Dozens of graduating seniors shone brightly at a reception Wednesday night where they were recognized for their contributions to Northern Arizona University.

Tereas Bermensolo-Cutler and Kristofer Lyons were singled out among 23 students receiving the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements. The two received the prestigious President’s Prize for their exemplary leadership, academic excellence and service to the NAU community.

The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Senior awards banquet at the High Country Conference Center.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body. To this day, the gold axe pin is considered the official emblem of the Associated Students of NAU and is presented each semester to recognize students’ outstanding achievement and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.

Students selected for a Gold Axe Award also are eligible for the President’s Prize, considered the highest student recognition from the university. After reviewing all the Gold Axe nominations, a universitywide committee makes its recommendations to President John Haeger, who then selects the President’s Prize winners.

Distinguished Seniors

Also at the reception, six students were named as Distinguished Seniors by their college. Pictured at right are mathematics major Natalie Coston for the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences; secondary French education major Matteo Musumeci for the College of Arts and Letters; sociology and psychology major Erika Bielenstein for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; nursing major Candance Mabbitt for the College of Health and Human Services; and business economics and management major Tereas Bermensolo-Cutler for The W.A. Franke College of Business. Not pictured is elementary and special education major Lily Bezale for the College of Education

Below are this year’s Gold Axe Award winners, along with the NAU faculty or staff member the students named as having the most significant impact on them during their undergraduate career.

Benjamin Bachelier

Benjamin Bachelier
Exercise Science
Richard Coast
Biological Sciences

Chelsea Bergner

Chelsea Bergner
Elementary Education
Brian Stone
College of Education

Tereas Bermensolo-Cutler

Tereas Bermensolo-Cutler
Business Economics and Management
Julie Mueller
The W.A. Franke College of Business

Erika Bielenstein

Erika Bielenstein
Sociology and Psychology
Douglas Degher
Sociology and Social Work

Natalie Coston

Natalie Coston
Mathematics
Jeff Rushall
Mathematics and Statistics

Kaci Kinnett

Kaci Kinnett
Public Relations
Kevin Gemoets
Residence Life

Jodi Knowlton

Jodi Knowlton
Forestry and Journalism
Robin Long
Gateway Student Success Center

Lauren Kovalcik

Lauren Kovalcik
Marketing
Mary Bowers
The W.A. Franke College of Business

Elliot Liles

Elliot Liles
Choral Music Education
Edith Copley
School of Music

Kristofer Lyons

Kristofer Lyons
Management and Computer Information Systems
Rich Payne
Residence Life

Candace Mabbitt

Candance Mabbitt
Nursing
Pamela Stetina
School of Nursing

Hannah Marcum

Hannah Marcum
Elementary Education
Paula Greene
College of Education

Jamie Money

Jamie Money
Mathematics
Shannon Guerrero
Mathematics and Statistics

Gustavo Montano

Gustavo Montano
Physics and Chemistry
Michael Ketterer
Chemistry and Biology

Matteo Musumeci

Matteo Musumeci
Secondary French Education
Karina Collentine
Modern Languages

Cleofus Nelson

Cleofus Nelson
Secondary English Education
Sandra Raymond
English

Kevin Ordean

Kevin Ordean
Environmental Studies
Shelley Silbert
Sustainable Initiatives

Sarah Papajohn

Sarah Papajohn
Early Childhood Education and Social Work
Roxanne Jacobson
College of Education

Jacqueline Paul

Jacqueline Paul
Secondary Music Education and Flute Performance
Emily McKay
School of Music

Joni Pino

Joni Pino
Learning and Pedagogy
Valeria Chase
Multicultural Student Center

Jacqueline Rindone

Jacqueline Rindone
International Affairs
Glenn Hansen
Honors Program

Jessica Shuey

Jessica Shuey
Environmental Science
Nancy Johnson
School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainablility

Leandra Thomas

Leandra Thomas
Elementary Education
Evangeline Parsons
Modern Languages