Four WSU Students Named Governor's Scholars

OGDEN, Utah – Four Weber State University students have been selected as Governor’s Scholars by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

WSU’s Christopher Bentley, Jennifer Cluff, Issac Goeckeritz and Tong (Miranda) Wu were among the honorees for 2006. Now in its second year, the Governor’s Scholars program honors four students from each of Utah’s colleges and universities who have demonstrated academic excellence during their freshman or sophomore years.

All 44 students were recognized during a program held at the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 9. Each student received a certificate and an opportunity to have lunch with the governor.

“The Governor’s Mansion was amazing,” said Bentley, “but no matter how beautiful the building itself might have been, my favorite experience was meeting all of the students from around the state. I’m sure they’ll all make their impact on the world in phenomenal ways.”

Cluff agreed. “I felt very privileged to have been honored by Gov. Huntsman,” she said. “It was a wonderful experience to meet him, and I also enjoyed talking with students from other colleges and universities in Utah.”

During the luncheon, the scholars were encouraged to continue the pursuit of academic excellence and civic engagement, including applying for prestigious scholarships for graduate studies.

“I am very proud to be a Governor’s Scholar,” Wu said. “I feel that it will make me study even harder, and I will try my best to be a good student. I will not disappoint my professors, my friends and the other people who have helped me.”

Goeckeritz, who is pursuing a career in documentary filmmaking, was not able to attend the ceremony, as he was on a filming assignment in Africa. He said he felt honored, however, to have been named a Governor’s Scholar and is looking forward to making an appointment to meet Gov. Huntsman in the future.

Bentley, of Ogden, is pursuing a bachelor’s of integrated studies degree with emphases in psychology, business administration and communications. Cluff, of Farr West, is pursuing a degree in elementary education. Goeckeritz, of Ogden, is working toward a degree in geography. And Wu, who is originally from China and currently lives in Ogden, is pursuing a degree in piano performance.

“All of our Weber State students work hard inside and outside the classrooms,” said Provost Michael Vaughan. “These students have found a way to connect their passions, whether music, filmmaking, teaching, or community service, with their academic work. Finding a way to link your passion with your academic studies is a key to success in college.”

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