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Meet Plan II Honors' Two President’s Leadership Award Recipients: Holland Finley and Elyssa Klann

Fri, April 4, 2014

Outstanding student leaders.

Photos by Anna Donlan

Roughly 40,000 undergraduate students walk the Forty Acres each year. Every one of them brings something special to the campus—but only six are selected for one of the Texas Exes’ most elite honors for students: the President’s Leadership Award. • In 1985, Texas Exes past president Frank Denius, LLB ’49, Life Member, Distinguished Alumnus, created the award to celebrate the next generation of student leaders. One sophomore, two juniors and three seniors receive the award annually.

Among this year’s all-stars are a world-champion athlete, an education pioneer, and more. We asked them to share a prized possession that shows what makes them tick. —Rose Cahalan

Holland Finley

Holland Finley

Year: Senior
Major: Plan II Honors, Business Honors Next step: Consultant for Bain Achievement: World champion, junior women’s wakeboarding

“There is nothing more beautiful than gliding across the water and through the air on my wakeboard, but it takes a lot of work to get there. A lot of the drive I have in academics reflects what I’ve learned on the water.”


Elyssa Klann

Elyssa Klann

Year: Senior Major: Plan II Honors, Psychology Honors Achievement: Managed more than 400 members of Best Buddies, a club that pairs UT students and intellectually disabled adults Career Goal: Earn a PhD in psychology and combine research and practice

“I’m president of the Orange Jackets this year. It’s the oldest women’s honorary organization on campus. We’re a really diverse group of women, and I’ve made friendships that I know will last the rest of my life.”


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