Cooper receives Student Excellence Award

Tommy Cooper
Tommy Cooper

On March 31, during the Montana State University-Northern’s Annual Awards Day Celebration, eleven students including Tommy Cooper from Laurel received Student Excellence Awards. The Student Excellence Award is the highest honor that a student can receive at MSU-Northern.
In order to be selected, a student must meet the following criteria:
• Demonstrate a commitment to educational goals through academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities
• Must have been enrolled at MSU-Northern for Fall 2014 Semester and earned the equivalent of 60 semester credits by the end of Spring 2015
• Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75
Cooper graduated from Laurel High School in 2012 and came to MSU-Northern to study Civil Engineering Technology and to wrestle for the Lights. He has wrestled for Northern from 2012-2017. He is a two-time Academic All-American wrestler (2016 and 2017), qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, and served as team mentor for 2015-2016 and 2016 and 2017. During his junior year, Cooper had a season ending injury that required surgery, but he still made it to practice every day to support his teammates. Cooper has been on the Dean’s List for ten semesters at Northern.  In addition to his athletic and academic success, he has volunteered for a number of organizations and events while at Northern. His volunteer work has included: Secretary of the MSU-N CET Club, helping the Havre Wrestling Club at practice, refereeing tournaments and other related activities, surveying the Havre Trails property to help with future renovation, with other wrestling team members, setting up the Lion’s Club tent for the Pheasants Forever fundraiser, volunteering for the Pheasants Forever trap shoot fundraiser, volunteering at the Chinese Auction for the NLASF fundraiser and the Spring Fling fundraiser for the NLASF. After graduation Tommy plans to work for Anvil Engineering in Billings.

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