Outstanding Aggies of Tomorrow: Four students recognized for achievements

by Tatiana Isis

Four Cameron students were recently honored as being “Outstanding Aggies of Tomorrow.”

Ashley Del Ciello, Michael Faggett, Amanda Finch and Wyatt Kennedy were all awarded the “Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award” during the university’s annual Aggie Friends and Family Awards Brunch on Feb. 20.

The award recognizes four outstanding junior and senior students a year who have excelled in their programs and extracurricular activities.

“I was definitely surprised,” said Ashley Del Ciello, a junior Public Relations major who is a two-time president of the Aggie Ambassadors.

“It takes quite a bit of hard work,” Del Ciello, who is considering getting a Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, said. “It helps you to grow up and learn how to live life.”

Del Ciello is a recipient of the President’s Partner Scholarship and a volunteer member of the Programming Activities Council.

She has worked as a student teacher at Cameron’s Introduction to University Life course and has served as an Aggie Escape student mentor.

Michael Faggett, a Radio and Television Broadcasting major and member of The Collegian staff, says winning the award put everything he’s done into perspective.

“It was a humbling experience,” Faggett said. “It’s not about what you can do, but how long you can do it for.”

Faggett works as a producer and host of CUTV programs “In the Huddle” and “Top of the Hour” and says he hopes to work in television news after graduating.

Faggett is a member of the Ebony Society and a second year Resident Assistant. Faggett is also very active in his church as a tutor, volunteer musician and teacher.

“The key is balance,” Amanda Finch said. A Public Relations major who is set to graduate in May, Finch hopes to go on to get a Master’s degree at the University of Arkansas as well.

“I love everything I do,” Finch said. She said she encourages college students to explore things and “get involved” in order to get the best experience out of college.

Finch’s other honors include selection into Cameron’s Top 20 and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges as well as being a PLUS scholar.

Finch is also a member of The Collegian staff and a CUTV host and producer. She is active in Beta Rho Epsilon and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

“If you have a goal, keep working towards it and don’t give up,” senior Accounting major Wyatt Kennedy said. In addition to his major, Kennedy minors in both Foreign Languages and Communications.

Kennedy is a member of the Delta Mu Delta, the Business Honor Society and hopes to go on to get his Master’s degree and work for the FBI.

Kennedy, who was home-schooled all through high school, is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Elgin Fire Department. He works with his family on their dairy farm and was chosen under the federal government’s Student Career Experience Program for a full-time internship at Fort Sill.

All four students have made the Dean’s List or President’s List each semester and have shown the true meaning of being a Cameron Aggie

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