Two current, two former student-athletes named finalists for the CSU-Pueblo Threlkeld Prize for Excellence

Two current, two former student-athletes named finalists for the CSU-Pueblo Threlkeld Prize for Excellence

Portions of the Release Courtesy of CSU-Pueblo External Affairs and CSU-Pueblo Foundation

PUEBLO, Colo. (April 17, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo has selected seven students as candidates for the prestigious Threlkeld Prize for Excellence with two current and two former student-athletes included in the list. The finalists were selected from a pool of candidates compiled from nominations by CSU-Pueblo faculty and staff from various University departments. The winner of the Threlkeld Prize for excellence will be announced at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony at beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 in Hoag Recital Hall.

Named for the late Budge Threlkeld, a former administrator and professor, the award is presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in academic and co-curricular activities as well as in service to the University and to the community. The Threlkeld winner will receive a stipend as well as the first diploma during Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 at the Southwest Motors Colorado State Fair Events Center.

Bailey Hughes, the current CSU-Pueblo cross country and track and field assistant coach, was the last Pack student-athlete to win the award, as she was recognized in 2016. ThunderWolves Athletics can claim to winners in the last six years, as Ashley Wilkinson of the volleyball team won in 2013.

The finalists for the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence include:

Current CSU-Pueblo Student-Athletes

Mikala Morris, Tempe, AZ, will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) as one of 25 honor program graduates with three bachelor's degrees in mass communications, political science, and Spanish. Mikala played Pack volleyball and served as team captain her senior year, was awarded the corporate scholar athlete of the year and CSU-Pueblo Pack team player of the year in both 2014 and 2015. As a tutor for students needing help in Spanish and political science, Mikala logged 200 hours of training and more than 500 hours of tutoring helping 40-plus students with their studies. She also serves as an intern for the Pueblo County Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems department, where she organizes and markets the Buy in Pueblo campaign, and for CSU-Pueblo's External Affairs office translating university documents from English to Spanish.

Volleyball: Morris was recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2017 and capped her career as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. Morris was also a First Team Academic All-RMAC honoree in 2015 and has been a four-time member of the RMAC's Honor Roll. On the court, Morris totaled 143 career kills. Defensively she accounted for 114 career digs and 77 total blocks.

David Mould, Upminster, Essex, London, United Kingdom, will graduate summa cum laude (3.95 grade point average) in May with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in business administration. He is the first student to complete the 3+2 program in just 3 years. David played on the tennis team and served as team captain his senior year, interned at Pueblo Bank & Trust, and received the 2017 Beta Gamma Sigma student of the year award. David has been involved in several child-focused community events and works in the CSU-Pueblo Center for International Programs actively recruiting students from the UK.

Tennis: Mould was a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. He was named the RMAC Summit Award winner last year with the top GPA at the RMAC Tournament and was named Academic All-RMAC First Team. On the court he was an All-RMAC Second Team Doubles selectionin 2017. Playing with three different doubles partners this season he owns an 11-12 record entering the RMAC Tournament. In singles play he owns a 5-6 record, which includes a 4-1 mark at the No. 5 spot.  

Former CSU-Pueblo Student-Athletes

Joshua Greer, Pueblo, will graduate summa cum laude (3.9 GPA) with a degree in computer information systems with an emphasis in cybersecurity and data analytics. Greer was inducted into the honor societies Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing and Information disciplines) and Beta Gamma Sigma (Business disciplines). As a member of the football and soccer teams, he made the 2013 Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Additionally, Joshua participated in the National Cyber League competition with the CSU-Pueblo Cyberwolves Team which placed 6th in the nation among other participating colleges, giving the school national recognition for excellence in cybersecurity.

Shaylyn Grega, Phoenix, AZ, will graduate summa cum laude (3.99 grade point average) with degrees in political science, sociology, and Spanish and a minor in homeland security studies. Grega was a member of the inagural women's CSU-Pueblo lacrosse team in 2015. She played three seasons on the team, which regularly worked with area youth at lacrosse clinics and the Boys & Girls Clubs, and served military veterans meals. Shaylyn works in the campus Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and serves as a Spanish tutor with the General Education Tutoring Center and Writing Room.

Other Finalists

Teagan Boda, Pueblo West, will graduate magna cum laude (3.8 GPA) with degrees in political science and art history with minors in homeland security and psychology. Teagan is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Club, National Society of Leadership and Success, Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, and volunteers with Girls Scouts of America and tutors children grades 1-10 at Pueblo Christian Academy. Teagan has participated in national student conferences presenting original works in history and political science, studied abroad in several European countries, and was awarded the prestigious Smithsonian Internship in 2017.

James Edwards, Fountain, will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average) in May with dual degrees in psychology and sociology. Edwards is a veteran of the U.S. Army, active from 2010-2016 as an airborne infantryman. He was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and is a first-generation student, a member of the Student Veterans of America and Military Veteran Affairs Team which both provide scholarships and services to better assist veteran students at CSU-Pueblo.

Thais Magallon, Pueblo, will pursue a Master of Social Work degree after she graduates summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) in May with dual degrees in social work and Spanish. Thais works as a bilingual victim advocate for Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, serving Pueblo's most innocent victims. She has received academic honors and acknowledgements from the Spanish department and College of Humanities and Social Sciences, been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society, as well as the Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic National Honor Society, where she serves as co-president. Magallon also was a Kane Family Foundation Scholar during her career at CSU-Pueblo.

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