Sioux City, IA – Morningside University proudly announces that two of its students, Allison Franks and Camrie Miranda, were honored at the 39th annual Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony hosted by Women Aware of Siouxland.

Franks, a senior from Lincoln, Neb., who is pursuing majors in biology and chemistry, was awarded the “Young Women of Excellence” award. An active member of the Morningside Choir, Peer Mentors, Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership Program, and Tri-Beta, Franks demonstrates a passionate commitment to the field of microbiology. Sponsored by Morningside Professor Dr. Shannon Claxton, Frank’s determination and focus in spite of facing early discouragement and gender biases in a STEM field have fueled her drive. “Allison has shown that being goal-orientated and focused has given her the confidence to pursue her passion in microbiology,” shared Women Aware.

Miranda is majoring in English and political science and received the “Women Of Promise” honor. She hails from Papillion, Neb. and serves as the president of the Diversity, Openness, and Togetherness (D.O.T.) group on campus. She is also involved in Sigma Tau Delta, Active Minds, Peer Mentors, and the humanities department. Sponsored by Semehar Ghebrekidan Arguello, Miranda’s commitment to community involvement and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at Morningside University have been notably recognized. “Camrie’s remarkable commitment to community involvement, coupled with her leadership in DEI initiatives at Morningside University, underscores her potential to make a significant impact in the future,” stated Women Aware.

Congratulations to both Allison and Camrie on this outstanding recognition!