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"I'm 39. My goal was to get my first
degree by the time I was 40," said Twyla
Pace, an elementary education major from
Twyla and two other students who main-
tained a 4.0 grade point average during
their college careers shared top academic
honors during commencement ceremonies
May 2 in Moody Coliseum.
The other students were Sherri Abee, a
social work major from Owensboro, Ky.,
and Mel Witcher, a music education major
Twyla said because she had to wait so
long to go to school that it really changed
the way she looked at her education. "So, I
decided that when I finally got to college, I
was going to do the best that I could," she
She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi,
an education organization, and Alpha Chi.
And she was listed on the Dean's Honor
Roll for three semesters.
Sherri was a member of Circle K, a ser-
vice organization affiliated with the
Kiwanis Club, and the Social Work Club.
She was honored during the annual
Parents Day luncheon, received the
Women of ACU scholarship and was listed
on the Dean's Honor Roll for seven
Mel was a member of the Symphonic
Band, the Four O'Clock Jazz Ensemble
and the Orchestra.
He was honored as a Sherrod Scholar in
1981, won first place in the ACU Com-
position Contest, and was a co-winner of
the composition contest sponsored by the
Texas Music Educators Association.
Mel planned to teach in the Denton
Public School System and work on a
master's degree at North Texas State
University in Denton.
His wife, Judy, said, "I've always been
amazed at how fast he reads and how
much knowledge he retains." And Mel
said that his organizational skills and hav-
ing Judy to help him were two of the things
that helped him have a successful
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Pictured - Twyla Pace.
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