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Outstanding senior finalists announced

April 12, 2021

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Saint Mary’s University is proud to announce the 2021 finalists for the Outstanding Senior Awards on its Winona Campus. For the past 53 years, Saint Mary’s has honored two seniors from the College, one man and one woman, who have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, service to colleagues and the university community, as well as genuine concern for the needs of others.

The Outstanding Senior Awards will be presented during a private luncheon on Thursday, April 22, in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

Join us in congratulating this year’s finalists.


Kendall Archer, daughter of James and Tana Archer of Draper, Utah, is a philosophy and literature with a writing emphasis major and political science minor. She has played for the Cardinal women’s soccer team for the past four years and has had the honor of being the team captain for her senior season. Kendall has served on Student Senate in various roles, the most notable being Student Senate president her senior year. She also works as an ambassador and the chair of tour guides in the Admissions Office and as a tutor for the Writing Center. Following graduation in May, Kendall will be moving to Washington, D.C., to attend George Washington University School of Law as a presidential scholar and hopes to use the degree obtained to enter the public sector and advocate for vulnerable populations.

Clare Bath, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Bath, of Fargo, N.D., is pursuing a double major in political science and history and a minor in art. Clare is the president of the Campus Democrats and Art Club and is vice president of the Pre-Law Society. She is also co-captain of club volleyball and is on planning committees for Serving Others United Love (S.O.U.L.) and Diversity Café. She is a member of the Lasallian Honors program, Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Honor Society), and Lasallian Collegians. Clare visited Tulsa on a S.O.U.L. trip, volunteers for overnight shifts at the Winona Community Warming Center, and spends time with young children for the Project FINE Culture Club initiative. After graduation, Clare plans to pursue a master’s degree in peace and justice from the University of San Diego and hopes to one day advocate for women and children in post-colonial nations who have been especially abused by imprudent Western intervention.

Hallie Schmeling, daughter of Shane and Stephanie Schmeling of Onalaska, Wis., is an elementary education major with a math endorsement and leadership minor. She has been a four-year, double-sport athlete, competing for Cardinal women’s basketball and fastpitch. She founded and presided over the Intentional Acts of Kindness Club, was a leader for Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society), peer mentored for ASCD (Association for Curriculum and Development), and volunteered as an ITA Literacy Clinic instructor. She was also a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Honor Society). Hallie has competed in various intramurals and promoted mental health on campus through Green Bandana certification and Athletic Mental Health Coalition membership. After graduation, she plans to teach middle school math near the La Crosse, Wis., area and continue coaching basketball.

Justine Schultz, daughter of David and Kirstin Schultz of Winona, Minn., is a psychology major with a leadership minor. She is president of Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology, social media coordinator for the Intentional Acts of Kindness Club, and team representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She has also competed on the softball team, participated in intramurals, brought the Green Bandana Project to Saint Mary’s, and hosted a virtual mental health awareness walk/run titled, Run “2” for SMU. Justine has also worked directly with Access Services in the Student Success Center. After graduation, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Delaney Wolf, daughter of Terry and Linda Wolf of Bismarck, N.D., is a biochemistry and Spanish major. Delaney has participated in Buddies, various clubs related to her fields of study, the Lasallian Honors Program, Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Honors Society), Sigma Pi Sigma, Psi Chi, Lasallian Collegians, and Outdoor Leadership as a student leader. She has been a four-year competitor on the women’s hockey team and section leader of the concert band, as well as a peer tutor, writing tutor, and lab teaching assistant. After graduation, Delaney plans to spend a year doing research before attending medical school.


David French, son of Robert and Amy French of Winona, Minn., is a business management and history major. He has participated in the Lasallian Honors program, Saints Teresa and Peter Leadership Club, Student Senate, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Campus Ministry, Jazz Band and Combo, and the Tommy More Band. David has also played on the baseball team, competed in intramural activities, and was a peer minister. He also worked for the library, as a marketing tutor, and as an orientation leader. After graduation, David plans to attend law school or pursue an MBA.

Jacob Hagstrom, son of Chris and Susan Hagstrom of Longview, Texas, is a business management major with a minor in public relations. He’s played on the men’s hockey team and has served as president of the Public Relations/Business Club for two years. He is also co-chaplain of the Saint Mary’s Men’s Hockey Team Chapel Group. After graduation, Jacob plans to return to Texas and work for East Texas Lawn Care, his dad’s lawn care and landscape business, where Jacob has worked since 2011.

Jordan Malikowski, son of Wayne and Cheryl Malikowski of Royalton, Minn., is an accounting and finance double major. He has participated in the Lasallian Honors Program, Delta Mu Delta, Serving Others United Love, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Catholic Relief Services, LIFT retreats, and various other Campus Ministry events. Jordan also competed on the men’s cross country and track and field teams. He worked for the Business and Financial Aid Offices and was an accounting tutor. Jordan was one of the first to participate in the Fastenal-Saint Mary’s co-op internship and is currently completing an exempt organization tax internship with Eide Bailly in Minneapolis. After graduation, he hopes to work at Eide Bailly as a tax associate, marry his fiancé, and earn his CPA license.

Elliott Rysavy, son of Al and Peggy Rysavy of Owatonna, Minn., is a double major in literature with a writing emphasis and Spanish. He has participated in the Lasallian Honors Program, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Sigma Tau Delta. He has also sang in the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, played on the ultimate frisbee team, participated in the Ballroom Dance Club, and volunteered in Big and Little Pals and Buddies. Elliott worked at the IT HelpDesk and as an orientation leader. After graduation, he plans to study in the Saint Mary’s M.A. in Teaching program, eventually pursuing a career as a high school English or Spanish teacher.

Kristopher Shepard, son of Scott and Michele Shepard of Crystal Lake, Ill., is a literature with a writing emphasis major and leadership and Spanish minor. He captained the club ultimate frisbee team, played club soccer and intramurals, participated in the Lasallian Honors Program, assisted LIFT retreats, and provided the play-by-play webcast for various Cardinal athletic teams. Kris served in executive positions for Student Activities Committee, Saints Teresa and Peter Leadership Club, and the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and also worked as a two-year executive orientation leader. Kris has been accepted into Saint Mary’s M.A. in Teaching graduate program and will return to Winona next year before eventually teaching English at the high school level.