Sophia Barnett of Midland recently was selected the 2018 President’s Student of the Year at South Plains College during the Student Awards Assembly. The event was held in the Texan Dome.
The President’s Student of the Year is awarded to an outstanding student who exemplifies excellence in academics, socially and has contributed most to the SPC campus environment. It is the highest recognition a student can receive at South Plains College.
Barnett’s journey to SPC began during a visit with her brother David (JoHanna) Barnett who was attending Texas Tech University. He advised her to check out South Plains College, 25 miles west of Lubbock. His wife attends SPC.
“When I was searching for colleges, I came and visited South Plains College,” Barnett said. “The first person I talked to was Christy Wright, and she made me feel so at home. We took a tour and I instantly felt comfortable here on campus. I felt part of a community and that was my main reason for choosing South Plains College.”
Wright is the clerk for New Student Relations at SPC. Their office handles recruitment, orientation and campus tours.
“South Plains College has been more than I expected,” she said. “I think my favorite part of being here has being getting to know the people. The RAs are like my family since I live so far away.”
Barnett serves as the public relations person for the Residence Hall Association. She is a Resident Assistant at Tubb Hall and she serves as a Campus Ambassador.
“That has been so much fun,” she said. “I think the best part about being an ambassador is that I’ve learned how to be a better public speaker because I used to be like terrified of it. Now I give campus tours of nearly 20 people.”
Academically, Barnett received the Outstanding Student in Computer Science award as well as recognition for being a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Scholar.
This summer, Barnett plans to land an internship for cyber-security. She said she wants to get some hands-on experience and gain some experience in her field of study.
“I plan to go to a four-year school after graduating from SPC,” she said. “It’s a tie right now between Texas Tech and West Texas A&M University. They have a really good computer science program at A&M.”
Barnett said she was home schooled prior to attending South Plains College. She will return to Levelland in the fall, and she plans to graduate in spring 2019. Barnett is the daughter of Mark and Michele Barnett of Midland.