Outstanding Students Receive Awards

Outstanding students at William Woods University were honored at a co-curricular honors banquet, April 23.


Highlighting the evening were presentations of the McNutt Award, Helen Stephens Award and Cockrell Award.


Leah Martin, a senior from St. Peters, Mo., received the McNutt Award, given to the graduate who shows a selfless devotion to service and best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods.


Martin was honored for her involvement in numerous campus organizations and service projects, including: President’s 20 community service coordinator, soccer team captain, orientation assistant chair, Campus Activities Board Snowball chair, Little Brother Little Sister organization, YMCA volunteer, theatre department usher and student representative for the education division.


Tara Fiene, a junior from Columbia, received the Helen Stephens Award, 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 WWU alumna and Olympic Gold medallist Helen Stephens.


A varsity softball player, Fiene led the nation in runs scored per game and tied for stolen bases in the nation during the 2002 season. She was named to the AMC Academic All-Conference Team in 2001 and 2002. In addition, she was named to the AMC first team in 2001 and 2002, the Region V second team in 2001 and Region V first team in 2002. She made the NAIA All –America second team in 2002.

Nick Coleman, a senior from Salem, Ark., received the Cockrell Award, presented to the graduating senior who has participated in a variety of campus activities, serving in a leadership position, 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.


Coleman’s involvement includes: President’s 20 co-chair; Phi Gamma Delta Founding Father, recording secretary and president; golf team captain; University Ambassadors; the President’s fraternity selection and implementation committee; Little Brother Little Sister program; YMCA youth basketball camp and youth football camp.


He also was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law organization and mock trial team. The team won the national championship in 2002 and he was recognized as part of the Outstanding Defense Team. He also was part of the American Mock Trial Association Top 20 Team.