Three graduating seniors have been awarded 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 Awards Banquet on Tuesday night at the High Country Conference Center, where the three—Michele Coy, Jamie DeKemper and Rachel Williams—were among 16 students receiving the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements.

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 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.

Also during the ceremony, six students were named as Distinguished Seniors by their college:

College of Arts and Letters
Stephen Sokola
Art Education
College of Health and Human Services
Ashlynn Antoni
Physical Education and School Health

Distinguished Seniors

From left, Kirsten Monahan, Tina Johnson, Mary Cunningham, Stephen Sokola, Ashlynn Antoni and Jillian Urban were named Distinguished Seniors. Photo by Jerry Foreman

College of Education
Mary Cunningham
Elementary Education/
Early Childhood Education
College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences

Tina Johnson
Sociology and Psychology
College of Engineering, Forestry
and Natural Sciences

Jillian Urban
Mechanical Engineering
The W.A. Franke
College of Business

Kirsten Monahan
Accountancy

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.

 

Gold Axe

Katherine Ashley
Physical Education and School Health
Rhonda Powers
Associate Director
Campus Recreation Services

Gold Axe

Rachel Bodamer
Liberal Studies, Biology
Adiam Tesfay
Coordinator
Educational Support

Gold Axe

Daniel Brown
Elementary Education
Robert Kelty
Instructor
College of Education

Gold Axe

Michele Coy
Biology
Brandon Cruickshank
Professor
Chemistry

Jamie DeKemper

Jamie DeKemper
Elementary Education
Sigmund Boloz
Senior Lecturer
College of Education

Dana Flower

Dana Flower
Electronic Media and Film,
Public Relations
Dale Hoskins
Associate Professor
Electronic Media/Broadcasting

Nitsa Gianakoulias

Nitsa Gianakoulias
Management
Chris Lockwood
Associate Professor
Business

Filiberto Gurrola

Filiberto Gurrola
Public Agency Administration
Jayme Davis
Lecturer
Comparative Cultural Studies

Angelica Hernandez

Angelica Hernandez
Speech Communication
Dayle Hardy-Short
Professor
Communication

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson
Speech-Language Pathology
Tracie Hansen
Coordinator
Office of Public Affairs

Naomi Lajeunesse

Naomi Lajeunesse
Elementary Education
Meredith Hunt
Academic Adviser
The W.A. Franke College
of Business

Nicole Lucero

Nicole Lucero
Community Health Promotion
Betty Brown
Assistant Professor
Health Sciences

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz
Psychology
Andrew Gardner
Assistant Professor
Psychology

Kim Skinner

Kim Skinner
Physical Education
and School Health
Ellen Larson
Senior Lecturer
Health Sciences

Samantha Stauffer

Samantha Stauffer
Political Science
Cyndi Banks
Professor
Criminal Justice

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams
Speech Communication
Julie Schutten
Lecturer
Communication