The Outstanding Seniors at Murray State University for the Fall 2012 Commencement have been announced. Alyssa Brooke Cecil and William Cole Hackett were selected for the honor.
Alyssa, the daughter of Tom and Michelle Cecil of Buckner, Ky., will receive a bachelor’s degree in business with an area in accounting in December. A Dean’s List student, Cecil has 3.98 grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
Her honors include recognition by Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Cecil was named both the Outstanding Sophomore and Junior in Accounting. She is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Cecil’s activities at Murray State include service as the vice president for Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity and as a Becker Ambassador. She also tutors athletes in business classes, was secretary and reporter for the Accounting Society, and volunteered in the university scholarship office.
As a resident adviser for Clark College for two years, Cecil coordinated programs for the residential college and served as an adviser to the students who live there. She is a student assistant in the Center for Undergraduate Business Advising on campus.
During this past summer, Cecil held an internal audit internship with the Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn. She assisted senior auditors and managers with tasks such as audit reviews, identifying audit risks, tests controls and routine data processing.
Cecil will complete an internship with Ernst & Young, a leading firm in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, during the summer of 2013. Following that, she will pursue an M.B.A. at Murray State University.
Cole, the son of Rod and Kelly Hackett of Paducah, Ky., will receive a bachelor’s degree in biology (pre-dentistry) with a minor in chemistry in December. A Dean’s List student, Hackett has a 3.79 grade point average on the 4.0 scale.
He has a number of honors including recognition by Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Hackett was the recipient of the Gamma Beta Phi Leadership Award, a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar, and a member of the All KCTCS and All State Academic Teams, and was nominated for the All USA Academic Team.
Hackett earned the associate degree from West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) in Paducah, where he was a 4.0 student, the student speaker at the WKCTC graduation ceremony and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. While at WKCTC, Hackett was president of the College Republicans, the Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi and Hart College honor societies, and was vice president and treasurer of Gamma Beta Phi and vice president of Tri-Beta honor organizations.
As an active community volunteer, Hackett has worked at home and beyond including Martha’s Vineyard in Paducah, helping farmers on the West Bank in Israel, and during Hurricane Katrina clean-up in New Orleans.
He is the farm manager for Mason Dixon Organic Farm and a chair-side assistant for Dr. Allen H. Moffitt Orthodontics.
Following graduation, Hackett plans to attend dental school, and then open a dental practice.
Cecil and Hackett will give valedictions at the December 2012 Commencement ceremony at Murray State University. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will be held in the CFSB Center.