Wayland Names Citizens of the Year at Recognition Chapel

PLAINVIEW – As the spring semester comes to an end, Wayland Baptist University in Plainview took one more opportunity to recognize students for outstanding achievement in the classroom and on campus at Recognition Chapel on Wednesday morning.

Students were recognized with individual awards for outstanding achievements within each academic field. The administration also recognized students who maintained their academic scholarship throughout each eligible semester at Wayland. The Pioneer Scholarship is the highest level of academic scholarship offered by the university covering one-third, two-thirds or full tuition depending on qualification level. Wayland also offers the Centennial Academic Scholarship for students who thrive in the classroom but may not qualify for the Pioneer Scholarship.

Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall also presented the Citizenship Awards. Voted on by students and faculty, the Citizenship Award is the highest honor given to a senior man and woman each year. This year marked the 65th year the awards have been given since being established in 1957. Following the presentation each year, the award recipients affix nameplates to a plaque permanently displayed in the foyer of Gates Hall.

The Female Citizenship Award went to Emily Franklin. A senior from Plainview, Franklin is the daughter of WBU alumni Lori and Dr. Scott Franklin. During her time at Wayland, she was a double major in mathematics and religious education, and a member of the Honors Program. Franklin worked in the student activities office, tutorial services, student services and served as a resident advisor (RA) in Davis Hall. She was involved in many organizations, including Presidents Ambassadors, International Choir, Rotaract, Council of Student Organizations, Baptist Student Ministries, Student Foundations and the Student Alumni Council. She is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa and Alpha Chi national honor societies, and her research on arithmagic squares has received much acclaim in mathematics. Upon graduation, Franklin plans to pursue master’s degree in mathematics at Texas Tech University.

The Male Citizenship Award was awarded to Samuel Daily, a senior English major from Pearland. Daily is the son of Stephen and Sonja Daily. At Wayland, he was part of Baptist Student Ministries and the Wayland football team, and he is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Mu Gamma honor societies. Daily has served as a student worker in tutorial services and is an RA in Caprock Hall. He has been involved in several mission trips with various student organizations and served as a staff member for Koinonia and New Student Orientation. Upon graduation, Daily plans to move to Mexico and teach English.

Wayland’s Alumni Association also recognized the male and female Freshmen of the Year with this year’s recognition going to Jacquelynfaith Warmbrod and Sean Edlin. The Freshmen of the Year awards are based on nominations from faculty and staff and is meant to honor new students to the campus who are early standouts for their academic work, character and involvement.

Warmbrod, the daughter of Krista and Nathan Warmbrod, is an English major from Roanoke and is active in the BSM, Student Union Board, WBU Spirit Squad and Wayland Singers. Edlin is the son of Mike and Astsa Edlin. He is an English major from Santa Rosa, Calif., and is involved in Wayland Singers, Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Mu Gamma.


Academic School Awards

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

History: Devin Davis

History Education: Reagan Cordell

Psychology: Chante van Zyl

Sociology: Sara Diaz

Criminal Justice: Justine Sandoval

Political Science: Edward Gutierrez

Social Studies Composite (7-12): Christina Safford

Social Studies Composite (4-8): Brandon Chapin


School of Business

Accounting: Cole Rubac

Business Administration: Joshua Johnson

Economics: Zane Welborn

Finance: Lewis Richmond

Health Care Administration: Audilia Vargas

Management: Kayla Cobbley

Management Information Systems: Jasiah Barron

Marketing: Garret Saathoff

Sports Management: Brockton Webber

Digital Marketing: Hayden Ingram

Mission in Business: Sean Galloway


School of Education

Special Education: Brook Quinones

Elementary Education: Brook Quinones

Middle Grades Education: Brittany Smerud

Secondary Education: Caryssa Aguirre

All-Level Education: Tatijana Markic

Allied Health: Praise Ayeni

Exercise and Sport Science: Nina Pham


School of Creative Arts

Media: Angel Vega

3-Dimensional Art: William Bridgwater

2-Dimensional Art: Anna Epp

Graphic Design: Evan Puckett

Church Music: Andrew Gutierrez

Piano: Marco Magnoli

Vocal Performance: Taylor Lindley

Choral Music Education: Lindsey Sumner

Musicological Studies: Daniel Romero


School of Languages and Literature

Spanish: Cecilia Guerrero

Humanities: Rebecca Breeden

English: Samuel Daily


School of Mathematics and Sciences

Biology: Jayda Nelson

Chemistry: Tierra Lozano

Mathematics: Emily Franklin

Molecular Biology: Jolie Donaldson

Geology: Morgan Rutledge

Computer Science: Levi Kasner


School of Christian Studies

Amelia Bishop Women’s Ministerial Award: Michaela Phipps

Arthur E. Boyd Award: Brandon Mailey

Timothy Award: Christian Vaughn

Servant Leadership Award: Dawson Riley

Theological Studies: Joshua Price

Christian Ministry: Austin Peel

Co-Vocational Ministry: Jesse Bennett


Scholarship Awards

Pioneer Scholar Recognition: Chloe Barham, Lucy Chavez, Samuel Daily, Anna Epp, Emily Franklin, William Glass, Brisa Gonzales, Joshua Johnson, Chase Jones, Samuel Velasquez

Centennial Scholar Recognition: Caryssa Aguirre, Brennen Ballard, Tevia Bell, Joseph Colurciello, Claire Daily, Taylor Lindley, Tatijana Markic, Briana Moore, Allison Muniz, Chase Ragsdale, Brittany Smerud, Chante van Zyl, Chloe Winegeart


Student Life Awards for Campus Involvement

Spinning Wheel Award: Jesse Bennett, Samuel Daily, Devin Davis, Emily Franklin, Cauane Krainski, Tatijana Markic, Kari Matthews, Christian Ortega, Brook Quinones, Joshua Smedema, Natalie Terry


Freshmen of the Year: Jacquelynfaith Warmbrod, Sean Edlin

Citizens of the Year: Emily Franklin, Samuel Daily


Photo: Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Bobby Hall stands in front of the Citizenship Award Plaque in Gates Hall with this year’s male and female Citizens of the Year, Samuel Daily and Emily Franklin.