LARAMIE, Wyo. - A graduating Cowboy and Cowgirl were honored with one of the University of Wyoming's top accolades on Friday. Senior wrestler Tanner Harms was named finalist for the Tobin Memorial, while senior track and field athlete Catherine Cloetta earned the same for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award.
The annual Tobin award is based on academic excellence and achievement, service to the university, participation and leadership in the community and campus activities, and citizenship qualities and is given to UW's outstanding graduating man. To be considered for Tobin award, students were judged on academic excellence and achievement; contributions and service to UW; participation and leadership in co-curricular activities; and demonstrated character and citizenship.
The Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, established in 1964, annually recognizes the outstanding graduating woman at UW for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities.
Vikram Singh, of Bangalore, India, an astronomy and astrophysics major won the Tobin Award. Kimberly Sanchez, of Cheyenne, an anthropology and Russian major was this year's Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award recipient.
Nominators wrote letters of support for each of the students.
A native of Greenwood, Village, Colo., Harms was a member of the UW wrestling team the past five seasons. Harms was a two-time NCAA Qualifier and finished his senior season with a 22-6 record helping the Pokes' to their highest finish at the NCAA Championship in 20 years. He was also the first finalist for the Cowboys to wrestle in the Big 12 Championship. Earlier this month he was named Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Big 12 Conference. He is graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.
A native of Jackson, Wyo., Cloetta has been a member of the Wyoming track and field and cross country programs the last three seasons. On the track she broke into the Cowgirls' all-time top 10 in the steeplechase last season and this season ran the fourth-fastest time in program history with a personal-best 11:00.77 on April 9. In the classroom, Cloetta has been named a MW Scholar Athlete twice. She will earn degrees in physiology and chemistry.
The winners and finalists of the awards were honored during a luncheon in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on Friday.