Yadel-GonzalezYadel Gonzalez HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (5/12/14) — The 'Spirit Cup' Outstanding Hopkinsville Community College Graduate Award, given by the Alpha Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is presented annually at HCC’s Commencement.

During the College’s 48th commencement held Friday, May 9, at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, Miss Yadel Gonzalez was named the 2013-14 “Spirit Cup” honoree. She was among the 896 HCC graduates in the Class of 2014.

Miss Gonzalez, an Elkton County resident, graduated Friday evening with an associate in science degree. She is known as a student who is always a positive. Yadel has succeeded in and out of the classroom while attending HCC. She is currently the Co-leader at the Fort Campbell campus for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and works diligently to ensure that any task given to her is completed above and beyond that expected. In the classroom, Yadel holds a 3.65 grade point average, and one professor said of her, "She is the type of student who enjoyed the academic challenges of the classroom with a good attitude and a hard work ethic."

Yadel has assisted in many HCC events including commencement, the HCC Foundation/Mike Foster golf scramble, HCC Foundation Gala, and the Back to School Bash. When outside of school, Yadel is active in the community. Since age 13, she has served as a translator for the Hispanic community in Todd County, helping others in schools, medical clinics and government offices. She has a deep love for working with children to make a difference in their lives, and serves as the site-coordinator for an after school program in a local middle school. A professor stated of Yadel, "I have become increasingly impressed by her commitment to excellence. Her smiling face and her willingness to always help when called upon will certainly be missed."

Miss Gonzalez is planning to transfer to the University of Kentucky in the fall.

According to the HCC Spirit Cup committee, several deserving students were nominated for this year’s Spirit Cup. The group agreed that it is an honor for students to be considered as a finalist and wished to recognize two additional students as finalists for the honor, Ms. Heather Fryer of Clarksville, Tennessee and Ms. Samantha Jo Rose of Fort Campbell.

Spirit Award background

The local HCC chapter of the international honor society maintains a mission to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Presentation of the Spirit award is a tradition that began at Bethel College and has continued at Hopkinsville Community College since 1967. The purpose of the award is to recognize the most outstanding graduate of HCC. Faculty and staff nominate students and a committee of faculty and staff chooses the recipient.

To be eligible for the Spirit Cup, the student must meet exacting criteria including, be graduating with an associate degree, be actively involved in the college, have at least a 3.0 GPA, have demonstrated leadership ability, and be positive and enthusiastic about HCC.

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