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Whidbey's Amelia Cave earns special award at graduation | KUDOS
Amelia Cave was named one of Western Washington University’s “Outstanding Graduates” for the 2010-11 academic year and was honored at spring commencement on Saturday, June 11.
Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. The WWU Community Health Department selected Cave.
University officials said selection as an Outstanding Graduate is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.
Cave will complete a bachelor of science degree this summer with a major in community health and a minor in Spanish.
The daughter of John and Jaryl Cave of Langley, she is a graduate of South Whidbey High School.
At Western, Cave helped create a social marketing campaign to promote Western Wellness, an online health information source, and helped develop a focus group study exploring the occurrence of cyber bullying on Western’s campus. She also worked as a peer health educator in the Alcohol and Other Drug Risk Reduction Group with Western’s Prevention and Wellness Services.
As a research assistant with the Critical Junctures Institute in Bellingham, Cave helped build a community health assessment.
She is also a volunteer assistant nutrition educator for the Food $ense program of the Washington State University Cooperative Extension and volunteers at the Bellingham Food Bank.
Cave plans to work as a health educator and is considering attending graduate school to study global or public health.