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Caribbean news. WICHITA FALLS, Texas, USA – Nine Antiguan students were among twenty Caribbean students who earned degrees at Midwestern State University’s Fall Semester Commencement Ceremony.

Chanez Symister, a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship achieved the supreme honor of earning the President’s Medal of Excellence. The award is given to the top graduate in each of the six colleges at the university. Symister also graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry. She became the 24th Caribbean student to earn a president’s medal in the twenty one year history of the programme.

Tristan Browne earned a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership. He previously earned his baccalaureate degree from the university two years prior.

President Medal of Excellence recipient Chanez Symister left with fellow Antiguans Anik Jarvis and Nailah Lliverpool Photo courtesy httpcaribtimescom

President Medal of Excellence recipient Chanez Symister, left, with fellow Antiguans Anik Jarvis and Nailah Lliverpool. Photo courtesy http://caribtimes.com/

Yonel Hunte earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She also holds a baccalaureate degree from the university.

Anik Jarvis earned Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Ariel Douglas earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Accounting.

Nailah Liverpool earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology.

Natisha Joseph earned a bachelor of science in environmental science with a minor in geosciences.

Tiffney Lake earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Linda Watkins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Keynote speaker, Bernard Hurtault of Dominica, an engineer and graduate of the Caribbean Programme at Midwestern State University, urged graduates to not only change their lives, but change other lives using their talents and achievements as a responsibility.

More than 125 Antiguan students have earned degrees from Midwestern since 1995 and seventy-one students are currently enrolled. Twelve new students from Antigua will be accepted to Midwestern State University in August 2015, and will be part of the over 1100 from the Caribbean who have been recruited in the twenty- one year history of the programme.

Meanwhile, Antiguan students were prominent on the list of honours for Fall 2014 at Midwestern State University.

Semester honours are awarded in three categories. The President’s List for students earning a perfect 4.0 GPA featured six Antiguans: Cavaughn Browne; Tulip Nicholas; Mali Newton; Daria Roach; Linda Watkins, and Careisha Whyte.

The Provost list for persons at 3.75 or higher featured Jamie Gardner and Allison Richardson.

And the Dean’s list for those at 3.5 or higher featured Esther Edwards; Michelle Gonsalves Barreiro; Alissa Jarvis; Mauricelle Lewis; and Rhea Spencer.

Vice president Dr. Keith Lamb, commended the Antiguan students, who now comprise the second largest foreign delegation at the university. He noted that the Caribbean Programme, now in its 23rd year, is a permanent part of the university and that twenty more places will be available to Antiguans in 2015 with partial scholarships.

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