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June 16, 2013

Academic Accolades: June 16

AMHS alum graduates from Butler University

ALEXANDRIA — Lance Rinker, a 2009 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, graduated from Butler University on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in electronic media and a minor in journalism.

While at Butler, he served as the sports editor of the award-winning student newspaper, The Butler Collegian. Rinker received a first place from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in 2012 for his sports column titled, “Butler’s Clean Slate Draws Athletes.” He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and served as the philanthropic co-chairman his sophomore year.

For his interfraternity contributions, he was selected for membership into the Greek honor society, Order of Omega. In 2012, he was named the “Outstanding Junior in Electronic Journalism” and this spring received the Teresa K. Weinberg award for “Exceptional Promise in Journalism” from the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. In addition, he was awarded the James Phillippe Scholarship in 2011 and the Howard Caldwell Scholarship in 2012.

Butler University has afforded Rinker several internship opportunities. He was a play-by-play commentator for ButlerTV, covering the Butler University women’s basketball team. In addition, Rinker completed internships with the Indianapolis Indians and with HoopsAddict.com, where he covered the Indiana Pacers as a beat writer. He recently completed a two-year stint as a media relations intern with the Butler University Sports Information Department.

He has accepted a full-ride graduate assistantship at East Tennessee State University and will pursue a master of arts degree in kinesiology and sport studies, with a sport management concentration.

He is the son of John and Lisa Rinker of Alexandria.

Johnson graduates from Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Vivian Kathleen Johnson graduated from Southern Illinois University on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in business marketing cum laude grade point average, 3.50-3.749.

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