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College of Education, Health and Aviation Recognizes Top 10 Seniors

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Top 10 Seniors

The College of Education, Health and Aviation has announced its Top 10 Seniors for 2020. These students have demonstrated exceptional qualities of leadership, academic excellence and community service throughout their time at Oklahoma State University. Honorees were selected by the college’s Student Affairs Committee. 


Top Ten Senior Taryn Blackstock

Taryn Blackstock, an applied exercise science major and honors student from Prosper, Texas, was named a Cambridge Scholar, conducted research published in the high-impact publication “Journal of Neurophysiology” and studied the psychology of strength and anaerobic fatigue as a Wentz Research Scholar. Blackstock volunteers in programs ranging from Preston Trail Student Ministry to a retirement community health drive and a Rotary camp. She was vice president and is now president of the OSU Pre-Physical Therapy Club, holds several Greek leadership positions and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After graduating, Blackstock plans to become a physical therapist.


Top Ten Senior Taylor Church

Taylor Church, a recreation management and recreational therapy major and honors student from Newalla, Okla., has worked as a student recruitment assistant in the College of Education, Health and Aviation and as a recreational therapy intern at two medical centers. She assisted with research on the benefits of tai chi and rheumatoid arthritis and studied pediatric sensory processing patterns. Church received the OSU Volunteer Center Service CORD Award, recognizing her involvement in projects ranging from Payne County Youth Shelter to Warm Water Therapy and Night to Shine. She has been a panel member of the Academic Integrity Council; an ambassador for the College of Education, Health and Aviation; vice president of finance for both the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club and Therapeutic Recreation Majors Club and an OSU Diamond Doll.


Top Ten Senior Tinh Dang

Tinh Dang, an elementary education major with a minor in psychology from Moore, Okla., has conducted research ranging from psychology to interior design. As a McNair Research Scholar, she studied the role of community support in protecting against the effects of poverty. She tutors college students in mathematics and also assists elementary students in mathematics and reading. She has volunteered with SPURS, assisting adults with disabilities with reading, and she worked as an OSU Student Academic Mentor. Dang is also involved in the Buddhist Youth Association and has volunteered with OSU Into the Streets, the Humane Society of Stillwater and the Regional Food Bank. After graduation, Dang plans to go on to graduate school to study the relationship between poverty and curriculum.


Top Ten Senior Ellie Fate

Ellie Fate, an elementary education major from Tulsa, Okla., demonstrates leadership through opportunities ranging from spending three summers as a camp counselor at New Life Ranch to teaching Sunday school and volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico. She has been a Freshman Research Scholar, Spring Sing and Varsity Review cast member and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member. As the coordinator of Junior Greek Life, she led the Panhellenic’s recruitment process involving nearly 3,000 people and applied her experience as an education major to create leadership lesson plans.


Top Ten Senior Victoria Garcia

Victoria Garcia, an aerospace administration and operations major from Fort Worth, Texas, is a flight instructor at the OSU Flight Center, where she has also worked as an aircraft dispatcher. She was a member of the award-winning OSU Flight Team in 2018 and has served as the Flying Aggies Banquet Director and as an ambassador for the College of Education, Health and Aviation. Garcia is involved in Greek life and received the Jane Trammell Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the James H. McMaster Flying Aggies Endowed Scholarship. She has volunteered at Dixie Heights Baptist Church, Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue and the OSU Foundation.


Top Ten Senior Braden Hackler

Braden Hackler, an applied exercise science major from Bixby, Okla., works as a student athletic training medicine aid as he pursues a career in physical therapy. He dedicates 45-50 hours per week providing student athlete injury treatment and assisting athletes at team activities. As vice president of the College of Education, Health and Aviation Ambassadors, he also mentors freshmen students in an introductory course and organizes activities. Hackler has been involved with the OSU Pre-Physical Therapy Club since his freshman year and now serves as club treasurer. He has also worked at a lawncare business, was co-coordinator of the EHA Wellness Challenge and serves as an intramural sports referee.


Top Ten Senior Kaitlyn Potter

Kaitlyn Potter, a health education and promotion major from Owasso, Okla., advocates for public health as an Owasso Community Resources volunteer, member of the OSU Health Education and Promotion Club and the Student Wellness Council, and as an OSU Peer Health Educator. As a McNair Research Scholar, she studied college students’ experiences learning about sexual consent, earning her the opportunity to present her research at four conferences. Potter is also a member of the Academic Integrity Panel, a certified Mental Health First Aider and recipient of the Pauline Winter Endowed Professional Scholarship.


Top Ten Senior Jack Robertson

Jack Robertson, an elementary education major from Claremore, Okla., has served as an OSU First Year Seminar teaching assistant, OSU orientation leader, English instructor in Upward Bound and president of the College of Education, Health and Aviation Student Council. Already a published science fiction and fantasy author, he is certified to teach elementary education and middle-level English and social studies. Robertson was named Outstanding Member of the Year by the EHA Student Council and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society.

Top Ten Senior Aimee Rogers

Aimee Rogers, an applied exercise science major from Stillwater, Okla., is a member of the OSU Air Force ROTC and has held leadership positions, including General Military Course Adviser and Vice Cadet Wing Commander. She also received the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award and the American Legion Military Excellence Award. Rogers shadowed medical professionals at four U.S. Air Force Bases and Perry Memorial Hospital and participated in numerous Arnold Air Society Professional Service Organization volunteer events. She is a member of St. John’s Catholic Student Center and a research assistant for the Language Learning, and Development Lab.


Top Ten Senior Jacob White

Jacob White, an aerospace administration and operations major from Haslet, Texas, is president of the OSU Flying Aggies and was co-captain of the 2019 OSU Flight Team winning the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Regional Competition. He was also named the OSU Flight Team’s Most Value Team Member in 2017-18. He was recently selected as one of seven Delta Air Lines Flight Operations interns and currently serves as a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor for the OSU Flight Center. White, an Eagle Scout, founded the Boy Scouts of America Aviation Merit Badge Day to provide aviation mentorship to local Boy and Girl Scouts and volunteers at an afterschool aviation program at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium. He has also served the College of Education, Health and Aviation as a student council member and student ambassador.


“We are proudly committed to preparing and developing professionals who facilitate life-long learning and positively impact the world around them,” said Dr. Stephan Wilson, interim dean of the OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation. “These students have gone above and beyond during their time at OSU, and no matter the circumstances going on around us, we value their contributions and celebrate their success and achievements. I know they will continue to do great things in their careers and within their communities.”

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