Top honors students recognized at Southeastern

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Kevin Bokun of Walker was recognized as the Outstanding Honors Senior of the Year by the Southeastern Louisiana University Honors Program in ceremonies held on campus recently.
     Bokun is a biological sciences graduate with minors in chemistry and psychology and will enter medical school in the fall. He was one of three finalists nominated for the distinction.
     The Southeastern Honors Program provides participants with opportunities to learn not just about their chosen majors but the nature of intellectual inquiry in general, while studying important issues of the time.
     In addition to Bokun, seven other students were named University Scholars in recognition of completing the honors coursework. Each also defended a senior honors thesis. The scholars were each awarded two silver cords that were worn at graduation.
     Kaylee Collier of Albion, Mich., a communication major with a focus on public relations, was named a University Scholar. Collier was also a finalist for the Honors Student of the Year.
     Also named University Scholars were Patricia Fowler of Gray, a biological sciences major whose focus is on forensic biology; Jamie Hewitt of  Zachary, a kinesiology and health studies major with a focus on fitness and human performance; Ryan Lafleur of Denham Springs, a music major with a focus on instrumental music education; and Rebecca Miller of Gonzales, a double major in family and consumer sciences and marketing; and Christine Tarride of New Orleans, a history major whose thesis focused on the Basque nationalist group ETA.
     Tika Pahadi of Khang Sang, Nepal, a computer science major whose thesis focused on personal voice assistants, was named a University Scholar and was also among the three finalists for Honors Student of theYear.

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