128th Wilson Award Winners
LaTasha Moore, a senior communications and Spanish major of Falcon, was named the 128th Wilson Award winner Wednesday night.
The award, which is the university’s highest student honor, is given to a student who best displays academic achievement, character, determination and involvement during their years at A-State.
Moore was one of seven Distinguished Service Awards winners who were recognized during the awards dinner. The other award recipients were Micah Christensen, a political science and communication studies double major of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Annie Everett, a social work major of Wynne; Shelby Fiegel, a public relations major of Lewisville, Danielle Goodwin, a nursing major of Batesville; Stevie Overby, an animal science major of Little Rock, and Randi Wright, a nursing major of Cave City.
“This evening’s Wilson Award dinner begins a month-long celebration of the academic achievements of our students,” said Chancellor Tim Hudson at the beginning of the banquet Wednesday night in the Cooper Alumni Center. “We’ve been giving this award every year since 1934. It’s one of the longest standing traditions of ASU.”
Perry Wilson, the great-great-grandson of R. E. Lee Wilson, presented the Wilson Award this year.
“I know my great-great-grandfather would be proud to see the type of students A-State continues to educate after its first century,” he said. “One of the most difficult jobs on campus is performed by the Student Honors Award Committee.”
Moore is a member of the Chancellor’s and Dean’s List as well as an honoree of the Strong-Turner 3.0 Society. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society. In the spring of 2013, Moore received the Communication Studies Award.
During her time at A-State, Moore has become active in numerous organizations including the Residence Hall Association, the Association of Women in Communications, First Year Studies as a mentor, the Black Student Association and Student Government Association.
When she’s not spending her time on campus, Moore volunteers in the community with programs such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity, Ridgecrest Nursing Home and City Youth Ministries.
“Receiving this award helps reinforce that God is able to do anything. Only God can take a little country girl from Falcon and raise her to this level,” she said.
The Wilson Award provides a scholarship Moore can use for additional education after graduating from ASU, but after her May graduation, Moore plans to put her minor in Spanish to use in Spain where she will teach English for about a year. She said she wants to see the world and take a break before continuing her education.
“I want my legacy to show that there’s more to life than what’s outside your front door and you should take advantage of every opportunity. I want people to know that A-State has everything you need,” Moore said.
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