In the Spotlight: May 20-24, 2024

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  • The NAU women’s track and field team won its fourth straight Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship title in Bozeman, Montana. The team scored a total of 240.5 points, the third-highest total in conference championship history.  
  • Madeline Wilson and Annika Reiss both received additional recognition at the conference, Wilson being named Women’s Most Valuable Athlete and Reiss being named Women’s Most Outstanding Performer. Wilson took gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter, with times of 11.70 and 23.00, respectively, while Reiss ran a time of 4:17.71 in the 1,500-meter.  
  • The NAU men’s team placed second in Bozeman with 185 points, one point behind Montana State. The team took gold in the hammer throw, triple jump, 4×100-meter relay, 1,500-meter and 200-meter.  
  • KNAU reporter Melissa Sevigny won a regional 2024 Edward R. Murrow Award for small market radio. Her piece “Lack of Firewood for Home Heating Continues to Trouble Hopi People” won in the category of Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  
  • Graphic design student Karen Javalera won the Coconino County Board of Supervisors competition to design a new “I Voted” sticker. Javalera’s design incorporates the San Francisco Peaks and ponderosa pine trees along with the traditional “I Voted” phrase in English, Navajo, Hopi and Spanish.  
  • Undergraduate English and history student Henry Petterson received the 2024 Martin-Springer Award for an independent summer research project at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. The $4,000 award will cover his travel and other expenses to conduct research on anti-Roma laws and sentiments in pre-World War II Europe and during the Holocaust.  
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