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Congratulations to Our Order of Pegasus Winners!

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Adapted from an article by Mark Schleub

UCF has named 20 students as recipients of the Order of Pegasus, the university's most prestigious student award.
Among the recipients are three students in programs in the College of Health and Public Affairs.

Kamillia Crawford, who is majoring in legal studies and minoring in business, aerospace studies and leadership studies, plans to attend law school. She is a member of the Air Force ROTC, and hopes to serve as a judge advocate general in the Air Force. Crawford is also a member of the President's Leadership Council at UCF.

Melissa Westbrook is in the dual master's program for nonprofit management and public administration, where her research focuses on humanitarian policies, particularly the stimulation of fair trade within international economic markets. Westbrook has shown her commitment to public service: She was Student Government Association president from 2013-14, a Global UCF ambassador, a campus ambassador for the Peace Corps, an advisor for Volunteer UCF, an intern with Feeding Children Everywhere, and held student leadership roles at the Multicultural Student Center. Westbrook is a member of the President's Leadership Council, former president of the Greek Council and former vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She hopes to work for the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs to advocate for the people of impoverished countries.

Alex Carciente Moreno is majoring in political science - international relations in the College of Sciences with a minor in emergency management and homeland security in the College of Health and Public Affairs. He is a member of LEAD Scholars; founding president of Knights Go Pink; a member of Chabad Jewish Student Group, Hillel at UCF and Knights for Israel; and is a legislative student assistant in the office of University Relations.

2016 Order of Pegasus and Mel Rogers (Left to right) Melissa Westbrook, Associate Dean Melvin Rogers and Kamillia Crawford

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