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(New Orleans) Amber Tramel (SR/Dallas, TX) was named the recipient of the 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award. Tramel, a senior basketball and track and field athlete from Dallas, Texas, is grateful to receive such an award.
"I was surprised and excited, but also more grateful than anything to get the award," said the outgoing 'Miss Dillard University.' She will join over 200 graduating seniors for Dillard's commencement which is on Saturday, May 10, where First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address.
This marks the second year in a row that Dillard University has produced the GCAC's Dr. LeRoy Walker COC Award winner. Last year, Jonquil Griffin from the Lady Bleu Devils track and field team won the award.
"I think its good publicity for Dillard," said Tramel. "It gives us a good chance for people to see this small HBCU in New Orleans. It shows that we have moved passed Katrina."
Tramel is no stranger to success. She is also currently in the running for Ebony Magazine's Campus Queens and she has one wish for the audience reading this article.
"My one request to the readers is that if you feel I am a solid candidate, please go support me by voting for me at www.ebony.com/campusqueens (page 2), Miss Dillard University."
Here is a small list of her accomplishments throughout her collegiate career:
Basketball team 2010-present
Track team 2011-present
4th in GCAC Track & Field Hammer throw 2012
Dean's List 2010-present
Freshman Class Treasurer
Sophomore Class Vice President
Junior Class Attendant
Miss Dillard University 2013-2014
2012-13 Student Activities board Community Service Representative
2012-13 National Council of Negro Women Vice President
Champions of Character Athlete of the Year 2011-2012
Champions of Character Award 2011-2013
2013-Hosted a women's empowerment conference for NOLA University women
GCAC Academic Award 2011-2013
2013 recipient of the Platform Initiative of the Year Award (highest award one can achieve in this area) for the 2013 Leadership for Queens & Kings Konnection Conference
Christmas 2012-Collected toys for Ronald McDonald house
Feb. 2013-Kaboom build a playground in a day
Jan. 2013-7th ward Gentilly clean-up
Sept. 2013-Youth Rebuild NOLA
Oct. 2013-NOLA for Life Day
Aug. 2012-present-Volunteered with the NOLA urban league college track program
Jan. 2011-present-MLK Week of Peace Project Coordinator for the last 3 years
2010-present-UNCF Walk/Run for Education and 2012/2013-NO/AIDS Walk