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Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William U. Hill will speak at the University of Wyoming's 56th Torchlight Laurels ceremony Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.
Annually, Torchlight Laurels recognizes more than 400 students for academic excellence, service and leadership.
Hill was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1998, after serving as Wyoming Attorney General since March 1995. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., and raised and educated in Riverton. He received his B.A. from UW in 1970 and graduated from UW College of Law in 1974.
Earlier in his career, Hill served as both an assistant United States attorney and an assistant attorney general for Wyoming, and was in private practice in Riverton, Seattle, and Cheyenne. He also served as chief of staff-chief counsel for Sen. Malcolm Wallop in Washington, D.C. Hill served as chief justice to June 30, 2006.
Scholastic awards, service organization recognition, class honorary presentations and special awards will be included in the program. Special honors at Torchlight Laurels include the announcement of the Tobin Award to the outstanding graduating senior man and the Spitaleri Award to the outstanding graduating senior woman.
Among those recognized are the senior members of the University Honors Program; President's Senior Class Ambassadors; Mortar Board; Iron Skull; Cardinal Key, the national junior class service honorary; Spurs; Golden Key international honor society; Student Publications editors; top scholarship recipients; and all-district and all-American UW athletes.
Special awards include Greek Man and Greek Woman of the Year; the Margaret C. Tobin Scholarship; James C. Hurst Scholarship, for a participant in the Minority Student Leadership Initiative; the Charlotte H. Davis Scholarship, for a freshman senator; Jason Thompson Commitment to Diversity awards; and ASUW Senator of the Year, Freshman Senator of the Year, and Committee of the Year.
Created in 1924 as a senior honorary for women, an organization called "Cap 'n Gown" became the 55th chapter of national Mortar Board in 1933. In 1976, men were first initiated into the organization. Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.