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UW Gold Candidates Announced

September 30, 2009 — Top University of Wyoming students have been designated as candidates for UW Gold distinction, which replaces traditional Homecoming royalty. Unlike previous years, instead of six finalists there will be two winners and four runners-up.

The 11 UW Gold semifinalists will be presented and the winners will be announced at the Iron Skull Homecoming Sing, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. The winners will ride in the Homecoming parade and be introduced at halftime during the UW-New Mexico football game Saturday, Oct. 10. 

Students are nominated on the basis of continued success in academic studies, community service and leadership. The tradition is a way for leading students to be recognized by their peers, the university and the state. UW Gold is sponsored by Cardinal Key, the junior class honor society. 

The UW Gold semifinalists are (listed by hometown): 

Albin -- Lori Sandberg, senior in mechanical engineering.

Cape May, N.J. -- Caitlin Wallace, senior in political science.

Cheyenne -- Matthew Fournier, senior in zoology and physiology.

Clay Center, Neb. -- Nema Koohmaraie, junior in criminal justice.

Denver, Colo. -- James Schindelar, junior in environment and natural resources and geography.

Fort Collins, Colo. -- Kelsey Kurtz, senior in political science; Trista Vos, senior in athletic training and women's studies.

Kemmerer -- Danee Hunzie, senior in international studies and political science.

Thermopolis -- Benjamin McKay, senior in economics and finance.

Valparaiso, Ind. -- Brandon Combs, senior in geography and history.

Veteran -- Brittany Epler, senior in accounting. 

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