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Walsh Honors Top Students with Outstanding Student and Tower of Excellence Awards

What's New, 2012-03-26

Walsh University students James Scanlon, Alison Dain and Carolyn Kertis were honored on Sunday, March 25 with the most prestigious awards the University bestows its graduates - the Outstanding Student Award and Tower of Excellence Award.

The Outstanding Student Award, Walsh's most prestigious academic honor, is awarded to the graduating senior with a very high cumulative grade point average. This year's honorees are James Scanlon and Alison Dain.

The Tower of Excellence Award is Walsh University's most prestigious and long-standing honor that a Walsh student can attain for work and service beyond the classroom.This year's recipient, Carolyn Kertis, has consistently shown the leadership and service characteristics of a Tower of Excellence recipient during her career at Walsh University. She will graduate with a 3.15 GPA and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

As a Resident Assistant (RA) since 2009, Carolyn has consistently supported and led her residents in community development activities. Seen as a leader by residents and her fellow RA's, Carolyn was promoted to Lead Resident Assistant for the 2011-2012 academic year. Known for her outstanding programming efforts, Carolyn received the Top Ten Presentation Award at the Northeast Ohio Housing Officers Conference this year. In addition, she received the Residence Life Community Builder of the Year Award and the Residence Life Programmer of the Year Award. Added to these honors, Carolyn was inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary in 2010, a National honor reserved for the top one percent of students living on campus.

During the summer of 2011, Carolyn joined other Walsh students and faculty for a three-week cross cultural nursing service experience in Tanzania, Africa. While there, she worked closely with nursing students at both Huruma and Kibosho hospitals.

In addition to her international servant leadership activities, Carolyn has demonstrated a commitment to serving the local community. She volunteered with Project Homeless Connect, the Stark County Humane Society and assisted with the annual Harvest for Hunger Food Collection campaigns on campus. Carolyn assisted as a Silver Spoon Volunteer with St. Luke's Nursing Home in the spring of 2011 and currently serves as an in-home caregiver.

Carolyn has been active on campus as a member of the Student Life Judicial Board, a Walsh Fund Phone-A-Thon caller, a participant and leader of the Discover Freshman Retreat, a participant and leader of the Shape Sophomore Retreat and an Agape Retreat participant. She also served as a freshman Orientation Leader in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Carolyn was named to the 2011 and 2012 Class of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.