In the Student Spotlight: Feb. 14, 2020

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  • Senior Geordie Beamish was named the Big Sky Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after clocking the fourth fastest indoor mile time in the country. His time of 3:56.90 was his personal best and earned him sixth place at the 113th NYRR Millrose Games.
  • The NAU Model United Nations Team won three awards at the AggieMUN conference hosted by UC Davis. Overall, the team won Best Small Delegation award. Team members Zachary Schuh and James Appel both won individual awards.
  • Junior communications major Savannah Oviedo will present her project, “Monumental, Marshall Fredericks’ Sculpture for the City of Detroit,” at the Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference. Oviedo has participated in the Interns-to-Scholars program the past four semesters working alongside professor of communications Janna Jones.
  • The NAU Speech and Debate team brought home a number of awards from a tournament in San Diego; six students qualified to compete at the National Forensics Association tournament. Cameron Baird, Annabelle Daigle, Alyssa Layne, Elliot Lovell, Kailey Saenz and Riley Smelkinson will be competing in June. Individual awards are as follows:
    • Baird placed No. 1 in Senior Informative Speaking discussing proposals and drawbacks of lithium in drinking water.
    • Layne placed No. 3 in Senior After Dinner Speaking advocating for the abolition of fraternities, No. 5 in Senior Persuasive Speaking discussing the controversial history of “tipping” practices and minimum wage in the U.S. and was a finalist in the Senior Impromptu Speaking.
    • Smelkinson placed No. 2 in Senior Persuasive Speaking discussing student loan debt and the connection to mental health and No. 3 in Novice Prose performing a piece on the limitations of the national suicide hotline.
    • Lovell placed No. 4 in Senior Informative Speaking discussing continued human evolution and how we are continuing to change.