Campus Winner
Month: March 2016


First Year Student of the Month

School: Appalachian State University Region: SAACURH
Nominee: Saige Roberts Nominator: Allison Dagenhart

On-Campus Population: 5500 Chapter Size: 55

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

The first year for students can be overwhelming and they can find it difficult to adjust to change. However, for Saige Roberts, that was not even the case. Saige had flourished in the Appalachian State Community and has involved herself in Hall Council and was even blessed to receive a job offer as an RA for the 2016-2017 year. All while doing this, she has excelled in her classes, never letting her extra activities keep her from the chancellor's list in her Fall Semester.

I first met Saige when we came together for White Hall Council. Starting out as a Vice President, she did an excellent job of creating a welcoming environment and communicating with the executive board and the general body. She brought creative ideas to the table and always gave it her best. Her hard work and dedication to Hall Council and its programs was invigorating. It was not too long after that Saige became the President of Hall Council, and has taken her leadership skills to an even higher level. They say leaders are not born, but I would beg to differ with Saige, as it seems to be her natural inclination is to lead people above and beyond their own potential.

In March alone, Saige helped Hall Council plan and produce several programs that were both passive and fun. The White Hall Game Night was a wonderful success among the residents in the hall, who were allowed to come together more than they ever had through the year with a multitude of video games, board games and much more. Saige also assisted and helped with a passive program called the Hopeful Garden, which was a bulletin board in which residents could write what they were hopeful for in the Spring Semester. Once again, this program was also a wonderful success. It was placed just inside the lobby of White hall, were all residents and visiting parents could see and read all the wonderful and inspirational things that the residents had to write.

While Saige has been able to elevate Hall Council in ways that I have never seen, she has also been able to keep her grades up and be active in her community. She is just as dedicated to her academics as she is to her extracurricular activities. I have no doubt that next year she will make a rock star Resident Assistant. There is not a day that goes by that you will not see her out and about and most definitely when she sees you, you will receive a warm welcome and a smile.

Many students struggle to find their place here in their first semesters, but I believe Saige is an example to be followed. She has not overwhelmed herself, but she has found that perfect balance of community involvement and social life that works well with her academics. I think what I might admire the most about her first year here is that she has never let her faith waiver as she takes on these takes in her daily life. She constantly refers back to her faith as the center of her strength and that in itself is something to admire.

I am excited to see Saige continue to flourish and add to the Appalachian Family as she moves into her second and third years. I have no doubt in my mind that she will be an Appalachian Family member that no one will ever be able to forget because of her charisma, her dedication and her infectious way in making other people happy and welcomed when she is around.

Word Count: 600

Date of entry into database: 2016-03-31 16:40:41