KINGMAN - Kingman resident Jim Herrero, an exercise science major, was among 42 seniors who received the coveted Gold Axe Award for their achievements at Northern Arizona University.
The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff on April 15.
The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body.
The gold axe pin is considered the official emblem of the Associated Students of NAU and is presented each semester to recognize students' outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.
Students selected for a Gold Axe Award also are eligible for the President's Prize, considered the highest student recognition from the university. After reviewing all the Gold Axe nominations, a university-wide committee makes its recommendations to President John Haeger, who then selects the President's Prize winners.