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Nina McKee, a new graduate of William Woods University and Fulton resident, was honored with two prestigious academic awards from the university April 26 during the William Woods Academic Honors Convocation and Co-Curricular Banquet.

At the end of each academic year, WWU recognizes a select group of graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in academic, co-curricular and service projects during their time at the university.

McKee, who graduated April 27 with a degree with honors in Management Information Systems, received the Faculty Award and Distinguished Scholar designation in Management Information Systems from the university.

The Faculty Award is presented annually to a senior who graduates magna or summa cum laude who, in the estimation of the faculty of the university, has evidenced exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.

Faculty from the various major programs of study are entitled to designate one graduating senior as a Distinguished Scholar. While each program may consider a variety of factors and variable in the selection process, eligibility for all programs requires a minimum grade point average of 3.4.

A Dean's List student, McKee has been extremely active both on campus and in the community during her time at WWU. She has served as an Orientation Leader and Freshman Advantage Mentor, and helped found the William Woods' Society of Historians, a history club at the university. She held multiple leadership positions in the William Woods Collegiate DECA chapter, helping guide the chapter to numerous national and regional awards, including Missouri Chapter of the Year three times. She also served as co-director of the Student Website Advancement Team, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society (ODK) and the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)

In the community, McKee has volunteered her time at the Villa-Marie Stonebridge Senior Living Community, participated in events to promote food allergy awareness and oversaw an "Adopt-a-Family" program that provided gifts for underprivileged children.

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