Nine students at the University of New Mexico received Clauve Outstanding Senior Awards. They include: Arthur Armijo, Jr., William Crawley, Krista Marrs, Divana Olivas, Isaac Romero, Sophie Salcedo, Earl Shank, Lyndsay Stapleton and Rachel Williams.

The awards, presented annually to graduating seniors, are based on leadership, involvement and academics. Recipients must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and have made significant contributions to UNM and the surrounding community.

The award itself is named after Lena C. Clauve, a UNM music education teacher as well as the first Dean of Women. She retired in 1961, but remained active on campus until her death at the age of 98 in 1994.

The recipients:

Arthur Armijo, Jr.
Arthur Armijo, Jr. is a biology major and a graduate of Raton High School. He has been offered a position to teach high school biology for two years with the Teach for America program. He will also be applying for medical school.

“Receiving the Lena Clauve Outstanding Senior Award means a great deal to me because it is really a full circle moment,” Armijo said. “From the time that I entered UNM, I had always wanted to make a difference in the UNM community and I believe that this award culminates all of my hard work over the past four years.”

William Crawley
William Crawley is a biology major and a graduate of Eldorado High School. He plans on applying to medical school.

“Receiving the Lena Clauve Outstanding Senior Award has truly been a blessing and an honor for me,” Crawley said. “So many incredible individuals before me have received this award, including many of whom I had the privilege of calling my mentors. I am honored to share this award along with the eight other incredible students who have been recognized and whom I have had the privilege of learning and working alongside for the past four years while at UNM.”

Krista Marrs
Krista Marrs is a business administration major and graduate of Carlsbad High School. She is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Student Relations Fellow. From 2014-15, Marrs was executive director of ASUM Student Special Events. She was a CEOP CPP education mentor/tutor, and made the Who’s Who Among College Students list.

“It's hard to believe how the years have gone by and what hard work and dedication can give you,” Marrs said. “I am humbled by this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what is next in my future. After I graduate in May I plan to work with College Prep Programs. I don't know what will be in store for me, but I will also be working to book a fall tour for the band Repel the Robot. I hope to continue working in the music industry and make my way to working on a huge festival such as Austin City Limits.” 

Divana Olivas
Divana Olivas is a Chicana/o Studies and Spanish major with a minor in Latin American Studies. She graduated from Los Lunas High School.

Olivas is a McNair Scholar and an El Puente Fellow. She received the Women in Student Leadership award and is on the Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities list. She also served as assistant director of Emerging Lobo Leaders. “I was part of a team that helped shape the program by creating a foundation from which to work for years to come. We successfully hosted a high school leadership day, and were awarded ASUNM’s Outstanding Agency for the 2012-13 school year,” she said.

Isaac Romero
Isaac Romero is a business administration major and a graduate of Valley High School, Albuquerque.

He was ASUNM senator and ASUNM president for two years. “As president I was able to get our team to work hard for UNM students and New Mexico by creating a committee composed of student leadership from nine or more colleges and universities statewide to solve the Lottery Scholarship issue,” he said.

Romero was also a New Student Orientation leader and resident advisor, and served as vice chair on the Student Fee Review Board.

Sophie Salcedo
Sophie Salcedo is a political science major and a graduate of Centennial High School, Las Vegas, Nev.

She was ASUNM chief of staff and executive director of ASUNM’s Emerging Lobo Leaders. In 2013, Salcedo was voted Greek Woman of the Year, in 2014, UNM homecoming queen. She was an appointed representative on the Student Fee Review Board and an affiliate member of International Business Students Global. She made the Dean’s List seven consecutive semesters and landed on Who’s Who Among Students.

As student advisory board chapter representative for Nourish International, Salcedo focused on raising money for sustainable projects around the globe and helped coordinate events such as Nourish Date Auction to raise awareness and money. Nourish International’s engages students and empowers communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.

Earl Shank
Earl Shank is a business administration major and a graduate of Nordhoff High School, Ojai, Calif.

“The Clauve Award is recognition for a collection of accomplishments made possible by mentors and the community surrounding individuals at the academy,” Shank said. “I do not think any recipient could really believe that purely self-reliance is responsible for the achievement. The most rewarding part of being named a Clauve Outstanding Senior was receiving the honor alongside my best friend. We are going to take the next year to explore professional opportunities and graduate school and in the meantime advocate the success of others.”

Lyndsay Stapleton
Lyndsay Stapleton is a chemical engineering major and a graduate of Mead Senior High School, Spokane, Wash.

She has been accepted into the Stanford, Harvard, UCSD, and University of Washington bioengineering Ph.D. programs for the fall 2015 academic year. She conducted research with Professor Heather Canavan through the UNM IMSD program for the past two years. Her honors thesis research will be submitted for publication in May. 

Stapleton participated in student government as a senator, and volunteered with various outreach programs, once presenting a “finger kit” presentation to a middle school where she reached over 100 children to promote STEM programs, especially biomedical engineering.

Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams is an international studies and political science major. She graduated from Kirtland Central High School.

She served as ASUNM president, New Student Orientation leader and resident advisor. She was also vice president and chair of the Chi Omega scholarship committee where she implemented a more comprehensive scholarship plan to help members achieve their highest potential.

While a member at Net Impact, a community of more than 60,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world, she worked with a team to raise awareness of the sovereign national debt on local, state and global levels. She garnered support of UNM President Robert Frank, Provost Chaouki Abdallah and members of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Of the 25 teams selected for competition, UNM’s team made the top 10 nationally.