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UCF Students Honored for Excellence at Founders' Day Ceremony

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Students in the College of Health and Public Affairs who were honored at the 2008 Founders' Day Ceremony are identified below.

Founders' Award: Megan Policastro, a Legal Studies major with a minor in Political Science, is a Burnett Honors College student and the President's Leadership Council chair. A LEAD Scholar, Policastro currently serves as director of university relations for the Student Government Association. She volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Coalition for the Homeless, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She has raised more than $20,000 for charity while at UCF. She plans to pursue a career in environmental law after graduating this year. 

Founders' Scholar Awards: Lauren Albers, Samuel Bird III, Denise Cespedes, Jamie A. Cummings, Kelly B. Davis, Lynn S. Deem, Audrey M. Flanegin, Stephen J. Hajdas, Nicole J. Hudson, Borica Karan, Marla Laloo, Angela K. Little, Elisabeth S. Lottman, Giselle M. Lugo, Eileen B. Stana, Candace S. Stuart and Janine R. Vance.

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