For immediate release - May 18, 2005
- Seven students recently received top honors from the Dallas County
Community Colleges for their service and exemplary leadership in
2004-2005. Each student received the Amidon/Beauchamp Student Leader of
the Year Award for her or his college, and one overall winner for the
system received recognition, too.
Presented by the SPAR Council
(Student Programs and Resources), the award honors the memory of two
former SPAR directors: David Amidon, who served both Eastfield College
and the system; and Sharon Beauchamp, who served both North Lake College
and at the system level.
The college location recipients were:
Russell C. Jonas IV, Brookhaven; Phillip Easley, Cedar Valley; Jennifer
J. Hughes, Eastfield; Calvin Robinson, El Centro; Claudia Leal, Mountain
View; Maria Irene Cunha, North Lake; and Bunmi Odewole, Richland.
of Eastfield College received the top honor as district recipient of
the Amidon/Beauchamp Memorial Award. An outstanding student, Hughes
wants to pursue a career in advertising. She plans to graduate in 2006
and then transfer to Southern Methodist University.
Hughes is an honor student and a member of the academic honorary Phi
Theta Kappa (for two-year colleges). She is an officer in EFC’s Student
Government Association and is involved in many volunteer efforts both
on- and off-campus. Hughes teaches piano lessons and is a swimming
instructor in the continuing education department at Eastfield. She also
is involved in a teen mentoring program at her church; has previously
tutored at the Boys and Girls Club of Mesquite; and has done volunteer
work with EQuest, a well-known riding program for disabled children.
Amidon/Beauchamp Memorial Award program, in its ninth year, honors
students for their academic excellence, involvement on campus and
overall achievements. Interested students must apply for the award and
are screened based on those criteria. This year’s honorees were
recognized during a ceremony held at Brookhaven College.Press contact: Ann Hatch214-860-2478