Baily Peterson receives McNutt Award at William Woods University

Baily Peterson
Baily Peterson

Baily Peterson of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, recently received major awards at William Woods University, including the prestigious Amy Shelton McNutt Award.

Peterson, who graduated May 9 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design, also was named a Distinguished Scholar in Graphic Design. In addition, Peterson was named to the 2015 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

She was recognized for her academic achievements during the Academic Convocation and for her campus involvement during the Co-Curricular Honors Banquet, both held April 22.

The McNutt Award is given to the graduate whose consistency of purpose and selfless devotion to service were contributed without thought of reward and who best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods in whose honor the award was named.

Peterson was one of 10 WWU students named to Who’s Who. A campus committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

By being listed in “Who’s Who,” honorees join an elite group of students from more than 1,000 universities and colleges in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Distinguished Scholar awards are designated to graduating seniors by the faculty of various disciplines at William Woods each spring. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.

Active on campus, Peterson was a community adviser and member of the volleyball team. She was vice president of marketing for Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and president and new member educator of her sorority, Chi Omega. She also served as layout designer for the campus magazine, “The Hoot.” In addition, she was a member of the Thriving Artists Group; CRU; Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow; and the Dressage Club.

She also traveled with Woods Around the World to England, Scotland and Ireland, and she made a service trip to the Lakota Native American Reservation.

Peterson was awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Sorority Greek Award and Unsung Hero Greek Award in 2013. She received the NAIA Scholar Athlete Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. She also was awarded the Best Overall Portfolio Award in spring of 2014.