TAHLEQUAH – Challis McDonald, of McAlester, was the Top Female Senior, and Jakob Prill, of Tulsa, was named the Top Male Senior at Northeastern State University on Saturday, April 26 during the 2008 Jack Kaufman Outstanding Senior Awards.
Considered a visionary by those who knew him, the late Jack Kaufman will go down in NSU history as one the institution’s most active and influential alumni. In recognition of his exceptional support of the university and its alumni association, the Jack Kaufman Outstanding Seniors Awards are given to deserving seniors each year who are nominated by NSU faculty and staff.
Recipients have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher, have demonstrated their concern for Northeastern through campus involvement, and are considered all-around students who typify the spirit of NSU.
Challis, a hospitality and tourism major, is the daughter of Martin and Christy McDonald. She is a member of the Northeastern Student Government Association, President’s Leadership Class, Northeastern Activities Board, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Riverhawk Ambassadors and is a Rookie Bridge Camp volunteer. Challis was inducted into the Rho Theta Sigma Honors Society and Delta Mu Delta Honors Society. She was named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls and is the recipient of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Founder’s Award.
Jakob, a business administration major, is the son of Bruce and Rhonda Prill. He is a member of the Northeastern Activities Board, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and has volunteered at Rookie Bridge Camp. Jakob was inducted into Rho Theta Sigma Honor Society, and named to the Dean’s Honor Roll and Who’s Who Among American College and Universities Students.