5 Spartan Engineers earn Board of Trustees’ Academic Award

Dec. 19, 2022

MSU Trustees celebrate 52 fall graduates achieving 4.0 GPA

Each semester, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees recognizes graduating students for earning the highest scholastic average — a 4.0 GPA.

This fall semester, 52 students received the Board of Trustees’ Award. In addition to the award, each honoree receives $1,000 from the university for their accomplishment.

Trustees' Award goes to five graduates this semester.
Trustees honor five graduating Spartan Engineers this semester for perfect 4.0 GPAs.

“These awards represent the culmination of hard work and resilience demonstrated by our students during their years at MSU,” said MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “The demonstrated excellence of each student will serve them well as they embark on their next career or educational journey. I am confident they will continue to make a positive impact across Michigan, our communities and the world.”

MSU Board of Trustees Chair Dianne Byrum recognized each of the students today during the board’s December meeting.

“We are extremely proud to present these graduating students with an award that recognizes their distinguished academic excellence,” Byrum said. “They make us and the Spartan community proud as they pave a bright future ahead of them.”

Five Spartan Engineering students received the Trustee recognition this fall. They are:

Natalie M. Fylak: Civil Engineering, College of Engineering. Fylak is from Rochester Hills, Michigan, and attended Rochester High School.

Mitchell J. Nurenberg: Civil Engineering, College of Engineering. Nurenberg is from Westphalia, Michigan, and attended Pewamo-Westphalia High School.

Maria A. Pacifico: Computer Science, College of Engineering. Pacifico is from Royal Oak, Michigan, and attended Royal Oak High School.

Alexander T. Woodring: Computer Science, College of Engineering and a member of the Honors College. Woodring is from Canton, Michigan, and attended Canton High School.

Hanshi Zuo: Computer Science, College of Engineering and a member of the Honors College. Zuo is from Okemos, Michigan, and attended Okemos High School.

See the complete list of 52.
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