Student Success // August 11, 2021

The Freed-Hardeman University faculty presented the Faculty-Scholarship-Leadership Medal to John Parigger, a 2021 summa cum laude graduate from Manchester, Tennessee, at commencement. He completed a Bachelor of Science in psychology in Spring 2021.

The medal recognizes the graduate who best epitomizes excellence in character, scholarship and leadership and is chosen by a vote of the faculty. It is the highest honor bestowed by the faculty.

“I am honored to receive this award because I have so much admiration and respect for the faculty and staff. I know that the people I met there will continue to inspire me all of my life,” Parigger said. “I am not the same person I was four years ago, and that is largely because of the work that they put in to make FHU a God-glorifying place.

Parigger was a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Honors College and was instrumental in re-starting the Psychology Club. He is currently working as a family development specialist in Winchester, Tennessee. He plans to apply to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs for Fall 2022.

In addition to excellence in the classroom, Parigger was a fierce competitor on the golf course, according to his coach, Chris Hodges. The golfer also received the Heart of a Lion award from the FHU intercollegiate athletics coaching staff. As its name implies, it goes to a senior athlete who has best demonstrated the qualities commonly associated with a lion: courage, commitment, leadership and a will to win.

“John came to Freed-Hardeman with a smile on his face, a can-do attitude and an ability to make people laugh,” Hodges said. “Since becoming a Christian, his focus has been ‘God’s will, not my will.’ He is a true example of the Christian athlete.”