An Oklahoma State University student from Colusa County has received one of the Mortar Board Honor Society’s top recognition for her achievements during her freshman year.
McKenzie Carvalho, of Maxwell, was not only selected to the Top 40 list but is one of OSU’s top 10 female students, based on criteria including scholarship, community service, campus involvement and outstanding leadership throughout her freshman year.
Carvalho, who is now a sophomore at OSU, is the daughter of David and Mary Carvalho. She is a 2016 graduate of Maxwell High School and is studying agribusiness and agricultural communication.
The top 20 freshmen men and top 20 freshmen women are announced during their sophomore year, Mortar Board Honor Society officials said. The Top 40 recently attended a dinner at the Willham House with OSU President Burns Hargis.
Of the 40 students, whose achievements during their freshmen year were recognized, OSU’s top 10 men and top 10 women will be recognized during OSU’s home football game on Nov. 18 against Kansas State University.
A reception will be held for the students and their families.
Courtney Mapes, Mortar Board Honor Society’s coordinator for this year’s contest, worked with other members of the local Achafoa chapter during the selection process.
“We try to choose students who have divided their time well at OSU, while still thriving academically,” said Mapes, a senior animal science major, and former Top 10 freshman at OSU.
Mortar Board is a national honor society of college and university seniors. It strives to promote equal opportunities among all people, to support the ideals of the university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, and to establish the opportunity for meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group, Mapes said. ■