Hundreds of University of Southern Mississippi students were
applauded Tuesday for their academic success during Southern Miss' annual Awards
Day Ceremony. Among them were twelve students who walked away with the university's
Robin Hill Sila, an elementary education
major, was the recipient of Southern Miss' most prestigious award-the Judge R.J.
Bishop "Mississippian" Award, which is given to the student who defies
economic, family or physical obstacles to pursue a college degree. Despite a ferocious
battle with rheumatoid arthritis-a debilitating chronic illness-Sila will receive
a bachelor's degree on May 13 from Southern Miss.
Elizabeth Bru, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA since freshman year, took home the
Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl award-a tribute to the university's top academic achiever.
Minor Heltzel and Alford Perryman Jr. were acknowledged for Best Citizen honors.
Students named to the Southern Miss Hall of Fame were James
Walter Cain, Mary Meadows Grubbs, Susan Ashley Holified, William Jeffrey Jernigan,
Michael Ryan Kelly, Kristen Mary Preau, Sophia Loren Robinson and Keith Edward
Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul said he
was very proud of all the students' achievements.
are the reason for being," he said, "to take a day to pause and recognize
their good works is of incredible importance."
ceremony was a pat on the back for the students who earned nearly 700 awards,
scholarships and other acknowledgements, including membership in selective honor