Students honored at annual President’s Essay Contest and Awards Program
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 16, 2012) — Several Tuskegee University students were honored during the annual President’s Essay Contest and Awards Program on Sunday, April 15 in the University Chapel. This year’s theme was “Voting: An Option or a Critical Part of an African-American’s Civic Responsibility.” The top winners, from first to third place were: Eric D. Marks Jr., a junior majoring in aerospace science engineering from Flint, Mich.; Autumn J. Cohen, a sophomore majoring in biology/pre-med from Los Angeles; and Carlie S. Ward, a freshman majoring in English from Pine Bluff, Ark.
Recipients of several university scholarships, members of the 2011-2012 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities,” and the 2011-2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team were also honored. The team is coached by Peter Spears, dean of students, who was named Honda All-Star Challenge Coach of the Year. Also, the team’s captain, Gabriel Smith, was presented a check for $5,000. The check was his first place prize for winning the national “Know Your Heritage Black College Quiz” in December 2010.
Essay contest winners, from left: Carlie S. Ward (third place), Autumn J. Cohen (second place) and Eric D. Marks Jr. (first place) with Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon.
Gabriel Smith is presented a check for $5,000, his first-place prize from the national “Know Your Heritage Black College Quiz” by Rochon.
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