33rd Annual Skookum Awards Ceremony Honors Exceptional Students

The Western New England University Alumni Association hosted the 33rd Annual Skookum Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 26, inducting 15 exceptional students into an exclusive cohort of outstanding Golden Bear alumni.

The top three candidates, awarded the highest honors of Grand Skookum and Royal Skookum, include:

  • Kathryn Henry, 2022 Grand Skookum, is a Forensic Chemistry major from Palmer MA
  • Brendan Cassidy, 2022 Royal Skookum, is a first generation student and double major in Criminal Justice and Business and Computer Forensics from Taunton, MA
  • Adell Gadzey, 2022 Royal Skookum, is an Information Technology major from Colchester, VT
(L to R): Kathryn Henry, Brendan Cassidy, and Adell Gadzey

The following 12 students received Skookum honors:

(L to R): Nelson Brunette, Christa-Elizabeth Cicerone, and Alley Estrella
(L to R): Ryan Hoover, Michaela McCormick, and Kyle Nelson
(L to R): Megan Ross, Irankunda Roza, and Carly Schneider
(L to R): Samantha Sterner, Nick Tartsinis, and Angelina White

The Skookum Award was established by the Alumni Association in 1989 to recognize the outstanding achievements of students for their commitment and dedication to service through their leadership roles on campus, community service and volunteerism, and participation in athletics and cocurricular programs. 

Learn more about the Skookum honorees at