Three win Plummer Awards as top August grads
Lamar University honored three students with the Plummer Award, recognizing them as the top male and female graduates in Lamar’s class of August 2013. They attained the highest grade-point averages in their class. Lamar University’s 15th president, Kenneth Evans, presented the awards during commencement ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Montagne Center, where Evans delivered the commencement address for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a longtime board member.
Amber Nichole Taylor, a graduate of Hardin-Jefferson High School, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Sandy and Scott Higginbothom from Sour Lake. Taylor was the recipient of the Michael E. Warren Endowed Scholarship in Biology and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She is also a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, fishing and water skiing. Future plans include earning a pharmaceutical degree and becoming a pharmacist.
Brianna Alicia Tamayo, a Vidor High School graduate, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Jesus and Renee Tamayo and the late Barbara Tamayo. Tamayo was the recipient of the Heartbeats of Hope Scholarship and was included on the President’s List. She was a member of the Pre-Law Society, Criminal Justice Student Association and served as secretary for Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Her hobbies include playing soccer, spending time with friends and family and watching movies. Tamayo’s future plan is to earn the Master of Science in criminal justice at Lamar.
Douglas Barclay Shows, from Woodville, earned the Bachelor of General Studies degree with a 3.913 GPA. He is the husband of Amy Shows and a graduate of Silsbee High School. He is the son of David and Frances Shows. Shows is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and was included on the Dean’s List and President’s List. His biggest hobby is spending time with his children and grandchildren. His future plan is to attend Southwestern Theological Seminary to pursue a master of divinity degree and continue to serve as pastor for Campground Baptist in Woodville.