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Four students accepted to law schools

April 18, 2017

Chadron State College students accepted to law schools, from left,  Stachia Reuwsaat of Black Hawk, S.D., Coy Clark of Benkelman, Neb., Teryn Blessin of Greenwood, Neb., and BriAnn Straub of Scottsbluff, Neb. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College) Chadron State College students accepted to law schools, from left, Stachia Reuwsaat of Black Hawk, S.D., Coy Clark of Benkelman, Neb., Teryn Blessin of Greenwood, Neb., and BriAnn Straub of Scottsbluff, Neb. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – Four Chadron State College students have earned acceptance into law schools. They are Teryn Blessin of Greenwood, Neb., Coy Clark of Benkelman, Neb., Stachia Reuwsaat of Black Hawk, S.D. and BriAnn Straub of Scottsbluff, Neb.

Blessin was accepted to Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Washburn University and the University of South Dakota. She has chosen to attend Creighton where a Government Organization And Leadership (GOAL) program is offered. Through it, Blessin could complete an internship in Washington D.C. and earn a master’s in government, as well as her law degree.

She majored in Accounting and Legal Studies, was active in Cardinal Key, Phi Beta Lambda, Student Alumni Council, Student Senate and The Nest.

Her advice to other students planning to apply for law school is to start the process early.

“You will spend more time revising your personal statement than you realize,” she said.

Clark, who has known since high school mock trial competitions that he wanted to pursue a career in law, has been accepted to Baylor University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Stetson University. He has not decided which school he will attend.

He served two years as the Chief Justice of the Student Senate’s Constitutional Court and one year as the Student Trustee representing CSC on the Nebraska State College System’s Board of Trustees. He said both positions provided valuable experience.

“Being Chief Justice involved guiding decisions and dealing with disputes, while being a trustee helped me sharpen my communication skills,” Clark said.

Clark has been involved in the Blue Key National Honor Society, several Faculty Senate committees and Residence Life Association, in addition to completing internships with CSC graduate Judge Travis O’Gorman of the 12th Judicial District and the Custer County Attorney in Broken Bow.

Reuwsaat has been accepted to Saint Mary’s University, Widener University, Quinnipiac University and Stetson University. She has not yet made her final selection.

Owner of two national long jump championships, multiple Academic All American honors and many other regional track awards, Reuwsaat said she feels her athletic pursuits have equipped her with time management skills that will transfer well to law school.

She added that the faculty contributed to her success, and that of her classmates.

“Dr. Leesch and Dr. Bogner have been instrumental for all of us. They are available both in and out of class. Their guidance has been essential to the success we’ve had,” Reuwsaat said.

Straub was accepted by Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of South Dakota, and Washburn University. She has chosen to attend UNL.

A double major in psychology and legal studies, Straub was also a Resident Adviser, involved in Residence Life Association and Constitutional Court.

“I discovered legal studies when Marv Neuharth suggested I look into it based on my writing style in his psychology class. I’m glad I did,” Straub said.

—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator

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