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Christa Lyons Is Chosen CMN Student of Year


Christa Lyons

Keshena resident Christa Lyons has been chosen as the College of Menominee Nation’s Student of the Year. Lyons is a senior at CMN and candidate for graduation in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.


She has held academic honors in five of the past seven semesters at CMN and participated on the College’s award-winning Business Bowl teams at national competitions held by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in 2017, 2018 and 2019. On campus, Lyons has served as Keshena Representative and Co-Secretary of CMN’s Student Government organization. Her community service includes volunteer work at the Boys and Girls Club, and clothing and housewares collections for local homeless shelters.


An enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Lyons trained with Menominee Tribal Enterprises as a wild-land firefighter following high school graduation in 2007, working locally and across the U.S. During off-seasons, she earned the College’s Office Technician diploma. Lyons was employed in the CMN Business Office while working toward her academic degree. Upon graduation from CMN she hopes to compete a Master’s in management and pursue an accounting or loan officer career in banking.


Lyons says her studies, “will open many doors for me so that I am able to continue to provide for my daughter and myself.” Through money management advising in her future professional work she intends to “help my Native American people as well as others to become successful, no matter what their financial background is.”


CMN’s Student of the Year will join those from among the 36 other accredited tribal colleges and universities honored at the AIHEC student conference March 21-24 in Albuquerque, N.M.


The College of Menominee Nation is a Higher Learning Commission accredited baccalaureate-level institution now entering its 27th year and serving students from campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. Enrollment at the tribal College is open to all.