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05/08/2018

Five Seniors Earn President’s Award on May 5 for Academic Excellence

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 President Dan Mahony recognized Kathryn Taylor Burt of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the morning ceremony, held for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences.
 In the afternoon ceremony, Mahony called to the stage Abigail Grace Steele, Candace Michelle Silva, Shaily Prarthan Shah and Morganne Sara Guinther during the ceremony for the College of Business Administration and Richard W. Riley College of Education.

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Kathryn Taylor Burt
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President Dan Mahony, from left, with Abigail Grace Steele, Candace Michelle
Silva, Shaily Prarthan Shah and Morganne Sara Guinther
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA - Five Winthrop University students received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence for having the highest GPA at the May 5 undergraduate Commencement ceremonies at Winthrop Coliseum.

President Dan Mahony recognized Kathryn Taylor Burt of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the morning ceremony, held for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences. An English major and Honors program graduate, Burt will attend North Carolina State to earn her master’s degree in rhetoric and composition, and aspires to get her Ph.D. She wants to become a professor and evolve into the next generation of her Winthrop mentor, Gloria Jones, a professor Burt described as one of nicest and fiercest people she knows.

In the afternoon ceremony, Mahony called to the stage Abigail Grace Steele, Candace Michelle Silva, Shaily Prarthan Shah and Morganne Sara Guinther during the ceremony for the College of Business Administration and Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Steele, a Rock Hill resident, has been an active member of Winthrop’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management for two years, participating in mock interviews and helping other students clean and compile resumes to be sent out to human resource professionals. Steele has started taking classes to work on her realtor’s license. Her plans after graduation are to work for Keller Williams Realty in Fort Mill as an assistant while she finishes her realtor’s license.

Silva majored in exercise science and received the Hellams Award, the highest award given to a graduating senior from the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance. A graduate of the Honors program, Silva wrote her thesis on the influence of music on occupational therapy. She has worked for the Division of University Advancement and plays the violin with Wellmore of Tega Cay. Silva plans to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Shah is a member of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program and has served as a classroom assistant, a supervisor in an afterschool program and a summer camp counselor. She was a servant leader intern for Freedom Schools during the summer of 2016. Created by the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools engage children in grades K-12 in a six or seven-week summer program designed to prevent the “learning loss” that students typically experience over the months when school is not in session. She will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall pursuing an M.Ed. in school counseling. A Lexington, South Carolina, resident, Shah wants to work in S.C. public schools.

Guinther of Indian Trail, North Carolina, is a National Merit Scholar who brought 60 credits to Winthrop and completed her degree in two years. Her honors thesis focused on Cost, Quality, and Access Issues relating to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She will attend UNC-Charlotte on an Everett Foundation Fellowship to pursue a Master in Health Administration degree with the goal of becoming a healthcare manager at a children's hospital.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.


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