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Lamar honors seven top graduates in class of May 2012

            Seven 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 May 2012.  The Plummer Award recipients and their majors are:

Beaumont:  Kathryn Vincent, interdisciplinary studies; Lucas Castle, mathematics

Kirbyville:  Miles Caston, English                                             

Lumberton:  Sara Wyatt, social work

Port Arthur:  Katherine Brown, interdisciplinary studies

Port Neches:  Randi Holst, music

Wichita, Kan.:  Allen Chao, business administration

            President James Simmons announced the Plummer recipients at the conclusion of the morning commencement ceremony, where David J. Beck, a world-renowned attorney and Lamar graduate, addressed graduates and guests.  Beck was awarded the honorary doctorate of humane letters for his many contributions to Lamar.  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.

            Kathryn Vincent, the daughter of James and Martha Vincent, is a graduate of West Brook High School.  Vincent is a member of Circle K International, a collegiate chapter of Kiwanis International, and an honor student.  She is a Mirabeau Scholar, one of the most prestigious scholarships available at Lamar, earned the Academic Achievement Award in 2011, the Outstanding Student Teacher award and was named to the President’s List.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling and music.  Vincent plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling and teach math in middle school.

            Lucas Castle, the son of Franklin and Monique Castle is a graduate of West Brook High School.  He is a member of the Honors Student Association, Pi Mu Epsilon, Math Club, Lamar Ambassadors program and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.  Castle is a Mirabeau Scholar and enjoys reading, biking and music.  His plans for the future include attending North Carolina State University for the fall 2012 semester to pursue a doctorate in mathematics.

            Miles Caston, the son of C.B. and Diana Caston, graduated from Kirbyville High School.  He is a member of the Honors Program, Chinese Club and the University Press student newspaper.  Caston earned a first place award from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in the General Column category.  His hobbies include dance, yoga and photography, and his plans for the future include earning the master’s degree in journalism and travel abroad.

            Sara Wyatt is the daughter of Denny and Dena Wyatt and Martha and Gary McDonald.  She is a graduate of Lumberton High School and a member of the National Social Work Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and the Social Work Association.  Wyatt is the recipient of the Mamie McFaddin Ward Memorial Health Science Scholarship, Vernice Monroe Social Work Scholarship and the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling, learning new things and spending time with family and friends.  Future plans include working as a foster care case worker for Child Protective Services and obtaining a master’s degree in social work and possibly pursuing a doctorate degree.

            Katherine Brown is the daughter of Rick and Lori Brown and a graduate of Nederland High School.  She is a member of the LU Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi and Relay for Life.  Brown is the recipient of the McMasters Honors Scholarship, Scot Burmeister Memorial Scholarship and is a Mirabeau Scholar.  Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends.  Her plans for the future include teaching in a local school district and returning to Lamar to obtain her master’s degree.

            Randi Holst is the daughter of Giles and Lawanna Holst and a graduate of Nederland High School.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Other collegiate activities included serving as secretary of the professional music fraternity Delta Omicron and as a four-year member of the Lamar ACappella Choir.  Her hobbies include singing and playing piano, reading, sewing, and spending time with close friends and family.  Her future plans include attending graduate school to study vocal pedagogy and the anatomy and science of the singing voice.

            Allen Chao, son of Joe and Ruthy Chao, is a graduate of Wichita High School in Wichita, Kan.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Financial Management Association Honors Society and the Finance Association.  His other collegiate interests include the College of Business Student Advisory Council and the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.  Chao was on the President’s List and a recipient of the Aaron Rose Award and Scholarship, Ben J. Rogers Outstanding Business Student and Scholarship, Financial Management Association Collegiate Fellow, Financial Executives International Houston Scholarship, the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Kim Memorial Scholarship in Economics and the Dr. Sam Frank Parigi Scholarship in Economics.  Chao lists his hobbies as reading Bloomberg and Business Week, light jogging and traveling.  His plans for the future include acquiring an MBA at Lamar.