Twenty University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students were honored May 16 with the James H. Albertson Medallion, the highest recognition of student achievement at the university.
Named in memory of the eighth UWSP president, who died in a 1967 plane crash in South Vietnam while on an academic mission, the Albertson Medallion acknowledges excellence in graduating students' leadership, academics and extracurricular activities.
Winners, who also are Chancellor's Leadership Award honorees, are chosen through a nomination process involving student organizations and faculty members. Less than 1 percent of each year's graduating class earns the honor.
Local students who received the Albertson Medallion, include:
? Cally Gordon of Plover, a May graduate with a health science major and psychology minor, is the daughter of Kim and Tom Bannach and Rick and Mary Gordon of Rib Lake. She was a Student Government senator and member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and the Omicron Delta Kappa and Psi Chi honor societies. She volunteered with the Stevens Point Area YMCA, Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gordon served as a tutor with the Tutoring-Learning Center and leader at the Student Academic Advising Center. An honor student, she has won several academic awards. She also has trained as an emergency medical technician.
? Valerie Landowski of Plover, a May graduate with majors in political science and international studies, is the daughter of Terence and Louise Landowski. At UWSP, she was the president and treasurer of the United Nations Student Organization and took four trips to New York City to participate in national Model United Nations conferences. She also was president of the Student Legal Aid Society and the College Democrats. Landowski was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha honor society and the Undergraduate Research Fund Grant Approval Committee. She has interned with the state Public Defender Office, took part in several political campaigns and studied abroad in Morocco and Germany.
? Bradley Stroik of Stevens Point, a May graduate in biology and biochemistry with a minor in Spanish, is the son of Rob and Linda Stroik. At UWSP, he was captain of the Pointer baseball team and helped organize a fundraising game for local veterans. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is the head coach of a local traveling youth baseball team. He went on a medical mission to Sumpango, Guatemala, and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. He plans to attend medical school.