Student of Promise

Coming to the small town of Canton, Mo. can be a culture shock for some students, especially for those from a different country. However, Ammuniki Wood '18 is from a small, close knit community in Barbados. “Everyone knows everyone,” says Wood, “and if you shout, everyone will hear you.” He wanted to keep the feeling of being connected when looking for a college, which is one of many reasons he selected Culver-Stockton College.

After finishing community college in Barbados, Wood began his college search and a friend recommended Culver-Stockton. In addition to the small educational community, Wood was looking for an intercollegiate volleyball program and a communication degree program where he could get hands-on experience. Now the junior communications major is the executive producer for KATZ5, the College’s news station, and is intern with KHQA-TV, an CBS/ABC affiliate, in Quincy, Ill. “The teachers all have professional experience in their fields and connections to help get internships,” says Wood.

While balancing schoolwork Wood keeps his love of volleyball alive. He played for an international team at home, and now learns from Olympian, C-SC women’s volleyball coach Caren Kemner. Wood credits his coaches and teammates for pushing him to the next level and helping him thrive on the court. Wood was named captain of the C-SC men’s volleyball team and was honored as the Heart of America Athletic Conference (NAIA) Men’s Volleyball Newcomer of the Year in 2016, but says it would not have been possible without the people around him.

“A small college is what you make it; people are here to help,” says Wood. “Be sure to get involved and make the most of it.” Around campus he is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Sports management is another passion of Wood’s and in addition to the classes he takes, he helps invite guest speakers to campus for the program. Ammuniki Wood understands that the campus environment supports him, and wants to give back to the College by supporting students as well. He is a Community Assistant in the Student Life department, an upperclassman who facilitates events and services students living in the residence halls.