Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Five honored as Distinguished Students during winter commemcement

KINGSVILLE - December 18, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar
jule.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Five graduates at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s winter commencement ceremony received the Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award sponsored by the Student Government Association. Only one bachelor’s degree student from each college receives the award.

To be nominated, a student must be a graduating senior with no less than 60 credit hours earned at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and must be involved in extracurricular activities. The student also must have the endorsement of the dean of the college from which he/she receives a degree.

This summer’s recipients are Johnny Edward Stevens Jr., Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences; Erin K. Wise, College of Business Administration; Joshua Jordan Ortegon, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering; Kristella Monique Laso, College of Education and Human Performance; and Morgan Hunter, College of Arts and Sciences.

Johnny Edward Stevens Jr., of Somerset, earned a degree in agriculture science. He was a member of the university’s soil judging team where he won ninth place individual and fourth place team at the Region Four collegiate soil judging competition in Arkansas. Stevens has been on both the President’s List and Dean’s List and is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Award for Agriculture Science. He graduated with a 3.55 grade point average.

Palacios resident Erin K. Wise earned a degree in information systems. She is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and has served as secretary.  She also is a member of the Accounting Society and the Collegiate 4-H Club. Wise is a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society and Tau Sigma National Honor Society. She is a representative on the Campus Activities Board and has volunteered for The Bigger Event, Texas Highway Clean-up and served as Jim Wells County Food Show and Food Challenge judge. She graduated with a 3.64 grade point average.

Joshua Jordan Ortegon is from Kingsville. He earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He is a former treasurer of both the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Latinos in Science and Engineering. He also is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Ortegon was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma He graduated with a grade point average of 3.76.

Kristella Monique Laso, of Alice, earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and has been on the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Laso is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. She graduated with a grade point average of 3.84.

Morgan Hunter, of Odem, earned a degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Student Audiology Forum. Hunter is an Arts and Sciences Peer Advisor, Javelina Camp Counselor, co-chair of the Campus Activities Board comedy and magic committee and a graduate of the ExCEL Freshman Leadership Program. She was nominated to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been on the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll. She graduated with a 3.74 grade point average.


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