Oct. 30, 2012
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Thirteen WTAMU Freshmen Selected for Readership Trip to Bolivia
CANYON, Texas—Thirteen students were jumping for joy when the winners of the Readership WT essay contest were announced at West Texas A&M University.
“I’m ecstatic,” Mireya Jacuinde, a freshman social worker from Hereford, said. “I can’t stop smiling.”
A total of 364 WTAMU freshmen wrote essays about this year’s Readership WT book selection The Heart and the Fist, and 13 students were named winners and will travel to Bolivia in March 2013 to work in a variety of service projects related to the book.
The trip marks the sixth international sojourn for winners of a Readership WT essay contest. Each of the trips have related to the Readership WT book selection, and this year’s journey to Bolivia is no different. The Heart and the Fist is author Eric Greitens’s account of his growth in leadership through humanitarian efforts and as a Navy SEAL. He takes readers on a journey through slums and war zones and shows what can be accomplished through compassion and courage. His words encourage readers to live a meaningful life by doing good and being strong.
“His book inspires me to do humanitarian work,” Wade Fullingim, a freshman general business major from Petersburg, said. “I’m very excited about the trip to Bolivia, and I'm ready for the experience.”
The 364 essays submitted in the essay contest marked the most ever received in a Readership WT essay contest and made the final decision a hard one. From the 364 essays, 54 students were interviewed, and from that pool, the selection committee had to narrow the list to just 13. Service projects for the trip are still in the planning stages, but Kendra Campbell, director of First Year Experience, said the group of students will spend time in Santa Cruz, where Greitens volunteered at a home for orphans. They also will venture into a more rural area of Bolivia, attend a soccer match and meet with Bolivian college students.
Joining Campbell on the trip during spring break will be a yet-to-be determined faculty member and Daniel Zewde, a senior mass communication/public relations major from Amarillo, as peer leader. The 13 freshmen traveling to Bolivia are listed by hometown.
Emily Lomax, pre-nursing major
Alex Deaton, pre-medicine major
Cassie Ann Jones, wildlife biology major
Tessa Davis, mass communication/broadcasting major
Eric Casiano, sociology major
Mireya Jacuinde, social work major
Davon Harewood, accounting major
Mercedez Hernandez, pre-medicine major
Justin Schacher, undeclared major
Wade Fullingim, general business major
David Acosta, mathematics major
Alyssa Hickenbottom, psychology major
Silvia Soto, undeclared major