Six students have been named the outstanding graduates of their schools and were recognized during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s fall 2017 Honors Day ceremony on Thursday.
These students will receive special recognition during fall commencement at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Randy Richards cited various texts in the Bible that encourages the recognition of honor. He referenced Proverbs 3:35 where it says, “The wise inherits honor.”
“Today we take the opportunity to bestow upon them [outstanding graduates] the honor that is due today,” says Richards.
Luke Day of Boca Raton, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Arts and Sciences. Day is an English major with a history minor. Upholding a 4.0 GPA, Day has earned the Who’s Who award to be presented at this upcoming fall commencement. His involvements on campus include serving as a math tutor and on the chapel praise team. Day volunteers in his church, Calvary Chapel of Boca Raton, in a variety of areas including youth worship and men’s ministry. He plans to pursue contemporary Christian music upon graduation this fall.
Aaron Katanic of West Palm Beach, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the Rinker School of Business. Prior to studying at PBA, Katanic enlisted in the U.S. army and was deployed to Afghanistan for three years of service. Majoring in finance, Katanic plans to work in actuarial science upon graduating. He and his wife, Hannah, have a son named Solomon and plan to adopt and foster as many children as they are able.
Brooke Begnoche of Boynton Beach, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies. She is majoring in exercise science and plans to open her own practice including services in both personal training and nutrition. Begnoche has been involved with the Cancer Related Fatigue program and volunteered as a Women’s Night of Worship leader. Locally, she serves with Christ Fellowship of Boynton Beach and Place of Hope.
Rachel Furtado of Boca Raton, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the MacArthur School of Leadership. Furtado is a wife, mother of two, full-time employee, full-time student, as well as a children’s pastor at her local church. She self-published a children’s book, “A story of Great Light that Will Make Your Days Bright.” Furtado is a licensed minister with pursuits of attaining her ordination upon graduation.
Kevin Boyle of West Palm Beach, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the School of Ministry. He is a biblical studies major, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Boyle serves as a graduate student worker and on the chapel vision team. He recently attended a national gathering of the Theological Evangelical Society where he presented a scholarly paper, co-written with Dr. Randy Richards. In his apprenticeship, he serves at First Baptist of Hypoluxo where he preaches regularly, coordinates the children’s ministry and plans worship services.
Erin Cascioli of Auburndale, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Music and Fine Arts. She is a music education major in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. Cascioli is an experienced cellist, having performed in the PBA Symphony and the chapel strings. She worked in the PBA Preparatory Department, served on two mission trips to the Dominican Republic, and studied abroad with honors to Turkey. Cascioli has accepted a full-time position as minister of children at the Church of the Gardens, located in Palm Beach Gardens.