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