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April 7, 2009
Northwest students gathered at the Memorial Bell Tower Tuesday, April 7, for the crowning of the 2009 Tower King and Queen.
This year's royal winners are Kristin Hilde, a business management and marketing major from Lincoln, Neb., nominated by the Sigma Kappa sorority, and Isioma Nwadozi, an international student from the West African nation of Nigeria nominated by the Student Senate.
A Northwest tradition going back to the early 1920s, Tower crowns honor students who have proven themselves exceptional citizens of the Northwest community through scholarship, leadership and service.
Nominated online via the CatPaws network by various Greek-letter organizations and other student groups, winners are chosen by members of the Blue Key honor society, who select the queen, and the Cardinal Key honor society, who pick the king.
Hilde, who serves as treasurer of Student Senate, is also vice president of the student American Marketing Association; treasurer of the Mortar Board senior honor society; and treasurer of the Order of Omega. She is also a member of Sigma Kappa and the Panhellenic Council.
"I am just a Nebraska girl living the good life in Missouri and will continue to do so after graduation," she said. "My plan is to move to Kansas City to work, and I am still interviewing with two companies. I want to give a big thanks to the women of Sigma Kappa for nominating me. It is great to be supported and recognized by sisters."
Nwadozi is a pre-professional zoology major who is also studying Spanish and biochemistry. He works with the Office of Residential Life as a BRIDGE counselor (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) in Dieterich Hall and serves as president of the Minority Men's Organization.
Earlier this year, he became the first recipient of The Society of International Ambassadors Scholarship, a $500 award created solely for Northwest international students.
In his free time, Nwadozi enjoys playing basketball and soccer and reading adventure novels. He plans to attend medical school following graduation and hopes to specialize in cardiovascular surgery. His said his favorite television show is "House, M.D."
Blue Key recognizes student leaders on the Northwest campus. Membership requires status as a full-time student and approval by a two-thirds vote of the active chapter. Nominees must be involved in campus activities and in the top one-third of their class.
Cardinal Key recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and co-curricular participation while supporting efforts to fight juvenile diabetes. To qualify, students must be at least sophomores and have earned a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.
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