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2017 Zag Grads: Sharon Henzler

Posted on May 1, 2017 in: commencement, Feature Stories, Spotlight, Students

Sharon Henzler

Sharon Henzler, from Seattle, will receive the Garrigan Award at the undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 14, for the highest grade-point average over four years while earning a double major in mathematics and economics with a minor in philosophy.

“One of my most meaningful experiences at Gonzaga has been working as a tutor for my fellow undergrads through the economics, math and athletics departments,” Henzler said. “I want to express my gratitude to Gonzaga for the opportunity to connect with my peers and give back to my community through what I love most: teaching. It has been so meaningful, fulfilling, and rewarding for me to develop authentic connections with the students that I tutor and truly help them through difficult classes.”

Henzler has also given back to the Spokane community by delivering a presentation this year to Mayor David Condon and the City Council about the economic and aesthetic advantages of planting Ponderosa pine trees along the highways in Spokane.

“I very much appreciated all of the opportunities Gonzaga provides its students to help make our community a better, more sustainable place,” said Henzler, who plans to move to Boston in September to work as a data analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance’s headquarters.

“I am excited and nervous to move across the country to an East Coast city where I know no one, but I know the life skills Gonzaga has taught me will help me succeed in the work world and in my personal life.  As eager as I am to begin a new chapter of my life in Boston, I will deeply miss Gonzaga and will always look back on my fond memories here.”

Henzler has been busy during her four years at Gonzaga. Among other activities, she has served as: coxswain for the women’s rowing team as a freshman and sophomore, as a mentor for Campus Kids, president of the Actuarial Science Club, president of Pi Mu Epsilon (math honor society), and as a private tutor for local children.

Read about more outstanding Zags who will graduate during Gonzaga University’s 124th commencement exercises May 13-14.

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