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Local student receives Saint Mary’s University Outstanding Senior Award

WINONA, Minn. (May 25, 2021) – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s literature with a writing emphasis major (with minors in leadership and Spanish) Kristopher Shepard, son of Scott and Michele Shepard of Crystal Lake, Ill., received the university’s Outstanding Senior Award.

For the past 53 years, Saint Mary’s has honored two seniors, one man and one woman, who have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, service to colleagues and the university community, as well as genuine concern for the needs of others.

Shepard has demonstrated these qualities through captaining the club ultimate frisbee team, playing club soccer and intramurals, participating in the Lasallian Honors Program, assisting LIFT retreats, and providing the play-by-play webcast for various Cardinal athletic teams. Shepard served in executive positions for Student Activities Committee, Saints Teresa and Peter Leadership Club, and the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and also worked as a two-year executive orientation leader. Shepard has been accepted into Saint Mary’s M.A. in Teaching graduate program and will return to Winona next year before eventually teaching English at the high school level.

The Outstanding Senior Awards were presented during a private luncheon ceremony April 22. The Outstanding Senior Award was also presented to Kendall Archer, daughter of James and Tana Archer of Draper, Utah.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,200 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis with programs offered in Rochester, other locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and fully online. As a Lasallian Catholic university welcoming all students, Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates. Learn more at


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Kristopher Shepard