Portia Nicole Davis, of Gonzales, was among 59 University of Mississippi students to receive a 2013 Taylor Medal, the university’s highest academic award.

The medal winners were recognized recently during the 70th annual Honors Convocation at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Davis earned a degree in music education from the College of Liberal Arts during the university’s May 11 commencement.

A member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, she was named the Undergraduate Music Student of the Year. Her other academic honors include membership in Phi Kappa Phi, UM’s highest academic honor across all disciplines. A graduate of Abeka Academy homeschool, she is the daughter of Royce and Joyce Davis, of Gonzales.

Taylor Medals recognize no more than 0.45 percent of undergraduates for meritorious scholarship and deportment, a news release from the university says. Recipients of the award must have at least a 3.90 grade-point average. The award was established at Ole Miss in 1904 by Dr. William A. Taylor, of Booneville, in memory of his son, an honored 1871 alumnus of the university.