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Roanoke Student Named Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior

Jessica Boatwright

Virginia Tech has named Jessica Boatwright, of Roanoke, as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the 2010-2011 academic year. Boatwright is the daughter of John and Sandy Boatwright of Roanoke.

Boatwright, an agriculture and applied economics major and political science minor, will receive her bachelor’s degree in agriculture and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in May 2011. Boatwright has excelled both inside and outside of the classroom, and has participated in various extracurricular, leadership, and service activities.

Among her academic achievements, Boatwright was a undergraduate researcher for University Honors; was chosen as one of seven students to take part in a summer research internship in Ecuador; served as public relations chair on the Agriculture Economics Club; and served on the Phi Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Boatwright achieved an overall grade point average of 3.95 (on a 4.0 scale), made the dean’s list every semester, and has been in the University Honors program since 2008.

Boatwright is active in an array of extracurricular and service activities. She is a member of the Chi Omega women’s fraternity (Sigma Lambda chapter), serves as orientation assistant for the University Academic Advertising Center, and is a member of the Virginia Tech recreational sports intramurals and group fitness. Boatwright has also participated in service activities, including volunteering for the Virginia Tech Relay for Life, The Big Event, Greeks Giving Back, and Sustainable Blacksburg.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

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