Alcorn’s Mortar Board inducts 12 new members

Some of Alcorn State University's most dedicated scholars were inducted into a distinguished organization that recognizes students for their academic achievements.

The University's Epignosis Chapter of the Mortar Board College Senior Honor Society held an induction ceremony Tuesday, April 24 in the Ray Johnson Auditorium of the Extension and Research Complex. A total of 12 members were inducted during the ceremony. The students are Ethan Barnes; Lydia Batey; Santana Bender; Tynika Conner; Tylea Davenport; Gaquetta Horton; Mark Owens; Ro'Myrus Preston, Jenedria Price; Stacy Shorts; Erika Wheeler; and Ekeria Williams.

Founded in 1918, Mortar Board, Inc., as an honor society, is an association of individuals selected for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Tylea Davenport, a junior and social work major, is happy with being inducted and looks forward to taking advantage of all that the organization has to offer.

"I'm excited to be a part of this organization," said Davenport. "I've been looking for an honor society to join, so I spoke with an advisor and learned what we could accomplish in the future. It's a great opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it."

Ethan Barnes, a senior and agriculture business major, is honored by his induction and is proud of what he accomplished through hard work.

"It always feels good when hard work pays off," said Barnes. "This lets me know that my time spent studying and commitment to excellence was worth it."

Dr. Cassandra Vaughn, assistant animal science professor, and University veterinarian applauded the Mortar Board and the students' efforts.

"The Mortar Board Senior Honor Society focuses on leadership, scholarship, and service, so those were the qualities we were searching for in the applicants," said Vaughn. "Their GPA was 3.0 and above, they are in the top 35 percent of their respective classes, and they exhibit proven leadership capabilities. They are the epitome of the well-rounded students, and we are excited to invite them into our ranks."