Dillard Notables of 2019: #4 Super Students

I always like to use my social media feed to highlight student accomplishments. Those that I work especially close with know that I get upset when I hear second hand about their accomplishments. I want to get the call, text, e-mail or even visit to share the good news so I can brag on them. Every year we have lots of brag-worthy students. Here are a few for 2019.

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How about the entire freshman class! DU 2023 came in as the most academically accomplished freshman class in our history based on high school GPAs and ACT/SAT scores.

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Our society of physics students received national recognition as a distinguished chapter for 2019. Dr. Darwish and his team continue to do amazing things. In May, we had FOURTEEN students graduate with degrees in physics. For perspective, last year LSU had 21 physics graduates (30,000 students). We have 1,300 students.

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This year we have 3 students selected as White House HBCU Initiative Competitiveness Scholars. We have had scholars every years, but this is our most ever. Our scholars are Alicia Hoey, Erienne “RJ” Lewis, and Kia Smith.

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Alicia Hoey was also selected for the 2019–20 Leadership DELTA program. The Leadership DELTA Program is a distinctive national level leadership development program offered by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The program provides leadership and professional development opportunities and fortifies the career and leadership trajectory of our collegiate members. Alicia is one of 28 collegiate women selected (most from HBCUs).

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The Beta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at this year’s Louisiana District convention won the debate contest, best scrap book, chapter with the highest GPA, Brother of the Year and Chapter of the year. Since I’ve been at Dillard they’ve won chapter of the year 6 times, brother of the year 3 times, and highest GPA seven times.

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The Lady Bleu Devils repeated for back to back GCAC tournament championships, winning on the road against Edward Waters on their home court!

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Our mock trial team fielded two teams at a fall tournament at Rhodes College, and came in first AND third. This fall they also hosted their first mock trial tournament, being the first HBCU to host a tournament.

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Both Miss Dillard (Ke’Adria Miller) and Mister Dillard (Joseph Caldwell) were voted to the Ebony Magazine HBCU Campus Court. It is tough for smaller schools to win, but since they changed the format our Miss Dillard has been selected twice in the past 4 years, and this was the first time they included campus kings.

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But our current Miss Dillard, Brianna Thomas, had a monster 2019! She is the only student on the Governor’s HBCU Task Force, serving as the representative for the statewide NAACP.

She was named the top designer for New Orleans Fashion Week.

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AND she was one of five students selected to participate in the Footaction No 1 Way Design Academy which included a 3 week internship in Portland, OR.

And remember to vote for her in this year’s Ebony Queens contest.

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7th president of Dillard University

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