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Medal of Hope

Medal of Hope

Medal of Hope
The Medal of Hope is a physical manifestation of your leadership at Texas State. Recipients of the Medal of Hope are students who have demonstrated a commitment to their personal development as a student leader at Texas State University by participating in a comprehensive set of activities designed by the Leadership Institute. The recipients of this recognition receive the “Medal of Hope” the semester they graduate. These student leaders represent “The Hope” we have in the next generation of leaders and our confidence in the impact that they will have in their communities after graduation. Any Texas State student can earn this achievement.

Medal of Hope Criteria

In order to be considered as a recipient for the Medal of Hope students must complete and submit the following:
  • Met with us with a Leadership Advising appointment.
  • Leadership Portfolio (Application)
  • Co-Curricular Transcript - Obtained through iCAT
  • Letter of Support from a Texas State full-time Faculty or Staff member
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Selections will be made by Leadership Institute Staff.

Medals are distributed 1-2 weeks prior to commencement ceremonies. Medals may be borrowed for graduation pictures prior to being awarded, contact us for information.


***Medal of Hope applications are currently closed for Fall 2021***

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  • Eduardo Becerra at the base of the stairs at LBJ

    Eduardo Becerra
    "I am determined to impact my community by passing on the knowledge and skills I have acquired as a student leader throughout my college career. It is my goal to create an inspiration towards individuals among my community and make them aware of how they too can become leaders within their community."

     - Eduardo Becerra

    Lesley Caron outside of the LBJ Student Center

    Lesley Caron
    "I plan to continue to use my confidence and integrity characteristics to contribute to the learning and development of student leaders in my full-time positions at college campuses. I am excited to encourage my students to benefit culture change and educational programming for the campus organization. I want to encourage staff and students to utilize collaboration with other departments on campuses to use institutional resources and help students gain valuable skills to represent "The Hope" and be effective leaders after graduation."

     - Lesley Caron

    Kayla Cummings

    Kayla N. Cummings
    "I represent "The Hope" by being a servant leader not only on campus, but in every part of my life. I believe that continuing to strive for my goals in this uncertain time shows the passion I have for the values found in the Leadership Institute, and I plan to continue to lead out in these values even after graduation. My hope is to stay within the San Marcos area and serve this community, educating others in diversity, inclusion, and the power that people hold in their words."

     - Kayla N. Cummings

    Anna Elmore

    Anna Camille Elmore
    "I represent the "Hope" by taking all of my past experiences and becoming a resource for others. I want to be someone who shows others that there is more than one way to reach your goals, and that everything does not depend on that one test grade. Graduating marks the end of my time in school, but I will forever and always be a Bobcat willing to help the next generation of bobcat leaders."

     - Anna C. Elmore

    Emily Soto

    Emily J. Favela Soto
    "I would have never gotten through college without the diversity that Texas State has. Those experiences from others helped me learn about who I was as a person. Now I am working with high schoolers and they often come to me for college advice. My mission, as a whole, is to impact one child's life at a time. I always let them know that they are smart and they are amazing individuals. I hope my students/future students get to make a difference in the community because they were inspired to do so by me."

     - Emily J. Favela Soto

    Claudia Gomez

    Claudia M. Gomez
    "Every day, I am grateful that I am slowly breaking away from the strenuous generational trauma for a prosperous future. I am proud to be a second chance for my grandmother, father, mother, for what I have left of my family, and for the unknown folks who share similar struggles. If I can do so much with most of the world pushing me back, I think of the next generations and how much I can create a foundation for a better future. As long as I breathe, hope runs through me and drives me on the best path as an authentic and resilient leader with a purpose."

     - Claudia Gomez

    Madisen Gummer

    Madisen S. Gummer
    "It is with action, not simply words, in which you prove your leadership. I recognize that showing up and participating is pivotal to any situation that needs leadership: from national social movements, to the smallest of student organizations, so I try to embody this philosophy wherever I go, and aim to lead by example."

     - Madisen S. Gummer

    Maria Herrera

    Maria Herrera
    "Hope to me represents light in darkness. Hope is the one thing that gives people strength to move forward. Through my life experiences, I believe I represent hope by never giving up and pushing the ones around me not to give up either. I identify with my community along the lines of Mexican American, first generation, being a woman, and being a woman of color. All those identities have driven my involvement at Texas State, and I tried to represent each identity to the highest standard."

     - Maria Herrera

    Tucker Thompson

    Tucker D. Thompson
    Through my education I plan to use my knowledge to focus on community development through educational and economic equity. I will work in impoverished communities to teach and empower others to lead and have their own platform for positive change. It is my firm believe that everyone has the ability to thrive and be successful, and I hope to serve as a tool to assist individuals in creating their own paths to being progressive leaders of their communities."

     - Tucker Thompson


  • Belinda Atta headshot looking up and to the side

    Belinda Atta
    "I represent a group of those who have a passion to uplift others. I wanted to do so in a capacity bigger than myself and getting a degree, and learning how to change policy politically will help me make those macro changes I want to see in my community. I want to be the hope in the field of Public Administrators that carry with them a sense of progress for all with no discrimination."

    - Belinda Atta

    Cassandra Avalos standing in front of a brick wall

    Cassandra Avalos
    "I represent 'The Hope' by being a servant leader. I believe I have been challenged more so now than ever due to the global pandemic, but I continue to remain passionate for the health of those who have been impacted the worst. Where I currently work, I am privileged to be 'the hope' for post-Covid-19 patients and their families."

     - Cassandra Avalos

    Abbey Cliffel in a Bobcat Preview shirt outside

    Abbey Cliffel
    "I am excited to be taking what I have learned, what I have worked on, and the once in a lifetime experiences that I have had with me wherever I go. I represent one of the many Bobcats going out and creating positive change within our world."

     - Abbey Cliffel

    Iliana Figueroa in front of law texts in academic regalia

    Iliana Figueroa
    "My dream is to become a Federal Supreme Court Justice, but I know that my goal is to help people at the local level. In this ideal world, I hope to continue progression and communication with what the people need and want."

     - Iliana Figueroa

    Seneca Green headshot on red background

    Seneca Green
    "After I graduate, I will continue to get involved with the community whenever possible and continue to strive to better the world for not only my children, but for the next generation to come, such as getting involved with Habitat for Humanity, donating to charities and one day starting my own charity."

     - Seneca Green

    Mohammad-Mehdi Khan headshot with nature background

    Mohammad-Mehdi Khan
    "As a leadership educator focused on the work of promoting equity in the learning environment, I look forward to working with institutions of postsecondary education to cultivate and empower student leaders. I believe that promoting leadership efficacy, particularly with historically underrepresented and marginalized communities provides avenues for liberation. I hope that by collaborating with diverse groups in culturally-relevant research and leadership development, I can impact positive change in my community."

     - Mohammad Khan

    Jessica Lee Acevedo with lights in the background

    Jessica Lee Acevedo
    "I am the hope that came true from the blood, sweat, and tears of a humble Mexican immigrant family wishing to provide a better future for their daughters. Soy la esperanza y el orgullo de mi familia (I am the pride and joy of my family), which ignite the hope within me that will one day resonate in the hearts of the next generation of Bobcats. Siendo valiente, represento a mi gente (standing strong I can represent my people).

     - Jessica Lee Acevedo

    Jose Lopez outdoor photo

    Jose Lopez
    "I want to help students who face immigration issues or are first-generation in college. I have always envisioned going back to my old high school and talking to students about the benefits of going to college. Someday I will have the resources to help those who need it.

     - Jose Lopez

    Ulises Luna outdoor headshot

    Ulises Luna
    "After graduation I would like to inform students in K-12 and college to continue the 3 R's (reuse, recycle and reduce). I want institutions to have more awareness about the environment and give more classes about keeping it clean. I want the public to know that we must learn and be prepared for what is going to happen in the next few years, and I will help educate these communities."

     - Ulises Luna

    Maisha Faranza outside in front of an ivy-covered wall

    Maisha F. Mumu
    "As a woman of color and an international student, I always wanted to break through stereotypes to narrow down the gender gap in order to promote gender equality and prove that women can do it too, and that everyone's dreams matter regardless of their race, background, ethnicity or beliefs. Being a Bobcat leader allows me to focus on empowering others in order to believe that together we can all make big changes."

     - Maisha F. Mumu

    Doryan Redding in a laboratory, wearing gloves and the Medal of Hope

    Doryan E. Redding
    "Due to the ongoing global pandemic, I look forward to helping my community by being a part of the essential workforce. Working in the medical laboratory field was already my calling, but now more than ever I feel compelled to participate in the improvement of our healthcare system. Long term, I would like to continue the tradition of empowerment that has been given to me."

     - Doryan E. Redding

    John Rogers asking a question over the mic at the Leadership Institute Annual Conference

    John Allen Rogers
    "I have been a person that steps up when I see something that needs to be done. Volunteering is my way of showing leadership and a way of giving back to the community that has given me so much. When others see action on my part, the "Hope" is that others will feel inspired to take action as well. When asked why I am so involved in various organizations, my answer is why not be involved?

     - John Allen Rogers

    Aliza Sotelo headshot outside the LBJ Student Center

    Aliza B. Sotelo
    "I am applying for the Medal of Hope with a vision. My vision is a world in which hope is as plentiful as the air we breathe. Hope will keep our world striving for something better. And we will get better. My means of achieving this vision is by working with integrity, using my talents generously, living humbly, and loving openly."

     - Aliza B. Sotelo

    Sarah Tanner headshot with nature background

    Sarah Elaine Tanner
    "My involvement has not only helped me to develop myself as a student leader but to develop others around me. It has helped me to truly see other people's perspectives and to see and celebrate the diversity around me in a way I had never considered before I began my leadership journey. I hope to impact my community long-term and on a larger scale by conducting novel research that will hopefully, one day, be impactful and helpful in the community, wherever that ends up being."

     - Sarah Elaine Tanner

    Dontre Thomas headshot

    Dontre M. Thomas
    "After graduation I plan on impacting my community by taking up space in it, in the best way possible. I plan to be diligent in being who I needed when I was younger. I want to be the voice that speaks up for the things that matter beyond wealth and more humanitarian-based. I plan to provoke and inspire my friends, family and acquaintances to be better versions of themselves and to speak up on things that matter to them too. I plan to inspire my community."

     - Dontre M. Thomas

    La'Porsha Timmons headshot outside a TXST building

    La'Porsha D. Timmons
    "I represent hope because I believe even the impossible is possible. I have and continue to develop my leadership skills by putting myself in positions where I may be uncomfortable and growth can take place. I take pride in believing that the things I have done thus far have set me up to accomplish my end goal of touching and inspiring as many lives as I possibly can."

     - La'Porsha D. Timmons

    Keuna Webster in front of blue flowers

    Keuna L. Webster
    "My leadership has always been built upon representation for those around me who didn't always know how to speak up. Sometimes you need to see those figures who look like you to succeed. While at Texas State University, my goal was to leave a legacy and a blueprint for those behind me. I wanted to make sure I made a difference in my community and continue to uphold it at all times."

     - Keuna L. Webster


  • Yunuen Alvarado in the hallway of the LBJ Student Center

    Yunuen Alvarado
    Yunuen is an intentionally intersectional leader, confident yet humble, and deeply committed to the work of intersectional social justice and community building. I have been able to witness Yunuen interact with and support students in the role of organizer, facilitator, and change agent, and remain resolutely impressed and inspired by what I witness from her. A student leader among her peers, Yunuen has demonstrated a zeal for working to support and educate others, insisting that everyone feel visible and a worthy part of community on this campus and in our broader community. She blazes trails, creating platforms to give voice to consciousness and understanding around diversity and inclusion for every individual. 

    Corey Benbow headshot


    Corey Benbow
    Corey does everything with a smile and is gracious to everyone around him; he treats individuals with a sense of value and respect. His willingness to learn new ideas, tasks and methods is a strength that will carry him very far. His contributions to our campus and community at large do not go unnoticed, and he always seeks out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. Corey is a servant leader who looks for opportunities to aid his community. It is an honor to know him, and to recommend him for the Medal of Hope.

    Katherine Brewer outside the UAC


    Katherine Brewer
    Katherine impressed me from my first interview with her and has not stopped since! I've had the pleasure of witnessing her growth as a student and a leader throughout her time here at Texas State University. She is one of those students who stands out and elevates the work of everyone around her, and she constantly seeks new challenges and opportunities to grow academically, socially, personally, and professionally. She is passionate about developing others so they can see their potential, and there is no doubt that she will leave an amazing legacy for future "Medal of Hope" recipients. 

    Jazmine Cerrato speaking in front of a microphone


    Jazmine Cerrato
    Jazmine, aka my Storm Trooper, aka, Miss' out here changing the world: Your personal and professional development journey has been one of vulnerability, triumph, love to do and be better for yourself and your community, and selflessness - ultimately a wonderful process to witness the last few years. You began as my Pathfinder Mentee, then became an involved Bobcat, conference facilitator, Pathfinder Mentor yourself, and future LeaderShape participant (#unstoppable). Today, you're rightfully being awarded the Medal of Hope as you are a true servant leader. You are a blessing to everyone you encounter and will continue to positively change lives post-graduation. I can't wait to witness all you do in your next slice of life. I am so very proud, and I'm sending a very big virtual hug. Congratulations! 

    Angelica Cervantes headshot on blank background

    Angelica Hernandez Cervantes
    As a student, Angelica is committed to learning and enhancing her knowledge. She is actively involved in multicultural and social causes because she truly believes that it is essential for all citizens to give back to the society. Her genuine interest in various social causes clearly brings forth her compassion for various underrepresented groups in the society. her devotion to these causes indicates that she has the potential of making significant contributions to the society. Based on her demonstrated involvement with various volunteer organizations and the leadership positions she has served during her enrollment at Texas State, I believe Angelica is an outstanding candidate for the Medal of Hope. 
    Vashist Reddy Eppalapally headshot with nature background Vashist Reddy Eppalapally
    Throughout my time knowing him, Vashist exhibited strong professionalism, an amazing work ethic, and very good time management skills. He maintained a high GPA while also understanding the importance of being involved in the campus community. He is a dedicated, empathetic leader, and I believe he is an excellent candidate for the Medal of Hope.

    Stefany Evangelista with blank background


    Stefany Evangelista
    Stefany is a very motivated and personable individual. She has done well in being a resource for the residents she serves in the residence hall - she works as a role model, community-builder and as a support system for students. Her drive and efforts in her roles on my staff provide a wonderful influence on the freshmen that currently live in Chautauqua Hall. She has worked hard to not only leave a positive impact on the community she serves, but influences other students to do the same.

    Isabel Esparza with nature background


    Isabel Esparza
    Through her time at Texas State, Isabel has been a phenomenal student, leader, and advocate at Texas State University. Through all of her involvement she has developed an exceptional network of collaborators, supporters and partners that work to advance the experiences and needs of underrepresented communities. I have high admiration and respect for Isabel as I have witnessed her work tirelessly for these marginalized communities. Given her experience, impact and ability, I am confident that she will achieve and supersede her goals and positively influence the lives of many others. For these reasons, she is highly deserving of the Medal of Hope.

    Nahara Franklin being named Homecoming Queen


    Nahara Franklin
    Nahara has that special blend of being both a dreamer and a doer. She is courageous and creative as she challenges the status quo and pursues her brilliant ideas to leave her communities better than she found them. During her time at Texas State, she has made a positive impact on all that know her, earning high marks in her classes, serving in leadership roles in multiple organizations, and even being voted Homecoming Queen by her peers. This fall, Nahara will go on to serve the Chicago school district through Teach for America, and will no doubt spend her career as a future lawyer changing her communities for the better. Her legacy is one of servant leadership, justice, and never settling for ordinary, and she will certainly make her Bobcat family proud!

    Genaro Garcia posing on a couch


    Genaro Garcia
    Genaro is a brilliant and respected student, leader and military veteran with a clear vision of his future goals and a record of success in his various roles to prove it. He has demonstrated valuable skills, academic intellect, a commitment to service and a genuine desire to strive for success. His experience in the military serving in Afghanistan and completing a Service Abroad Program in Costa Rica allowed him to gain greater knowledge, awareness and appreciation as a global citizen and his responsibilities as a leader. I deeply admire Genaro for his will, persistency, resiliency, intelligence and altruism. He possesses excellent communication, team, organization, written and problem-solving skills. His experiences in the military and within his education will prove to be assets to him and his drive to complete a doctoral program in Physical Therapy, and he is an excellent candidate for the Medal of Hope.  
    Erick Joel Garza with blank background

    Erick Joel Garza

    Breanna Higgins in professional attire in front of modern architecture Breanna Higgins
    Breanna is an outspoken and courageous leader who is willing to speak up, and make space for voices who may be different from her own. She created a culture of leadership and inclusion throughout her time with the Student Leadership Board, and tirelessly served the Leadership Institute as well. She is beyond deserving of the Medal of Hope.

    Kristy Ho at Swell Park in Bobcat gear

    Kristy Ho
    Kristy is a very intelligent, well-organized, driven, enthusiastic, and well-rounded individual, and she enjoys participating in fellowship and community service. She possesses a professional attitude which exhibits excellence and leadership in everything she is associated with. I feel confident that Kristy meets all criteria for this honor because she possesses leadership characteristics and professional qualities of a successful young lady. She is a knowledgeable individual whom as a student always looked for ways to grow and further develop herself through the opportunities that were presented. I firmly believe she possesses the characteristics of a successful future leader in society and highly recommend her for the Medal of Hope.

    Tyler Holden in vest and tie


    Tyler Holden
    I highly recommend Tyler and trust that his leadership and academic background, ambition, character and motivation are among the best. His quiet reserve and intelligence permeated throughout the classroom, and he had a way of leaving a lasting impression on those privileged to spend time with him. He has remarkable integrity and personal commitment to excellence that transcends what is required of him. In addition, Tyler is consistent and ethical worker; he has taken on various leadership roles and produces outstanding results in the tasks he takes on. Tyler exhibits the qualities that I have witnessed only in exceptional students. The leadership growth I have observed over the past three years suggests that he will go on and be an outstanding future leader in his professional and personal life. 

    Hailey Hoskens headshot


    Hailey Hoskens


    Arsema Kidane headshot with Bobcat shirt


    Arsema Kidane
    It is an honor to know Arsema Kidane and to recommend her as an individual who upholds the values of high scholarship and ethical standards, challenges herself to take on leadership roles that are selfless in nature, promotes unity and friendship, as well as serves girls and women of need. In the three years I have known Arsema, I can confidently say she does everything with a smile and is gracious to everyone around her; she treats individuals with a sense of value and respect. Her steadfast desire to serve others in every capacity possible continues to leave a lasting impact. She spreads hope to those who benefit from her genuine leadership and would be an excellent representative for the Medal of Hope. 

    Taityana Lusk photo

    Taityana Lusk
    My first initial meeting with Taityanna showcased her as a woman of conviction and determination who was ready to experience everything collegiate life had to offer. She showcases herself as a student with a mind that is academically focused. I was able to see firsthand that she possessed a strong desire to be involved on campus, and she fully embraces the philosophy that there are always new things to learn if you set yourself in places to be taught. Her character and work ethic consists of leadership management, organizational skills, ability to accept and work on constructive criticism, time management and demonstrating a mature attitude towards task given. Taityana continues to become a well-rounded and hard-working individual during her time at Texas State, and this honor will definitely be a blessing for which she is highly deserving.  

    Ramiro Marroquin headshot in nature


    Ramiro Marroquin
    Ramiro has gone through tremendous growth while at Texas State. He is a person with a good sense of work ethic, respect and loyalty. He is dependable, and frequently goes above and beyond to help his own and other organizations. He encourages his peers to seek out resources and makes himself available as a mentor to the next generation of students. He also works to expand his knowledge and leadership through personal and professional development opportunities (such as the Leadership Institute). Ramiro is a bright think and motivator of his peers. his activism and sense of duty let him tow work with others to ensure campus change not just for themselves but for the future generations that will attend Texas State. I believe Ramiro demonstrates The Hope that the Medal of Hope represents. 

    Monica Mendez grad photo in front of the Stallions


    Monica Mendez
    Monica has been one of our leaders among our student employees and has taken on roles and responsibilities (such as training new hires) without being asked. She consistently offers her help to others, and though she is an undergraduate, she has become the student that faculty members request when extra help is required in their classes. Monica is a responsible young woman who takes her education seriously, but is also community conscious and is involved in organizations on campus. Her commitment to activism and support for marginalized communities has led to her being well-known and respected on campus. She is will undoubtedly contribute to her greater community upon graduation, and will represent the Medal of Hope well. 

    Jacob Miller hugging LBJ


    Jacob Miller
    As college students, so many individuals are still trying to find their place and purpose in life. Jacob entered Texas State with a mindset on helping others. He showcases a real passion for gaining connections with his peers. He enveloped himself in the "Bobcat Way" by assisting students in his various roles and involvement, and demonstrating that students can maintain a healthy balance of experiencing college with both academic and social engagement. Jacob has been a learner, but also a teacher for me within the scope of my role as a mentor for students on this campus. In my mind, I consider him a "lifelong student." He continues to place himself in learning opportunities to develop his skill and passion. Jacob embodies the universities mission and values, and I confidently recommend him for the Medal of Hope. 

    Alisha Mohammad posing in the LBJ Student Center hallway


    Alisha Mohammed
    It is a great honor to support Alisha for the Medal of Hope. I have been able to see her professionalism, leadership skills and commitment to personal development. She also works tirelessly to identify needs within her community and serve in any way she can. She shows compassion, humility and passion in all that she does, and others look to her for support and leadership. Alisha has been very involved while always approaching her commitments with servant leadership and a desire to learn. I believe she is a top candidate for the Medal of Hope and know she will exemplify the values of Texas State for the rest of her life. 

    Leanna Mouton headshot in maroon blazer

    Leanna Mouton
    Leanna has a history of academic success at Texas State, but has also amassed incredible achievements and honors through her leadership and involvement from awards and leadership positions in her organizations to being selected as Student Regent to the Texas State University System. Clearly, Leanna is a high achiever, and she has set the bar equally high in the pursuance of a student that will form the basis of her Honors Thesis. It is a high-quality research project (focused on issues of accessibility of the nation's theme parks and how to improve the experience for patrons with disabilities) that is very, very ambitious for an undergraduate... but this is Leanna Mouton. She is extremely intelligent, very hardworking, and selfless in her pursuit of service to others. She is a giver, not a taker, and I believe her accomplishments make her a strong representative for the Medal of Hope Award.

    Jazmin Pantoja wearing a graduation cap

    Jazmin Pantoja
    Jazmin is driven by her values, and this has also guided her involvement and service while at Texas State. I have witnessed significant growth in her through the time I've known her. When we were first acquainted, she seemed to be reserved and took time to come out of her shell. I've now come to appreciate and depend upon her incredible listening skills, and her ability to relate, empathize and connect with other individuals. Instead of reserved, I have realized that Jazmin is more thoughtful and observant, but willing to speak up and speak out when it is important. Jazmin truly represents "the hope" for leadership in the generations of bobcats who graduate then impact their own communities going forward. I am confident that Jazmin is one of those leaders and hope you will give her your utmost consideration for the Medal of Hope Award. 

    Stephanie Perez headshot

    Stephanie Perez
    Through all of Stephanie's involvement, she has shown a passion for serving others and the importance of giving back. While service and leadership have been a common thread, she has continued to weave in her passion and future vocation, focusing on the health, balance and wellness of her peers and reducing the stigma around talking about these issues. She has a huge heart, and has spent significant time in the support, mentoring and empowerment of others. She has been able to share her experiences to inspire others on their journey. I've also been able to witness her passion for social justice education and advocacy for underrepresented populations as well. Stephanie is an amazing individual and is very worthy of the Medal of Hope.
    Jessica Ramos-Karmaker professional headshot Jessica Ramos-Karmaker
    Jessica is a leader who has altruistic values, and is very committed to serving her community and leading others to success. She balances heavy course loads with ample volunteer time, in addition to raising a family. Jessica strives to do her best work, always, and anything she does, she does well. She is a professional and dedicated leader, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of the Medal of Hope.

    Alondra Saucedo photo in blue shirt


    Alondra Saucedo
    Alondra is an exceptional student, leader and advocate. Her involvement in various organizations and initiatives showcase her competencies and skills. Her passion for education is very evident. Her growing political consciousness, awareness of social justice and educational abilities are clearly demonstrated in her passion for further education. This has driven Alondra to explore careers and degrees that further community development, political activism, social awareness and educational equality. I'm confident her continued investment in herself and her development will complement her current abilities, skills and personal constitution in leadership through community-building, educational encouragement and advocacy. I fully support Alondra's application for the Medal of Hope. 

    Immanuel Tan photo with skyline background

    Immanuel Tan
    I have had the pleasure of observing Immanuel's incredible commitment to self-development through service, leadership and involvement. We've discussed his goals and aspirations, for which his biggest goal was to invest in self-development in order to build the necessary tools that could serve the needs of others. I was impressed with his conscientiousness to know that in order to help others he needed to admit his own limitations and invest in himself. He is eager to lead students to campus resources and understanding of the importance of being involved. His kind demeanor and strong sense of awareness allows him to easily build rapport with all members of the campus community. His tireless efforts allow others to feel welcome, inspired to be more involved, and have pride in being a part of the Texas State community. I can confidently say that he will have a long and successful future dedicated to helping others. Therefore, I give Immanuel Tan my highest recommendation for the Medal of Hope. 

    Logan Taylor holding up peace signs with bright orange lighted background

    Logan Taylor
    I can't think of an individual who better exemplifies this award and who has proven to be committed to their personal development as a student leader at Texas State and who will have a continuing positive impact on their community after graduation. His positivity, excitement, and desire to connect with others are just a few qualities that make him an exceptional leader. I believe he uses his gifts in the way that he leads others. Logan is a joy to be around and is continually spreading magic through his personality and smile. There is no doubt in my mind that he is destined for greatness after graduation and will continue to develop into a strong leader.

    Kayla Thompson outside the LBJ Student Center

    Kayla Thompson
    Kayla is a conscientious student who was a wonderful addition to the classroom. She works well with her peers and is willing to listen to other's opinions and include all people in a group discussion. She has always been pleasant, polite and genuinely warm when visiting me. Her competence, personality and her obvious joy for life will continue to serve her well. She will continue to be an incredible student and a wonderful addition to any organization she joins. I highly recommend her for the Medal of Hope award.

    Catherine Wicker headshot with nature background

    Catherine Wicker
    I recommend Ms. Catherine Wircker based on the extraordinary degree to which she has lent her time and energy in service to the community. She is fearless in engaging university and community leaders, making known her thoughts and explaining issues from the perspective of university students. In her short time here, she has befriended more community leaders, politicians and decision-makers than I have even met in my 20+ years spent in the arena. From these relationships have been sprung many fruitful changes in policies and direction for the university and for the larger community that is Hays County and even beyond. I am sure there are many deserving candidates, but the Medal of hope could not be worn by a more suitable model of community engagement and leadership than Ms. Catherine Wicker. 
    Cassidy Wright in graduation attire with grad cap next to her Cassidy Wright
    Cassidy is an excellent candidate for this award. She works tirelessly and has been an asset to every organization she has been a part of, and I am very proud of the woman she has become. Cassidy definitely embodies our mission and values within her time as undergraduate at Texas State University, and I appreciate her driving force to want to teach others.
  • Cameron Brown
    I have witnessed Cameron's journey from a quiet and reserved young man to a true leader that embodies the qualities that the Medal of Hope stands for. Any chance he found to make himself a better leader, a more engaged member of the community, or an opportunity to raise his awareness on social justice issues, Cam leaped at the opportunity. He is more than deserving of this award and will represent Texas State University well with this honor in future endeavors.

    Danielle Callaway


    Danielle Callaway
    When I met Danielle, I immediately noticed that she is a very passionate individual and is constantly looking for ways to learn and share knowledge with those around her. Danielle has extensive volunteer experience and participates in numerous extra-curricular and professional activities. This upcoming semester Danielle will be attending the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University, where I know she will influence others positively and expand her leadership skills. Her work at Texas State is a testament to her passion for helping others and contributing with important knowledge to society. I recommend her without reservations for the Medal of Hope.

    Abigail Candalor


    Abigail Candalor
    As someone who has been mostly responsible for keeping the Leadership Institute alive (much less helping it to thrive!), Abigail is absolutely deserving of the Medal of Hope. Her expansive knowledge and background have helped her to serve so many areas of the Dean of Students Office and Texas State University. She is a servant leader, and provides stability, structure and an eye for the big picture as well. Her character and integrity are unquestioned, and I often find myself asking when faced with a dilemma, 'What Would Abigail Do?' She approaches her work with students with knowledge and understanding of her privilege, and uses this knowledge to serve and advocate for those who are underrepresented and whose voices are often unheard. She will continue to develop and support college students in her future roles, and her impact on our campus and department will be felt long after she graduates.

    Danyelle Ellsworth


    Danyelle Ellsworth
    I have had the pleasure of knowing Danyelle through my time as a faculty members, and during this time, I have been able to observe the growth of Ms. Ellsworth's leadership and academic skills. Danyelle is a joy to teach and a student with whom I am currently blessed to interact. She embodies everything one would hope for in a college student and future community member. Between her academics, activities, GPA and volunteer work, Danyelle has demonstrated the desire and strength to set a lofty goal and achieve it. She is one of the most creative, intriguing, intelligent and diligent young women that I have had the pleasure of teaching. She definitely exemplifies Texas State University as a place where not only ideas but also successful young adults grow. She is a most deserving recipient of the Leadership Institute's Medal of Hope Award.
    Loren Franke Loren Franke
    Loren has shown her dedication through participation in a variety of community-based programs that have encouraged leadership skills. I have seen Loren demonstrate great work ethic and a desire to commit to her dreams and goals. I believe Loren would be a great recipient for the Medal of Hope at Texas State University.

    Sydney Gillums


    Sydney Gillums
    It gives me great pleasure to recommend Ms. Sydney Gillums to be a recipient of the Medal of Hope. She is very deserving of this recognition and honor. As soon as I met Sydney, I knew she demonstrated a commitment to be a student leader at Texas State University. I saw her join Student Foundation and then continue to flourish and lead in so many events and activities on campus. I continued to see her develop as a student leader as she became a Peer Mentor. I personally have seen Sydney represent her student leadership by reaching out to new students and asking them questions to help them grow and mature. She definitely represents "hope" for the future in our Texas State Alumni.
    Kayla Gregory in graduation regalia

    Kayla Gregory
    Kayla is one of the most professional, ethical, responsible, and respectful students I have worked with thus far. She is kind, but firm; she is smart, but never arrogant; and she is professional, but has fun in her work. She has made an impact on many students' lives at Texas State, she has made an impact on me, and I know she would represent the Leadership Institute and Texas State University well as a recipient.

    Baley Helton


    Baley Helton
    Baley has been my Instructional Assistant for two semesters, and I could not be more pleased with his performance. I have observed Baley interacting with his class; he is inclusive of all students, he is respectful, and he is professional. Baley leads by example and takes time to connect with his students. He takes the initiative and does not wait to be told to do something. When he sees work that can be done, he is quick to jump in and do it. His expertise in the subject matter and the fact that he treats everyone equally garners him respect from his students, and he has no problem leading and instructing them. It gives me great pleasure to recommend Baley Helton for the Medal of Hope Award. I sincerely believe he would be a well-deserving recipient.

    Sean Hembrick


    Sean Hembrick
    Sean is a strong advocate for students and social justice while mentoring undergraduate students. I have watched his work in action as he tirelessly volunteers with student programs, organizations and mentoring first generation college students. Mr. Hembrick is a person I depend on as he accomplishes everything with diligence and humility. Sean has a great personality and always has a smile on his face. He is an ambassador for Texas State University, and an example of success and leadership for the Texas State Black community and for groups who historically have been left out in higher education. He has gone through many hardships, but is able to withstand every barrier with grace and dignity.
    Dora Evelyn Ibarra Dora Evelyn Ibarra

    Cynthia Jacobo


    Cynthia Jacobo
    Cynthia has been an extremely involved and driven student over her time at Texas State. She is personable and has made a significant impact on the students whom she has touched. She is an excellent student, maintaining Dean's List achievement every year. She has been recognized for her scholarship and leadership by numerous scholarships and awards as well as offices held in student organizations. There are very few corners of campus Cynthia hasn't touched, and I strongly recommend she receive the Medal of Hope.

    Megan Maldonado


    Megan Maldonado
    I am fortunate to have supervised Megan as Vice President of the Undergraduate Exercise and Sports Science Organization this past year. She demonstrates exceptional qualities as a leader and handles responsibilities with confidence. She is an excellent student and has an abundance of volunteer opportunities that help expand her knowledge and experience in various aspects of the field. Megan continually attends professional development opportunities to enhance her personal and educational development. She is very intelligent, creative and is an outstanding leader. Among her many accomplishments, I feel she is an excellent applicant for the Medal of Hope.
    Samantha Martinez Samantha Martinez
    Samantha has always shown herself to be extremely resourceful, intelligent, self-motivated and committed in all phases of her life while at Texas State University. In her time here, Ms. Martinez has had an overwhelming commitment to advancing the brand of Texas State and has worked in a variety of capacities to elevate the student experience. She is an excellent communicator who operates with professionalism and grace as a leader that is routinely counted on to be the cornerstone of the project or program. Based on her work ethic and character, I would highly recommend her.

    N'Deye Ndiaye


    N'Deye Ndiaye
    N'Deye is a student who is socially conscious, civic-minded and politcally astute. She understands issues of social justice and works hard to promote inclusion within the student population with whom she works. She takes advantage of every opportunity and constantly challenges herself to grow as a person, a role model and leader. Passionate, relational, concerned, ethical, caring advocate and mentor for students, values-centered, utmost professional, sees the big picture, and one who empowers others are more ways to describe N'Deye. I want you to know that N'Deye's leadership potential is limitless. She is in the top 5% of students I have had the pleasure to work with during my tenure in higher education. I fully support N'Deye's application and know she will wear the Medal of Hope with pride.

    Jose Palacios


    Jose Palacios
    Jose distinguished himself as a leader in our class from the very first day. Not only was I impressed with his high GPA, but he was outgoing, enthusiastic, and highly involved in a diverse variety of campus activities. Jose is extremely dependable, competent and excited about new opportunities to learn, and I am hopeful that he will consider attending law school after graduating. Knowing Jose as well as I do, I can say with confidence that he is highly deserving of this recognition.

    Amanda Phillips


    Amanda Phillips
    Amanda has demonstrated a commitment to her personal development as a student leader at Texas State University. She represents "The Hope" we have in the next generation of Bobcat Leaders, and has already proved to have an impact on students within the Texas State communities. The knowledge and skills gained through her involvement in the Leadership Institute is complemented by a compelling engagement history on and off campus. From extensive investment in her leadership and personal development to significant serve at the university, in her hometown and on the state-level for her field, Amanda exemplifies the character and dedication that is expected of a recipient for the Medal of Hope recognition.

    Tess Raven


    Tess Raven
    Tess has always demonstrated a sincere love for their family, friends and the Texas State University community, where they have tirelessly served as a leader within the Dean of Students Office. Their sense of purpose and duty has allowed them to earn my friendship and admiration because of their intense passion to serve others. It is these qualities, along with their friendly, enthusiastic demeanor that led me to endorse their future endeavors and provide guidance in their pursuits. Tess is an outspoken and courageous leader who shares their thoughts and encourages their peers to speak up when they have an opinion that may differ from their own. I whole-heartedly endorse Tess Raven for the Medal of Hope and encourage you to recognize this outstanding leader for their contributions to Texas State University.
    Danielle Rios Danielle Rios
      Rashad Salters
    Rashad is a bright student, respected student leader, advocate for underrepresented students including student veterans and an excellent role model. Rashad has displayed a commitment to becoming an advocate for social justice issues. He took a pledge and became an ALLY for the LGBTQIA community, an in many cases, has advocated for supporting veterans in their multiple and intersecting identities. Rashad actively seeks opportunities by immersing himself in conferences and workshops that help him become a better and more informed student, leader and advocate. He is a humble student leader who mentors, encourages and connects his friends and peers to resources and support services at Texas State. Just as importantly, he is a great role model who champions the success of others including underrepresented students and community members. He absolutely exemplifies all the qualities and attributes of a recipient of the Medal of Hope.
    Haley Tucker Haley Tucker
    I believe that Haley is an ideal candidate for the Medal of Hope, having dedicated herself to assisting new students and peers, as well as serving in positions of leadership to make Texas State a better space for everyone. She is truly an exceptional student and leader, and she has become a role model for other students to become peer mentors at Texas State. Haley has demonstrated repeatedly through her time on campus that she is one of this university's finest students - setting examples for her fellow students and for those who will follow in her footsteps, positively impacting the academic paths of numerous students on a daily basis. It has been a privilege to have her as a student and to know her as a young professional. Frankly, Haley Tucker embodies everything we hope to see in an ideal student at Texas State.

    Kelly Vargas


    Kelly Vargas
    I have had the opportunity to observe Kelly as a student and also as a leader amongst her peers. She consistently puts herself in situations that will help her grow as a student and future professional. Kelly is a clear leader and distinguished herself as a bright student with excellent work ethic. Her leadership style combines charisma and confidence with poise and competence to effectively achieve group goals. I have also interacted with Kelly during a capstone course that examines the intersection of social justice issues with recreation and therapeutic recreation issues. She contributes insightful and relevant perspectives, but is also open to and respectful of the perspectives of her classmates. Kelly represents Texas State University well, and is deserving of the Medal of Hope award.
    Olmiche Vital Olmiche Vital


  • Crystal Akanwa Crystal Akanwa
    Crystal is one of the most dedicated and hardest-working students we have had the pleasure of employing. She is extremely personable, intelligent and always thinking "outside of the box." She is committed to involvement in our community, bringing her unique personal warmth and enthusiasm.
    Alezandra Aleman Alezandra Aleman
    Alezandra has excelled in going above and beyond the standards of an employee and as a student. As she has taken advantage of amazing opportunities, even our conversations have changed as has her character, integrity and leadership. She is highly qualified for the Medal of Hope.
      Anisah Y. Ali
    Anisah demonstrates a commitment to the development and enhancement of her personal growth, the organizations she is a part of, and the overall campus community. It is my strong belief that she will uphold the principles of the Medal of Hope through her desire to create responsible and positive social change within her community through her advocacy work and service to others.
    Bekah Araujo Bekah Araujo
    Karah Beavers Karah L. Beavers
    Karah is one of the most outstanding undergraduates I've worked with in over 30 years of college teaching. She works well with peers and inspires dedication. She brings innovation and vision to her responsibilities, and I'm sure these same characteristics and values will follow her into her career.
      Naiha Asuncion Campos
    I have been extremely impressed with Naiha because she is such a positive individual that constantly inspires those that are around her despite her challenging history. I can only imagine the positive impact that she is going to make as she graduates from this university and moves into greater positions of influence.
    Lashantynia Clayton Lashantynia J. Clayton
    Ms. Clayton is an unassuming leader who works well alongside her coworkers who share very distinct cultural backgrounds. I have been grateful to witness the blossoming of relationships with her professors, peers and other faculty and staff members which have allowed her to become the proactive leader I know.
    Alyson Crowley Alyson Crowley
    Aly has tremendous work ethic, is remarkably persistent, demonstrates ingenuity and is highly effective in using her strong interpersonal skills. Alyson epitomizes enthusiasm and optimism, is extremely culturally competent, and is a very diligent worker academically who gets amazing results.
    Janelle Garza Janelle Garza
    Janelle is definitely someone who is socially conscious, open-minded and civically astute. She has taken advantage of every opportunity presented to her and constantly challenges herself to grow as a person, as a role model and as a leader.
    Shantel Garza Shantel Garza
    Shantel is an absolutely amazing young lady who has gone above and beyond in her endeavors as a student and citizen of her community. I have known Shantel for several years, and I've seen her mature into a wonderfully responsible and well-educated young woman who has dedicated her life to helping others.
    Drew Gonzalez Andrew (Drew) Gonzalez
    Drew has grown to be a well-respected, knowledgeable, thoughtful student leader. He has the respect of his peers, his advisors, faculty and younger students who seek him out for advice. He is well spoken and has a heart for students.
    Juan Carlos Hernandez Juan Carlos Hernandez
    Ryan Kessinger Ryan Kessinger
    I have very high level of respect and reverence for Ryan. I am truly in awe of their ability to lead, think creatively, persist, and create change. Where there is a need, Ryan can be counted on to stand up for what is right and good. I admire and applaud their altruism, ability to lead, grit to create effective institutions, willingness to dare, hope that inspires and labor of love.
    Stefanie Maldonado Stefanie Maldonado
    As a transfer student, Stefanie has shown extraordinary commitment to leadership and to Texas State University as a Bobcat. She challenged herself to become involved to earn the medal, but also has learned and grown as a leader along the way, while graduating with honors.
    Mariela Martinez Mariela Martinez
    I've found Mariela to be a hard worker and diligent student. Mariela has been involved in many activities while at Texas State and she has held leadership positions in many of them. She is eager to learn, sets high standards for herself and is highly motivated.
    Tamara Merritt Tamara Merritt
    I would first describe her as a passionate person. Her passion is infectious, inspiring others to take interest in higher education, sociology, aging issues, and community service. It is simply astounding that she completed 200 hours of community service in her first year at Texas State, while adjusting to a new campus environment as a transfer student.
      Malik M. Mingo
    Malik has dedicated himself to contributing to multiple facets of this university, just like he will do wherever his career takes him next. His extracurricular involvement has granted him the opportunity to meet a plethora of students, faculty and staff. For all those he has met and interacted with, he has been an outstanding representation of what it means to be a Bobcat.
    Karina Ogunlana Karina Y. Ogunlana
    Karina is a strong advocate for students and is known on our campus for her work with ALL students! Words that best define Ms. Ogunlana are dedication, ambition, and passion. Her motivation is second to non, and her character is pristine.
    Paola Olvera Paola Olvera
    Paola has been incredibly active with her service and volunteer work, with a focus on both youth and underrepresented minorities. Through her service, she helps girls with homework, and speaks with them about women empowerment, hygiene, self-love, and educational opportunities. Balancing all of these activities with her academics is a testament to her time management skills, motivation and dedication to the wider community.
    Paige Pelletier Paige Pelletier
    Paige has embodied structure, enthusiasm, and sacrifice for the last three years. Paige promotes unity and has been an active contributor to the Leadership Institute. She definitely deserves the Medal of Hope as she sacrificed all of herself to engage in servant leadership for her peers to follow.
    Dyhanara Rios Dyhanara Rios
    Dy is an invaluable asset to the Meadows Center, our university and our student community; she is extraordinarily helpful and always willing to pitch in, regardless of the circumstances. She is respected by her co-workers and fellow students, and is viewed as a leader and a generous friend. Her willingness to learn, and her ability to improvise, prioritize and work under pressure are skills not often seen.
      Denise K. Salters
    She serves others for the greater good, not because it will benefit her in any way. She is a blessing to everyone she comes in contact with, always wants to help out in any way she can, and is such an inspiration. One thing I can say for certain, she is going to make a difference in the world, because she already has for so many people.
      Gina M. Segura
    Kara Solis Kara M. Solis
    Kara is an independent thinker who puts a lot of thought and effort into her work. She is willing to voice her opinions and ideas, and actively seeks out feedback, consistently striving to improve and challenge herself. She is extremely conscientious and hard working.
    Lauren Tyler-Smith Lauren Tyler-Smith
    Isell Varela Isell J. Varela
    Isell represents the best that Texas State has to offer. Her dedication to our community and social justice is apparent through her words and her actions. Isell is inspiring the next generation as, I hope, we have inspired her.
    Lexus Wren Lexus Wren


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