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Harms Finalist for UW’s Top Graduating Senior Award

May 4, 2016
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Tanner Harms

Tanner Harms, from Englewood, Colo., 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.

Harms, who will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, mixed both academics and sports while at UW, and succeeded at both.

“Anything worthy that I accomplish is not by my own power, but the power of one much greater than me,” he says. “Always demanding and often disappointing, wrestling taught me to work hard, and that hard work pays off. My character was tested and strengthened through the wrestling program. Graduating from the University of Wyoming has given me so much more than a degree.”

A nominator praised Harms’ ability to excel in the classroom and also on the wrestling mat.

“I doubt I have to emphasize how rare it is for a Division 1 athlete to both excel in his sport and thrive in a major as rigorous as mechanical engineering,” the nominator says. “I have never known a nationally ranked competitor in a year-round sport who mastered a difficult academic field, devoted time to original research and held multiple leadership positions on his team and in service organizations.”

Another writes, “His selfless attitude and loyalty to the Cowboy wrestling program are qualities that are priceless to me as a coach, and I believe will serve Tanner in his future endeavors in a big way. Each adversity that Tanner encountered, he has risen to accept as a challenge and come back measurably stronger from the experience.”

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