Tarleton campus leaders, supporters honored at annual presentation


STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University campus leaders, student achievers and community supporters were honored April 17 during the 24th annual Leadership and Service Awards presentation on Facebook.

Hosted by Tarleton’s Division of Student Affairs, the ceremony spotlights those who contribute to a successful year, including community and civic leaders.

The John Tarleton Spirit Award —named for the university’s founder — honors senior students who exemplify the Tarleton spirit through involvement, participation and leadership. Recipients this year are Kassidy Camareno, Elizabeth Fulford, Blayne Harrison, Omar Herrea, Elijah Perry Imbong, Madison Pounds, Casey Reynolds, Tyler Schuster, Randall Toops, Jennifer Turner, Madison Webb and Marcus Woods.

Other top awards bear the name of individuals who have had a positive impact on the university.

W.O. and Florene Trogdon have two awards named in their honor, for individual service and organizational service. Dr. Trogdon was Tarleton’s 12th president. This year’s Individual Service Award was presented to Sarah Harrings, while the Organizational Service Award went to Alpha Phi Omega, which also garnered the Col. Will L. Tate Organization of the Year Award.

This year’s May Jones Advisor of the Year Award, recognizing exemplary leadership and dedication, recognized Geoffrey Johnston.

The Alpha Gamma Delta picnic baskets auction was named Program of the Year.

Freshman and Sophomore Leadership Awards go to underclassmen who are actively involved in all aspects of campus life. This year’s outstanding freshmen are Heather O’Daniel and Sarah Rodriguez. The outstanding sophomores are Westin Hankins and Desirae Garcia.

The Graduate Student Leadership Award recognizes Tarleton students who are working on their master’s degree. Benjamin Edelbeck received the 2020 award.

Other awardees are:

James Haas, Impact Award; Adrian Manning, Advocate Award; Kassandra Klakemp, Alumni Association Keeper of the Gates Award; Jesus Coronado of the city of Stephenville, the Senator Robert Glasgow Award; and Abraham Hinterlach, Wanda Mercer Legacy Award.

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