William Woods University Students Receive Top Awards

Exemplary students at William Woods University were honored at a co-curricular honors banquet, April 20.


Highlighting the evening were presentations of the McNutt Award to Krystal Bennett, Helen Stephens Award to Shanna Lonsberry and Cockrell Award to Lauren Rossi.


Bennett, a senior from Couch, 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.


She is involved in numerous campus activities. She is president of University Ambassadors and co-chair of President’s Twenty. She also is external director for Up ’til Dawn, a student organization raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Bennett is president of Phi Alpha Theta history honorary and vice president of Kappa Delta Pi education honorary. She was secretary of R.O.C., fundraising chair for Campus Crusade for Christ, president of Leader Scholars and Community Advisor for Allen Hall.


She held an internship with the Department of Natural Resources at the Missouri National Guard Museum and the Missouri State Capital Museum.


Lonsberry, a junior from Elsberry, Mo., received the Helen Stephens Award, which 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 medalist and William Woods alumna Helen Stephens.


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 an active member of the Chi Omega sorority, Order of Omega and President’s Twenty. 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.


Lauren Rossi, a senior from Poplar Bluff, Mo., 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.


Rossi is involved in a number of campus activities, including the Chi Omega Sorority, for which she served two years as recruitment chair; Writing Lab assistant for three years; Community Advisor for two years, and the mentor coordinator for Freshman Advantage.


She also served as the managing editor and copy editor of Echoes from the Woods, the university’s student newspaper, and was a news/talk radio intern for Zimmer Radio Group in Columbia, Mo.