Two graduating seniors have been awarded the prestigious President’s Prize for their exemplary leadership, academic excellence and service to the NAU community.

Lindsey DellaDonna, advertising and public relations major, and Nimesh Naik, chemistry and biology major, received their awards Tuesday at the Gold Axe Awards Banquet.

DellaDonna and Naik were picked out of 20 students who received Gold Axe Awards based on their contributions to NAU in the areas of academic performance, service and activity.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted an axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. 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 university-wide committee makes its recommendations to President John Haeger, who then selects the President’s Prize winners.

Below are the this year’s Gold Axe Award winners:

December 2008 Gold Axe Award Winners
Anthony Alexander
Anthony Alexander
Hotel Restaurant Management
Bethlehem, Pa.
Tiffany Carlyon
Tiffany Carlyon
Advertising, Merchandising
and Sociology
Snowflake, Ariz.
Carina Cure
Carina Cure
Elementary Education
Vista, Calif.
Lindsey DellaDonna
Lindsey DellaDonna
Advertising and
Public Relations
Phoenix
Didi Denetsosie
Didi Denetsosie
Psychology
Farmington, N.M.
Michaelle Ford
Michaelle Ford
Elementary and
Special Education
Tucson
Kathryn Grosse
Kathryn Grosse
Elementary and
Special Education
San Diego
Marci McIntyre
Marci Mclntyre
Merchandising
Lake Havasu City
Julie Misiaszek
Julie Misiaszek
Psychology
Tucson
Nimesh Naik
Nimesh Naik
Chemistry, Biology
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Alex Rosansky
Alex Rosansky
Elementary Education
Prescott
Kyndra Schneider
Kyndra Schneider
Accounting
Kelso, Wash.
Colby Seay
Colby Seay
International Affairs Mooloolaba, Australia
Bethany Sussman
Bethany Sussman
Psychology
Phoenix
Michael Tillmon
Michael Tillmon
Journalism
Phoenix
Maria Timpani
Maria Timpani
Sociology
Tucson
Erblina Vokshi
Erblina Vokshi
Civil Engineering
Gjakove, Kosovo
Ben Williams
Benjamin Williams
Environmental Science
Vermillion, S.D.
Katelyn Zirkus
Katelyn Zirkus
Elementary and
Special Education
Valley Center, Calif.
Sara Zsenai
Sara Zsenai
Elementary and
Special Education
Clayton, Calif.