Faith Joyce of Union was named the Outstanding Student for 2015 at East Central College’s May 16 commencement exercises.
The Outstanding Student Award is the highest award given to a graduate of ECC. The honoree is chosen by a vote of the faculty and staff after thoughtful consideration of his or her academic achievement and participation in campus and community activities.
In making the presentation, Shelli Allen, vice president of student development, noted that faculty and staff members describe Joyce as respectful, talented and dedicated.
Joyce has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in music. At ECC she was involved in community choir, piano performance and instruction, and music tutoring. Joyce also participated in poetry and short story writing events.
For several summers she has provided music leadership at vacation bible school at Trinity Presbyterian Church where she also does musical outreach to the elderly.
She has earned many honors and awards including outstanding music student in 2014, president’s academic honor list, and the community college president’s transfer scholarship. Based on her academic success and contributions to the ECC campus through student activities and community service, Joyce was named to the 2015 All-Missouri Academic Team.
She is the daughter of Jennifer and Mike Joyce and has already started taking classes at the University of Missouri-St. Louis majoring in communications. Her long-term goal is to become a full-time faculty member at East Central, teaching and helping students.
“My first years of college have served to teach me more about myself and the gifts I have been given in various areas,” Joyce stated. “The opportunities college has presented in learning, and the sharing of that knowledge, have reconfirmed for me that I delight in learning and helping people.”