May 24, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Taylor Holder Honored by VSU Athletics

Pictured, from left to right, are Herb Reinhard, director of athletics; Taylor Holder; and Dr. Brian Gerber, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

VALDOSTA — Taylor Holder of Chicago, Illinois, is a recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2016 Academic Athlete Award.

The 20-year-old defensive specialist from the Lady Blazers volleyball team said, “Being selected for this award is such an honor.” She also said that she is proud to share this recognition with her teammate and friend, Lea Jacklen. 

Holder’s scholastic achievements and service to the university, her team, and her community were recognized during VSU’s annual Academic Honors and Awards Dinner, where she was honored by Herb Reinhard, director of athletics.

Holder expects to graduate from VSU with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and an Honors College Certificate in May 2017 and then pursue a professional pharmacy degree. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is a regular on the Dean’s List and an Honors Scholar, and recently earned the 2016 Inorganic Chemistry Award. She enjoys tutoring pre-nursing majors.

Holder is the daughter of Mark and Natalie Holder.

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