Troy receives UWP super senior award

December 17, 2002

PLATTEVILLE - Making great strides academically and personally, University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Amanda Troy of Shullsburg recently received the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Super-Senior/Honorary Life Membership Award. Nominated by Tom Antczak, UWP athletics and physical education instructor, Troy's community involvement, athletic participation and outstanding academic achievements made her an excellent candidate for the award.

"Amanda is currently student teaching in the Cuba City School District while still being an active member of the UWP women's cross country team and the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Committe," Antczak said. "She holds the school record for the 6-kilometer cross country distance and is on the third fastest all time UWP list for the 5-kilometer cross country distance."

Not only has Troy excelled as a member of the cross country team, but she has maintained a high grand point average (making the dean's list six semesters and the chancellor's list five semesters) while still finding time to volunteer. Troy has volunteered for the Girls and Women in Sports Day, for the Kid's Night Out program, has raked leaves for elderly community members and cleaned litter along the roadside of Southwest Road with the cross country team and volunteered at the Shullsburg Fourth of July celebration.

Troy anticipates graduating this December with a bachelor of science degree in middle and secondary level education. Her major is English with a writing emphasis and a minor in journalism. In addition to her student teaching, Troy was an assistant teacher at Northeast Iowa Community College in Dubuque, Iowa, served as a practicum teacher at the Platteville middle and high schools, tutored in Shullsburg and has been a camp counselor and swimming lessons instructor, also both in Shullsburg.

Troy is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, plays intramural basketball and writes for the University's student newspaper, the Exponent. Antczak said he believes Troy's educational enthusiasm and commitment to the University will continue as a UWP alumnus.

"Amanda has seen the wonderful opportunities that have been given to her through student teaching and the education department," Antczak said. "Through her deep connection with the cross country and track teams, she hopes to always be involved with running and participating in UWP alumni meets and helping at home meets. Her mother has worked on campus for 18 years, so UWP has been an integral part of Amanda's life since before she was even in high school, and it will continue to be a part of her life for the foreseeable future."

Following graduation, Troy would like to be involved with cooperative teaching and helping future teachers with ideas and projects used in the classroom.


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