Prior Lake Resident Named Outstanding

Heather Oetjen, of Prior Lake, Minn., a sophomore at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received a Student Alumni Council Outstanding Sophomore Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 23.

She is the daughter of John and Cynthia Oetjen.

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.

Oetjen is the vice president of fraternity relations for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Last year, during her freshman year, she was the alumnae chair and philanthropy chair.

She helped found the new education club at WWU and is the recording secretary for Student Assembly. She is manager for the WWU Owls volleyball team and is involved in the Recycling Club and History Club.

Along with her campus involvement, she continues to support the community. She has been involved in clothing drives, canned food drives, cereal drives and school supplies drives, as well as helping raise money through various philanthropic events for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).

Oetjen is an elementary education major with an art emphasis. Among her other passions include riding horses. Recently, she was asked to be on a page for the Alpha Chi Omega convention this summer in Scottsdale, Ariz.