Western Wyoming Community College Announces Outstanding Students

A Rock Springs resident is one of them receiving the honor.
Western Wyoming Community College Announces Outstanding Students

Carly Putnam of Rock Springs, left, and Reese Fullmer of Star Valley, right, were recently named Western Wyoming Community College's Outstanding students.

ROCK SPRINGS — At the Student Government Association Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 29, Western Wyoming Community College announced two Outstanding Graduates, Mustang Awards, and scholarship recipients for 2020-2021. Western’s Honor Roll will also be published on the website after final grades are submitted. 

Western’s Outstanding Graduate is selected by a committee that includes administrators, professionals, faculty, and staff. The nomination criteria and scoring rubric is based on campus involvement, leadership roles, positive impact on other students, and the nominee’s ability to positively represent Western in the future. This year, Western’s committee chose two students for this honor. 

For the 2020-2021 school year, the committee selected Carly Putnam of Rock Springs and Reese Fullmer of Star Valley. 

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In her nomination form, Carly Putnam is described as, “a dynamic and dedicated student who leads with intellectual humility, never afraid to ask questions or express uncertainty or enthusiasm. Carly is friendly, welcoming, and open-minded. She has an impressive work ethic, loves meeting new people, and open to multiple perspectives and willing to learn new things. She has a passion for helping people and with her degrees, she plans to help people with mental health and addiction issues as well as trauma.”

Putnam has been actively involved Association of Non-Traditional Students (ANTS) Club, including creating many civic events, fund-raisers, and family activities. She is a member Phi Theta Kappa, SGA, and has also volunteered with the Spanish Club, VETS Club, and Garden Club. She is employed as a Peer Tutor for Psychology, Math, HMDV, and Communications courses. Putnam is also completing the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) peer tutor program.

She was instrumental in creating the “Lunch ’N’ Learn” series with ANTS Club. These inform non-traditional students how to utilize important facilities that are available, to feel included and involved so that they continue their education, thrive, and are successful. She tries to help students find scholarships, so they are not paying off debt for years to come.

Putnam is enrolled in the Honors College at UW for Fall 2021 and plans to complete her master’s in psychology. 

Reese Fullmer has been part of the Residence Hall Assistant (RA) program as Lead RA, and Team Lead in the Student Ambassador program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fullmer has been an asset to Western in helping with the admissions changes and how the pandemic affected the student body. 

Her positive attitude and willingness to help in her leadership rolls, as well as in housing check-ins, or student life events benefit not only her teams, but the institution. Fullmer’s professional attitude and outgoing personality attributed to ability to keep the ambassador team organized and on track. Her approachable and friendly personality make both prospective and current students feel welcome. She is also a positive role model to her teammates and other students.

Fullmer is graduating with an Associates in Arts in Elementary & Early Childhood Education in pursuit of a career in education. 

Western’s 2021 graduates will be honored at the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at 7PM in the Rushmore Gym. The event is ticketed with limited capacity. Face coverings are mandatory. For details, visit www.westernwyoming.edu/commencement

To learn more about Western students who received awards, scholarships, and Honor Roll for the 2020-2021 school year, please visit the Mustang Awards page at westernwyoming.edu/awards