Lamar honors 2 with Plummer Awards as top August ’08 grads

Two Lamar University students attained perfect 4.0 grade-point averages to become recipients of the Plummer Award, honoring them as the top academic graduates in Lamar’s class of August 2008.
Jessica Cascio, a psychology major and Nederland High School graduate, received the award as the top female graduate. The male Plummer recipient is David Jones, a family and consumer science major who graduated from Vidor AIM Center High School. Cascio is the daughter of Bernadette and John Cascio of Beaumont. Jones is the son of Cherry and Randy Jones of Vidor.

President James Simmons announced the awards during commencement Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Montagne Center, where Dr. Brent Bost delivered the commencement address. Bost is a Beaumont physician, businessman, author, educator and five-time Lamar graduate. A total of 398 students made up the summer 2008 graduating class.

Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a board member from 1949 to 1990. The award recipients are among 14 students who graduated summa cum laude – with highest honors.

Cascio is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Psi Chi psychology honor organization.  Cascio lists her hobbies as reading and caring for pets. She plans to pursue a master’s degree at Lamar.

Jones is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Lamar University Student Dietetic Association. His hobbies are reading and computers. Jones plans to attend McNeese State University to continue work toward a graduate degree in biology, then return to Texas to complete a professional degree in medicine.