Wayland honors outstanding students at awards chapel

PLAINVIEW – A standout basketball player and homecoming queen garnered top honors at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday during Recognition Chapel. Nate Bridges and Laci Rousseau Bridges were named Male and Female Citizen of the Year respectively, the highest honor given to a WBU student.

Nate and Laci are the second married couple to earn the prestigious award, with Kevin and Carolyn Wiseman winning in 1977. Nate, the 50th man to receive the citizenship award, came to Wayland in 2003 as a transfer student. He was a starter on the Pioneer Basketball team for three years and was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was voted Junior Class Favorite in 2004-05. He is the son of Gary and Sandy Bridges of Levelland.

Laci, the 50th woman to receive the citizenship award, came to Wayland in 2002. She was a Wayland cheerleader for three years and has been in leadership roles for Koinonia freshman orientation. She was named Homecoming Queen in 2004. She is the daughter of Paul and Dera Rousseau of Tulia.

Dr. Paul Armes presented two other major awards, including the Janis Davis Memorial Scholarship, created to honor the late wife of Dr. Wallace Davis, chancellor emeritus, for her involvement with students and love for the university, and the Patsy Davis Scholarship, named in honor of Davis’ second wife. Elyse Newland, a junior from Plainview, received the Janis Davis Award, and Jordan Kuss, a freshman from Lubbock, received the Patsy Davis Award.

The Division of Religion and Philosophy presented several major awards, including the Boyd Award for the outstanding junior ministerial student, presented to Noel Keener of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; the Timothy Award for the outstanding senior ministerial student, presented to Adam Wainio of Albuquerque, N.M.; the Amelia Bishop Award for the outstanding female senior ministerial student, presented to Candess Huber of Round Rock; and the Owen Leech Award for a student demonstrating a commitment to discipleship and evangelism, presented to Andy Scott, a sophomore from Muleshoe.

Other major awards given included the L.C. Wayland Medical Award, presented to Christa Condron, a senior from Graham; the Ted Bell Art Award, presented to Amanda Dyson, a senior from Pampa; the Turner Memorial Music Scholarship, presented to Jody Keesee, a senior from South Plains; the Sanders Mathematics Award, presented to Roberto Nass Worthington, a senior from Chile; the Christa Kunkel Smith Award for modern languages to Nick Pruitt, a junior from Mineola; the Roy C. McClung Award and Scholarship recognizing future educators, presented to Tia Speed, a senior from Borger; the Helen Barnhart Reese Award and Scholarship for outstanding student in education, presented to Amber Sutton, a junior from Lubbock; and the Senator of the Year Award, presented to Nick Pruitt of Mineola.

The Association of Former Students presented awards for Outstanding Freshman Male and Female Students, honoring Hayley Cox of Plainview and Nathan Louder of Hereford. Runners-up for the award included Jordan Kuss of Lubbock, Rebekah Sarchet of Plainview, Jon-Michael Clifton of Sunrise Beach, and Graeme Welsh of Camox, British Columbia, Canada.

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:

Sara Allbritton of Abilene, marketing award, Pioneer Scholar; Josh Allen of Hobbs, N.M., French award, Pioneer Scholar; Seth Andrews of Lubbock, accounting award, Pioneer Scholar; Lisa Angel, Pioneer Scholar; Lissabeth Anglin of Borger, Pioneer Scholar; Noelia Balderas of Lockney, Who’s Who; Sarah Barbre of Shallowater, Pioneer Scholar; Will Barnes of Tulia, Pioneer Scholar; Brandon Begeman of Electra, agribusiness award; Megan Boone of Clarendon, instrumental music award, Who’s Who; Laci Bridges of Tulia, elementary education award, Who’s Who, Spinning Wheel; Nate Bridges of Levelland, English, Who’s Who, Spinning Wheel; Cassie Britt, Who’s Who; Stefanie Buckland of Friendswood, Pioneer Scholar; Katy Butler of Albuquerque, N.M., psychology award, Pioneer Scholar; Brandon Chancler of Amarillo, Who’s Who; Daniel Coutinho of Comoros Islands, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Tate Criswell of Tulia, all-level education award, physical education award, Who’s Who; and Zach Crook of Albuquerque, Pioneer Scholar, Spinning Wheel.

Also honored were Amanda Dyson of Pampa, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Jessica Faucett of Tijeras, N.M., mathematics award; Tim Fisher of San Antonio, Who’s Who; Mark Franklin of Plainview, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Brandie French of Texline, Spinning Wheel; Anna Garnett of Fairbanks, Alaska, vocal music education award, Who’s Who; Jason Graves of Plainview, Spinning Wheel; Jennifer Greer of San Antonio, Pioneer Scholar; Sandra Hancock of Plainview, middle school education award, Who’s Who; Joshua Harris of Gruver, piano award, Who’s Who; Laura Harris of Albuquerque, journalism award, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Jennifer Harrison of Midland, Pioneer Scholar; Abby Holmes of Hobbs, N.M., Spinning Wheel; Jerod Hon of El Paso, instrumental music education award; Candess Huber of Round Rock, Who’s Who; Milea Huckeby of Wichita Falls, Who’s Who; Kelsie Jackson of Plainview, Pioneer Scholar; Sandra Jackson of Tulia, finance award; and Jennifer Jones of Artesia, N.M., chemistry award.

Other honorees included Eric Kaiser of Artesia, N.M., religious education award, Pioneer Scholar; Jalissa King of Portales, N.M., Spinning Wheel; Jessica Lynch of White Deer, vocal music award, Who’s Who; Malanie Mahagan of Plainview, management information systems award; Travis McCullough of New Deal, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Joy Miller of Amarillo, Spinning Wheel; Bo Moore of Arlington, business administration award; Mary Grace Moore of LaPorte, high school education, social studies composite award, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Elyse Newland of Plainview, Who’s Who; Andrew Oglesby of Fort Stockton, telecommunications award; Joel O’Hair of Lubbock, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Kathryn Pearce of Sublette, Kan., American Chemical Society Award, Pioneer Scholar; Jose Perez of Panhandle, Spinning Wheel; Chance Perkins of Amarillo, Who’s Who; Zane Porter of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Spanish award, religion award, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Nick Pruitt of Mineola, German award; and Sarah Quisenberry of Lamesa, Who’s Who.

Also honored were Jennifer Riley of Plainview, theatre award, Who’s Who; Trey Roberson of Lubbock, Pioneer Scholar; Tracy Rosales of Plainview, elementary education award; Natividad Sandoval of Olton, history award; Brandie Shaffner of Wichita Falls, Who’s Who; Sheena Shipley of Earth, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Tia Speed of Borger, Spinning Wheel; Stacy Teague of Albuquerque, biology award, Pioneer Scholar; Rohan Thompson of Barbados, international management award; Michael Shane Varner of Plainview, sociology award; Richard Varnon of Spearman, criminal justice award; Diana Villarreal of Plainview, Pioneer Scholar; Adam Wainio of Albuquerque, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Jeremy Walker of Crosbyton, church music award; Doug Warren of Pampa, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Anne Weaver of Dumas, Pioneer Scholar, Who’s Who; Kendall Webb of Amarillo, management award; Lisa Wiginton of Lubbock, organ award; and Joann Wright of Lubbock, economics award.