Troy resident and nursing major Rebecca Lybarger received Cedarville University's highest award during the 122nd commencement ceremony this afternoon.
The President's Trophy recognizes a graduating senior's achievements in leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletics, and academics.
Lybarger, along with Indiana native Stanley Schwartz, achieved a 4.0 grade point average in addition to receiving the award.
As a student, Lybarger sang with the OneVoice Gospel Choir and served as a discipleship leader.
She was also a camp counselor for the Cedarville Nursing Academic Camp and is an active member of the Nursing Honor Society.
“I worked with Rebecca at nursing camp,” noted Dr. Angie Mickle, dean of the school of nursing. “She was amazing at connecting with the high school students and modeling the unique heart of our nursing program, nursing as a ministry for Christ.”
Lybarger also went to the Philippines on a Global Outreach missions trip.
“To excel in nursing, an individual must have a real desire to serve others selflessly, not looking for personal recognition,” observed Aaron Cook, director of Discipleship Ministries. “This is exactly what I see in Rebecca. She quietly and consistently serves and loves others. She is a Christlike leader, a faithful friend and many are drawn to her. She has stewarded her gifts well to influence fellow young women on campus to a deeper walk with Christ.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study.
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