Elsberry Resident Receives Awards at William Woods University

Shanna Lonsberry, a senior at William Woods University received the Cockrell Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 19.

Lonsberry has also been named to the 2006 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” She is the daughter of Les and Debby Lonsberry of Elsberry, Mo.

The Cockrell Award is presented to the graduating senior who has participated in a variety of campus activities, serving as an officer or chair, and who has held membership in honorary groups. The student must exemplify outstanding campus citizenship, contribute to society, exhibit loyalty to the university and its policies and have a genuine regard for others in personal relationships.

By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Lonsberry joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Lonsberry was the recipient of the Helen Stephens Award at WWU last year. The award is presented to an outstanding junior athlete who has achieved excellence both in the classroom and in the area of intercollegiate athletics. The student must demonstrate the talent, discipline and desire that best describes the legacy of Olympic Gold medalist and William Woods alumna Helen Stephens.

She also received the Student Alumni Council Outstanding Junior Award last year.

A varsity basketball player, Lonsberry serves as team co-captain. She was named Honorable Mention All-Conference, 2003-04; First Team All-Conference, 2004-05 and 2005-06; Academic All-Conference all four years, and NAIA Academic All-American, 2004-05 and 2005-06. She is also a four-year letter winner.

Lonsberry is a community advisor and member of the Chi Omega sorority. She was selected as Model Initiate her incoming year and has served as campus activities chair, secretary and new member educator for her sorority.

She is a member of Order of Omega, an honorary for Greeks, and President’s Twenty, a collegiate honorary service society whose members serve as the university president’s official ambassadors at university events.

An elementary education major and Dean’s List student, Lonsberry is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Society. She also participates in the university’s Honors Program.

Her community service involvement includes being a volunteer for the Callaway County YMCA, the Special Olympics for the Central Missouri Division, and the Show-Me and Senior State games. She has also participated in Champions of Character.