Medicine Hat Resident Receives Cockrell Award

Kathryn Best, a senior at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received two prestigious awards at WWU April 23. She is the daughter of Peter and Brenda Best of Medicine Hat, Canada.


She received the Cockrell Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet. She was also named to the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”


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.


Best was one of 13 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating 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,” Best 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.


Best is president of Beta Beta Beta, a national biology honor society, and vice president of Order of Omega, a national Greek honor society. She is also active in President’s Twenty as uniform coordinator and auction co-chair.


She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, where she has served as director of rituals, vice president of social standards and vice president of Panhellenic. She was president of WWU’s Panhellenic Council, and a member of the biology club.