In Spring 2020, the department recognized these five students for their accomplishments. Well done!
Outstanding Senior for Spanish
Taylor Stinson-Tanner is a Communication Disorders and Spanish double major from Jackson, Missouri. During her time at Murray State University, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Mérida, Mexico where she took courses that combined both her majors. She is also a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honors society on campus. After graduation, Taylor will attend Southeast Missouri State University to earn her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Her hope is to one day become a bilingual speech-language pathologist.
Outstanding Senior for Chinese
Rae'La Whatley is a Japanese Language major and Chinese Language minor. Rae'La has been studying Japanese since she was in Middle School and decided to pursue it as a degree after graduating High School. During Rae'La's time at Murray State University, she has participated in extracurricular activities such as Japanese Table, has volunteered on many occasions for Language Partners, and has been involved with the Japanese Language Club. Rae'La has also had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan during her junior year at Murray State University. After she graduates, Rae'La would like to pursue a career where she can continue to utilize her Japanese language skills and travel to Japan for work.
Outstanding Senior for German
Kelsay Goldsberry is an English Literature major and a German minor. During her time at Murray State, Kelsay had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, and England. After she graduates, Kelsay will continue her education and begin earning her Juris Doctorate as a Chase Merit Scholar at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law.
Bobby "Tripp" Freeman III,
Alpha Mu Gamma Outstanding Student
Bobby "Tripp" Freeman III is a Spanish major with a minor in Organizational Communication. During his time at Murray State, Tripp has shown dedication and passion not only to the study of foreign language as a member and officer of Alpha Mu Gamma, but also to the musical arts as a percussionist in Racer Band, as well as Symphonic Band. After graduating in May of 2020, Tripp is uncertain of his specific plans; however, he wishes to pursue a career in the education field, assisting students learning English as a Second Language or teaching Spanish.