Friday, December 26, 2008

Top Ten: Lee Student Personalities (Fall 2008)

It's that time of year again... I get to name the top ten student personalities of the semester.

Well, technically, this is the first list. So who makes the cut? Newsmakers around campus. Those who have changed the status quo. The students who stand out for better or for worse. The freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who bring something new to Lee University. That's who makes the list.

So here's my list for top ten in fall 2008:

10. Rachel Ingram

Signifying the beginning of a successful era in a new sport at Lee University, Rachel Ingram won the first trophey for women's golf this semester. See the article here.

9. Janaina Novaes

After breaking her leg in a match against Azusa Pacific, Janaina Novaes became just the second Lee women's soccer player to have a jersey retired. Coach Yelton called her "arguably the best athlete to ever wear a Lee uniform." For a full list of her accomplishments, read the article here.

8. Jason Vawter

Phi Mu Alpha President Jason Vawter came up with idea to begin a songbook for Lee University after collecting songbooks himself. The songbook, which will hold 100-200 songs when completed, is on schedule for a Homecoming 2009 delivery. Read about Jason's involvement here.

7. Joe Jellison

With his co-coach Ryan McDermott, Joe Jellison began Lee's first wrestling team just a year and half ago, and has kept his team in training since four qualified for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association this year. Jellison was only two matches away from an all-American status which would have placed him in the top eight in the nation. Read more about Jellison and the team here.

6. Morgan VanNorman

Crowned Lee University's 2008 Homecoming Queen, Morgan VanNorman has made it her mission to help people, on campus and around the world. Read about her here.

5. Linsey Retcofsky

Becoming known as Lee's playwright, the actress-turned-author was accepted this past spring to the Southeastern Theatre Conference where she wrote an acclaimed 10-minute play in 24 hours. This fall she put her talent back on the stage, with her original show "The Mach Band Predicament" performed by the university on the Dixon Center stage. Read her profile sketch here.

4. Christin Huff

It's not everyday you're named Lee University's 10,000th graduate. Christin Huff was catapulted into the record books during the May commencement ceremony (I'm only making up for a little lost time!). Read the story here.

3. Russ Swafford

A sophomore with a triple-major, Russ Swafford was elected as Tennessee's youngest school board member at just 19 years old this fall. Swafford said his father, who previously served on the Polk County board, suggested it to him. Read the article here.

2. Sarah Wright

Senior double major Sarah Wright became one of the few college undergraduates in the nation to become a Certified Public Accountant this fall. The tests stretched over four months, not to mention all of the studying involved. Read about her here.

1. Johana Gomez

Johana Gomez, a new Lee University recruit this fall, played softball for her home country of Venezuela in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Read all about her here.

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