b'P resiDentsA wArD forA cADemice xcellence f All2020 r eciPients at the 2021 National Collegiate Honors Conference; and AngelosI was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but worked hard Fall from Heaven in Shakespeares Measure for Measure at theto learn English and come to the United States, he said. When 2021 VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium.I decided to enter university here, I knew I wanted to excel, but I didnt know I would do this well and earn such a high honor. Her work on The Consequences of Education: Liminality andThis means the world to me because my family, especially my Othering in the Life of Zitkala-Sa was published in VSUsmother and father, can see their son live out his American dream Omnino. It also earned the Best Paper Award at the 2022 VSUand be proud of me. Unfortunately, they are not in the U.S., but Undergraduate Research Symposium. I know they are proud and will be even prouder when they see it all happening thanks to technology. I am so thankful for the Northup was an active member of several student organizations,experiences VSU has given me and for the people I have met. If including the Honors Student Association, where she servedyoung Noel could see where adult Noel is now, he would jump as class representative then president; the Student Governmentat the first chance to get it all started. Association, where she served as director of academic affairs; and Student Judicial Council.As a student committed to academic, research, and service excellence, Rojas took full advantage of experiential and Northups commitment to academic, research, service, and leadershipexploratory learning opportunities available at VSU. He excellence resulted in her being named an Honors Scholar and awon first place at Hackathon 2021, an annual software Jennett Scholar, as well as earning repeated Deans List honors anddevelopment competition hosted by the Department of the Department of Englishs Martha Wiseman McKey Award. Computer Science and Azalea Health. He worked as a computer science tutor on campus and as a volunteer website After graduation, Northup plans to continue her educationdeveloper for Habitat for Humanity. and pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in English with a focus on rhetoric and composition.Through research, Rojas created new knowledge, which he shared at local and state conferences. He presented COVID-19 I plan on continuing my work and dedicating my life toRespiratory Viruses, Cell Surface Molecules, and You at the higher education as a professor, with the hopes of becoming a2021 VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium and shared his department head, dean, or even provost far down the line, shework on the development of jGrader, a tool for automating the said. I want to make a difference in the lives of students, likegrading of homework, at the 2021 Georgia Academy of Science.the faculty at VSU have done for me. Rojas was a founding member of Alpha Epsilon Kappa, an off-Her supportive family includes mom Denise Northup, dadcampus fraternity that became a nontraditional student group on Phillip Northup Jr., sisters Lydia and Trisha Northup, boyfriendcampus. He earned repeated spots on the Deans List. Cordell Moats, aunt Phyllis Rayford, uncle Doug Rayford, cat Westley, and dogs Ellie, Winston, and Scarlett.During Summer 2022, Rojas completed a software engineer internship with Earnest.I am excited to announce that I have accepted a full-time c ollege ofs cience& m AthemAtics position as a full stack software engineer for Earnest, he said. So, my plans at the moment are to continue working n oelA lfreDor oJAsg Alviz with them. I also plan on pursuing a masters degree in either of Valdosta, Georgia, is the recipientmachine learning, DevOps, software engineering, or web of the Fall 2022 Presidents Awarddevelopment. My career goals are vast. I will continue to acquire for Academic Excellence for thenew skills and shape my current ones so that I stay informed and College of Science and Mathematicsup to date about the changing technologies and languages in the at Valdosta State University. Hefield of computer science. I am also working towards achieving graduates summa cum laude withsenior software engineer status within a large company in the a Bachelor of Science in Computernext three years. Science, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and a Minor in AppliedHis supportive family includes wife Jessica Vaquerano Rojas, Statistics. He previously earned an Associate of Arts from VSUfather Noel Jos Rojas Garcia, mother Josefa Marina de Rojas, in 2020. his siblings, his mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as well as dogs Cosmos Aldebaran Rojas and Comet Rojas.234TH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY| 25'