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Gillette Student Tobin Award Finalist at UW

May 4, 2016
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Stephen Wadsack

Stephen Wadsack, from Gillette, was among seven finalists for the 2016 Tobin Memorial Award as the University of Wyoming’s outstanding graduating man.

The annual award recognizes academic excellence and achievement, service to the university, participation and leadership in the community and campus activities, and citizenship qualities.

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

Wadsack, who will graduate with a degree in music education, praises UW for helping him to achieve his goals.

“When I arrived at the University of Wyoming, a major transformation took place in my life; I felt like someone had believed in me, that someone saw value and potential in me, and those feelings encouraged me to give back to the institution that has given me so much,” he says. “I only hope that I can continue to be a source of pride for the University of Wyoming, and to ‘ride for the brand’ in everything that I do.”

A nominator praises Wadsack’s professionalism in the classroom.

“Stephen is intelligent, ambitious and always willing to go beyond what is required,” the nominator says. “Some of his most indispensable attributes are his persistence with difficult tasks, his high level of professionalism, and his positive and dependable personality.”

One of his instructors writes, “He is an outstanding young conductor, and he can show strong leadership on the podium. Stephen always comes to rehearsals with strong musical ideas, yet, is flexible and does his very best to interpret the music as I wish.”

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