A fierce drive for leadership, service and competition has earned Amy Cashin the 2017 WVU Order of Augusta. Cashin, from Werribee, Australia, is one of only eight students who have been honored with the prestigious student award from among 44 students who were named WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors.
The Outstanding Seniors award was established in 1995 in honor of the WVU Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, to honor WVU’s most distinguished graduating seniors. The Order of Augusta further recognizes the students for their superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and public service.
Cashin, sport and exercise psychology major with minors in psychology and athletic coaching, will receive the award at a special ceremony on May 11 at the Erickson Alumni Center. She is set to graduate on May 12.
Professor and Chair Jack Watson, CPASS Department of Sport Sciences, acknowledges Cashin’s passion for learning. “Amy is one of the most dedicated students that I have worked with throughout my time at WVU. She is extremely smart and hardworking and a lot of fun to be around. She is strongly deserving of this award,” Watson explained.
Since coming to Morgantown, Cashin has been selected the WVU women’s cross country and track team captain every season since her freshman year.
Cashin serves an active member of the WVU community, acting as cross country team representative on the Student-Athletic Advisory Council. She is co-founder of the Inclusivity Committee, a student-athlete group that aims to address challenges of LGBTQ+ community, minorities and those struggling with substance abuse and mental health.
While at WVU, Cashin has been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Role and the Big 12 Commissioners Honor Roll every semester since the start of her college career. Most recently, the Big 12 Conference awarded Cashin with the prestigious 2017 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award.
She earned 2016 Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Team, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, Academic All-Big 12 First Team in track and cross country and Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in cross country.
Cashin started cross country in Australia at age 11 where she competed for her local club for several years before attending the World Junior Cross Country Championships with Team Australia. She moved to America after high school on the Division I Cross Country and Track and Field Scholarship.