FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Emma Lowther was awarded with yet another prestigious honor on Friday as part of the Undergraduate Symposium in the Skydome, receiving the Distinguished Senior Award for the Public Health program and the Department of Health Sciences. Lowther was a recipient of the University's Gold Axe Award last week.
"It was really unexpected and I'm really happy to be recognized for my academics," Lowther said. "I take academics and being a student-athlete seriously. I want to be a good student as well as a good athlete and to be recognized, it was a huge honor."
Lowther excelled in the pool for the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team throughout her career, which culminated in the Lumberjacks' first ever WAC Championship in March. As the school record holder in the 200 freestyle as well as swimming in NAU's school record 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams, Lowther enjoyed a decorated athletic career. Lowther, a two-time CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American with 15 All-WAC honors and 14 career WAC medals, has also shined away from the water though.
In the classroom, the Cockle Bay, New Zealand native is on the Dean's List for College of Health and Human Services, owns a 3.78 GPA and is active within her Public Health program. Aside from earning WAC All-Academic accolades and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete awards all four years, Lowther has served as the president of the College Health Education Club. She is also a certified peer educator and is capable of giving presentations on a variety of health topics. Furthermore, Lowther writes articles for Life at the Top, a monthly publication distributed to 2,000 students put together by NAU Health Promotions.
Her activism for a healthy lifestyle is clear through her extracurricular involvement on campus and off campus where she has volunteered at the Flagstaff Boys and Girls Club and North Country Reproductive Health Clinic among others over the last four years.
"Growing up I had a lot of exposure to exercise and good food and I always thought that everyone should be healthy," Lowther said. "Health is a necessity and it's often overlooked. After studying and seeing that not everyone has access to the health that I had growing up, I want to give back and help people have the same opportunities I had."
Lowther will graduate during the May commencement ceremonies in two weeks with a degree in health sciences – public health.