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Jackson Student Finalist for Top UW Graduate Award

May 5, 2016
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Catherine Cloetta

Catherine Cloetta, from Jackson, 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.

Cloetta, who will graduate with dual degrees in physiology and chemistry, says splitting her time in the classroom, and as a member of the UW women’s track and field, and cross country teams, has enabled her to help others.

“As an only child, I have enjoyed filling the role of a ‘big sister’ or mentor to many of my younger teammates,” she says. “If I had merely focused on running and academics for the past few years, life would have been less stressful. But, I can only hope that I have had some positive influence on the university in return and done my best to be a role model on campus.”

An instructor says Cloetta is an “extraordinarily bright and hard-working student,” as evidenced by her current 4.0 grade-point average and her plans to pursue dentistry.

“Catherine is the student who was interactive in class and came to office hours to discuss topics in greater detail,” the instructor says. “She is an extremely bright young woman whose success stems from not only raw intellect, but also a very professional and efficient work ethic.”

Another writes, “Catherine possesses the heart and determination of someone with incredible talent and a person who strives for excellence. She balances her life perfectly; she displays superior abilities in everything she does.”

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