Lonsberry Wins Helen Stephens Award

Shanna Lonsberry, a junior at William Woods University, received the Helen Stephens Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 20. She is the daughter of Les and Debby Lonsberry of Elsberry, Mo.


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 medallist and William Woods alumna Helen Stephens.


Lonsberry also received the Student Alumni Council Outstanding Junior Award at the 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.


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;
Academic All-Conference, 2002-05, and NAIA Academic All-American, 2004-05. She is also a three-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.


According to her basketball coach, Missy Brooks, “Shanna has made a name for herself in the AMC. She is a poised player in every aspect of the game. Shanna’s teammates look for her to make the big plays and help them make the right decisions off the court. I believe Shanna is the total athlete that we at WWU are looking for. She is at the top on the court, in the classroom, and in many organizations.”