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Angelle Delaune

Angelle Delaune began her studies at Thomas More College as a freshman in the Thomas More College Honors Program. Despite the rigorous course load this curriculum entails, Angelle has earned a 3.967 GPA and a position on the Dean's high honor list every semester she has attended Thomas More College. Indeed, Angelle earned the Outstanding Student in Organic Chemistry award in her sophomore year. During this same year, Angelle was inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society and in her junior year, was elected president of the Thomas More College Chapter (during her first semester as president, she organized a Cereal Drive, as well as planned and served a meal for a homeless shelter in Cincinnati.)

Angelle not only performs well academically, but consistently demonstrates an intense desire to learn and truly comprehend the course material. For these reasons, she was given the opportunity to improve her critical thinking skills by participating in an Immunology research project as a St. Thomas More Fellow with Dr. K. Siobhan Barone. Angelle, along with a fellow student, presented her findings at the Argonne Undergraduate Symposium, outside of Chicago, IL this past fall (2011). In addition, she and her coauthors were awarded the Dean's Award of Excellence in the Sciences at the TMC Undergraduate Research Forum, and took Second Place for Poster Presentation at the Regional Tri-Beta Conference held at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana (both held in March, 2012).

Angelle is an excellent student both in and out of the classroom. As a result, Angelle was one of a select number of students chosen by the Biology department faculty members to serve as a Student Ambassador. As a Student Ambassador, Angelle interacts frequently with prospective students, answering questions and helping faculty members during recruitment sessions. She also volunteered to attend Career Fair days for area high schools and speaks to students about various opportunities in the health care field. It should be noted that the faculty advisor of this program has stated that Angelle is one of the best Student Ambassadors that he has seen in recent years. Other co-curricular activities of Angelle's include membership in the βββ Biological Honors Society (elected as treasurer in her sophomore year, secretary in her junior year) and her participation in the Pre-Healthcare Professionals Club as its co-vice-president during her sophomore, junior and senior years. Angelle is an excellent leader of these organizations - she actively participates by arranging to serve lunches at the Ronald McDonald House, participating in Multiple Sclerosis walk-a thons, and arranging for mock debates to be held on health related topics. Angelle was also elected as Secretary of the Biology Club during her junior year and vice-president for her senior year at TMC. Angelle's natural talent as a leader (not just a passive member) was recognized by the Thomas More College administration, who invited her to participate in a Student Leadership Roundtable during her sophomore year.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, Angelle regularly tutors third graders at Sixth District Elementary School in Covington, KY. Her interest in the medical field is evidenced by her volunteer work in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for almost two years, preparing rooms for patients and attending to the (non-medical) needs of waiting patients. *

Angelle's personality is one that deserves special mention - she is kind, considerate of others, warm and friendly. She creates an interpersonal environment that is comfortable and conducive for conversation. Angelle's innate intelligence, industrious nature and caring attitude are just a few traits that will serve Angelle particularly well as an osteopathic physician. Angelle has been accepted at, and plans to attend the University of Pikeville, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

* It should be noted that Angelle is a talented, excellent violinist. She has taken private lessons for over ten years and played at numerous concerts both as part of a group as well as a soloist. Angelle was a member of the Preparatory Orchestra at Northern Kentucky University for eight years and of "Strings" at Notre Dame Academy for four years. Currently she participates in the Instrumental Ensemble at Thomas More College and has performed not only for the College, but at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for the patients and staff.