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UCO Honors Students For Top Academic Achievement As Spring 2013 Class Marshals

May 1, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as Class Marshals of their respective colleges, recognizing them for their academic excellence during Central’s spring 2013 commencement ceremonies May 10-11 at the university’s Hamilton Field House.

The recognized students earned Class Marshal titles for achieving the highest academic records within their colleges during their time at Central. Each of this year’s recipients earned a 4.0 GPA.

Taylor Lambert, a nursing major from Edmond, will represent the College of Mathematics and Science. He plans to work in an intensive care unit and later hopes to pursue a graduate degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

“I feel the nursing program has fully prepared me with the knowledge and experience needed to begin a career as a registered nurse,” said Lambert.

Lambert is a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society and was the recipient of the UCO Nursing Department Scholarship, UCO Foundation Scholarship, Deaconess Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Institutional Nominee Scholarship.

A sociology human service major from Edmond, Kathryn Letourneau will represent the College of Liberal Arts. She plans to enter the physical therapy program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to become a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics.

“My supportive professors, mentors, and faculty advisors have all done a tremendous job while helping me through my educational experience, and I am very thankful for all their help. The University of Central Oklahoma has provided me with the tools necessary for excellent work ethic, educational skills, and personal drive that I will always carry with me,” said Letourneau.

She is a member of the Golden Key International and Gamma Beta Phi honor societies, and a recipient of the 2011-12 Sociology Human Service Award.

Antonella Rossini, a management major from Argentina who graduated from Midwest City High School, will represent the College of Business. She plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration.

“UCO has provided me with the best experience as an international student. Their acceptance for diversity and multicultural approach made me feel part of this great community as soon as I got here,” said Rossini.

Rossini is team captain and No. 1 player for the UCO women’s tennis team. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently named her the Division II Central Region Senior Player of the Year. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll, in addition to being named the Student Athlete Leader of the Year 2011-12 and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete for three years. She was a recipient of the Tennis Athletic Scholarship, the Citizens Bank Award and the Office of International Services Honor scholarships.

An elementary education major from Bethany, Samantha Stacy will represent the College of Education and Professional Studies. She hopes to teach fifth grade in the fall at Western Oaks Elementary and later plans to pursue a master’s in gifted and talented education.

“UCO has become a home to me these past four years, one that I am proud of and have grown to love. From meeting my wonderful sisters of Alpha Delta Pi to volunteering with my honor societies, the opportunities Central has provided are endless and have changed me for the better,” said Stacy.

Stacy is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Oklahoma Education Association, Student Oklahoma Education Association, and Alpha Lambda Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, Order of Omega, and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. She is the recipient of a Freshman Achievement Scholarship and the Choctaw Nation Scholarship.

Cristen Renee Whitaker, a dance performance major from Fort Worth, Texas, will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design .           

Following graduation, Whitaker plans to dance professionally with a dance company and travel the world.

“UCO isn’t just a university, it’s a place I call home. I consider all of the wonderful people, friends, and faculty that I have been so lucky to meet and work with during my time at Central my family,” said Whitaker.

Whitaker is a member of the UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company, as well as the Golden Key International, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies.

First presented in the fall of 1994, the Class Marshal title has become a Central tradition. Each will wear special stoles during the spring commencement ceremonies, signifying the highest degree of academic excellence.

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Editor’s Note: Individual headshots of each Class Marshal may be downloaded at