Ashford University students Heather McCue (left) and Jerrika Castillo were recently honored for leadership and academic achievement.

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Herald Staff Report

Ashford University students Jerrika Castillo, of Coralville, and Heather McCue, of Rock Falls, Ill., were among 15 regional women who were recently honored for their leadership initiative, academic achievement and for making a difference in their school and community.

The Ashford pair was recognized on March 8 when nearly 300 women leaders gathered for the Women’s Connection “Women in Leadership” event in Davenport.

“The purpose of the ‘Women’s Connection’ Emerging Women Leaders Recognition program is to raise up and honor regional female collegiate students who are excelling as leaders both academically and within their communities,” Colleen Rafferty, Women’s Connection executive director, said. “We believe it’s important to bring along the next generation of women leaders.”

Castillo is a senator with Ashford’s Student Government Association (SGA) and has served on its homecoming committee. She is also a resident assistant, a member of the AU dance team and plays on the university’s soccer team.  

McCue is a former senator on Ashford’s SGA and is currently the organization’s advisor. She was a member of the SGA homecoming committee and the Ashford Psychology Club. She also played volleyball at Ashford.

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