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Meet 2019 Distinguished Senior Sabiella Gomez

April 27, 2019

Sabiella Gomez ’19 was presented with the Distinguished Senior Award at the Celebration of Scholars Award Ceremony on Friday, April 26. Sabiella was recognized for her dedication as a student and volunteer, and for her leadership in on-campus student organizations and activities.  

Provost Timmerman presents Sabiella Gomez ’19 with the Distinguished Senior Award.Provost Timmerman presents Sabiella Gomez ’19 with the Distinguished Senior Award.The highest award given to a graduating senior, the annual Distinguished Senior Award honors high academic achievement, service to the Carthage community, leadership in College organizations, and active engagement beyond the campus.

Faculty nominators referred to Sabiella as thoughtful, optimistic, and highly intelligent. She is described as someone who welcomes criticism and thrives on learning how to improve. 

“Our honoree approaches schoolwork, teamwork, and community work, all with astounding energy and vitality,” said Provost David Timmerman. “Even when facing difficulty and adversity, she seems to maintain this relentlessly positive attitude.”

A panel of faculty and staff members selected Sabiella from a pool of what Provost Timmerman termed “superbly able and motivated finalists.” A graphic design major and communications and sociology minor, she has made the dean’s list each semester while maintaining a 3.97 GPA. 

Throughout her time at Carthage, Sabiella has been highly engaged in on-campus organizations and activities, holding leadership positions in multiple organizations. She is president of the Omicron Delta National Leadership Society, treasurer of the Lambda Pi national Communications Honor Society, a member of Religion Honors Society, treasurer of the DRAFT Graphic Design Group, the graphic designer for United Women of Color, and secretary of the A.D.A.P.T. Meditation Club. She is also a member of the Carthage Bowling League. 

Sabiella works as a resident assistant with the Office of Residential Life and as an office manager for the Division of Arts and Humanities. She has also worked as an academic coach in the Tutoring Center, a phone-a-thon caller at the Carthage Student Call Center, and spent eight months last year as a graphic design intern at Rauland, a Division of AMETEK, Inc.

“On top of demonstrating a genuine commitment to the academic and financial strength of the institution, one of the things that marks our Distinguished Senior is serious community engagement, which, for Sabiella, has included work with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Feed My Starving Children,” said Provost Timmerman. “Whether working as a water project volunteer, a primary Spanish translator, a small group leader, or a food packer, this student strives to do her best to inspire those around her to do the same.”

As the Class of 2019’s Distinguished Senior, Sabiella will deliver the senior class address at the 2019 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26.

“I will forever be a lifelong learner and a mentor to others,” Sabiella wrote in her personal statement. “… I believe that the greatest use of my knowledge and skill set lies in giving back and empowering others to do the same. I want to inspire my graduating class to never give up, achieve their dreams, and ultimately, change the world.”