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SUU Recognizes Three Co-valedictorians

Published: May 03, 2007 | Category: Academics

Southern Utah University has named Ashley A. Crum, Nicholas Gower and Trina Lloyd as co-valedictorians. With 1,343 students preparing to walk on during commencement exercises on Saturday, these three stand out as representing the top of their class.

Ashley A. Crum is an athletic training major with a minor in nutrition and holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Upon graduation she plans to certify as an athletic trainer while preparing to take the MCAT.

She graduated from Mountain Crest High School in 2003. Since coming to SUU she has worked for various soccer camps, in the Fitness Center, for the women’s basketball team, and at Kolob Regional.

Aside from her studies, Crum was as a four-year starter on the SUU women’s soccer team. While on the team she acted as captain, was named to ESPN Magazine’s 2nd all-district academic team, earned Mid-Con academic honors, was nominated Mid-Con academic athlete of the year, received 1st team all-conference honors and all-tournament team honors at the Mid-Con Tournament.

Crum volunteered in the classroom at Fiddler’s Canyon Elementary School, as a U10 soccer coach, as an assistant in various soccer clinics, and with the alternative spring break group in Mexico.

She is a member of Alpha Chi and was the student representative to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Training Association.

Nicholas Gower holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will leave Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Upon graduation he has accepted a Dean’s Achievement Scholarship to attend the University of Arizona’s College of Law.

Gower was born and raised in Cedar City, graduating from Cedar High School in 2003. In addition to his studies at SUU, he has consistently been employed in the Utility Department of Plant Operations, developing a working knowledge of electrical and mechanical maintenance.

In his free time, Gower enjoys participating in a variety of physical activities from golf, to softball, to weightlifting. He also spends time reading, fishing, target shooting and occasionally building toys at the Happy Factory for children around the world.

He has received numerous awards and honors including Outstanding Scholar for the School of Business, Outstanding Junior Scholar in Finance, Dean’s List, and a First Security Foundation Scholarship recipient. He is currently a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Trina Lloyd, from Magna, UT, is graduating with a bachelors degree in accounting and has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

While attending SUU, she has worked at Davis Accounting Group and participated in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) using her skill set to serve the community.

She has also been a member of SUU’s Professional Accountancy Club and the Waukeenyan Drill Team. As a part of the team, she placed 6th at the USA Collegiate Dane Nationals Competition.

She has received recognition as the Outstanding Senior Scholar in Accounting for the School of Business, a recipient of the Board of Trustees Scholarship for Southern Utah University, the Outstanding Junior Scholar in Accounting for the School of Business, and a nominee for the Elaine C. Southwick Thunderbird Award.

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