Cassady Reno Wins American Midwest Conference A.O. Duer Scholarship Award
Published on 05 August 2020
Cassady Reno, P1 student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Eutectics Women’s Volleyball player, was the recent winner of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) A.O. Duer Scholarship Award.
The annual award is given to one female and one male athlete in the AMC conference who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, character and citizenship. As an award winner, Reno joins an elite group of students who will compete for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) A.O. Duer Scholarship award, which will be announced in September.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the College and the conference in this way,” Reno explained. “My parents and I were surprised and excited when we heard about the award as well as the opportunity to attend the NAIA conference later this year.”
Reno was nominated for the award by numerous members of the College community who have gotten to know her during her time at the College and have seen her excel both athletically and academically.
“Cassady is a leader in the classroom and on the court,” explained John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “She is in the top 5% of her class and has appeared on the dean’s list every semester. She is also one of the top three students to play on the women’s volleyball team in the last ten years and holds our school record for hitting percentage. I was proud to nominate her for this award and cannot imagine a more deserving candidate.”
During her time at the College, Reno has established a record of academic success, highlighted by her recognition as a Presidential Scholar. In 2019, she was also the recipient of the College’s Female Scholar Athlete award.
“Cassady is one of the best students I’ve worked with,” stated Dana Morrone, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry. “She is skilled at not only learning the material presented in class but also cultivating superior critical thinking and lab skills. Outside of her work in the classroom, she is a mentor to her fellow students and is dedicated to serving others in whatever ways she can. She has proven herself to be a very active and vital member of our College community.”
During her first year at the College, Reno was the Freshman Athlete of the Year and has been the Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year for all three years that she has played for the College. AMC has also awarded her with All Conference Honors for the past three years.
“Meeting, much less exceeding, the high academic standards of the College alone is a feat,” explained Jill Jokerst-Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “To also excel as a volleyball player makes Cassady an incredibly special college athlete. She is recognized on campus as a student that is hard-working, talented, humble and a natural leader. Her character traits, skill and academic achievement exemplify the best qualities of a scholar athlete.”
Reno views this award as a recognition of her hard work, and she has ambitious goals for her first year as a professional student.
“Winning this award the summer before my last year on the volleyball team is especially meaningful to me,” Reno explained. “Every year our team has performed better than the year before, so I am confident that this year will be our best one yet. My time on the team has helped me grow as a person and develop lifelong friendships. I’m grateful for the opportunities the College has given me so far and look forward to new challenges and new opportunities in the professional program.”