Sampson County Students Receive Awards At MOC

MOUNT OLIVE- Two Sampson County residents were recognized for their achievements at University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Among those receiving awards were:

Aldo Castillo of Clinton received The Lorelle F. Martin Science Award.  Castillo, the son of Victor M. Castillo and Minerva Hernandez, is freshman biology major. The Lorelle F. Martin Science Award is a scholarship given by University of Mount Olive in honor of Lorelle F. Martin, professor emerita, who taught science at MOC from 1957-1987. It is given to an outstanding returning science major selected by the Department of Science and Mathematics who has demonstrated excellence in the biological sciences.

Anthony Peterson of Clinton received the President’s Citizenship Award.  Peterson, the son of Penny Robinson, is a junior agri science education major. The President’s Citizenship Award, first awarded in 1972, is a scholarship sponsored by President Philip P. Kerstetter and Mrs. Mary Kerstetter. The award is presented to a returning student who has made the greatest contribution to the College during the academic year. The scholarship is payable on future educational expenses at University of Mount Olive. The recipient is chosen by a ballot of the student body.

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