Ballwin Student Honored As an Outstanding Student Leader


Patrick Watson, a Southeast Missouri State University student from Ballwin, Mo., has been awarded the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). 

Named after NIRSA’s founder, Dr. William Wasson, the award recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants, employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments.  To be considered for the award, students must demonstrate self-improvement through leadership and academic success. Students also must participate in activities, volunteer and promote inclusion. Award recipients will be honored April 19 at the NIRSA National Conference and Recreational Sports Exposition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Watson was chosen from more than 100 candidates nationally. A senior pursuing a bachelor of science in recreation with an emphasis in outdoor adventure, he is an employee at the University with the Recreational Sports Department at the Student Recreation Center as a climbing wall supervisor and an outdoor shop attendant.

Watson also has demonstrated leadership qualities through his on-campus involvement in student organizations such as the Baptist Student Union, the Recreation Majors Club and the Climbing Club.  He also has spent a significant time with community groups such as the Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, the La Croix United Methodist Church, the Girardeau House and the Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship.  In addition to NIRSA, Watson also is affiliated with the Association of Outdoor Recreation Educators, another national professional recreation organization.