December 13, 2013
As a shot put and discus thrower who plans to graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, Alexis Guice of Monroe, Louisiana, has made the most of her Millsaps experience. Guice will graduate in the spring of 2014 with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Spanish.
Guice, who throws shot put, discus, hammer, javelin and weight throws, is a member of the first recruited class for the track and field team at Millsaps. “As a senior member of my team, I pride myself in taking part in the establishment of a track and field team built upon a strong foundation of trust and determination. I am certain that this program that I have fully committed to during these past four years will continue to be successful long after I graduate,” she said.
Guice has been a thrower since her sophomore year of high school, after the track coach at her school recognized her potential. “He told me that he had heard that I was strong and he thought I would make a good thrower. The next day he handed me a shot put and said to ‘just throw it.’ I have been throwing ever since."
The high level of technique and strength required for the throwing events attracted Guice. “Having participated in ballet for over 13 years and as a multi-sport athlete (basketball, softball, cheerleading), it was an easy transition for me. I was able to pick up the various techniques of the different events with ease and was able to successfully compete my first season out,” she said, noting that as a high school student, she qualified for the Junior Olympics in shot put and also hammer.
Guice chose to attend Millsaps College because she wanted a liberal arts education and the Millsaps community encourages students to be well rounded and participate in many events and organizations.
“I am so fortunate to attend a college where the faculty and staff are willing to work with their students on an individual level and make them their top priority,” she said. “No other school I visited would have permitted me to double major, sing in the choir, play collegiate sports, join a sorority, perform research, study abroad and participate in community service. I have set out to do all that I imagined and have absolutely no regrets.”
Guice is a member of the Millsaps Singers and Kappa Delta sorority and serves as a Ford Fellow and teacher’s assistant for the Biology Department. She is president of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, vice president of Sigma Lambda service honorary and a member of the leadership honorary Order of Omega, the biological sciences honorary Beta Beta Beta, the honorary pre-health fraternity Alpha Epsilon Delta, the honorary for freshmen Phi Eta and the Spanish honorary Sigma Delta Pi.
She is working with Dr. Brent Hendrixson on an honors project entitled “An Integrative Approach to Delimiting Species Boundaries in Tarantulas from a North American Biodiversity Hotspot.”
She plans to attend medical school and become a dermatologist. “I would also like to perform medical missionary work in Latin America,” she said.