Senior Kayln Moore is presented with a red cord for graduation by Dr. Julie Dinger; also present Meghan Mulcahy, Athletic Director (left) and Head Volleyball Coach Angela Franke (right).-Sydney Dougherty photo 

Apr 26, 2018

Panhandle State Communications

Chi Alpha Sigma Celebrates Student Success of 34 Aggie Athletes

Goodwell, Okla.—Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Julie Dinger welcomed guests Wednesday evening as they gathered in the Student Union Ballroom at Panhandle State for the Chi Alpha Sigma Honors Dinner.

Dr. Dinger opened by stating that this is her “favorite time of the year.” She expounded, “I love when we come together to celebrate and cheer on the accomplishments of our students and recognize the people who have helped them achieve their goals.” Dinger then charged the group of students with three principles to carry forward: 1. Be gracious, 2. Give back, and 3. Remember those who helped you along the way. An invocation was offered by Mr. David Coffey, Director of Baptist College Ministries in Goodwell. A plated meal provided by Great Western Dining followed.

Faculty Athletics Representative Patrick Maille got the awards ceremony underway, and extended his pride in recognizing the largest group of inductees in recent history. Maille spoke on the successes shared by student, coach and teacher and noted that “success is rising above adversity and being more, rather than having more.” He conceded that each semester students go through their own trials and suffering, but brought comfort and symmetry with a quote from Hellen Keller, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Chi Alpha Sigma celebrates such success as the only national honor society specifically for collegiate student athletes. It’s motto Excellence in Athletics and Academics and it promotes among its members the Four A’s: Athletics, Academics, Attitude and Achievement. Panhandle State is a member of the Beta Chapter and proudly inducted 34 members, including 12 graduating seniors, into the fraternity. In order to be eligible for induction, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average above 3.4 and must achieve a junior-level academic status.

2018 Chi Alpha Sigma honorees included athletes from rodeo (8), volleyball (7*), softball (4*), equestrian (4), women’s basketball (3), cross country (3), football (3), baseball (2) and men’s basketball (1). The list of new inductees include: Kassandra Benge-VB, Jerrell Doorbal-MBB, D’Lanee Doyle-VB, Melody Ethley-VB, Abby Gregory-SB, Zane Grigsby-Rodeo, Hannah Hammack-EQ, Aaron Hammett-XC, Cameron Hammett-XC, Lukas Holub-BB, Shambri Kelso-WBB, Samuel Lemin-FB, Corey Ley-BB, Madison Linton-VB, Dustin Martinez-Rodeo, Bridget Merrigan-Rodeo, Tierra Roberson-WBB, Kaylee Ann Smith-Rodeo, Sequoia Smith-FB, Hadleigh Summers-SB, Addie Williams-Rodeo and Caitlyn Wiswell-Rodeo. Graduating seniors received red cords in addition to a framed certificate and pin: Kristin Allen-EQ, Brooklyne Bolton-SB, Gabrielle Cruz-VB, Firas Ghazouani-XC, Kayla Hook-EQ, Julia Ibarra*-VB & SB, Cody Kendall-Rodeo, Sadie Latham-Rodeo, Tyler Meyeres-EQ, Kayln Moore-VB, Jakob Popple-FB and Hannah Southard-WBB.

Congratulations to all of our Aggie athletes on their academic success and thank you to all those who have supported them on their educational journeys.

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