Monday, April 23, 2018—music, prayer, inspirational stories—set the stage in honoring six North Park soon-to-graduate seniors for their exceptional achievement. A proud staff, faculty, and student community observed the honorees as they reflected on their involvement as instructors, mentors, supervisors, and supporters.
As nominees, the six scholars interviewed before a committee—speaking on their research projects, passions for social justice and teamwork, volunteerism, and both honors and challenges. Already excelling in academics and extracurricular activities like athletics, music, and campus organizations, these remarkable students are living lives of significance and service seeking opportunities to give back to others. Representing the diverse disciplines across campus, the Honors Convocation recognized:
- Renee Baker
- Nicholas Canete
- Jared Koehler
- Jessica Kooi
- Carl Lindberg
- Jomarie Perlas
Baker and Canete received the Distinguished Senior Award. Baker who will graduate with a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in physics, spent last summer as an intern with NASA in what she calls “the best summer I’ve ever had.” Baker’s future goals include graduate school and a possible second stint with NASA. Canete, a Politics and Government major, served in the United States Navy before coming to North Park. Canete who will complete his degree in three years says, “Everyone is willing to invest in the students here.” Post-graduation, Canete will start his position as Operations Management Trainee at LSG Group.
Other awards included recipients in Academic Excellence in Schools, Service/Leadership, Faculty/Staff, and Dean’s List.
The purpose of the Honors Convocation is to recognize academic achievement, outstanding service, and leadership. In addition, an award is given to a staff member who actively engages with students and embodies the mission of North Park University and a faculty member who is an outstanding teacher and leader.