Awards ceremony recognizes achievements


Grambling State University, a place where everybody is somebody.  On Monday night, thanks to the Favrot Student Union Board, the most notable “somebodies” on GSU’s campus were recognized in the Student Choice Awards.

 The event that took place in the T.H. Harris Auditorium,  was designed for the students of Grambling to acknowledge other students and faculty members for their outstanding on-campus achievements, popularity and personality. 

“I feel like it’s important to acknowledge our student,” said Casey Byrd. 

“It’s one thing for our professors to acknowledge the students, but to get acknowledged from their own peers special.”

Hosts Orlando Lewellen and newly crowned Miss GSU Cover Girl Tiara Thomas got things going with the Greek roll call, and the ceremony began right after.

Accepting the first award for Best Fraternity were the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. 

 “At the top it’s just us,” said Anthony Richardson, line vice president from Chicago, as the Alphas received the award for the third consecutive time.

There was an awkward tie for Best Sorority between the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta and the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. 

Ironically, the Deltas who won the award the past two times, did not show up to share the award.

Carmen Reeves won Most Popular Senior and when her award was presented, Tevin Conway, her fiancé met her on stage. 

Monique Burkes, an audience member from Los Angeles, described that moment as “adorable.”

Midway through the show Houston native Travis Mathews graced the audience ears with a poem titled “Pretending is Change.”

David “Rusty” Ponton, won Staff Member of the Year. 

“It’s an honor,” said Ponton, the first time winner. 

“Every time you are recognized it’s an honor. We had a lot of great staff members nominated for this award and I’m appreciative that I won,” Ponton said.