Students honored for academic achievement, leadership

PLAINVIEW - A bubbly student leader and a third generation student shared the spotlight recently at Wayland Baptist University as awards were presented for outstanding academic achievement and student leadership.

Celina Rae Vasquez, a graduating senior from Bedford, and Jeremy Ray Harris, a graduating senior from Gruver, received the Citizenship Awards for the 2003-04 school year, the highest award presented to a student by the university. The awards recognize leadership in and out of the classroom, servanthood and commitment to Christian ideals that make both favorites of students, faculty and staff.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Vasquez, Celina came to Wayland in August of 2000 and became active in student activities, serving in Student Government Association cabinet, Student Union Board and the Baptist Student Ministries. She has served on the committee for Koinonia, Wayland's freshman orientation program, and has represented WBU at the Christian Association of Student Leaders conference. She will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in May, majoring in history and minoring in Christian leadership.

A third generation Wayland student, Harris followed his parents, grandparents and many other family members to Wayland in 2000, attending the Albuquerque campus first before transferring to the Plainview campus in 2001. He has been active in Student Government and Student Alumni Council and served on Wayland's Rec Team and Rejoice. He will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion in May and will pursue a career in youth ministry after serving on Wayland's Revival Team for the summer. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Harris of Gruver.

Dr. Glenn Saul, vice president for academic services, presented other special awards during the chapel service. Keith Platte of Shattuck, Okla., received the Timothy Award, given to the senior ministerial student with the highest academic average and accompanied by a cash award. The Boyd Award, honoring a young ministerial student, was presented to Brandon Burrows of Amarillo along with a cash award. Crystal Morton, a senior from Friona, received the Amelia Bishop Women's Ministerial Scholarship, honoring an outstanding senior female ministerial student. Zack Greer of Pampa earned the Owen Leech Award and cash prize, honoring students who demonstrate a calling and commitment to discipleship and evangelism.

Joelda Perez of Abernathy received the Patsy Davis Award and Scholarship, presented to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, personal involvement and a deep love for the university. Sarah Gatlin of Amarillo was presented with the Cecil and Kathleen Turner Music Scholarship, and Luciana Rempel of Seminole earned the Christa Kunkel Smith Modern Language Scholarship, honoring students studying foreign languages. Billie Turner of El Paso received the Sanders Math Scholarship.

Britany Lewis of Borger was honored as the Senator of the Year, an award given by the Student Government Association for contributions to the Senate's work. The Roy C. McClung Award and Scholarship, recognizing future educators for Christian dedication and service, was presented to Bridget Hancock of Booker. Kelli Howard of Midland received the Helen Barnhart Reese Memorial Scholarship and Award for an outstanding student in education. Jessica Rae Odom of Dimmitt earned the Janis Davis Scholarship Award, honoring a student for dedication to Christian principles, contributions to student life and a commitment to the university. The Ted Bell Memorial Art Award was given to Lara Manley of Plainview. Krysta Williams of Lorenzo received the L.C. Wayland Medical Award for a student attending post-baccalaureate medical training.

The Association of Former Students recognized two students as Outstanding Freshmen for the 2003-04 school year. Brandi French of Dalhart and Blake Burrow of Tulia were honored with the awards, with runners-up including Mindee Gillaspie, Erin Luckie, Tia Maxwell, Martin Ortega, Nick Pruitt, Amy Rice, Andy Scott and Kendall Webb.

Other students were recognized for academic achievement, with Outstanding Student awards presented by each academic area. Students were also recognized for earning the Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities honor and for earning the designation of Spinning Wheel, an award given to the top student leaders in the junior and senior class as voted on by their peers. Pioneer Scholars, students who entered WBU on an exclusive university scholarship based on their entrance exam scores or high school rank and have maintained that designation, were also recognized. Those winners were as follows:

Ashley Applewhite of Olney, instrumental music award, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; John Ed Baker of Odessa, church music award; Cassie Birkenfeld of Nazareth, telecommunications award, Who's Who; Aaron Borden of Plainview, accounting, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Nate Bridges of Levelland, Spinning Wheel; Jennifer Brigman of Eula, Spinning Wheel; Pierre Brown of Panama City, Panama, international management award; Shanna Buck of Pampa, Who's Who; Jimmy Cannon of Lubbock, instrumental music education award, Who's Who; Christie Cox Lujan, vocal music education award; Amanda Day of Granbury, Who's Who; Jeremy Douglas of Littlefield, Who's Who, Spinning Wheel; Maegan Dyer of Pampa, elementary education award, Who's Who; Tonja Edens of Plainview, Who's Who.

Other awardees included Priscilla Edwards of Barbados, Who's Who; Nick Flanigan of Post, agribusiness award, Who's Who; Jason Flick of Kress, management information systems award; Andra French of Dalhart, Pioneer Scholar, Spinning Wheel; Matt Garnett of Glen Rose, secondary education award, English award, Who's Who, Spinning Wheel; Elisabeth Good of Pharr, psychology award, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Travis Green of Tahoka, Pioneer Scholar; April Gunter of Olton, management award, Who's Who; Jeremy Harris of Gruver, religion award, Who's Who, Spinning Wheel; Jennifer Herrin of Amarillo, history award; Kristin Hinze of Plainview, Who's Who; Mykolas Jasaitis of Lithuania, business administration award; Joi Jenkins of Canyon, middle school education award; Malissa Johnston of Portales, N.M., Spinning Wheel; Misty Jones of Lamesa, biology award; Tandi Laos of Pampa, Who's Who; Candice Harding Lasiter, Pioneer Scholar.

Also recognized were Britany Lewis of Borger, speech award, French award; Lara Manley of Plainview, art award; Teri Mayfield of Wichita Falls, biology award, Who's Who; Sharla McCloskey of Redwater, American Chemical Society award, Pioneer Scholar; Mary Grace Moore of Dumas, social studies award; Curtis Morales of Plainview, art award; Marleny Morales of Plainview, Who's Who; Jason Morgan of Plainview, finance award; Crystal Morton of Friona, Who's Who, Spinning Wheel; Melissa O'Brien of Lander, Wyo., Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar, Spinning Wheel; Justin Ogden of Plainview, Who's Who; Rosa Padilla of Hale Center, marketing award; Joey Parsons of Amarillo, political science award; Diana Peck of Westminster, Colo., health care administration award.

Other awardees included Desi Pharis of Plainview, theatre award, Who's Who; Keith Platte of Shattuck, Okla., Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Paige Prince of Georgetown, Who's Who; Chris Reinecke of Humble, Pioneer Scholar; Kevin Schaub of Pampa, Who's Who; Melissa Shackelford of Plainview, journalism award; Amy Smith of Lubbock, physical education award, Who's Who; Jennifer Sullivan of Plainview, religious education award; Lucy Thompson of American Falls, Idaho, Who's Who; Tyler Topper of Plainview, economics award; Martha Ann Trull of Crosbyton, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Andrea Turner of Plainview, vocal music award, Who's Who, Spinning Wheel, Pioneer Scholar; Marta Turpin of Carrizo Springs, German award; Keitha Tyler of Brownfield, physical education award, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Sara Wagoner, Who's Who; Angela Watson, chemistry award; Krysta Williams, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Russ Wilson of Coleman, Who's Who; Debra Woodrow of Sweetwater, mathematics award, Who's Who, Pioneer Scholar; Elizabeth Wyatt of Crowell, Who's Who; and Yvette Ysasaga of Lubbock, criminal justice award.