Green Forest's Carlton recognized

Friday, May 4, 2012
Jake Smith with Green Forest's Janessa Carlton after their awards ceremony in Russellville.

RUSSELLVILLE - Janessa Carlton of Green Forest and Jake Smith of Hackett earned the top two honors available to students at Arkansas Tech University during the 2012 Student Leadership Banquet at the Chambers Cafeteria East Dining Room on Monday night.

Carlton received the Margaret Young Award, which goes to the most outstanding senior female student at Arkansas Tech each year.

Smith was presented with the Alfred J. Crabaugh Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding senior male student at Arkansas Tech.

Carlton has served as editor of the Arka Tech student newspaper, as president for the Society of Professional Journalists and as an officer for both Zeta Tau Alpha and the Collegiate Middle Level Association during her time as a student at Arkansas Tech.

"I absolutely cannot even put into words how appreciative and how humbled I am right now," said Carlton. "The first thing I did was look at my Mom and tell her that I don't deserve this award. I am honored in every way possible."

A member of the Dean's List in multiple semesters, Carlton also holds membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America. She worked as both a producer and news anchor at the Arkansas Tech student television station.

"I've changed so much as a leader over the past four years," said Carlton. "I never expected my college experience to have this much of an impact on me as a person as I go into my career. When I look back on it, there's no way I could have guessed I would be in this position."

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