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2008 Model Student Competition Finalists Announced

The applications have been turned in. The judges have met and the finalists have been chosen. To qualify for the Model Student Competition students had to be a well-rounded individual who is involved in campus organizations and in the community. The applicants also have to maintain a 3.0 GPA. So, here are the finalists for the Hampton University Model Student Competition: Keshia N. Avant, Weslee S. Glenn, Charisma Manley and Justin Morrissette. The winner will be announced in the April issue of the Student Connection.

Justin Morrissette:

Justin Morrissette

Justin Morrissette

A Presidential Scholar, Justin Morrissett is a junior chemical engineering major and leadership studies minor from Mobile, Ala. While at Hampton he has become a member of the Student Recruitment Team where he is a local recruiting team leader, the Student Leadership program, the Alabama and Caribbean-Pre Alumni Councils, and he is the president of the Hampton University Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Justin believes that one of the main things that helped him to become the HU student he is today, "is meeting different people and networking with different students. It encouraged me to go out, go beyond what was expected of me, meeting involved students encouraged me to raise my goals and pushed me to be better than the best."

When asked why he should be chosen as the Model Student, Justin replied, "I feel that I have taken the time to build the character to be the Hamptonian that we should all try to be - involved academically, socially, and giving back to the community."

Keshia N. Avant:

Keshia N. Avant

Keshia N. Avant

Last summer Keshia N. Avant traveled abroad to study and research medicine and the Australian culture, while participating in the International Scholar Laureate Delegation on Medicine in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. In her third year as biology/pre-med major, Keshia said being involved on campus and in her community has added to her well roundedness as a Hampton University student and her goal to be of service to mankind.

A Virginia native, she has been a member of the Ebony Fire Dance Team of HU's Marching Force for three years, is a member of the Pre-Health Club, co-chair of the cultural affairs committee in SGA, in the HBCU-UP Science Program, a Career Center ambassador, and volunteer in the Spanish department. In addition she is a part of several off-campus community service initiatives. Most importantly she is committed to her studies; she maintains a 3.64 GPA and is in the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society.

When asked why she should be chosen as the Model Student, Keshia replied, "I posses the qualities of a great leader, in my opinion a great leader must also be a follower and as a "Hamptonian" I posses those qualities based on the pride and love I have to and for my institution."

Charisma Manley:

Charisma Manley

Charisma Manley

"I'm dedicated to my studies and dedicated to giving back" said, Charisma Manley, a junior from Atlanta Charisma believes that she exemplifies HU's Model Student, because she is a direct reflection of what Hampton University wants their students to become.

A biology major and political science minor, she has a 3.65 GPA, is involved in the Hampton University community as a member of several organizations on campus including; the Student Leadership Program, the NAACP, the Pre-Health Club and Project H.O.P.E. She is also a part of Hampton University's academic elite as a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society, Alpha Mu Gamma National and Golden Key International Honors Societies.

Charisma also gives back to the community as lead site manager in "Project Dream Big!" and an Obama Presidential campaign volunteer and in her local community, of Fayette, N.C. as a Fayette Community Hospital volunteer. After graduating from Hampton, Charisma plans to attend Boston University Schools of Medicine and Law for a dual MD/JD degree.

Weslee S. Glenn:

Weslee S. Glenn

Weslee S. Glenn

Weslee S. Glenn maintains a 4.01 GPA and is a graduating senior. This chemistry major from North Carolina has been a part of the University Choir, participates in research and tutoring in the chemistry department, is a member of the Honors College Executive Board, the Alpha Kappa Mu, Golden Key, and Beta Kappa Chi honors societies, and president of the Chemistry Club.

In addition he is involved off campus as a tutor of science, math, and reading at First Baptist Church- Hampton. Having a passion for teaching and academic research consequently he plans to become a chemistry research professor, and will begin his doctoral studies this fall at MIT in bioorganic/biophysical chemistry.

When asked why he should be chosen as the Model Student Weslee replied, "I have a very strong GPA but I am also involved in the community. I am not cut off from the rest of the campus community, and I help others making sure they can do well too, which is what a model student should exemplify!"

-Autumn Wilds