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Blugold makes history with honors hat trick

With almost a century of history lived out on its campus, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire experienced a first during 2014 winter commencement through a graduating senior's significant academic achievement.

Katelyn Goettl, an accounting and finance double major, graduated with University Honors, honors in accounting and honors in finance, making her the first UW-Eau Claire graduate in history to receive triple honors.

"I am humbled and honored to have received such a prestigious award," Goettl said. "I realized that hard work and determination does pay off and that all of my time spent studying and doing homework was well worth it."

Goettl also is employed immediately following graduation, working as an accountant at Andring, Collins, Norman & Co. in Mankato, Minnesota. Her responsibilities include preparing tax returns as well as completing payroll and other accounting duties. She is also studying for the CPA exam which she will take next summer.

Goettl fully embraced all UW-Eau Claire had to offer during her undergraduate career and became involved in as many activities and organizations as she could. She joined the Student Accounting Society, the math club, the forensics team and a college political group. She also played in the University Symphony Orchestra and was a member of five different intramural sports teams. Goettl served as treasurer of the University Honors Program Organization and played goalie for the UW-Eau Claire women's lacrosse team, as well as volunteered as a tutor in the Reading Partner Program and the College of Business' Center for Advising, Development and Enrichment.

In 2012, Goettl was presented with the Emerging Leader Award, which is presented annually to a College of Business student who has shown early leadership and potential for success. Recipients are selected by the College of Business faculty and staff. She also served as the keynote speaker for the UW-Eau Claire Honors Banquet.

"UW-Eau Claire has an excellent business and accounting program and I truly loved every class I took," Goettl said. "The accounting and finance professors are phenomenal and are what sets UW-Eau Claire apart from other colleges and universities. They use their life experiences to prepare us to work in our fields."