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Casper Student Finalist for UW’s Top Graduating Award

May 5, 2016
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Madison Graham

Madison Graham, from Casper, was among seven finalists for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.

The annual award, established in 1964, is for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities.

Kimberly Sanchez, of Cheyenne, was named the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award recipient, while Vikram Singh, from Bangalore, India, received the Tobin Award, as the outstanding graduating man during a recent ceremony honoring all the nominees.

Graham, who will graduate with dual degrees in speech language and hearing sciences, and business management, reflected on her time at UW.

“I began to think back to all of the wonderful things that I have been a part of here at the University of Wyoming,” Graham says. “Being involved on campus, volunteering to better the community and gaining knowledge for my future are pillars to my success.”

An instructor also noted Graham’s devotion of being involved.

“Madison is a standout student, leader and person. She shows a strong commitment to her academics while continuing to stay involved in activities outside the classroom,” the instructor writes. “She is simply an excellent student, honorable person and a natural leader. She strives to build community within the groups she leads.”

Another nominator cites Graham’s willingness to mentor others.

“She is fantastic at fostering a team environment by doing ice breakers on a weekly basis; encouraging the students to speak their minds and contribute to conversations during meetings; and giving opportunities for volunteers to stand out and take on more important roles during events.”

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