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55 Students Recognized for Outstanding Academic Success, Leadership and Involvement

November 30, 2016

The University of Idaho Office of Alumni Relations will honor 55 students during its annual Awards for Excellence dinner at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center.

Students are selected based on outstanding academic success, leadership and have demonstrated career and professional preparation. Leadership may be demonstrated in the classroom, laboratory, campus and in the community. The awards are presented to undergraduate seniors, third-year law students and graduate students.

Community members and guests who would like to attend the recognition ceremony can RSVP at www.uirsvp.com. Dinner is $30 per person.

This year’s award recipients are:

Undergraduates

  • Alexa Aguilar, electrical engineering, College of Engineering, Nampa

  • Erica Albertson, interior design, College of Art and Architecture, Boise

  • Bekka Ashcraft, international studies, economics and French, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Kingston

  • Zoë Ball, art education, College of Art and Architecture, Hayden

  • Erin Bamer, journalism, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Eagle

  • Tristen Beaudoin, psychology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Lewiston

  • Joshua Brands, accounting and marketing, College of Business and Economics, Post Falls

  • Tess Carpenter, finance, College of Business and Economics, Elba 

  • Brian Carter, physics and mathematics, College of Science, West Richland, Washington

  • Nathan Clemans, finance and operations, College of Business and Economics, Coeur d’Alene 

  • Amaia Demaray, wildlife resources, College of Natural Resources, Gooding 

  • Anna Dolezal, international studies, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Clarkston, Washington

  • Alyssa Ertel, chemical engineering and chemistry, College of Engineering, Kennewick, Washington

  • Antonia Exline, public relations, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Meridian 

  • Leticia Garcia, international studies, Latin American Studies and spanish, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Glenns Ferry 

  • Nathan Gaul, electrical engineering, College of Engineering, Meridian 

  • Kylie George, psychology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Boise 

  • Cydnie Gray, studio art and design, College of Art and Architecture, Rathdrum 

  • Joshua Grissom, public relations, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Wasilla, Alaska

  • Abigail Harding, ecology and conservation biology, College of Natural Resources, Wayzata, Minnesota

  • Alaina Heuring, international studies and Spanish, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Boise 

  • Darryl Kerby, animal and veterinary science: pre-vet option, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Kendrick 

  • Michaela Lawler, physical education, College of Education, South Kingston, Rhode Island

  • Cody Magee, fine arts in studio, College of Art and Architecture, Blanchard 

  • Lauren McKinney, finance, College of Business and Economics, Kennewick, Washington

  • Elena Pérez, sociology and international studies, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Glenns Ferry 

  • Autumn Pratt, mechanical engineering, College of Engineering, Moscow 

  • Ashlee Reid, international studies, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Port Angeles, Washington

  • Zachary Reynolds, animal and veterinary sciences: science/pre-vet option, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Kuna 

  • Erin Salskov, architecture, College of Art and Architecture, Moscow 

  • Marissa Shearer, international studies and French, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Idaho Falls 

  • Lauren Smith, dance/exercise science and health, College of Education, Post Falls 

  • Jane Snelling, food science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Twin Falls 

  • Krista Stanley, advertising and mathematics, College of Science and College of Letters Arts and Social Science, Idaho Falls 

  • Sierra Turner, biology, College of Science, Middleton 

  • Kendall Varin, English literature, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Meridian 

  • Marielena Vega, political science, international studies and Spanish, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Wilder 

  • Willow Vero, international studies, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Bozeman, Montana

  • Claire Whitley, criminology and journalism, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Cottonwood 

  • Alicia Zabriskie, Spanish, secondary education, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Auburn, Washington

Graduate students

  • Scott Cardwell, history, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Coeur d’Alene 

  • Rajani Dhingra, physics, College of Science, Dehli, India

  • Tenzin Dulal, teaching English as second language, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Charles Erdman, natural resources, College of Natural Resources, Klamath Falls, Oregon

  • Christina Holaday, theatre arts, directing, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, West Des Moines, Iowa

  • Laura Jenkins, biological sciences, College of Science, Acton, Massachusetts 

  • Ahmed Muftah, civil engineering, College of Engineering, Libya

  • Yvonne Nyavor, biological sciences, College of Science, Agorta-Agave, Accra, Ghana

  • Steven Sitler, materials science and engineering, College of Engineering, Colville, Washington

  • Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, fine arts, College of Art and Architecture, Caracas, Venezuela

Law students

  • Jamie Bjorklund, Kamiah 

  • Christopher Ogden, Boise 

  • Monica Rector, Nampa 

  • Kaycee Royer, Cambridge 

  • Henry Stegner, Lewiston

Media Contact:
Marie Duncan
Assistant Director, Office of Alumni Relations
208-885-5366
marie@uidaho.edu



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