Tyler Henderson was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Semifinalist at an academic signing on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Tyler will receive this scholarship for up to four years in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements. At the signing, Tyler was honored and several guests spoke about his educational background and his future at Florida College. Jordon Hill, the assistant director of admissions, spoke first on behalf of Florida College, expressing what an asset Tyler will be to the campus. “He doesn’t accept mediocrity or complacency,” Jordon said. “Instead, he excels, not just as a talented and inventive writer, but in academia as a whole. Yet, even more importantly, he is one who looks to Christ as an example.” Dr. Daryl Ward, the principal at Harrison School for the Arts, and President Payne also spoke at the signing. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions, closed the event by recognizing Tyler’s achievement as a National Merit Semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high-school students enter the National Merit Program each year, and of those entrants, some 50,000 students qualify for recognition. Approximately one-third of those 50,000 high scorers qualify as Semifinalists, putting them in the top one percent of students in the country academically. Tyler, of Lakeland, Florida, will graduate from high school in the spring of 2016. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Florida College and get involved on campus. He is interested in organizations like the Florida College Friends, chorus, jazz band and Oratory Union. We are thrilled to have Tyler Henderson joining the Florida College [...]
Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted 13 new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honoring those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from each chapter, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Dan Petty opened the ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Dr. Colly Caldwell as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Haley Bowman as president, Amanda Williamson as vice president, and Morgan Bingham as secretary and treasurer. The newly installed officers inducted 13 new members: Hannah Beckley Brian Hamilton Hannah Henderson Olivia Johnson Erica Mackey Emily Ogden Abigail Smith Jessica Tharp Lauren Thomley Erin Wells Madison West Micah Works Sara Yeagar Please congratulate these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Austin Miller is leading on campus as the captain of the Florida College Oratory Union and the editor of the Royal Palm Yearbook. These organizations have given him the opportunity to build relationships with like-minded friends, achieving his primary goal for coming to Florida College. “Coming to Florida College, I wanted to have Christian friends because I had never had that before,” Austin said. "That was a big appeal." As the son of a retired Army colonel, Austin moved often while he was growing up and didn't have the opportunity to make many Christian friends, but during his time at Florida College, Austin has made connections with Christians from all across the country. Austin has done more than just make friends during his time on campus, though. He is a senior in the communication program and is also working toward a minor in business. Austin has learned how a publication is run as he works with the Royal Palm Yearbook staff, he has served as a Supplemental Instructor for a communication course, and he has traveled around the U.S. competing as a member of the Oratory Union. Austin’s involvement with the Oratory Union has other benefits as well. He enjoys the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics and debate both sides of an argument, a skill that is vital to a Christian. "I think, as Christians, it is so important that we are able to see other people’s viewpoints to be able to understand them and empathize with them,” Austin said. "That’s really what Oratory Union has given me.” Austin often takes opportunities to talk to his friends and classmates about the issues facing the world today, and he leads [...]