In the Student Spotlight: May 17, 2019

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  • Freshman thrower Matilda Roe was named the 2019 Big Sky Track & Field Female Freshman of the Year by the conference. She was also named the Most Valuable Female Athlete at the conclusion of the meet on Saturday. Roe, who’s from Bergen, Norway, was the silver medalist in the women’s shotput, discus and javelin at the championship meet last weekend in Missoula.
  • Senior Anthony Violissi from NAU’s speech and debate team won first place in rhetorical criticism at the International Forensics Association competition in Berlin, Germany in March, marking the first time in a decade NAU has won at the IFA. Violissi and sophomore Konner Morris also qualified to compete at the National Forensics Association national tournament in Santa Ana, California, in May.
  • Bekah Turner, an undergraduate student in biomedical science and chemistry, was selected from more than 350 applicants to present her research at the annual Posters on the Hill event held at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 30. Turner presented on her work evaluating genetic variation at an anti-tick vaccine locus to improve eradication of cattle fever ticks, conducted in Joe Busch’s lab. The highly selective annual event highlights the work of undergraduate researchers from across the country to members of Congress, congressional staffers, federal government officials, academics and others, demonstrating the value of federal investment in undergraduate research.
  • NAU Athletics won the Big Sky Men’s All-Sports Award for the sixth consecutive season, the longest run in league history. The Lumberjacks outpaced the second-place finisher because of conference championships in cross country, indoor track and field and tennis. The women finished in second place with conference titles in volleyball and tennis.