Two top students receive distinguished Barnard Award

For WCSU students Kelley Bradley and Jennifer Groom-Reid, success is much more than earning A’s and a spot on the Dean’s List. For Bradley and Groom-Reid, it comes from working hard, taking advantage of opportunities to grow and learning from mistakes.

Recognized for the resourcefulness and determination behind their academic successes, the two WCSU students were chosen as winners of this year’s Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award. The award was established in 1983 as the private development foundation of the Connecticut State University system. There are 12 given annually to distinguished students from Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Connecticut State universities.

Bradley is a senior meteorology major from Cromwell and Groom-Reid, of New Milford, is majoring in social work. They are the only students chosen this year from Western. Recipients are selected for their academic and leadership qualities and must maintain at least a 3.7 grade-point average and have a record of substantial voluntary service to their university and community.

The Barnard Awards were presented on April 23, 2012, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

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WCSU students Kelley Bradley (left) and Jennifer Groom-Reid, pictured with university President James Schmotter, receive the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award.