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CSC students recognized at rising sophomore awards

May 1, 2018

Dr. Steve Coughlin, Chadron State College assistant professor of English and Humanities, speaks to audience members at the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Dr. Steve Coughlin, Chadron State College assistant professor of English and Humanities, speaks to audience members at the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – Chadron State College students and employees gathered Thursday, April 19, in the Student Center Ballroom for the third annual Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony.

CSC employees nominated students for the majority of the 34 awards. Students were invited to submit nominations for the Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice Award and the Student Peer-Leader of the Year Award.

Department Awards, Outstanding Student

Each academic department selected a rising sophomore who has proven to be an outstanding student.

Applied Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences: Cheyenne Ryan

Applied Sciences, Range: Natalie G'Schwind

Art: Megan Tidyman

Business Administration, Management: Bailee Steiner

Communication Arts: Marina Arnold

English and Humanities: Julia Elbert

Health and Physical Education: Jessica Harvey

History: Colton Alexander

Music, Applied Music: Austin Pfeiffer

Music, Music Education: Samantha Pucket

Physical and Life Sciences, Biology: Emily Hand

Physical and Life Sciences, Chemistry: Alisha Huynh

Physical and Life Sciences, Health Professions: Brooke Chramosta

Psychological Sciences: Kelvana Demeritte

Social Science: Jack David Birky

Social Work: Celeste Cardona, Taylee Neefe

Sport and Recreation Management: William Reiter

Theatre: Kaitlynn Hessler, Trajan Garcia

Community Engagement: Emily Hand

The Community Engagement award recognizes the efforts of a rising sophomore who is living out a vision of connections between campus and community through service and giving.

Student Peer-Leader of the Year: McKenna Webel

This Student Peer-Leader of the Year award recognizes a rising sophomore who has been an effective peer-leader.

Student Athlete of the Year: Taryn Foxen

The Student Athlete of the Year recognizes a rising sophomore whose work and service on or off the athletic field or gym represents excellence in academics and service.

Artist of the Year: Trajan Garcia

The Artist of the Year award recognizes musical, theatrics or artistic creativity is awarded to a rising sophomore who has made an outstanding contribution to the musical, theater or artistic life of the college through demonstration, performance, composition, and/or group leadership.

Unsung Hero: McKensi Webel

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a rising sophomore who works behind-the-scenes, consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.

Working Eagle: Taylee Neefe

The Working Eagle Award recognizes a rising sophomore who has effectively balanced academics with his or her on- or off-campus job.

Residence Hall Citizen of the Year: Aaron Jones

The Residence Hall Citizen of the Year seeks to recognize one rising sophomore from the resident halls for outstanding service to her or his floor.

First Generation Eagle: Guillermo (Will) Compton

The First Generation Eagle award recognizes a rising sophomore who would be the first in his or her family to attain a four-year degree when he or she graduates.

Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice: Cody Madrigal

The Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice award recognizes a rising sophomore whose single action or repeated behaviors has moved the college forward in its commitment to building an inclusive and just community.

Excellence in Diversity: Marcus Hutcherson

The Excellence in Diversity award recognizes a rising sophomore who is a strong and active advocate for diverse communities, challenges and supports students to engage beyond that which is comfortable.

Academic Grit: Tristian Old Horse

Academic Grit is awarded to a rising sophomore who has made significant steps in his or her academic development.

Student Leader of the Year: Cheyenne Ryan

The Student Leader of the Year recognizes a rising sophomore who has a zest for life and learning, a strong commitment to CSC and the community and a demonstrated belief in the goodness of all people.

The Young Eagle: Celeste Cardona

The Young Eagle award is given to the rising sophomore who has made significant accomplishments as an identified leader on campus during the current academic year.

James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement: Sheldon Curley

The James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement is awarded to a rising sophomore who participated in the Transitional Studies Program and has demonstrated excellence within the courses, programming and resources to achieve his or her academic goals. The award comes with a $500 scholarship. 

—Kelsey R. Brummels, College Relations

Chadron State College student Kelvana Demeritte, left, poses with Dr. Mary Jo Carnot after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Psychological Sciences during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Kelvana Demeritte, left, poses with Dr. Mary Jo Carnot after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Psychological Sciences during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College students Samantha Pucket, left, and Austin Pfeiffer, right, pose with Dr. Una Taylor after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Music, Music Education and the Outstanding Student for Music, Applied Music, respectively, during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College students Samantha Pucket, left, and Austin Pfeiffer, right, pose with Dr. Una Taylor after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Music, Music Education and the Outstanding Student for Music, Applied Music, respectively, during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Sheldon Curley, left, poses with Tamara Toomey after being awarded the James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Sheldon Curley, left, poses with Tamara Toomey after being awarded the James H. Powell Jr. Academic Achievement Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taylee Neefe, left, poses with Dr. Pat Beu after being awarded the Working Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taylee Neefe, left, poses with Dr. Pat Beu after being awarded the Working Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Jessica Harvey, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Health and Physical Education during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Jessica Harvey, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Health and Physical Education during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Celeste Cardona, left, poses with Bruce Hoem after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Social Work during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Celeste Cardona, left, poses with Bruce Hoem after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Social Work during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Julia Elbert, right, poses with Markus Egeler Jones after being awarded the Outstanding Student for English and Humanities during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Julia Elbert, right, poses with Markus Egeler Jones after being awarded the Outstanding Student for English and Humanities during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Emily Hand, left, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Biology during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Emily Hand, left, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Biology during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cheyenne Ryan, right, poses with Dr. Yvonne Moody after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Applied Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cheyenne Ryan, right, poses with Dr. Yvonne Moody after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Applied Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Natalie G'Schwind, right, poses with Dr. Tony Perlinski after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Applied Sciences, Range during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Natalie G'Schwind, right, poses with Dr. Tony Perlinski after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Applied Sciences, Range during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Will Compton, left, poses with Jennifer Schaer after being awarded the First Generation Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Will Compton, left, poses with Jennifer Schaer after being awarded the First Generation Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taryn Foxen, left, poses with Joel Smith after being awarded the Student Athlete of the Year during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taryn Foxen, left, poses with Joel Smith after being awarded the Student Athlete of the Year during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cheyenne Ryan, left, poses with Dr. James Powell after being awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cheyenne Ryan, left, poses with Dr. James Powell after being awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Marcus Hutcherson, right, poses with Markus Egeler Jones after being awarded the Excellence in Diversity Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Marcus Hutcherson, right, poses with Markus Egeler Jones after being awarded the Excellence in Diversity Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Alisha Huynh, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Chemistry during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Alisha Huynh, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Chemistry during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taylee Neefe, right, poses with Bruce Hoem after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Social Work during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Taylee Neefe, right, poses with Bruce Hoem after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Social Work during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Celeste Cardona, left, poses with Dominic Badura after being awarded The Young Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Celeste Cardona, left, poses with Dominic Badura after being awarded The Young Eagle Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College students Colton Alexander, left, and Jack David Birky, right, pose with Dr. Kurt Kinbacher after being awarded the Outstanding Student for History and the Outstanding Student of Social Science, respectively, during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College students Colton Alexander, left, and Jack David Birky, right, pose with Dr. Kurt Kinbacher after being awarded the Outstanding Student for History and the Outstanding Student of Social Science, respectively, during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student McKenna Webel, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Student Peer-Leader of the Year during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student McKenna Webel, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Student Peer-Leader of the Year during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Tristian Old Horse, left, poses with Joel Smith after being awarded the Academic Grit Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Tristian Old Horse, left, poses with Joel Smith after being awarded the Academic Grit Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cody Madrigal, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Cody Madrigal, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Excellence in the Advancement of Social Justice Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student McKensi Webel, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Unsung Hero Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student McKensi Webel, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Unsung Hero Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Megan Tidyman, right, poses with Laura Bentz after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Art during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Megan Tidyman, right, poses with Laura Bentz after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Art during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Brooke Chramosta, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Health Professions during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Brooke Chramosta, left, poses with Dr. David Nesheim after being awarded the Outstanding Student for Physical and Life Sciences, Health Professions during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Emily Hand, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Community Engagement Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College student Emily Hand, right, poses with Danielle Lecher after being awarded the Community Engagement Award during the 2018 Rising Sophomore Awards ceremony April, 19, 2018, in the Student Center Ballroom. (Photo by Kelsey R. Brummels/Chadron State College)