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Cranford Finalist for UW’s Top Graduating Award

May 11, 2017
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Meghann Cranford

Meghann Cranford, from Evanston, 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, recognizes a student for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities.

Sarah Maze, of Ranchester, was named the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award recipient, while Anthony Farmer, from Cheyenne, received the Tobin Award, as the outstanding graduating man during a recent ceremony honoring all the nominees.

Cranford will graduate with dual degrees in energy resource management, and environment and natural resources, with minors in sustainability and business. She says that her education at UW will allow her to move forward to accomplish her goals.

“I know that my desire to learn, matched with the distinctive education and experiences I have had at UW, will empower me to work toward creating healthier and more sustainable communities that benefit all people far into the future,” Cranford says. “I strongly believe in the power of community and have tried to enrich these relationships in a variety of ways during my time at the University of Wyoming.”

A nominator says that Cranford demonstrates the qualities of good character and citizenship.

“She pushes herself to the highest level in any endeavor,” the nominator says. “Her scholarship knits together in a beautiful quilt with her volunteerism and athleticism.”

Another person notes that Cranford is a rare person to come across.

“She is one of those rare students who not only excels academically, but also involves herself intensely in extracurricular activities, especially social justice issues on campus and in the community. She is compassionate, highly ethical, intelligent and a committed young woman,” the nominator writes. “Meghann is a powerhouse -- a bright, passionate and dedicated student leader who has applied her constant desire to learn and grow to making the University of Wyoming a better place.”

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