Connelly Named Outstanding Freshman at WWU

Anne Marie ConnellyAnne Marie Connelly of Highland, Ill., received a Student
Alumni Council Outstanding Freshman Award at William Woods University’s recent
co-curricular honors banquet.

The Outstanding Student Awards are the only awards at William
Woods University bestowed on students by the nomination and vote of other
students. Nominees must demonstrate academic achievement, campus and community
involvement and leadership.
 
Connelly is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Pre-Vet
Club, Student Alumni Council, Dressage Club, Multi-Cultural Affairs Club and
the cheerleading squad. She is a switchboard/security employee at WWU.
 
She organized a younger girl’s pageant to collect money and
toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Drive and has collected more than 300 toys to
give out to less-fortunate children. She has raised money for the Legendary
Mustang Association, organized a horse show for the Madison County Fair Board
to raise money for the fair board and committee, and she met with Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn to discuss agriculture in Illinois.
 
In 2010 she assisted at the 2010 Highland Art-on-the-Square
event in the Kids Art Area and handed out ribbons and awards. She has emceed at
Highland’s 2010 Kirchenfest Church Festival and joined with the Knights of
Columbus in Madison County to bring disabled adults to the fair for a dance day
and competition.
 
Connelly was a pageant judge for the 2010 Junior Miss
Missouri Harvest Festival and assisted with the Cornerstone Farm’s Riding
Academy Bridge the Divide program that helps handicapped children learn to ride
horses. She has discussed the importance of agriculture in her area at Rotary
club meetings in her hometown county and was an
email volunteer for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.
 
She has also worked undercover with the Clinton County Police
Department to help with their fight against retailers selling tobacco products
to minors.