11 Missouri Journalism Students Selected for Mizzou 39

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The Annual Mizzou Alumni Association Award Recognizes Outstanding Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Eleven Missouri School of Journalism students are among the 39 outstanding seniors recognized for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the University of Missouri and community. The annual honor, sponsored by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board, embodies the spirit of service modeled by the founding families that made the 1839 founding of MU possible.

“We’re so proud of these students who have shown their commitment to excellence through their scholarship and campus leadership,” said Lynda Kraxberger, associate dean of undergraduate studies. “I look forward to watching their careers unfold in the future, as I expect that this is only a hint of even better things to come.”

The Missouri Journalism recipients are:

Lexie Cartee

Lexie Cartee

Lexie Cartee, Print and Digital News
From St. Peters, Mo.
Daughter of Greg and Meri Cartee
Activities and Honors: Office of Visitor Relations, Mizzou Tour Team; ROTC, top cadet of 228 in 5th Regiment and battalion commander; Kappa Alpha Theta, scholarship director; Homecoming Top 10 Royalty Candidate
Mentor: LeAnn Stroupe, Office of Visitor Relations


Kristen Herhold

Kristen Herhold

Kristen Herhold, Magazine Journalism
From Englewood, Colo.
Daughter of Donald and Lisa Herhold
Activities and Honors: Greek Week Steering Committee; Order of Omega Greek Honor Society charter member; Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Student Organizations; Columbia Missourian, public life reporter; TAKE steering committee; The Maneater, copy editor; Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society; Honors College
Mentor: Annice Wetzel, College of Arts and Science


Josey Herrera

Josey Herrera

Josey Herrera, Journalism
From Miami
Student of Ana and Luis Herrera
Activities and Honors: Sigma Sigma Sigma, vice president; Tap Day Society-current organizer; Greek Allies, member; Community 360 Diversity Experience, counselor; Homecoming Top 10 Royalty; MU Women’s Center “Best Hugs” award
Mentor: Struby Struble, LGBTQ Resource Center


Sammie Hill

Sammie Hill

Sammie Hill, Journalism and International Peace Studies
From O’Fallon, Mo.
Daughter of Dennis and Christine Hill
Activities and Honors: Kappa Alpha Theta, president; Feminist Student Union; Alternative Spring Break, site leader; Summer Welcome leader; Griffiths Leadership Society for Women; U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholar
Mentor: Etti Naveh-Benjamin, Department of Psychological Sciences


Mason Kerwick

Mason Kerwick

Mason Kerwick, Strategic Communication
From Austin, Texas
Son of Lynne Kammer and Matt Kerwick
Activities and Honors: Alternative Spring Break, director of marketing; MU Triangle Coalition; MU Improv; MU Sketch; Proud Tiger Mentor Program, co-founder; Silverscreen Film Festival, best film; Austin Film Festival, executive intern; The Blue Note, graphic design intern
Mentor: Struby Struble, LGBTQ Resource Center


Sapna Khatri

Sapna Khatri

Sapna Khatri, Journalism and International Studies
From St. Peters, Mo.
Daughter of Jyoti and Naresh Khatri
Activities and Honors: Mock Trial Association, president; Kaotix, global communications; Sigma Alpha Pi; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; South Asian Student Association; Marching Mizzou color guard; Dean’s List
Mentor: Lynda Kraxberger, Missouri School of Journalism


Kelsey Kupferer

Kelsey Kupferer

Kelsey Kupferer, Magazine Journalism and Sociology
From Columbia, Mo.
Daughter of Tom and Debi Kupferer
Activities and Honors: Alternative Spring Break, director of leadership development; Diversity Peer Educator; Jewish Student Organization; Vagina Monologues; QEBH Society; Mortar Board, Multicultural Certificate student adviser
Mentor: Caleb Phillips, Center for Leadership and Service


Alexis Rogers

Alexis Rogers

Alexis Rogers, Radio-Television Journalism
From Spring, Texas
Daughter of Mike Rogers
Activities and Honors: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Tour Team; KOMU-TV news reporter; Desire to Aspire, mentor; Mizzou Black Women’s Initiative; Homecoming Top 30 Royalty, 2012 LBC Homecoming Princess
Mentor: LeAnn Stroupe, Office of Visitor Relations


Dawn Schillinger

Dawn Schillinger

Dawn Schillinger, Economics and International Strategic Communication
From Fenton, Mo.
Daughter of Carl and April Schillinger
Activities and Honors: PRIME Lab, project manager; Vagina Monologues; Alternative Spring Break, site leader; Mortar Board; Learning Center, tutor; Walter William Scholar; Dean’s List; Peer Adviser; Community Adviser
Mentor: Paul Bolls, Missouri School of Journalism


Chelsie Veasman

Chelsie Veasman

Chelsie Veasman, Strategic Communication
From Des Moines, Iowa
Daughter of Dan and Kim Veasman
Activities and Honors: Mojo Ad, public relations account executive; The Maneater, business manager; Kappa Kappa Gamma; Homecoming Steering Committee; GAMMA Steering Committee; Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity; Panhellenic Counselor; Order of Omega Honor Society; Alpha Kappa Psi, presidential award
Mentor: Becky Diehl, The Maneater


Kari Weis

Kari Weis

Kari Weis, Plant Science and Science and Agricultural Journalism
From Highland, Ill.
Daughter of Richard and Margaret Weis
Activities and Honors: National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow; Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority; MU Agronomy Club; Tiger’s Lair; ZouCrew; Dean’s List
Mentor: Sharon Wood-Turley, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

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