During Hastings College’s day-long Celebration of Excellence April 30, three students — Eboni Nash of Eads, Colorado; Geena Piper of Norfolk, Nebraska; and Carly Spotts-Falzone of Wayzata, Minnesota — were named 2019 Bronco Award recipients at Honors Convocation.
Established in 1924, the Bronco Award is the College’s highest non-academic award granted to students. Recipients of the Bronco Award and the accompanying Who’s Who list are determined through a vote of their peers and a student-faculty committee.
Who’s Who honorees are recognized for having made outstanding campus contributions during their college careers. Up to 10 percent of the graduating seniors may be named to the Who’s Who list.
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Bios for the Bronco Award recipients and other Who’s Who honorees are below:
Jake Arnett of Bennington, Nebraska, is a studio/digital art major. While attending Hastings College, the Dean’s List student has been involved in the Student Judiciary Council, Pi Rho Sigma and the shooting team. Arnett has also served as secretary of Eta Pi Lambda and on the Inter-Greek Council.
Caroline Black is from Severance, Colorado, and is graduating with a major in psychology. During her four years at Hastings College, Black was involved in Alpha Phi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Model United Nations, the Special Events Committee and served as president of Inter-Greek Council. She also served as a resident assistant and made the Dean’s List.
Dakota Burns is a business administration major from Berthoud, Colorado. He made an impact in men’s tennis, earning GPAC player of the week and GPAC all-conference team for No. 2 doubles. He also served as a resident assistant, homecoming candidate, an executive council member and was a part of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, CRU and made the Dean’s List.
Dany Cook is a Dean’s List student majoring in broadcasting and journalism. The Fairfield, California, native is a member of dance team and served as captain from 2017 to 2019. She also served on the public relations council, the Collegian staff, HCTV/Bronco New Now, the senior class student gift coordinator and as a resident assistant. Cook was a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta and Love Your Melon.
Cole Fisher is from Omaha, Nebraska, and is majoring in exercise science. He was a member of the men’s football team, and was named NAIA First Team Academic All-District this year. The Dean’s List student was also involved in Alpha Chi, Student Senate, the Food Service Committee, Human Performance and was a resident assistant, homecoming candidate and peer mentor.
Anna Flairty is a business administration, marketing, and recreation and sports management major from Omaha, Nebraska. Flairty served as Student Association president and Order of Omega vice president. She was also a resident assistant and was involved in choir, executive council, student senate, Sigma Alpha Iota, theatre, the College’s social media team and was a homecoming candidate.
Jerod Fox is a broadcasting major and Dean’s List student from Newton, Kansas. While attending Hastings College, Fox was involved in men’s tennis, choir, HC Media and was a homecoming candidate.
Jordan Graviette is from Hastings, Nebraska, and is majoring in education and a Dean’s List student. She was involved in women’s indoor and outdoor track, Alpha Chi, Student Education Association, Love Your Melon, Week of Welcome Committee and LocalGlobal.
Kaitlynn Harvey is a biology major from North Platte, Nebraska. Harvey participated in the women’s basketball team, Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa. She was also a resident assistant, Dean’s List student, Student Association secretary, Higher Ground Catholic Youth Retreat staff member and a YMCA peer professional role model.
Sarah Johnson of Hastings, Nebraska, is a biology major and Dean’s List student. Johnson was a part of Alpha Omega, the Hastings College Band, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Revive and the Student Health Advisory Council. She was also involved in Diaconate & Nominating Committee at Hastings First Christian Church and was selected to play in the 2019 Nebraska Intercollegiate Band.
Katie Kingsley, from Hastings, Nebraska, is majoring in music and psychology. Kingsley was involved in the Hastings College Choir, the Hastings College Band, Peer HIV Educators, Sigma Alpha Iota and is a Dean’s List student. She also served as the vice president for Ritual.
Natalie Knott is a business administration and marketing major from Louisville, Nebraska. Knott was a member of the women’s golf team, Alpha Omega, Lambda Pi Eta, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Student Alumni Ambassadors, the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame, the Babcock Hall Resident Council, Hastings College Choral Union, THRIVE Leadership and was a Dean’s List student.
Hugo Madera is a music education major from Grand Island, Nebraska. Madera is a Dean’s List student who was involved in the Hastings College Band, Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Men’s Choir, 1-2-5 Men’s A Capella Ensemble and Mariachi Band. He’s also participated in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Rho Sigma, the Student Senate and theatre. Madera served as a resident assistant and was a homecoming candidate.
Sabrina Maxwell is a sociology and theatre major from North Richland Hills, Texas. Maxell has been involved in Radical Notion, Alpha Delta Alpha, the Hastings Improv Club, Alpha Psi Omega and multiple theatre productions. Maxwell was involved in Forensics, Phi Kappa Delta, Peer HIV Educators, Radical Notion, the Campus Climate Task Force, Lambda Pi Eta and Alpha Kappa Delta. In theatre, Maxwell was a Purple Mask and White Mask Award winner. She was also a homecoming candidate, a Dean’s List student and an Academic Showcase participant.
Eboni Nash, from Eads, Colorado, is a Dean’s List student majoring in psychology, religion and sociology. Nash participated in both indoor and outdoor track, and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and a leader of the Food4Thought backpack program.
Geena Piper is a biology major from Norfolk, Nebraska. She is the Student Association president and was named Outstanding Student Association Executive Council member, and participated in Alpha Phi Sigma, Alpha Chi, the Inter-Greek Council, Student Alumni Ambassadors, and the Student Health Advisory Council. She served as a resident assistant, was a homecoming candidate and a Dean’s List student.
John Rohweder of Grand Island, Nebraska, is a personalized program major with mathematics and religion minors. The Dean’s List student participated in men’s tennis and Catholic Fellowship, was an Irish Fellow in 2017 and served as Altman Hall president in 2016-17.
Marc Sisson is a Dean’s List student from Yutan, Nebraska, majoring political science. Sisson was a member of the men’s baseball team, Alpha Delta Alpha, Collegian staff, Bronco News Now, Omicron Delta Kappa, College Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha. He also served as chair and secretary of Student Judiciary Council.
Carly Spotts-Falzone of Wayzata, Minnesota, is a communication studies major. Falzone participated in Forensics, where she was named an All-American and was an American Forensics Association National Tournament qualifier. She was a part of Alpha Chi, Phi Kappa Delta and is a Dean’s List student.
Alex Stogdill is a biology major and Dean’s List student from Lincoln, Nebraska. He was member of the football team, making the NAIA Academic All-America team and GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Special Teams Player of the Week. He participated in CARE, Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society and Alpha Chi. He also served as a biology/chemistry tutor and was a homecoming candidate.
Jonathan Wallace of Bennett, Colorado, is a Dean’s List student majoring in philosophy, religion and sociology. He was a member of the men’s football team, Student Association and served as a resident assistant.
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