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Tullahoma's Caitlin Tripp earns National Honors Student of the Year award

Dec. 7, 2015

Motlow State Community College sophomore Caitlin Tripp of Tullahoma was recognized as the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) "Student of the Year" at the NCHC national conference in Chicago this past November. Every year the NCHC awards one student from a four-year and one from a two-year institution.

The award is presented to honors students who have made an impact on their honors program, and who have participated in honors at the regional and/or national level. The NCHC Student of the Year award is the only NCHC award designed, judged, and presented by honors students.

As part of his letter of recommendation for Tripp to the NCHC for the award, Dr. Scott Cook, assistant vice president for academic affairs and honors program director at Motlow, stated, "Mature beyond her years, Ms. Tripp is an invaluable asset to the honors program at Motlow College, and she has distinguished herself both as an academician and a leader. She is always willing to assist and participate meaningfully in honors activities, and this year she has become the face of the honors program."

An example of Tripp's value and participation in the honors program at the College was when she attended new student orientation events with Dr. Cook last summer to recruit for the honors program. When Dr. Cook could not attend an event, he shared, "Caitlin stepped up, ran the recruitment session in my absence, and performed with skill, determination, and poise."

Dr. Cook paid Caitlin an additional compliment by saying, "Ms. Tripp strives to make the classroom, her school, and her community a better place. She has made Motlow a better place."

Tripp, a history major, is very active on the Moore County campus, serving as vice president for the Student Government Association, president of the Sociology Club, and vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter. Her goal after graduating from Motlow is to transfer to East Tennessee State University and become a professor of history.

Tripp is the second Motlow honors student in as many years to receive the NCHC "Student of the Year" award. Last year's winner, Robin Keel, was also a Motlow student. Keel joined this year's delegation as a chaperone and also teamed with Dr. Cook on a presentation entitled, "Fringe Topics as a Catalyst to Inspire Honors Students".

Additional Motlow honors students who made the trip to Chicago were Ashley Friedi, Summer Stevens, Rebekah Potts, Dalton Beard, Amelia Cash, Anna Aquirre, and Jeanna Pattillo.

For more information about the honors program at Motlow, please contact Dr. Scott Cook at or 931-393-1738.

Motlow State Community College student Caitlin Tripp was recently named the National Collegiate Honors Council Student of the Year for two-year institutions. Tripp, who is from Tullahoma and a sophomore at Motlow, is the College's second consecutive winner of the award. She is joined by Dr. Scott Cook, assistant vice president for academic affairs and honors program director at Motlow. Motlow College photo.