San Tan Valley’s Clinkenbeard receives Gold Axe Award from NAU

Sarah Clinkenbeard of San Tan Valley was among 22 students to receive the 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.

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, according to a press release. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body.

To this day, 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.

Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University has established a lasting legacy of educating students to help them make a difference in the world. With an expansive extended campuses program, the university has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 26,000 students located at more than 30 sites across Arizona or online.

The university is a leader in integrating sustainability into university policies and educational curriculum highlighted by the Platinum LEED-certified Applied Research and Development building, the third-greenest building in the world.

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