Freed-Hardeman University celebrated the 2020 Mr. and Miss FHU, Katie Morris and Kenneth Moore, Saturday, Aug. 22, in a ceremony in Chapel Hall. The event was delayed because of COVID-19 and the subsequent early end of the spring semester.
Morris, from Jackson, plans to pursue a degree in occupational therapy following completion of a degree in kinesiology in Spring 2021. At FHU, she has been a member of University Program Council, Alpha Chi Honor Society and Xi Chi Delta social club. Regarding her experiences at FHU, Morris said, “I value the relationships that have been cultivated through this Christian community and I appreciate the opportunities FHU provides for its students to experience the world through studying abroad.”
Moore, a resident of Nashville, graduated from FHU in Spring 2020 with dual degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Bible and a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at FHU. Ideally, he said, he would like to eventually teach at FHU while also serving as a preacher. “I would love to do for the church and FHU what they have done for me,” he said. Moore has been a member of University Chorale, Honors Program, and Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. Moore considers Feb. 21, 2018, the best day of his life. On that day, Dr. Billy Smith, a member of the FHU Bible faculty baptized him.
Other finalists for Miss FHU were Amy Gingerich, a chemistry major from Jamesport, Mo., who is working in a research laboratory in Bowling Green, Ky.; Claire Morris, kinesiology major from Jackson, who plans to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy; and McKenna Shrader, a nursing major from Columbia, who has begun her nursing career at Maury County Regional Hospital.
Finalists for Mr. FHU included the following: Logan Campbell, a chemistry and Spanish major from Spring Hill, who is currently teaching Spanish at Columbia Academy while waiting to enter dental school; Gage Gregory, a biology major from Gallatin, who plans to attend dental school and serve his country through the United States Air Force; and Caleb Johnson, a history major from Pinson, who will seek a doctoral degree in sociology following graduation from FHU in May 2021.
This year marked the 80th consecutive year Freed-Hardeman students and faculty have selected students who best represent the FHU ideal. “These students were selected because of their influence, leadership and academic ability,” Chris Ramey, director of alumni engagement, said. “This time-honored tradition is the highest honor bestowed by the student body and faculty.”
The ceremony was streamed live Saturday and may be viewed online at Facebook.com/freedhardeman.