MVPs and unsung heroes joined first-generation freshmen and emerging stars as student leaders across Texas A&M University-Kingsville were honored at an awards banquet on April 4.
Major awards such as the Non Traditional Student Award, First Generation Champion, Student Worker of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Javelina Legacy Champion, Emerging Star Award, Humanitarian Award, Unsung Hero Champion, and the MVP Student Champion of the Year were presented.
TAMUK President Dr. Steven Tallant, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Susan Roberson, Vice President Dr Terisa Riley, and Miss TAMUK, were among university administrators making the presentations.
Days before the banquet the university handed out buttons on to student signifying their companionship category. The students wore them to class and throughout campus.
Between March 31 and April 6 the Javelina Nation honored students who participate, work, or are involved in various activities at TAMUK.
Friday, March 31, was Service Day; Monday, April 3 was Student Worker Day; Tuesday, April 4, was Academic or Scholarly Day; Wednesday, April 5, was Student Organization Day, and Thursday, April 6, was Research and Creative Activity Day.
Callie Hogan, a student at TAMUK and Head Resident at Bishop Hall said, “Student Championship Week is a great way to celebrate the accomplishments that the students have earned.”
Many students were recognized throughout the week.
At the banquet, Ruben Martinez a recent graduate from Premont High School received the Freshman of the Year Award. Melinda Arevalo, an Academic Success Coach for Student Support Services nominated Martinez believing him to be an excellent candidate for the award.
Arevalo stated her reasoning behind nominating Martinez, “Ruben embodies the qualities that every student, not just a freshman, should possess while attending an institution of higher learning. Although faced with adversity, Ruben has continued to maintain a high level of commitment to his academics.”
Martinez majors in Political Science and hopes to later attend law school and run for public office. He is also involved with many organizations such as the Student Government Association, Catholic Student Organization, Student Support Services, and many more.
Another student who has excelled at TAMUK is Ivette Alvarez, who received the First Generation Champion Award. Vanessa Almazan, an Academic Success Coach for UBMS, nominated Ivette.
Almazan said she nominated Ivette because, “I immediately felt compelled to nominate Ivette. I knew she would fit the criteria for the award. As a first generation student, I knew she had faced challenges and had overcome barriers to attend college.”
Ivette who was humbly touched to receive this award is no stranger to accomplishments. She’s received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities Award, Education Is Our Freedom Competitive Scholarship, she’s a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and has been drafted onto the Dean’s List and Honor Roll while simultaneously working for UBMS.