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December 3, 2020

Top Honors Presented to Nebraska Business Students

Students Awarded for Academic Achievements
Top Honors Presented to Nebraska Business Students
Nearly 200 Nebraska Business students received awards in recognition for their academic success in their respective classes.

Despite setbacks the COVID-19 pandemic placed upon the world of higher education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln students at the College of Business pushed ahead to achieve academic excellence. The college recognized 196 students for their academic performance during the 2019-20 school year who earned top honors and received the Clifford M. Hicks Scholar Award, LeRossignol Scholar Award and William Gold Scholar Award.

“These awards honor our students' hard work and dedication to their education. We are proud of how they challenged themselves and showed resilience working toward their goals of leading the future of business,” said Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business.

Named for the founder of Gold and Company, the William Gold Scholar Award recognizes the top members of the freshman class. From last year’s class, 60 students received the award, all of whom earned a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0.

Due to their academic excellence and achievement, 41 sophomores earned the Clifford M. Hicks Scholar Award. Professor Hicks dedicated 43 years of service to the College of Business Administration, including 18 years as the chair of the Department of Business Organization and Management.

Ninety-five juniors whose academic performance exceled to the top of their class earned the LeRossignol Scholar Award. The award named in honor of James E. LeRossignol, the first dean of the College of Business, recognizes students for their top academic accomplishments during their junior year. 

“A long-standing tradition in our college, these awards celebrate our students' success as they pursue their degree and look to the future. We are happy to not only recognize them for their efforts but also to continue supporting them toward personal, academic and career success,” said Jen Mostek, director of Business Advising and Student Engagement.

The following students received one of the aforementioned academic achievement awards:

Nebraska

Ashland: Oleksandra Chekulaieva, international business major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Aurora: Sydney Shaw, management major, LeRossignol Scholar

Bellevue: Elizabeth Foral, economics major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Madeleine Grimm, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Nathan Peterson, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Bennington: Paul Keatts, actuarial science and finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Blair: Carli Pfeil, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Cairo: Macy Baldwin, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Chester: Justin Tietjen, accounting and agribusiness major, LeRossignol Scholar

Columbus: Lucas Bogus, management major, LeRossignol Scholar; Haley Faust, management major, LeRossignol Scholar; Mason Stahl, actuarial science major, Gold Scholar

Cozad: Sydney Lindstedt, finance major, Gold Scholar

Denton: Grayson Wegene, international business major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Deshler: Braelyn Isernhagen, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Eagle: Trent Lockard, finance major, Gold Scholar

Elgin: Hunter Reestman, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Elkhorn: Dylan Bay, accounting major, Gold Scholar; Abigail Butler, marketing major, Gold Scholar; Robert Khorram, finance major, Gold Scholar; Kate Mathison, business administration major, Gold Scholar; Morgan Reinecke, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Fremont: Morgan Filter, accounting major, Gold Scholar

Friend: Emma Niemeier, marketing major, Gold Scholar

Grand Island: Dominic Pfeifer, finance major, Gold Scholar

Gretna: Broderick Diez, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Harvard: Ray Nierman, business administration major, LeRossignol Scholar

Hastings: Hunter Stewart, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Hickman: Raymond Majorins Jr., actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Kearney: Brooke Eschenbrenner, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Kollin Goff, management major, Gold Scholar; Porter Pearson, business administration major, Gold Scholar; Kaleb Strawhecker, economics major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Kenesaw: Ryan Denkert, business administration major, Gold Scholar

La Vista: Alexis Delos Reyes, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Lincoln: Amjad Awlad Thani, supply chain management and analytics major, LeRossignol Scholar; Caleb Bowman, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Haley Claussen, accounting major, Gold Scholar; Joseph Dawson, accounting and marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar; Kate Dean, management major, LeRossignol Scholar; Madison DeRiese, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Charles Easley, finance major, Gold Scholar; Camdynn Ellis, business administration major, Gold Scholar; Morgan Framke, business administration major, Gold Scholar; Stephanie Herridge, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Simon Hovis, business administration major, LeRossignol Scholar; Alexis Hruby, business administration major, LeRossignol Scholar; Blake Ingamells, finance major, Gold Scholar; Taylor Jarvis, accounting and economics major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jacob Jesske, accounting major, Gold Scholar; Emily Kraai, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Katrina Leger, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar; Chao Li, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jonathan Logan, accounting major, Gold Scholar; Anthony Luu, finance major, Gold Scholar; Logan Massey, accounting and finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Kyle McMichael, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Lillian Soucie, management major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Caroline Startzer, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Nguyen Thai, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Nelson: Eric Schiermeyer, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Norfolk: Brian Saravia Mejia, supply chain management and analytics major, LeRossignol Scholar; Miles Morrissey, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Omaha: Emily Alston, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar; Connor Boyens, business administration major, LeRossignol Scholar; Lauren Brockmeier, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Seth Brokaw, actuarial science major, Gold Scholar; Katherine Ciesielski, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Cameron Claborn, supply chain management and analytics major, LeRossignol Scholar; Logan Connealy, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Ryan Doyle, business administration major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Ava Dunne, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Samuel Edstrand, economics major, Gold Scholar; Jacob Feuker, supply chain management and analytics major, LeRossignol Scholar;  Cristopher Fishback, actuarial science major, Gold Scholar; Gavin Grabill, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar; Simon Hay, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Steffanie Hitz, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Garrett Hustedt, management major, Gold Scholar; Rachel Jendro, finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Lauren Jirovsky, finance major, Gold Scholar; Alexis Johnson, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Ben King, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Lauren Kubat, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Samuel Lilly, management major, Gold Scholar; Cole Lyons, accounting and finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Samuel McCoy, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jackson Ostergaard, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Michael Pallesen Jr., accounting and finance major, Gold Scholar; Alexander Reilly, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Tyler Royal, accounting and finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Riley Schinzel, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar; David Shurtliff, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Brea Stenger, business administration major, Gold Scholar; Joshua Thiele, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jillian Tucker, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Katherine Wiebelhaus, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar; Elli Young, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Papillion: Julia Paschal, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jackson Roesler, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Mallory Sotak, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Plattsmouth: Cooper Moore, finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Kathryn Woerner, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Roca: Landon Kennedy, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Scottsbluff: Grace Heggem, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Superior: Megan Miller, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Tilden: Kimberly Frey, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Waco: Weston Kelley, finance major, Gold Scholar

Elsewhere

Ankeny, Iowa: Jack Bearden, management major, LeRossignol Scholar; Jason Dirks, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ashley Zugay, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Auburn Hills, Michigan: Zeshang Tang, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Aurora, Colorado: Jenna Jordan, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Bad Nauheim, Germany: Moritz Muller, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Basehor, Kansas: Alyssa Richardson, finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Belleville, Illinois: Marissa Cruse, economics major, Gold Scholar

Bothell, Washington: Decker Bobin, finance and marketing major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Brandon, South Dakota: Emily Cushing, actuarial science and finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Brookings, South Dakota: Cydne Munson, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Brusque, Brazil: Luiza Goncalves, international business major, LeRossignol Scholar

Burke, Virginia: Michaela Webb, economics major, Gold Scholar

Canton, South Dakota: Scott Peterson, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Carbon, Indiana: Kennedy Johnston, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Centennial, Colorado: Caroline Milner, management and marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Chaska, Minnesota: Ellis Roth, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Council Bluffs, Iowa: Tom Westenberger, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Dakota Dunes, South Dakota: Olivia Kieffer, management and marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Downers Grove, Illinois: Connor Chapa, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Eden Prairie, Minnesota: Olivia Dohmen, management major, Gold Scholar

Edina, Minnesota: Maria Boman, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Fort Collins, Colorado: Keegan Brady, management and marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar; Peyton Walker, supply chain management and analytics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Glen Ellyn, Illinois: Joseph Peraino, accounting and finance major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Grafton, Wisconsin: Katherine Lamb, management and marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Quan Nguyen, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Hull, Iowa: Audrey Kreun, accounting major, Gold Scholar

Huntley, Illinois: Peter Murray, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Jiangbei, China: Ruiqi Ma, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Min An Ong, international business major, LeRossignol Scholar

Kansas City, Kansas: Abigail Grimm, accounting major, Gold Scholar

Kingwood, Texas: Michael Preston, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Siaw Tey, management major, LeRossignol Scholar

Lawrence, Kansas: Paxton Brittingham, management major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Leawood, Kansas: Elizabeth Anderson, management and marketing major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Thomas Wolfe, international business major, LeRossignol Scholar

Lecompton, Kansas: Ethan Bradford, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Lenexa, Kansas: Madelyn Patterson, marketing major, Gold Scholar; Nicholas Wallenburg, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Lone Tree, Colorado: Jacob Hansen, accounting and finance major, Gold Scholar

Longmont, Colorado: Daniel Pearson, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Lucas, Texas: Matthew Ringler, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Lynd, Minnesota: Abigail Johnson, management major, LeRossignol Scholar

Maple Grove, Minnesota: Caleb Druckemiller, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Mikalie Sides, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Menahga, Minnesota: Thomas Aman, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Megan Chaffey, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar; Anders Trelstad, economics major, Gold Scholar

Minnetonka, Minnesota: Chadwick Brown, management major, Gold Scholar

Monument, Colorado: Evan King, marketing major, Gold Scholar; Hayden Lloyd, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Morrow, Ohio: Kadin Haenes, actuarial science major, Gold Scholar

Nha Trang, Vietnam: Hong Nguyen, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Norman, Oklahoma: Gretl Wagner, actuarial science major, Gold Scholar

Olathe, Kansas: Ryan Hakim-Abdollahi, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Raechel Oostenbrug, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Overland Park, Kansas: Sydney Holsinger, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Palatine, Illinois: Giancarlo Cimaglia, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Parker, Colorado: William Mowery, supply chain management and analytics major, Gold Scholar

Pierre, South Dakota: Jessica Weber, economics and finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Plainfield, Illinois: Thomas Rouse, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Plymouth, Minnesota: Jonathan Wackerman, finance and management major, Gold Scholar

Prior Lake, Minnesota: Amanda Fuechtmann, supply chain management and analytics major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Rogers, Arkansas: Abigail Liddell, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Saint Charles, Missouri: Alberto Quesada, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Jay Silgen, accounting major, Gold Scholar

Savage, Minnesota: Cade Schanzenbach, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Sergeant Bluff, Iowa: Justin Lang, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

Shawnee, Kansas: Andrew Shank, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: David Berman, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar; Nicholas Billion, accounting and finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Maxwell Chedester, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Somers, Connecticut: Justin Talbot, actuarial science major, LeRossignol Scholar

South Elgin, Illinois: Austin Ams, business administration major, Gold Scholar

South Orange, New Jersey: Spencer White, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar

Sterling, Kansas: William Weiner, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Sussex, Wisconsin: Jayme Soderbeck, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Topeka, Kansas: Luke Gomez, economics major, LeRossignol Scholar

Wausau, Wisconsin: Paige Brandenburg, business administration major, Gold Scholar

Weldon Spring, Missouri: Samantha Markus, marketing major, LeRossignol Scholar

West Fargo, North Dakota: Payton Hanson, accounting major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Wichita, Kansas: Zane Todd, actuarial science major, Clifford M. Hicks Scholar

Woodbury, Minnesota: Jacob Olson, accounting major, LeRossignol Scholar; Caden Pratt, finance major, Gold Scholar

Xi'an, China: Yuting Ren, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar; Yimeng Zhao, finance major, LeRossignol Scholar