Christina D. King, Owensville, was presented with the Outstanding Student Award during the East Central College commencement ceremony Thursday, May 10.
The award is the highest honor given to an ECC graduate. A wife and mother of two, King majored in education at ECC.
In making the presentation, Brenda Bouse, vice president of career and outreach education, noted that faculty members and fellow students describe King as kind and supportive of others.
“Christina places a high value on her education and pushes herself without being pushy,” noted Bouse. “She doesn’t brag about herself, but is quick to recognize the accomplishments of others, even when she is the one most deserving of the compliment.”
For the past two years, King served as president of ECC-Union chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, earning the Distinguished Chapter Officer award for the Missouri region both years.
Kevin Dixon, associate professor of biology and Phi Theta Kappa adviser, said that King is an outstanding example of a servant leader.
“She is selfless in her giving. She always works to make sure her fellow members have what they need to be successful, and is a constant motivator,” he said. “I have no doubt she will succeed in her career as a teacher after completing her education.”
King was also an active member of the Student Government Association and the Student Missouri State Teachers Association.
Although she was very involved with campus service organizations, King was a diligent student and maintained a 3.93 grade point average.
King was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and also is involved in her community as a Sunday school teacher and youth softball coach.
A 1997 graduate of Owensville High School, King plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla next year and pursue a bachelor’s degree in math education.
In making the presentation, Bouse noted that the honoree is selected by a vote of the faculty and staff who consider academic achievement as well as extracurricular involvement.