Outstanding Senior: Sam Eddington 

When senior biology major Sam Eddington gives tours to prospective students, he tells them that one of the best things about Pittsburg State is the community that surrounds it. 

“We truly have a family atmosphere that is unique to just our college,” he said. 

 Sam Eddington

In the last four years, Eddington, of Columbus, Kansas, has racked up a lengthy list of accomplishments here, the latest of which is being named one of two Outstanding Seniors.  

“Although I have worked incredibly hard to accomplish many things, being recognized as Outstanding Senior is more of a reflection of the people that support me than of just myself,” he said. “Because of those people and the university itself, I have been able to flourish as a student and individual. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of our Gorilla family.” 

“During my time here, I’ve met the love of my life, made friends that will last forever, experienced a broad range of events and accomplishments, and gained the knowledge I need to achieve my dreams,” he added. 

He's also been recognized as Homecoming King, a Golden Gorilla, has a perfect GPA and will graduate with honors. 

Those who know him describe him as living his life with integrity and a tremendous work ethic, and encouraging of others to succeed.  

“As a student leader, I have tried to cultivate those relationships and enrich everyone that I have come in contact with,” he said. “A part of this is creating opportunities for my peers.” 

He’s been actively involved in the Honors College Association, creating new events and chances to serve within the program while being a part of leadership. As a part of Biology Club, his executive team was able to plan trips, events, and hosted the university’s first Science Day since the pandemic. He had the opportunity to serve as a part of Campus Christians’ executive team and as a small group leader. 

He’s been a member of Chemistry Club, Psychology and Counseling Society, Phi Eta Sigma, University Ambassador, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Crimson Club, and he has volunteered with Natural Ties, Pitt Project, Children’s Church at Center Christian Church, Foster Closet, and the Free Store in Columbus. 

What’s next? 

Eddington dreams of becoming a pediatrician and plans to attend medical school armed with what he learned in the pre-med program in PSU’s Department of Biology. 

But first, he'll take a gap year to be a scribe in the oncology unit at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.   

“I am incredibly blessed and honored to have received the designation of Outstanding Senior,” he said. “For the last four years, Pittsburg State has become like a home to me. I have met my best friends while on campus and built strong connections with faculty and staff.” 

“As graduation approaches, I am realizing that it is this support system that I have obtained that has impacted me the most. I would not be capable of doing anything without my faith and the people that help me!”

Eddington is the son of two Gorilla graduates: Mindi Eddington (BSN ’95) and David Eddington (BSEd ’95, MS ’02).

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