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The 2021 Awards and Recognition Ceremony will be available beginning on May 12 at 4:00 p.m.

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Meet the 2020 and 2021 award recipients


  • William Wright

    William C. Wright, Special Education, SPLS

    William C. Wright, a major in special education, is extremely involved in both the WMU community and the local education community. He is a Funding the Advacement of Minorities in Education (FAME) and a Future Educator Program Scholar who models exemplary academic and extra-curricular outcomes for his peers.

    2020 Undergraduate Rising Star Recipient

  • Clare Bunton

    Clare Bunton, TLES

    Clare Bunton is a fourth-year student studying Secondary Education, focusing on the content areas of Math and Physics. During her time at WMU, she has made an impact on countless people. Her campus involvement has been a keystone part of her achievements. Clare has been a WMU Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions for four years and has gained leadership positions because of her fantastic leadership skills.

    2021 Undergraduate Rising Star Recipient

  • Amira Eldemerdash

    Amira Eldemerdash, TESOL, SPLS

    Amira Eldemerdash is a masters student in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program and a graduate assistant in the Special Education and Literacy Studies department. As a Fulbright scholar, Eldemerdash taught in her native language, Arabic, and also has experience teaching English both in Egypt and in Michigan.

    2020 Rising Star Masters Award Recipient

  • Pam Sward, FCS

    Pam Sward is graduating spring 2021 with her Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences. Pam started in the College of Education and Human Development as an administrative assistant in the Student Services Suite. When an academic advising position opened, Pam was hired to advise students majoring in programs housed in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department.

    2021 Rising Star Masters Award Recipient

  • Alycia Sterenberg

    Alycia Sterenberg, EMR, ELRT

    Alycia Sterenberg is doctoral student in the Evaluation, Measurement and Research program, a graduate assistant on the federally funded grant for the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), and the lab manager for the Brain Research and Interdisciplinary Neurosciences (BRAIN) Lab.

    2020 Rising Star Doctoral Award Recipient

  • Rena VanDerwall

    Rena VanDerwall, SPLS

    Rena VanDerwall is presently a doctoral candidate in special education, a graduate assistant (GA) for the Interdisciplinary Preparation in Autism Service grant, and a part-time teacher consultant for Kalamazoo Public Schools. Rena earned her BS in special education at WMU in 2012 and her MA in the Behavior Intervention Specialist program in 2017.

    2021 Rising Star Doctoral Award Recipient

Video of 2020 and 2021 Award recipients receive their awards

Watch as the 2020 and 2021 award winners safely accept their awards.

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