Students Named Distinguished Scholars at William Woods University

A New Bloomfield resident was among the 27 William Woods UniversityCaitlin Steiner students named 2009 Distinguished Scholars at the WWU Academic Convocation April 22.


Caitlin Steiner, daughter of Joe and Wendy Akers of New Bloomfield, received the award in middle school education.


Other Distinguished Scholars are:

Accounting, Brittany Welton of Willow Springs, Mo.

ASL Interpreting, Ashley Smith of Barrington Hills, Ill.

Art Education, Adam Dresden of Granite City, Ill.

Athletic Training, Nikea Rudloff of Jefferson City, Mo.

Biology, Mallory Bradbury of Olathe, Kan.

Biology, Kathryn Golden of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Biology, Kate Woodard of rural Madison County, Iowa

Business Administration, Rebecca Cooper of Red Bud, Ill.

Business Administration, Katherine Gazdziak of Woodstock, Ill.

Elementary Education, Carrie Schrock of Garden City, Mo.

Equestrian Science and Journalism, Alexandra Layos of New Tripoli, Pa.

Equine Administration, Suzanne Wassel of Greensburg, Pa.

Graphic Design, Nicole DeWoskin of Chesterfield, Mo.

History Education, Craig Moffett of Strausburg, Ill.

History Education, Sean Rost of Jefferson City, Mo.

Management Information Systems, Stacie Bonte of Fenton, Mo.

Mathematics, Jennifer Stracke of Lebanon, Ill.

Middle School Education, LeaAnn Knaebel of Jefferson City, Mo.

Psychology, Kaitlin Short of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Public Relations, Tara Boehl of Washington, Ill.

Special Education, Katina Layos of New Tripoli, Pa.

Speech Communication, Kristin Garnett of Jefferson City, Mo.

Sports Management, Adam Reed of Columbia, Mo.

Social Work, Nichole Knight of Nixa, Mo.

Theatre, Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa


The faculty of the various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each spring to designate one or more graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.