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Lamar honors four as top graduates in class of December 2010

Four Lamar University students attained perfect 4.0 grade-point averages to share Plummer Award honors as the top academic graduates in Lamar’s class of December 2010.

Earning the Plummer Awards are Nicholas Duplan, a mathematics major from Port Neches; Jeffery Mitchell of Wichita Falls, who earned two degrees – in accounting and in management information systems; Tabitha Trapasso, a biology major from Beaumont; and Hillary Alyce Rose Victoria, a Spanish major from Vidor.

Stephen Doblin, provost and vice president for academic affairs, introduced the Plummer recipients, all of whom graduated in the morning ceremony Dec. 18. The Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a board member for several decades.

A total of 1,050 students graduated in two ceremonies. Brian McCall, chancellor of The Texas State University System, addressed graduates and guests.

The Plummer recipients graduated summa cum laude – with highest honors.

A graduate of Nederland High School, Duplan is the son of Fran and Dr. Don Duplan. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society. He served as treasurer of the Lamar University Mathematics Club and was a member of the Catholic Student Center.

Duplan was the recipient of the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship, Tipton and Ann Golias Scholarship, Ralph and Ruth Brookner Scholarship in Math, Margaret Lumkin Lakie Scholarship in Mathematics, H.C. & Willie Mae Galloway Endowed Scholarship in Business and Shar Zaloom McCabe Memorial Scholarship.

He plans to work as an actuary or attend graduate school. He lists his hobbies as tennis, running and basketball.

Mitchell, the son of Pam and Gil Mitchell, is a graduate of Holliday High School in Holliday, Texas, near Wichita Falls. A participant in the Lamar Honors Program, he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor organization and Phi Kappa Phi. He was a member of the LU Ambassadors, Honors Student Association and Rotaract. Mitchell was the recipient of the Mirabeau Scholarship and the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation Scholarship.

He has accepted a position with Deloitte LLC in Houston. Mitchell plans to travel, possibly return to college for a terminal degree and become fluent in a foreign language. He lists his hobbies as listening to music, video games and reading.

A graduate of West Brook High School, Trapasso is the daughter of Kiki Trapasso and Dr. Michael Trapasso. She was a member of the American Medical Student Association and the recipient of the Mamie McFaddin-Ward Memorial Scholarship in Health Sciences, Jefferson County Medical Society Memorial Merit Scholarship in Pre-Medicine or Health Sciences and the Viona E. Long Scholarship in Biology.
Trapasso has been accepted into two medical schools and plans to begin her studies in fall 2011. She lists her hobbies as travel, running, spending time with family, church and shopping.

Victoria, who was home-schooled, is the daughter of Melissa and Michael Rose and is married to Juan Diego Victoria. She has one daughter, Evelyn. Victoria participated in the Honors Program and was a member of the Spanish Circle and Students with Alternative Abilities. She is a member of Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society; and Alpha Lambda Delta-Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society. Victoria was the recipient of the Norma Matlock Irwin Memorial Scholarship and the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship.

She plans to stay at home, home-school her daughter and move to Arkansas to start a farm “with a variety of animals.” She lists her hobbies as black-and-white films, reading, travel, writing to pen pals, playing dominoes and visiting with family members.