In the Student Spotlight: July 17, 2020

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  • Kimberley Kern was selected as a winner of the 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship competition. Kern will receive $8,500 to help fund her graduate school career. This is the second year in a row an NAU student has received funding.
  • Four swimming and diving student-athletes were named to the 2020 Scholar All-America Team selected by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association. Jenny Cheetham was awarded a first-team selection, while Lainie Bell, Elisa Rodriguez and Hope Williams all received honorable mentions.
  • For the first time in program history, the NAU men’s basketball team earned the Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for averaging a team GPA of 3.13. Graduates Brooks DeBisschop and Bernie Andre, along with current seniors Luke Avdalovic, Nik Mains and Davy Cummard, led the team academically and were named to the Honors Court for holding a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
  • The NAU men’s and women’s track and field programs were both named as All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Eight student-athletes were recognized individually. The men’s team was represented by Geordie Beamish, Tyler Day, Blaise Ferro, Theo Quax, Ryan Raff, Cade Burks and Parker Joens. Bryn Morley represented the women’s team.
  • NAU Team Space Jacks: Lexie Marquez, Ethan Zaleski, Hunter McCormick, Carson Pete, Joshua Isaac, Stephon Lane

    Members from NAU’s Native American Indian Science and Engineering Society and NAU Rocket Club are competing in the 2020 First Nation Launch, a high-powered rocket competition hosted by the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Junior in mechanical engineering Joshua Isaac recently asked astronaut Robert Behnken, aboard the International Space Station, a question as part of the NASA’s Artemis Student Challenge. Behnken answered his question as part of a virtual event.