March 9, 2017 Contact: Sheena Rice
Springfield Catholic High School Alumna Selected as One of the
Top 39 Seniors at Mizzou
By Megan Smith
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lauren Alexander, Springfield, recently was named to the University of Missouri’s distinguished Mizzou ’39. Given annually by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board to 39 seniors across all academic disciplines, the award honors scholastic achievement as well as leadership and service to Mizzou and the community.
Founded in 1839, Mizzou owes its existence to the 900 citizens of Boone County who together pledged over $117,000 in cash and land in support of the University. This spirit of service, which remains at the heart of the University, is the inspiration behind Mizzou ’39. Honorees are chosen through an extensive selection process that includes applications and interviews with Mizzou faculty, staff and alumni. Those chosen for this award are regarded as the top of their graduating classes and join an exclusive group of alumni.
“I am very proud to be surrounded by such outstanding students, faculty and staff here at the University of Missouri,” said Alexander. “I am very grateful for the endless opportunities afforded to me by the University, knowing that each and every step along the way is preparing me for my future career.”
A 2013 graduate of Springfield Catholic High School, Alexander currently is majoring in accounting. Throughout her years as an undergrad, Alexander has established herself as a leader on campus, serving as the coordinator for the Cornell Leadership Program, a director for Mizzou Alternative Breaks, vice president of service for the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and service chair for the secret honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Her parents are Joel and Lisa Alexander. She is one of 522 Greene County natives attending Mizzou.
Mizzou is the largest and oldest university of the state's major public, land-grant research institutions.