Saint Martin’s University announces 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian

May 2, 2012

Lacey, Washington – Saint Martin’s University has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2012.

Valedictorian Kimberly Renee Menius grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated in 2007 with honors from Seoul American High School. Menius came to Saint Martin’s University with an Associate of Arts in language arts and communications from Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. At Saint Martin’s, Menius majored in criminal justice. Her undergraduate academic career included an internship with the Lacey Police Department directed by Associate Professors Katya Shkurkin and Robert Hauhart. Menius is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.95 grade point average. She is a member of Saint Martin’s Society of Fellows and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and Benedictine Heritage Scholarship.

Salutatorian Taylor Katherine Meadows, originally from California, has lived most of her life in Olympia, Washington. Meadows earned an Associate of Arts degree from South Puget Sound Community College before transferring to Saint Martin’s University, where she majored in elementary education. This spring, Meadows completed her student teaching internship under the direction of Associate Professor Ann Gentle, Ph.D., and a team of faculty members and supervisors. Meadows is a member of the Student Washington Education Association. She is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.94 grade point average. While at Saint Martin’s, she held the Father Feeney Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Benedictine Heritage Scholarship and Chancellor’s Scholarship.

The Saint Martin’s University 2012 Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way S.E. Tickets are required for attendance.

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Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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