Seniors of Significance

2022 Seniors of Significance


Back Row L-R: Dion Tran, Accounting, Beaumont; Thanh Nguyen, Chemical Engineering, Bridge City; David Williams, Mechanical Engineering, Beaumont; Lamarr Reed, Theatre & Dance, Beaumont; Aris Martinez, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Conroe; Ali Hamza, Political Science, Port Neches; Ayokunle Oni, Chemical Engineering, Lagos, Nigeria; Landon Richard, Human Resource Management, Beaumont; Cade Pellerin, Mechanical Engineering, Buna; Brendon Camp, Criminal Justice & Political Science, Cedar Hill. Front Row L-R: Umera Ahmed, Biology & Psychology, Beaumont; Krystal Le, Biology, Port Arthur; Maissa Salibi, Political Science, Beaumont; Vivica Edwards, Industrial Engineering, Killeen; Menna Elsaka, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Houston; Taliah Belcher, Finance & Accounting, Plano; Tiffany Tran, Biology, Beaumont; Lisseth Aguilar, Mechanical Engineering, Port Arthur; Bethany Edwards, Nursing, Belton; Kaylie Overstreet, Nursing, Beaumont

About the Award

The Seniors of Significance Award, created by the Division of Student Engagement in 2016, recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to Lamar University.

Seniors of Significance have made a lasting impact on the Lamar University campus and in their individual academic fields during their time at  LU. They will continue to excel after graduation when they join the LU alumni family.

Seniors of Significance receive recognition at the Toast to Leadership Banquet, a graduation stole, and a commemorative gift. Honorees are also featured on the Lamar University website.

The Bess Gentry Award and the C. Robert Kemble Award recipients are selected from the Seniors of Significance. Recipients of these two awards each receive $1,000.

Criteria for Award Selection

Seniors of Significance must be undergraduate students graduating in May 2022, August 2022, or December 2022 who have:

  • Excellence in scholarship
  • Leadership and service to campus and community
  • Brought distinction to Lamar University

LU faculty and staff members may nominate as many students as they feel are deserving of this recognition. Students may nominate themselves for consideration to be recognized. Applications for 2022-23 will open in January 2023.

2021 Honorees

2021 Seniors of Significance

Top Row L-R: Hannah Abdullah, Samira Ahmed, Rachel Clark, Valen Elliot, Oris Granger, Joissy Grimaldo, Blaine Huff, Ashtyn Jones, Aurora Maldonado. Bottom Row L-R: Tyler Martin, Katey McCall, Neera Momin, Ayana Robinson, Yesenia Loera Romo, Chelsea Savoy, Todd Senters, Alexis Sturrock, Brooke Tant, Yen Vu

2020 Honorees

2020 Seniors of Significance

Top Row L-R: Afsana Islam, Bailey Broussard, Bernice Adeeso, Bra’ah Hamdan, Casey Smith, Darien Phillips, Edward Doan, Elohor Okene, Govin Kaggal, Haya Alani. Bottom Row L-R: Jackson Dolce, Jordan Curl, Katelyn Meaux, Madison Boudreaux, Madison Jade Lewis, Marcus Rodgers, Mary Kim, Muskaan Ali, Omar Hamza, Raegan Minaldi

2019 Honorees


Danny Abdullah, Roshney Ali, Tristen Anding, Michael Cheng, Carly DuPlant, Jenora Haynes, Lillian Hill, Derek Inoma, Cade Johnson, Serene Kaggal, Victoria LaFleur, Emily Lawrence, Alexus Locke, Madison Marino, Zhen Wei Ooi, Daniel Pemberton, Natalie Sfeir, Jennifer Watters

2018 Honorees


Sakari Anderson, Wayne Anderson Jr., Carlos A. Caballero, Progga Chirontoni, Kirby Clayton, Katherine Deaton, John Ellis, Shaina Escobedo, Sakurah Fisher, Jennifer Hinze, Dillon Nicholson, Robert Root, Ryan Sherer, Kaylie Smith, Kay-Alana Turner, Carlo Vanz, Suzanne Wheeler, Shelby Whitehead, Adrian Woodard, Christopher York

2017 Honorees


David Bassa, Oxserio Benites, Kiandra Bowers, Oscar Camarillo, Kelli Creel, Eric Diaz, Courtney George, Timothy Gonzales, Macy Hamilton, Samarah Johnson, Aaron Lavergne, Marisol Lua-Figueroa, Skylar Murphy, Manisha Patel, Quade Robertson, Danelle Sanders, Brian Stafford, Jasmine Wilson-Toliver