 2013 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges” based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory choose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
    Watson completed a medical internship with UEES Guayaquil, Ecuador at Hospital Luis Vernaza and participated in a Hogar de Cristo house building project while in Ecuador. He also took part in a Genomics project with Washington University at St. Louis
    His on-campus roles have included Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Student Financial Committee, Freshman Advantage peer mentor, Cox Research Scholar and Novus International Scholar. Watson was also a member of Alpha Chi honorary society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, president of Beta Beta Beta biological honor society, President’s Twenty and Order of Omega Greek honor society.
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