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ETBU names Erin Berry 77th Senior Girl Call-Out

April 26, 2024

Erin Berry of Bullard, Texas, was recognized on Friday, April 26, during East Texas Baptist University's 77th annual Senior Girl Call-Out. Selected by a faculty and staff vote, the senior student "called out" each year is distinguished for her exemplary Christian character, social consciousness, personal poise, academic achievement, and spiritual vision.

"Being selected as this year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is a tremendous blessing and honor because the faculty and staff at ETBU have modeled and demonstrated the love of Christ through their teachings and investment in my well-being as a student," Berry said. "I greatly respect and admire how ETBU faculty and staff prioritize and embrace their faith in serving His Kingdom in their respective fields or professions. I hope to be the same light in my profession and future endeavors."

Berry, a psychology major, has left an indelible mark on the ETBU community. Her involvement spans various facets of the University, including being an Honors Program student, ETBU Women's Basketball player, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Tiger Camp leader, Psi Chi Secretary, Phi Gamma Mu President, Thrive Peer Mentor, and the successful completion of an award-winning honors research project.

"Attending ETBU has been transformational and proved to be a gift," Berry said. "Through basketball, the Honors Program, and missions abroad, I have cultivated my faith and learned what it means to love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and soul. I have learned the value of humility and intentionality to serve others, whether on the court or in the classroom. As a member of the Tiger Family, I have also made connections on campus and in the Marshall community that will be life-long."

Berry has been committed to community service throughout her time at ETBU. She volunteers her time and skills at Mission Marshall, Children's Village of Tyler, THRIVE, HWY 69 Mission-Jacksonville, Bullard Little Dribblers Basketball Association, and Strutters/Tyler Rose Parade. As a member of St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Marshall, she actively engages in fellowship and service, contributing to the growth of the church plant.

Twenty-seven young women participated in the event alongside their "little sisters," underclassmen chosen by the seniors. During the ceremony, each senior girl passed onto her little sister the symbols of the ideals and traditions of the University – the grace of the myrtle, the strength of the oak, and the ever-verdant life of the pine.

"Coordinating Senior Girl Call-Out is a cherished privilege, celebrating the achievements and character of our senior ladies," Director of Student Life Laura Coursey said. "Erin Berry's selection for Senior Girl Call-Out 2024 is a testament to her devotion to Christ and exemplary representation of our University values. Engaging with our senior girls during this event is always joyous as we witness the passing on of traditions and the growth of mentorship. Senior Girl Call-Out exemplifies the enduring legacy and transformative power of mentorship on our campus."

For the past 77 years, over 1,000 young women have taken part in this beloved tradition. Today, the University community continues to honor senior girls for their Christian character and academic excellence, upholding a long-standing tradition of recognition.