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Honors Graduates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2012

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JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University's 59th graduating class includes 39 students who will graduate with honors at the University's Commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15  in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Nine students earned a four-year grade point average of 3.9 or above on a 4.0 scale and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.
 
Three of those students had a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Those students are Karen Denise Blumenthal, St. Clair, Mo.;  Audrey J. Buckland, Webb City, Mo.;  and Jeffrey A. Moore, Carl Junction, Mo.

Eleven students will graduate Magna Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.80 to 3.89.

Fifteen students will graduate Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.70 to 3.79.

Four students receiving an Associate Degree will graduate with Third Honors indicating a grade point average of 3.70-3.79.

KGCS will televise Saturday's commencement live. Viewers may see it over the air on digital channel 22, Cable One channel7 and Mediacom channel 77.
 
DVD copies of the ceremony are also available. Graduates have received order forms. For more information, contact Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager, at 417.625.9777 or e-mail stiles-j@mssu.edu.

HONORS GRADUATES
All cities are in Missouri, unless otherwise indicated.

Summa Cum Laude
Grade point average 3.90 or above
Karen Denise Blumenthal, BGS, Bachelor of General Studies, St. Clair
Audrey J. Buckland, BS, Biochemistry, Webb City
Amelia K. Carpenter, BA, English-Prof./Tech Writing, Carterville
Shannon Alicia Crosswhite, BA, English – Literary Studies, Neosho
Kristen Michelle Epperson, BSBA, Accounting & Management major, Reeds
Jackie M. Kennedy, BSBA, Management, Joplin
Emily Drew Leonard, BS, Health Science, El Dorado Springs
Jeffrey A. Moore, BSBA, Accounting, Carl Junction
Randi Joy Russell, BSE, Elementary Education-Social Studies, Duenweg

Magna Cum Laude
Grade point average of 3.8 – 3.89
Brandi L. Achey, BS, Health Science, Carl Junction
Morgan Yvonne Amayo, BS, Biology-Pre-professional Medicine, Joplin
Meghan Marie Colvard, BS, Biology – General Biology, Joplin
Christanne Colleen Gayman, BGS, Bachelor of General Studies, Schell City
Ashley Joanna Knox, BGS, Bachelor of General Studies, Joplin
Ronald L. Leiser, BSE, Middle School Mathematics, Reeds
Tashel Martin, BSBA, Finance/Economics-Finance, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Ashley Nicole Oechsle, BGS, Bachelor of General Studies, Granby
Tabitha R. Rimmer, BSBA, Accounting, Atlanta, Ga.
Carly Ann Welch, BSE, Elementary Education-Social Studies, Joplin
Kristine Westwood, BSE, Secondary Education-Art [K-12], Webb City

Cum Laude
Grade point average 3.70 – 3.79
Matthew Alan Back, BS, Biology-Biotechnology-Microbiology-Genetics - Webb City
Jared Trent Boyd, BSBA, Accounting, Joplin
Tyler James Burgess, AS, CIS-Info Systems, Joplin
Diana Sue Donaldson, BS, Sociology, Pierce City
Frank Allen Forsythe,  BS, Criminal Justice Adm./AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A, Goodman
Harrison D. Gerber, BSBA, Management, Webster City, Iowa
Valerie Ann Gilmartin, BSBA, Accounting, Aurora
James Earl Martin Hall, BS, CIS-Info Systems, Pineville
Paula Michelle Havens, AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A, BS, Criminal Justice Adm., Browning
John Ross Mitchell, BSE, Elementary Education [1-6] and Special Education [K-12], Aurora
Catherine A. Ramoly, BS, Criminal Justice Adm., AS, Law Enforcement-Opt. B, Joplin
Katherine A. Ray, BS, Medical Technology, Stark City
Leah Jean Ray, BSBA, Accounting, Miami, Okla.
Paula J. Stanley, BSBA, Accounting, Webb City
Yorozu, Megumi, BA, Communication-Public Relations, Carl Junction

Associate Degrees
Third Honors – Grade point average 3.70 – 3.79
Tyler James Burgess, AS, CIS-Info Systems, Joplin, Mo.
Frank Allen Forsythe,  BS, Criminal Justice Adm./AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A, Goodman
Paula Michelle Havens, AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A, BS, Criminal Justice Adm., Browning
Catherine A. Ramoly, BS, Criminal Justice Adm., AS, Law Enforcement-Opt. B, Joplin

 

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