Trio Earns Top University Senior Honors

  • By Samantha Strejeck
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  • April 24, 2017 04:37 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Senior Amy Cashin of the West Virginia University track and field and cross country teams has been honored with the 2017 Order of Augusta award, announced by the University, today.
WVU’s most prestigious student honor, the Order of Augusta was given to eight students with a variety of different backgrounds. This honor recognizes the students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the Legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.
“Amy has become an exceptionally diverse member of both West Virginia University and the greater Morgantown area,” coach Sean Cleary said. “Amy's leadership qualities reach far outside her influence within the track and field and cross country program. This honor is bestowed upon a wonderful young lady. We are very fortunate to have Amy with us.”
A native of Werribee, Australia, Cashin has maintained a 3.91 grade point average while excelling athletically and academically. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and minors in psychology and athletic coaching.
Additionally, Cashin is the representative for the Mountaineer cross country team on the Student-Athletic Advisory Council and the co-founder of the Inclusivity Committee, a student-athlete group assembled to address the challenges surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, minorities, mental health and substance abuse. She also dedicates her time with the Special Olympics, Ruby Memorial Hospital, local nursing homes, and in the summers, she helps coach and mentor local youth cross country camps.
She has been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll and the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester since her freshman year. Cashin is the five-year recipient of the Division I Cross Country and Track and Field Scholarship and was recently awarded the 2017 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award by the Big 12 Conference, the league’s highest academic honor.
Cashin was named to the 2016 Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team (3x) in track and cross country and Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in cross country.
After graduation, Cashin plans to continue her education at West Virginia to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, while finishing her last year as a member of the track and field and cross country teams.
Also, seniors Maggie Drazba, Cashin’s teammate, and Louisa Morgan of the WVU rowing team have been named WVU’s Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors. Drazba and Morgan are two of 36 students to be awarded this honor.
“Louisa has taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded her as a student-athlete at WVU,” Mountaineer rowing coach Jimmy King said. “Long ago, she recognized how fortunate she is to be here, and we, the rowing program and the University, have certainly benefited in return. I am very happy for Lou to be recognized as one of WVU’s Outstanding Seniors, and I am very fortunate to have served as her coach.”
“As a student-athlete, Maggie is the total package,” coach Cleary said. “Brilliant in the classroom in addition to her qualifying four times to the NCAA Championships puts her in a very exclusive group. Maggie has distinguished herself as one of the great West Virginia natives to wear the blue and gold. We are very proud of all that she has accomplished.”
Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.
These students will be recognized at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 11, at the Erickson Alumni Center.

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