Equestrian Senior a Finalist for Rudder Award

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M senior western rider Jessica Lucia (Franklin) is a finalist for the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award.

The award is considered the highest honor a senior student can receive at Texas A&M. Only two students per college at the university are nominated. Lucia was nominated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Jessica was a co-captain of the A&M equestrian team for both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. In the spring of 2004, she became the first freshman in team history to be elected co-captain by her teammates. She is also a four-time Texas A&M/Verizon Athletics Scholar Award recipient.

As a rider, Lucia scored 51 points in the novice and advanced horsemanship divisions during the team’s final three years in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). She qualified for both the regional and zone championships as a junior and represented the team in the advanced horsemanship division at the 2006 IHSA National Championships.

The animal science major has been an extremely active member of Texas A&M life outside of both the arena and the classroom. She is a member of the Horseman’s Association, Phi Eta Sigma, the wool judging team, the horse judging team (which captured a world championship during her tenure), Alpha Zeta, Saddle & Sirloin, the Honors Program and is the animal science representative on the Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council.

Lucia plans on attending graduate school at A&M in the fall. She will begin work towards a degree in equine nutrition/exercise physiology.

To be eligible for the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award, a student must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership, be a member of an honor or professional society and have participated in extracurricular activities, including community service, and do so with humility and dedication to Texas A&M and its principles.

The winner of the Rudder Award will be announced during graduation ceremonies.