Equestrian Students Honored at Senior Send-Off Celebration

Kayla Cardinal, Chenoweth Award
Kayla Cardinal, Chenoweth Award

Kayla Cardinal, an equestrian science major from Carol Stream, Illinois, recently received the top equestrian award for graduating seniors at William Woods University. It was one of several awards presented May 3 to outstanding students in the equestrian studies division.

Cardinal received the 2015 Vera Chenoweth Outstanding Equestrian Graduate Award, which is given annually to the

Sarah Leach, Atkinson Achievement Award
Sarah Leach, Atkinson Achievement Award

overall outstanding equestrian science graduate. The recipient must be an accomplished horseperson, as well as the person who has given the most service to the division over four years. The selection is made by the entire equestrian studies faculty.

Sarah Leach, an equestrian science major from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was the 2015 Atkinson Achievement recipient.

The award is given annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most growth as a rider and horseperson while at WWU.

Three students were recognized as Distinguished Scholars: Melanie Bonk of Hampshire, Illinois, equine administration; Emily Spilios of Inverness, Florida, equestrian science; and Allison Strickland of Liberty Township, Ohio, equine general studies.

Faculties of the various disciplines may, but are not obliged to, designate graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. Eligibility requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4; the equestrian faculty also considers other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.

In addition, each year faculty recognize outstanding graduating seniors in each discipline who have made significant contributions to the seat. Those acknowledged this year were:

  • Vanessa Shreeve, an equestrian science major from Phoenix, Arizona, the Western Appreciation Award;
  • Emily Nichols, a business administration major with equestrian science minor from Hannibal, New York, the Saddle Seat Appreciation Award;
  • Kylee Elliott, an equestrian science major from Shawnee, Kansas, the Hunter/Jumper Appreciation Award; and
  • Anna Williams, a double major in equine general studies and psychology from Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Dressage Appreciation Award.