Three Edmond graduates are among Oklahoma State University’s Top Twenty Freshmen Men and Women for 2012.
The three students, now OSU sophomores, are Andrew Cole, Leah Underwood and Philip White.
The students are selected for their scholarship, community service, campus involvement and outstanding leadership during their freshman year.
Cole is the son of Kemp and Keven Cole, has a 3.75 and graduated from Edmond North. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.
A Chesapeake Scholar, Cole was also an active member in OSU’s Honors College and was named a Wellgates Scholar. He was a Freshman Representative Council and on the President’s Leadership Council. He is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and is a member of a national fraternity.
A few of his community activities include participation in BJ’s Food Pantry, Toys for Cowboys, Relay for Life A&E Volunteer and Red Man Triathlon and Big Event.
He participated in intramural football and golf, Freshman Follies and woodworking.
Cole said he believes that through the contribution of service and leadership to programs such as Cowboy Kitchen he has been able to display his organizational and leadership skills.
“This past year I worked countless hours to get the new program up and running,” he said. “It required my leadership when I organized volunteers to move donated food from certain restaurants to homeless shelters. Over the past year, I have poured myself into Oklahoma State University, the community of Stillwater and my education.”
Cole is a member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond.
Underwood is the daughter of Mike and Jamie Underwood, has a 4.0 grade point and is a Physiology/Pre-medicine major. She graduated from Edmond Memorial.
Some of Underwood’s accomplishments include: Freshmen Research Scholar, an active member in OSU’s Honors College, OSU Big Event participant, Relay for Life chapter coordinator and Student Government Association Executive Board.
Many campus activities she was involved in included philanthropic projects through her national social sorority including Junior Greek Life Coffeehouse coordinator and National Women’s Fraternity Lovestruck coordinator, as well as volunteer work within the community including Scott Carter basketball tournament coordinator and volunteer, Beautification of OKC parks volunteer and Rebuild Together volunteer.
Underwood is a member of Sunnybrook Church in Stillwater.
“In my time at OSU, I challenged myself to be a servant and a leader,” she said. “I eagerly strove to play an active role in each organization, while continuing to excel academically.
“Through focusing on philanthropic efforts, I have found that greater joy comes from service to others than to oneself. Ultimately, being involved on campus has allowed me to reciprocate what I have learned and has encouraged me to continually serve others.”
Underwood said she tries to epitomize the values that OSU desires to instill in every student: to achieve academic prestige, to mobilize community outreach and to cultivate professional leadership.