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Five receive Tice awards


Five students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise were honored with the Tice Total Achievement Award during the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 22. 

Destiny Baker, Lyndra Frimpong, Dakota Hill, Erin Lee and Elizabeth Sandoz were each presented with a certificate of recognition and a $1,000 award. 

tice photo 2014The Tice award is presented to current UVa-Wise students who honor and encourage family values and community service, cooperation, creativity and scholarship. Faculty and staff nominate students.

The award is made possible through a generous endowment by Dr. Frederick Gordon Tice in memory of his grandparents and their children. 

Baker, a junior from Big Stone Gap, is a non-traditional student with two small children. She is studying nursing. When her mother passed away at the age of 50, Baker decided to perform 50 acts of kindness to honor her mother. Some acts were small in nature, but her decision to donate a kidney to a total stranger was anything but small.  She also volunteers at a local food bank, helps with vacation bible school, is involved in many clubs and activities on campus, and she often earns the highest grades in class assignments. 

Frimpong, a freshman from Woodbridge, Va., has been involved in student life since her arrival on campus. In addition to being part of the Honor Court, she serves as public relations and community service coordinator for the Multicultural Alliance. She participates in projects and activities as part of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and is a member of the Student Activities Board. 

Hill, a junior from Mosely, Va., is heavily involved in student life activities and community service. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity, PUSH America and Special Olympics.  In addition, Hill has volunteered with Chatel’s House of Hope, a non-profit agency dedicated to those suffering from cystic fibrosis. He is president of the Student Government Association and is president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He also serves as archon for Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. 

Lee, a sophomore from Fincastle, Va., is a member of the Cavalier volleyball team. She often volunteers to assist others and does not seek recognition for her acts or accomplishments. She is involved in numerous service projects in her community, church and campus. She has participated in Operation Christmas Child, Water for West Virginia, and volunteers as a note taker for other students through the Office of Special Services. In addition, she volunteers at Lewis Gale Hospital in Roanoke and participated in the World Changes Program. 

Sandoz, a sophomore from Roanoke, is involved in leadership activities and community services on campus and in her community. She is a member of the Key Club, Show Choir and the Environmental Club. She volunteers with her church to help at risk children, vacation bible school and mission trips. She has worked with elementary school fundraisers and with the Virginia Association of Science Teachers annual conferences.