Nesselrodt named ‘Outstanding Student’ at WVU Potomac State

by Debi Swick-Cruse 

 Hannah Nesselrodt (left), of Petersburg, W.Va., was recently named the ‘E. William Noland Outstanding Student’ at West Virginia University Potomac State College.  Presenting the award was Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff, Ph.D.

Hannah Nesselrodt (left), of Petersburg, W.Va., was recently named the ‘E. William Noland Outstanding Student’ at West Virginia University Potomac State College.  Presenting the award was Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff, Ph.D. 

Hannah Nesselrodt, of Petersburg, W.Va., was recently named the ‘E. William Noland Outstanding Student’ at WVU Potomac State College.  She also received additional recognition with the inscription of her name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall, which was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of alumni, faculty and students. 

Nesselrodt will graduate this spring with a degree in biology as a pre-med major.  She serves as vice-president of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, and has also served as secretary of the Rotaract Club at the College.  Nesselrodt has been a member of the Life Science Club, Campus Crusade for Christ Club, Catamounts Against Cancer Club, and the Cross Impact Club. 

Additionally, she has been named to the President’s List for all semesters that she’s attended Potomac State, and is a recipient of the Chester Harman Memorial Scholarship and the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship.

When not attending class or other activities at the College, Nesselrodt participates in food drives, coat drives, works concessions at school events, volunteers for the Community 5K run, and job shadows at Grant Memorial Hospital in her hometown where she also serves as a patient care assistant. 

She also enjoys babysitting and serves as a cashier at Walmart, as well as being an active member of the Petersburg Church of God, serving as a video/music technician, a participant and facilitator for church fundraisers, and as a Counselor for the Petersburg Regional Junior Youth Camp, and assistant counselor for Petersburg Regional Senior Youth Camp.

Her future plans include attending WVU on the Morgantown campus where she will major in biology before applying to the WVU School of Medicine.

As the Outstanding Student, Nesselrodt will deliver the graduation message to fellow students as well as introduce the keynote speaker during Commencement Ceremonies in May. 

The Outstanding Student Award was established in 1981 when the College received funds from an anonymous donor.  Upon the death of the donor, the award became known as the E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award. 

To be considered for the award, students must meet the following rigorous criteria:  (1) the student must be a full-time sophomore; (2) the student must have carried a minimum of 14 semester hours for each of the semesters considered; (3) the student must have been named to the Campus President’s List for the first three semesters with no failing grades; (4) the student must have at least two campus leadership and/or service roles; and (5) the student’s conduct must be above reproach.  It must also be ascertained that the student has presented no disciplinary problems to the college community.