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Two earn Plummer Awards as top August grads

Lamar University honored two students with the Plummer Award, recognizing them as the top male and female graduates in Lamar’s 2014 August graduating class.  Lamar University president, Kenneth Evans, presented the awards during commencement ceremonies August 16 in the Montagne Center, where Texas State University System Regent, Charlie Amato, delivered the commencement address.  Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a longtime board member.

Rolando Lerma, Jr., a graduate of Ben Bolt High School in Ben Bolt, Tex., earned the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.  He is the son of Nelda and Rolando Cadena, the husband of Edwina and the father of Alessandra and Jason.  Lerma is a summa cum laude honors graduate.  His hobbies include spending time with family, reading and going to the beach.  Future plans include enrolling in graduate studies to earn the master of business administration degree to pursue a career with the Department of Homeland Security.

Krystal Rhodes, a graduate of Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Tex., earned the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science.  She is the daughter of Debra and Randell Rhodes and the late Edelmira Rhodes and the fiancé of Christopher Chapman.  Rhodes is a member of Phi Beta Alpha and was named to the President’s List.  Her hobbies include playing video games, gardening, crochet, belly dancing, travelling, genealogy, coin collecting, reading and astronomy.  Future plans include receiving a teaching certificate, getting married, travelling and returning to school to complete the master’s degree.