Shirley A. Gates, an Education major graduating in December 2000, was the first recipient of the new Pinnacle Award of Achievement. The Pinnacle organization honors all those who have achieved academic success, but the Award of Achievement is a special award for one graduating Senior each fall and spring semester.
The Pinnacle Award of Achievement will be given to a graduating senior who is a member of Pinnacle who has achieved this success despite many obstacles encountered along the way. The award will go to the student with the most inspiring personal story of overcoming those obstacles.