Students Honored for Commitment to Community and HPU

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost;  Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani, recipient of the University Award for Leadership; Sarah Field, recipient of the University Award for Citizenship; Jasmine Williams, recipient of the University Award for Service; Joshua Gilstrap, recipient of the University Award for Achievement; and Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for Student Life.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 20, 2016 – High Point University students that go above and beyond to make a difference in their community were recognized at the Honors Day Awards ceremony today.

This year, the four students receiving the top university awards are leaders in multiple organizations around campus as well as philanthropic organizations in the community.

During the ceremony, each department also honored students’ academic achievements.

The University Award for Achievement: Joshua Gilstrap, native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gilstrap is a presidential fellow, president of the Student Government Association, an Extraordinary Leader recipient, student justice, a student representative on the Information Technology Advisory Committee and a student employee in the Office of Information Technology.

The University Award for Citizenship: Sarah Field, native of South Carolina. Field is an honor’s scholar, dean’s list nominee every semester at HPU, peer mentor, member of the Student Judicial Board, office assistant in the Women’s Complex, an Extraordinary Leader recipient, attorney general for the Student Judicial Board and Student Government Executive Council. She aspires to become a patent attorney.

The University Award for Leadership: Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani, native of Trinity, North Carolina. Esfahani is a presidential fellow, an Extraordinary Leader recipient and supplemental instructor. He has worked with professors on the EconApps Project for several years developing an application that enables professors to teach economic concepts and run economic experiments using iPads and iPhones. His work in this program has enabled him to develop his own company with several other programming students at HPU.

The University Award for Service: Jasmine Williams, native of Montgomery Village, Maryland. Williams is an Extraordinary Leader recipient, student justice, vice president of the Student Alumni Council, supervisor for the Survey Research Center, vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists, secretary of the Society of Professional Journalist and the president of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communications Honor Society. She has been awarded the honor of “Big of the Year” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont and was selected as the first Student Employee of the Year for her work with the Survey Research Center.

Students inducted into the Order of the Lighted Lamp for 2016 include Sarah Carr, Tyler Cook, Christen Cothran, Anne Davey, Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani, Joshua Gilstrap, Emily Pearl, Christine Rickert, Erin Sullivan, Jasmine Williams, Jason Barbaretta, Lucas Fogaca, Tiffany Jones and Kaitlyn Wright.

The Order of the Lighted Lamp recognizes leadership abilities and excellent character as well as academic achievement and service to the university. Established in 1935, the Order of the Lighted Lamp is HPU’s oldest honor society.

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