Awards and Recognition

Celebrating the accomplishments of student leaders, advisors, clubs and organizations, the SOAR Awards are presented annually during the spring semester. Below are the recipients for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.


Living Our Values Award

Diann Low
Diann has taken ASIA and increased its presence on campus as an all-inclusive organization aiming to educate, embrace, and entertain not only Asian students, but the entire campus body. Because of Diann’s work, I have seen and heard amazing responses to ASIA’s expanding outreach.
-Rae-Ling Lee

Outstanding Emerging Leader

Zachary Bynum
Zach is passionate, intelligent, charismatic, and a natural born leader. His empathy and compassion for other students is evident in the commitment that he has for his work. As a first year student, he has participated in several initiatives like BRANCHES and M4 and continues to try and bring more marginalized voices into mainstream discourse in his everyday dialogues. -Erica Jordan

Student Leader of the Year

Cazandra Rebollar
Cazandra has found many successful paths at WFU and when she hasn’t she still works hard to ensure everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. She deserves to be recognized for all the work she’s done with such a great spirit!
-Celina Alexander

The Bridge Builder Award

Adelina Cato
Adelina exemplifies the true meaning of bridge building and Pro Humanitate. In the four years that I have known her, she has come out of her shell not for herself alone, but so that she could better serve humanity.
– K. Monet Rice-Jalloh

The Unsung Hero Award

Lee Mendenhall

Lee Mendenhall is probably a super hero in training and few people know it, but all have felt his gifts.
-K. Monet Rice-Jalloh

Event of the Year

WFU Gospel Choir
The [Annual Homecoming] Brunch, which has become a staple in the homecoming experience of many alumni and students, is one of our best attended events of the entire school year.
-KaDeidra Baker

Outstanding Collaboration of the Year

South Asian Student Association & Muslim Student Association, Diwali-Eid
[SASA and MSA] worked together closely to pool together resources and their unique visions in order to being our campus together over an event that celebrates religious and cultural diversity in our community.
– Aishwarya Nagar

Student Organization of the Year

Wake Forest EMS
Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services (WFEMS) is a student-run, volunteer EMT-B squad that serves the Reynolda campus of Wake Forest University. The highly committed members of WFEMS work tirelessly to provide 24/7 emergency medical care to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Wake Forest. Our close-knit group tries to embody “Pro Humanitate” by helping fellow deacons in time of distress and emergencies.
-Tyler Hinshaw

Advisor Achievement Award

Darren Aaron
Darren is dedicated to WFEMS and Wake Forest, always working to better our community and promote the “Pro Humanitate” spirit.
-Tyler Hinshaw

Advisor of the Year

Celina Alexander
Celina has masterfully juggled being a mother, acting director of OMA, and being an adviser to more than one student organization (among them OLAS and Ritmo Latino).
-Cazandra Rebollar

Chinuntdet-Crowe Leadership Scholarship Recipient

Hannah Dobie
This year’s recipient is known to be full of life, passion and intellect, acting as a positive influence with many campus community members.