Student leaders recognized at awards ceremony

Photo courtesy of Aquinas College.

Story by Lindsay Hillstrom, News Editor

Photos courtesy of Aquinas College

On April 13, student leaders across campus were recognized for their contributions to the Aquinas community at the “Students in Action” awards ceremony. Awards distributed at the ceremony include the four “Pillar Awards,” which are selected by the Student Senate, and departmental awards from the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (CDI&E), the Center for Opportunities, Resources and Excellence (CORE), the AQ Advantage Center, the Student Activities and Orientation office (SAO), Student Support Services and athletics.

The Students in Action awards recognize students who show exceptional performance in a given area.

“They showcase our best students and recognize their hard work,” said Student Senate Chairperson Rebecca Beltran.

Bridget Baehl received the Pillar of Community Award for her involvement on campus and the Nelson Award for being an exemplary resident assistant at St. Joseph the Worker Hall. She also serves as President of the Aquinas College Programming Board (AQPB) and Student Event Coordinator with SAO.

“I am extremely honored to have these awards given to me, especially as it is my senior year,” Baehl said.

Students attend an event hosted by LXSA. Photo courtesy of Aquinas College.

Esmeralda Ruiz received the Registered Student Organization of the Year Award, which recognizes the best clubs on campus, as President of the Latinx Student Association (LXSA). LXSA hosts a variety of events, such as Dia de los Muertos and Latin Fest.

“To me, the RSO of the Year award is a symbol of all our hard work we’ve done this year to bring to campus a fun and inclusive community where we get to share our traditions and what it means to be a Latinx student,” Ruiz said. “LXSA has been a home for me for the last four years, and I can only hope it will provide the same welcoming space for current and future Latinx students.”

Other award recipients include:

Brianna Haarer – Pillar of Service

Marie Krueger – Pillar of Prayer

Jessica Woodside – Pillar of Study

Ashley Rodriguez – CDI&E Outstanding Student Award

Macayla Jones – Advantage Center Award

Carley Cruse and Jay Harrison Graef – Student Support Services High Impact Award

Yadira De Leon-Lopez and Roschard Watkins – CORE High Impact Award

Victoria Faber – Sr. Helen Louise Brogger Memorial Award (Athletics)

Justin Lary – Joseph G. Baker Memorial Award (Athletics) 

Vanessa Heylmun – Outstanding Sustainability Champion Award

Andrew Huegli – Emerging Leader Award

Gabriel Hay – Senator of the Year Award

Karoline Coley – E-Board Member of the Year Award

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