Anna Gurganus, Correspondent
Jacksonville State University’s SGA President, Jerod Sharp, recently won the Sigma Nu Scholar of the Year Award.
The Sigma Nu headquarters in Lexington, Virginia chose Sharp through a competitive process which evaluated each applicant’s academic excellence, extracurricular record, and demonstrated leadership.
“I really think this award goes beyond my individual self in the fact that it distinguishes my chapter of Sigma Nu, the IFC community here at JSU as well as the entirety of Greek Life,” said Sharp. “I believe it shows how awesome the Biology Department here at JSU is, and then, in the end, it is another reason to celebrate JSU as a whole as it is the reason I even had the opportunity to apply for this award in the first place.”
Sharp is currently studying biology and carries a 4.0 GPA.
“I am super thankful for Professor Roger Sauterer, PhD. for also encouraging me in and out of the lab,” said Sharp. “I am so lucky to be in the School of Science here at JSU and this award is just as much theirs as it is mine.”
Sauterer, a JSU biology professor, has seen Sharp thrive in the Biology department.
“In a single semester, Jerod proved himself as a diligent, hardworking and very bright young researcher who has exceptionally high potential,” said Sauterer.
Along with maintaining good grades, Sharp is also very involved in the campus community. He served for three years on the Sylvania Town Council. He has served as the SGA’s Vice President of the Student Senate and is currently serving as SGA President.
The President of JSU’s Sigma Nu chapter, Jared Gallops, thinks highly of Sharp and his abilities.
“We as a chapter are very proud of our brother, Jerod Sharp, for not only winning this award but having such a strong commitment to his academics,” said Gallops. “Jerod is not only a great friend but also a phenomenal person to work with. When he shows up, he is the first to jump into work and encourages others to take action. What amazes me the most is he is able to maintain a 4.0 cumulative GPA while holding so many positions in various organizations. He truly is the type of person others strive to be.”
Kevin Barajas, another Sigma Nu member and good friend of Sharp, also had some positive things to say about his brother.
“I am extremely proud of Jerod,” said Barajas. “We became friends freshman year when we were both in Freshman Forum. Ever since I met him, I knew he was destined to do great things. He is one of the most driven and committed people I know. Additionally, he is an amazing brother and friend. He makes me, our fraternity, and our community proud. I cannot wait to see what his future holds.”
Sharp said he aspires for every student at JSU to reach their full potential and go on to do great things.
“In the end, I hope other students feel inspired to reach for the stars because if a small-town kid like me can achieve something like this, then any student here at JSU can do the same or more,” said Sharp.