Both Alex Edgerly and Grant Encalade graduated Magna Cum Laude Saturday, May 18 from Lamar University Beaumont. Edgerly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. Encalade graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Edgerly is a 2009 honor graduate from Orangefield High School. He is the son of John and Stephanie Edgerly.

Upon high school graduation Edgerly briefly attended Lamar State College Orange where he served as vice president of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He transferred to Lamar University Beaumont after one year.

While there he remained very active serving as peer adviser his junior year, and student director his senior year. He was also accepted as an ambassador to the president his sophomore year and remained in the program until graduation.

His senior year he became a computer blogger for the university. He reinstated the American Student Dental Association and served as president his junior and senior years. He started with just a handful of members and now it has over 25 active members.

Edgerly also spent time studying abroad and participated in research on the local rivers and coast line in Belize. Edgerly participated in volunteer events such as Texas Mission of Mercy and Dentistry from the Heart where he assisted local area dentists provide free dental care to those in need.

Other organizations and awards for Edgerly include: American Medical Student Association, awarded President and Deans List honors, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Lamar University Chartwells Advisory Council, Lamar University Grade Appeals Committee, Lamar University International Student Committee, Lamar University Multicultural Student Advisory Committee, Lamar University Scholarship Recognition Dinner student speaker, Lamar University Study Abroad Council, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Student Government Association.

Encalade is a 2009 Honor graduate from Bridge City High School. He was also salutatorian of his class. Encalade is the son of Joey and Janet Encalade.

During his time at Lamar University, he participated in many organizations and academic activities. He was a member, and graduate, of the Lamar University Honors Program.

With the honors program, he participated in various community service/volunteer programs. He also held a position as a peer mentor for incoming freshman students. Encalade was chosen as a tutor for the Stairstep Program at Lamar, which focuses on undergraduate research for minorities and underprivileged students.

Through the Chemistry Department, Encalade received the Dr. Harold T. Baker Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry. He also received a grant from the Welch Foundation for undergraduate research.

His research with Dr. Maxim Sukhodolets led to a publication in a Molecular Biology textbook over Polyadenulation of RNA Eschericia coli.

Besides the academic achievements, Encalade thoroughly enjoyed volunteering and charity work. His favorite charity event participation was  in, the BP MS 150, the largest charity bike ride in North America.

Both young men were accepted and will be attending UT Dental School in the fall. They are very excited and looking forward to their continuing education ahead.

Pictured: Grant Encalade (left) and Alex Edgerly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lamar University and are headed to dental school.