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UW-Superior honors students for leadership and academic excellence

Posted on May 2, 2012
Top student honors were handed out Wednesday as the academic year nears its end.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior presented leadership and academic awards to individual students during its annual Superior Achievements award ceremony held May 2.

The Chancellor's Leadership Award was presented to Emily Borra, a music major from Side Lake, Minn. This award is presented to a graduating senior who has had an on-going impact on the UW-Superior campus community.

Borra was chosen for the award in recognition of her academic excellence and service to the campus community. She was active in student government, including a year as student body president. She was principal French horn player in the university's band, orchestra and wind ensemble, and served as a substitute horn player for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. She also volunteered her time to teach horn performance in local schools.

Emily Johnson, a mathematics education major from Duluth, and Jesse West, an English major from Superior, each received the Inspiring Leader Award. This award is presented to students who have shown significant positive development of their leadership abilities over the academic year.

Johnson was recognized for her leadership ability, initiative, organization and desire to be involved in the campus community. Her work on campus included organizing campus entertainment events, and involvement with the Residence Hall Association, Colleges Against Cancer and Relay for Life. She also participated in Alternative Spring Break, in which a group of students spend their annual week of spring vacation helping to build affordable housing.

West was recognized for his work as the lead student organizer for UW-Superior's popular Winterfest community and campus activity. His award cited his organizational skills, ability to communicate, attention to detail and flexibility.

Also singled out for recognition at the ceremony were Aaron Wainman of Blaine, Minn., and Gabrial Mozzini of Porto Alegre, Brazil, who were chosen to be student speakers at the university's Commencement Ceremony on May 19.

UW-Superior also honored more than 500 Students of Excellence. Students of Excellence have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above and a minimum of 67 undergraduate credits, including transfer credits, with a minimum of 12 credits earned at UW-Superior.

In addition, Student-Athlete Graduation Cords were presented to 34 student-athletes who have exhausted their NCAA athletic eligibility. The cords signify their commitment to athletic and scholastic excellence.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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