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TJC announces Rotary, Watson W. Wise award winners

Tyler Junior College has announced sophomore students Victoria Dickson and Gavin Downing as the recipients of its annual Rotary Young Citizens and Watson W. Wise Incentive awards.

Recipients are chosen by a vote of TJC faculty and staff.

Rotary Young Citizens Award
Victoria Dickson and Gavin Downing

The Rotary Young Citizens Award goes to two TJC sophomores each year, based on qualities including: dependability, service, honesty, courtesy, loyalty, leadership, sportsmanship and scholarship.

Victoria Dickson is a sophomore theater and art major from Tyler.

She is president of TJC’s Las Mascaras speech and theater club, vice president of Honors in Action for Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, and a member of Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society, the All-Texas Academic Team, and the TJC Art Club.

After graduating from TJC, she will transfer to a four-year university to study psychology and neuroscience. She will pursue a career working with children with Down syndrome.

Gavin Downing is a sophomore biology/pre-med major from Lindale. 

He is active on the nationally ranked TJC Speech and Debate Team, is in the TJC Presidential Honors Program, and works as a resident assistant for the TJC Residential Life & Housing Department.

After graduating from TJC, he plans to attend The University of Texas at Tyler, where he plans to study medicine and pursue a career as a physician.

Dickson and Downing will be recognized at the Tyler Rotary Young Citizens Banquet on Thursday, April 20.
 
Watson W. Wise Incentive Award
Victoria Dickson

Dickson was also named the recipient of the Watson W. Wise Incentive Award.

The award goes to a TJC student who has exhibited the best in the virtues of industry, scholarship and student activity, and who plans to attend a senior university or college in the fall.

She will be recognized at the TJC Awards of Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, May 4, and will receive a $720 scholarship for the fall 2017 semester.

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