-- A dozen University of Southern Mississippi students were singled
out Thursday among hundreds honored during Southern Miss's annual
Awards Day ceremony.
Savell, who works for Scott County School System at Bettye Mae Jack
Middle School in Morton, was the recipient of Southern Miss's highest
student honor - the Judge R.J. Bishop "Mississippian"
Award, which is given annually to a student who endures and overcomes
hardships in pursuit of a Southern Miss degree. Savell graduated
with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southern Miss
in December. He overcame severe physical disabilities to earn his
Blakeslee was named the Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl winner as Southern
Miss's top academic achiever, with a 4.0 GPA.
Amy Marie Cuevas
and Derrick Nix were recognized for Best Citizen honors. Students
named to the Southern Miss Hall of Fame were Kenitra LaSha Barnes,
Renada Dionne Hickman-Davis, Elizabeth Reagan Francis, Blake Evan
Hamm, Lindsey Katherine Jack, Jessica Lynn Neno, Holly Christine
Stephan and Jason Rowland Wilson.
the afternoon ceremony were recognized for receiving more than 600
awards, scholarships and other acknowledgments, including membership
in selective honor societies.