Students were recognized at the University of Minnesota Crookston in April for academic and athletic excellence during the annual awards celebration. 

Highlights included Outstanding Student Achievement Awards from which the Man and Woman of the Year are chosen. Each student nominated by faculty and staff for the award is ranked in six categories: grade point average, honors, leadership, campus activities, community service, and service on campus. 

Outstanding Student Achievement Award recipients were Mikayla Jones, a senior from Huxley, Iowa, majoring in marketing and sport and recreation management; Callie Schapekahm, a senior majoring in health management from Eagan, Minn.; Selena Young, a senior majoring in equine science pre-vet from Plymouth, Minn., Jonah Figueiredo, a junior criminal justice major from Little Canada, Minn.; Amber Johnson, a senior majoring in agricultural communications from Sebeka, Minn.; Ben Koisti, a senior majoring in golf and turf management from Lake Norden, S.D.; Maggie Mills, a senior majoring in communication from Lake City, Minn.; Brent Reed, a senior majoring in exercise science and wellness from Arlington, Texas; Zach Greenberg, a senior majoring in sport and recreation management from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada; and Summer Billings, a senior accounting major from Lake Bronson, Minn. 

Woman of the Year honors went to Callie Schapekahm and Ben Koisti was named Man of the Year. The award given to Man and Woman of the Year is the year's top academic and student service award.

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The student awards committee included the following faculty and staff: Megan Beck Peterson, Connie Camrud, Anita Gust, Lisa Samuelson, and Amrita Shenoy. 

Special thanks to the Northwest Educational Improvement Association and the Crookston Noon Day Lions for their continued support of the awards reception and program. 

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit  

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.

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