Garnet & Gold Scholar Society welcomes 17 new inductees in virtual ceremony

Florida State University welcomed 17 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer.

Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

The induction ceremony was held virtually this summer due to COVID-19.

“We are proud to welcome this new group of inductees to the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society,” said Amy Hecht, vice president for Student Affairs. “They are a wonderful representation of the university, and we are pleased to give them recognition for their involvement bettering the campus and community.”

To become an inductee of the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized during graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, both of which make the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs.

“As Garnet and Gold Scholars, your achievement speaks to your desire to make the most of your Florida State education and reflects well on the values of this university,” said President John Thrasher. “You have set a shining example for your fellow students and for all those who will follow in your footsteps. I am so proud of you.”

Students were inducted into the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society during a special virtual ceremony Thursday, July 30. The inductees, along with their state, hometown and academic major(s), are:


Cooper City, Florida

Juliana Nicholls, Editing, Writing, and Media

Coral Springs, Florida

Joshua Miller, Finance

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Maria Alva, Family and Child Sciences

Sasha Campbell, Psychology

Kendell Higgs, Human Resource Management

Jacksonville, Florida
Kristie Dick, Biological Sciences

Lake Helen, Florida
Amber Brown, Marketing

Margate, Florida
Tatiana Ahlbum, Sociology

Miami, Florida
Nicholas Ordieres, Business Management, Political Science

Mount Dora, Florida
Bridget Nievinski, International Affairs, French

Orlando, Florida
Megan Proctor, Psychology

Tampa, Florida
Arnel Garcesa, Statistics

Viera, Florida
Stephanie Vetrano, Hospitality Management


Chesapeake City, Maryland
Steve Lemerand, Family and Child Sciences


Bloomfield, Michigan
Elizabeth Jenkins, Family and Child Sciences


Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Emily Partington, Russian, Spanish, Middle Eastern Studies

Stratford, Wisconsin
Bradley Truel II, Risk Management/Insurance