Wortmann Receives High Honors at WWU

Katherine Wortmann of Mexico, Mo., was recognized for her
campus involvement during the Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at William Woods
University April 24.

Wortmann, who will graduate May 11 with a major in American
Sign Language interpreting, received the Amy Shelton McNutt Award. The McNutt
Award is given to the graduate whose consistency of purpose and selfless
devotion to service were contributed without thought of reward and who best
exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of
William Woods in whose honor the award was named.
The Outstanding Senior award also went to Wortmann. 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
In addition, Wortmann was one of 14 William Woods University
students named to the 2013 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities
and Colleges” based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating
committee and editors of the annual directory choose 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,” she 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.
Wortmann has been extensively involved on the WWU campus. She
has been president or chair of President’s Twenty, Student Alumni Council, Kindness
Connection, Hands Up Club for ASL interpreting majors, Order of Omega Greek
honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary and Alpha Mu Gamma
foreign language honor society. 
She also has been vice president and secretary of
Multicultural Affairs Club, vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a
contributing writer/photographer for The Talon online student newspaper and The
Hoot student feature magazine and a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, University
Ambassadors, Student Assembly, Knowing the Woods and Campus Activities Board.

For two years, Wortmann was
invited to the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and
Values, held in Jefferson City. She also was WWU’s first participant in
the National Student Leadership Forum, held in Washington, D.C.