During a virtual honors convocation ceremony held Nov. 12, WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay students Bernard Allen, Kezia Hill, Damian Rape, George Rhoden, Katerina Stavrakis, Sarah Volmy, and Breonna Washington were presented with the law school’s Leadership Achievement Award.
Additionally, Brittany Armstrong, Sarah Naccache, and Rhoden were recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Student Award. The fall term’s Honors Convocation was held virtually due to COVID-19.
The Leadership Achievement Award acknowledges those few students who have consistently, comprehensively, and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. The award is intended to be the culmination of the recipients’ participation in leadership activities at WMU-Cooley.
The Alumni Distinguished Student Award is given to selected graduating students based on academic accomplishment, demonstrated leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities and post-graduation plans.
During the convocation, WMU-Cooley President and Dean James McGrath welcomed law students and their families and friends by saying, “The support of family and friends means a great deal to our students. Without your support, getting through law school would be much more difficult than it already is.”
Armstrong is from Agawam, Massachusetts and attended Florida State University. While at WMU-Cooley, she served on the Moot Court and Mock Trial boards, was a member and secretary of Phi Delta Phi legal honor society, member of the American Constitution Society, and was a teaching assistant to Associate Dean Dan Matthews. Armstrong volunteers for the Hillsborough Bar Association, American Bar Association and Feeding Tampa Bay.
Allen, from Miami, Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. While attending law school, he served on the public relations committee of the Black Law Students Association, as associate editor for the school’s Law Journal, and as the Mock Trial’s public relations chair.
Originally from Birkenfeld, Germany, Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisville. Hill served as a senator on the Student Bar Association, preemption and screening editor for the Law Review, and several posts with Moot Court.
Naccache, of North Muskegon, Michigan, attended St. Petersburg College for her undergraduate degree. While attending WMU-Cooley, she served on the Honor Council, WMU-Cooley Law Review as publicity editor, American Constitution Society’s diversity and inclusion chair, Moot Court Board. Naccache was a member of the Office of Student Assistance, and served as a teaching assistant, and research assistant.
Rape, originally from Pegeant, Bermuda, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Florida A&M University and served several roles on the Mock Trial team. Rape also served as vice president of the American Constitution Society and as a Cooley Ambassador and Graduation Marshal.
From Englewood, New Jersey, Rhoden earned his bachelor’s degree from William Patterson University and has served as president of the American Constitution Society, a member of the student inclusion committee, and served as a member the Grade Appeals Board and Mock Trial team.
Stavrakis, from Baltimore, Maryland, earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tampa. She served as president of the Student Bar Association, where she also served several roles during her tenure at WMU-Cooley. Additionally, Stavrakis served on Moot Court and as a member of the law school’s Inclusion Committee.
Volmy, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Niagara University. While at WMU-Cooley she was a member of the American Bar Association Law Student Division, the Help Save the Next Girl organization, Student Bar Association, Moot Court, and as a Cooley Ambassador and Graduation Marshal.
Washington, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Trine University, is from Newport News, Virginia. As a student at WMU-Cooley, she served several positions on the Student Bar Association and Moot Court.