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Johnson wins SWT’s Beretta Award

Date of release: 05/13/99

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — Shawn E. Johnson of Dallas has been named the recipient of the 1999 Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award at Southwest Texas State University.

Johnson will graduate from SWT with a bachelor of science, with a double major in biology and exercise and sports science and a minor in chemistry. She holds a 3.64 grade-point average and will attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School next fall.

While at SWT, Johnson received the LBJ Scholarship, the Henrietta Avent Scholarship and the Mitte Foundation Scholarship. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, was voted Greek woman of the year in 1997 and homecoming queen in 1998.

She is a member of several student organizations at SWT, including the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Black Student Alliance and the Coalition of African-Americans Unified for Self-Empowerment.

Johnson has done volunteer work on the SWT campus, in San Marcos and in Houston. She is a recreation supervisor at the Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos.

The Beretta Award is named for Sallie Beretta, who served 18 years on the university’s Board of Regents. The award has been given by the university since 1963.

The Beretta Award is based on leadership, scholarship, character, potential and loyalty.