Students and staff were dressed in formal attire for a dinner celebrating professionalism and success. They represented Richland clubs and organizations that were nominated to attend the Student Success Banquet April 25 at the Garland Campus. They received awards and congratulatory remarks from Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, who recognized their contributions and influence throughout the school year.
The event was hosted by the newly-elected Student Government Association (SGA) president, Edward Sesay and outgoing president, Haya Qazi. Together, they stood in front of the crowd and called out the nominees for each category with their subsequent winners.
Some of the clubs and organizations that attended included Achieving Latino Academic Success (ALAS), the Anthropology Club, Asian Student Association (ASA), Male Achievement Program (MAP), Pride at Richland College Club, Richland Student Media, The Student Government Association (SGA) and Women’s Initiative Network (WIN).
“There are a lot of clubs and advisers that work very hard,” said Christopher George-Twyman, college financial manager and Pride at Richland Club adviser and winner of the Adviser of the Year Award.
Richland Student Media won the Student Organization Community Service Award and a Student Organization Program of the Year Award. Additionally, the Chronicle’s outgoing editor-in-chief, Alessandra Rodrigues, received the Outstanding Student Organization Leader of the Year.
“We are honored to be selected from all those [clubs]. It’s great. I’m so glad for our organization for coming through and getting recognition for something it deserves,” said Adrienne Aguilar, editor-in-chief of the Richland Chronicle student newspaper.
The Multicultural Center received the OSL Thunderduck Award.
“It was real fun to see and celebrate our students’ success out there and to have the chance to be honored,” said Lindsay Parks, senior academic adviser for the Multicultural Center.
While not everyone received an award at the event, they did get to enjoy a delicious meal, mingle with friends, take a lot of group pictures and, overall, demonstrate Thunderduck spirit.