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UC Blue Ash ‘Celebrates the Best’ and Names Honor Student of the Year


Inspiring stories of academic achievement, dedication and perseverance were in abundance as the top students from the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College were honored during a special event hosted by the college.

Celebrating the Best recognizes the Honor Student of the Year, outstanding students in each academic program, and students who have provided exceptional service to the college and their peers during the 2017-18 academic year. The event was held on April 26 in Muntz Auditorium on the UC Blue Ash campus.

The top student in each academic department was a nominee for Honor Student of the Year. This year’s recipient is Tessa Nelson, of Mason. She was home schooled and enrolled at UC Blue Ash to study communication. In accepting the award, Nelson shared a very moving and inspirational speech where she talked about how her sister’s death in a car crash last year has taught her new lessons about life and inspired her to always stay positive and do more to help others. Nelson has been a student ambassador at UC Blue Ash for the past year and volunteers as a tutor for at-risk children.

More than 100 students were recognized as graduating with honors, meaning they maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher (out of 4.0 scale), and over 1,000 students made the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

“Student success is our top priority, so this is always a special event as we recognize our students who are thriving and who really exemplify what it means to work hard and stay focused on your goals,” says Robin Lightner, interim dean of UC Blue Ash College.

Many of the students who were honored will transition to the UC Uptown campus to complete their bachelor’s degree or attend graduate school. An average of 750 UC Blue Ash students make the transition to the Uptown campus annually and they have a combined GPA of 3.08 in their first year there.

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