English Matters. College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University.

Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Miranda Sherrell named 2019 Outstanding Senior in English, WSU Pullman

“Alive with curiosity” is how one of Miranda Sherrell’s English professors describes the department’s Outstanding Senior of 2019, Pullman campus.

Miranda Sherrell.
Miranda Sherrell

“Miranda brings life, energy, and enthusiasm to every aspect of her studies at WSU,” said Clinical Associate Professor LeeAnn Hunter. “From the moment she enters a classroom, she comes alive with curiosity,” Hunter said. “She is an outstanding senior because she helps everyone else around her become their best and most outstanding selves.”

Sherrell graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in English and specializations in rhetoric and professional writing. She came to WSU as a transfer student from Walla Walla, Washington, and worked on the Pullman campus as an intern in the English department and as a resident assistant in Orton Hall.

An avid videographer and writer, she produced a short film about a Skagit Valley farm as part of a summer internship and worked two summers as a production assistant for American Movie Company. She also served as assistant producer for the Spokane Women in Film & Television organization on a short film about women’s marches in Spokane.

You can view online two of Miranda’s co-produced videos about the English faculty-led initiatives Open Mic at Café Moro and the WSU Passport Program.

“It is wonderful to feel appreciated and acknowledged for the work I have done here at Washington State University,” Miranda said upon being selected Outstanding Senior in English. “The time I have had at the Department of English  has been a thoroughly positive and influential experience and it is an honor to receive this award.”

Miranda hopes to attend Chapman University in Orange County, California, to pursue a dual master’s degree in entertainment law and film production and to earn a degree in law.

The College of Arts and Sciences honored Miranda at its annual awards event for Outstanding Seniors in all CAS academic units.