|May 5, 2000
(Lexington, Ky.) Several
University of Kentucky students have been recognized as being at the top of their classes
at the annual UK Honors and Recognition Awards program.
a clinical lab science/biology major from Cross Lanes, W.Va., was honored as the top UK
freshman. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murray of Cross Lanes.
is a Singletary Scholar, one of the universitys highest academic honors, and serves
on the Freshman Representative Council. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega service
fraternity and has maintained at 4.0 grade point average. Her excellence earned her a spot
in the Emerging Leaders Institute, a university program to develop student leaders.
There was no award given for outstanding sophomore.
a clinical lab science major from Ndola, Zambia, was honored as the top UK junior. She is
the daughter of Kajal and Nalin Patel of Ndola.
Patel is an international student who entered UK at the age of 16.
She has served in numerous laboratory assistantships and in a variety of leadership roles
including president of the International Student Council, resident adviser for UK
Residence Life and member of the Cultural Diversity Festival Committee.
Outstanding Senior Male Finalist
a pharmacy major from Lexington, was honored as the runner-up for the senior man award.
Overton is the husband of Toni Overton and the son of June Dunlop of Samson, Ala., and
Jimmy Overton Sr. of Desert Spring, Calif.
Overton serves as class president and has received numerous
leadership commendations within the college. He has won national recognition through the
American Pharmaceutical Association for his work in service learning.
Robert Pierce, a
finance and marketing major from Owensboro, was honored as UKs outstanding senior
man. He is the son of Ann and Garry Pierce of Owensboro.Pierce has maintained a 3.9 grade
point average while working toward his degree. He has served as a UK and Gatton College of
Business and Economics student ambassador, a UK 101 student instructor and is an active
member of the Student Development Council. He is the founder of the Gatton Colleges
First Year Focus Program which assists entering students.
Outstanding Senior Female Finalist
an agricultural communications major from Wallingford, was honored as the finalist for the
outstanding senior woman award. She is the daughter of Willa and Randall Meadows of
Meadows brought national recognition to the UK Diary Club
in her role as president of the club her freshman year and has served as a national
officer for the American Dairy Science Association. She is a key leader in the College of
Agricultures ambassador program and is an alumni board member for the college.
Outstanding Senior Woman
a foreign languages and international economics major from Elizabethtown, was honored as
UKs outstanding senior woman. She is the daughter of Benita and James Buckles of
Buckles had maintained a 4.0 GPA while serving as president and
senior challenge co-chair for the Student Development Council. She is president and
co-founder of the Community Bookshelf Project which helps increase awareness of literacy
issues. She also is a member of UKs Presidents Initiative for Undergraduate
Education and has served as a student ambassador for two years.