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Special to The Sun—
CANYON — Twenty-four West Texas A&M University students will join its elite leadership program for 2020 including Wellington’s Silvestre Nathaniel Perez with a focus on pre-med biochemistry.
The students, whose majors range from agribusiness to sports and exercise science, are the latest cohort of the Dyke and Terry Rogers LEAD WT program. The Leadership Education and Development program launched in August 2012 thanks to a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. In 2014, the Dalhart philanthropists endowed the opportuntiy.
In the two-year program, students take special leadership theory courses, team up for service projects and work in internship programs, among other requirements.
“Our program challenges these exceptional students to develop their leadership potential in ways that give them confidence and prepare them for exceptional employment after graduation,” said Missy Macon, program director.
Students are selected through an intense application and interview process, and evaluated on attitude, work ethic, ability to work with others and desire to grow both personally and professionally, Macon said.
The program reflects several key principles of WT’s generational plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, including leadership and service.
In addition to Perez, the 2020 cohort listed by hometown includes; Amarillo – Jessie Castillo, finance, Ireland Kirkpatrick, political science, Briss Graham, sports and exercise science; Boulder, Colo. – Reilly Dhaliwal, equine industry and business; Canyon – Lani Belle Vanlandingham, pre-nursing; Carrollton – EnRico Hawkins, finance and accounting; Crawford, Colo. – Tessa Gore, agricultural business; Daytona Beach, Fla. – Ustina Guirguis, animal science; Fowler, Colo. – Tressa Reed, elementary education; Hooker, Okla. – Arianna Stadler, elementary education; Houston – Allan Baltazar, criminal justice, policing.
Others are Laredo – Natalia Ezquivel, computer science; Las Vegas – Mia Davis, biology with specialization in pre-veterinarian sciences; Littlefield – Courtney Reed, nursing; McLean – William Ingersoll, animal science; Newcastle – Kelsey Shields, animal science with specialization in pre-veterinarian sciences; Plainview – Alberto Garcia, management, human resource management specialization; Plymoth, Ind. – Hannah McLochlin, agribusiness; Ralls – David Reyes, sports and exercise science; Roswell, N.M. – Aubrey Freese, biology; Sunray – Frey Diaz, plant, soil and environmental science; Universal City – Dylan Cole, plant, soil and environmental science; Wellman – Gracen Key, psychology.
Located in Canyon, WT is situated on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of the Texas A&M University System since 1990.
With enrollment of more than 10,000, WT offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 38 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections.
The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men’s and women’s athletics programs.