Hiney awarded President’s Award at May 18 Honors Convocation

President's Award

Mount Mercy University recognized Jessica Hiney with the prestigious President’s Award at Honors Convocation on Friday, May 18.

The President’s Award is given each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated a strong academic record, positive engagement in the campus community and service to others during their tenure at Mount Mercy. This award honors people in circumstances that illustrate the best in student tenacity, dedication, compassion and heart.

Hiney—a double major in biology and outdoor conservation and double minor in psychology and philosophy—is an especially driven student. As a student worker in the biology department, she is caretaker of plants, animals, and laboratory spaces and prepared media for microbiology cultures. Interested in research, she presented two projects at the Iowa Academy of Science in 2016—one on ornate box turtle behavior in sand prairie habitat and the other on lichen growth in hill prairie habitat.

Hiney is also a student worker for Campus Ministry and served as a residential peer minister. She held multiple positions with Mount Mercy’s Student Government Association, including president in 2017. For her hard work and dedication, Hiney was awarded the St. Catherine of Alexandria medal for service work in 2017 and the Sisters of Mercy Compassion Award in 2018.

In the community, Hiney volunteers as an assistant coach for the PowerEagles soccer team, assisting with weekly practices and coordinating fundraisers. She participated in seven Mount Mercy service trips, traveling around the country volunteering for multiple causes including at-risk youth, habitat reconstruction, hunger relief, homelessness, and more. She also worked with local elementary schools for Science Fun Night, helping youth explore science, technology, engineering and math in fun and creative ways.

Hiney graduated on Sunday, May 20 with a Bachelor of Science. She was recently hired by Mount Mercy as graduate assistant for sustainability, with plans to study strategic leadership.

Congratulations, Jess!

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