Wayland awards graduating seniors, academic excellence at annual chapel
Release Date: April 29, 2009
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University bestowed honors upon some of its best and brightest students Wednesday at the annual Recognition Chapel, held in Harral Auditorium.
The top honor of Citizenship Award went to graduating senior Molly Flowers of Amarillo and Jordy Williams of Shallowater, the 53rd such students to receive the award. Flowers, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary education on May 9, is the daughter of Lyndall Flowers and Chris and Rena Weber. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and was chosen by the school of Education to be a Centennial Scholar. She is active in Baptist Student Ministries and volunteers for Special Olympics, and she was previously a WBU cheerleader.
The son of Craig and Tammy Williams, Jordy is an English major and was part of the inaugural induction class for Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, serving as vice president this year. He was involved in several theatre productions as well, with acting roles in Terra Nova, Shorts, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, All My Sons, Frame 312 and The Mousetrap production in Ruidoso, N.M. He also helped organize the Community Poetry Reading events in 2007, held monthly for community members to share their creative work.
Other major awards presented at the chapel service included 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. Jessica Weiss of Edgewood, N.M., received the Janis Davis award, while Dana Gose received the Patsy Davis award.
The Division of Religion and Philosophy presented its top awards for the year, honoring Matthew Johnston of Alto, N.M., with the Timothy Award for the top senior ministerial student and Kevin Burrow of Tulia with the Boyd Award for the top junior ministerial student. The Amelia Bishop Award for outstanding female ministerial student was awarded to Heather Dillard, a senior from Lubbock. The Owen Leech Award recognizing a commitment to discipleship and evangelism was awarded to Amber Hamilton of Meridian.
Other major awards given included the L.C. Wayland Medical Award, presented to Dustin Smith of Plainview; the Ted Bell Art Award, presented to Tim Barnes of Tulia; the Turner Memorial Music Scholarship, presented to Jeremy Contreras of Amarillo; the Sanders Mathematics Award, presented to Jarrod Alford of Littlefield; and the Senator of the Year Award, presented to Katie Word of Abernathy. The Helen Barnhart Reese award for education student was presented to Amanda Allen of Merkel, and the Roy C. McClung Award for future educators went to Katie Word. A new award, the Joe W. and Mildred McFerrin Sanders Education Scholarship and Award, was presented to D’Anna Kellum of Plainview.
The Association of Former Students presented awards for Outstanding Freshman Male and Female Students, honoring Ashley Hardage of Plainview and Jared White of Plainview. Runners-up were Michelle Ritter of Tucson, Ariz., Corinna Browning of Channing, Lance Heinen of Plainview and Chase Aycock of Lorenzo.
Spinning Wheels awards, honoring students who are the most influential in their junior and senior classes, were presented to Ashley Beggs, Kelsey Beggs, Ryan Bleyenberg, Kristin Blakely, Kiana Bullard, Micah Evans, Joanna Jernigan, Bradley Sell and Melanie Vasquez.
Each academic division presented its awards for outstanding students, honoring those who excel in each major field. Those awards, by division, were as follows:
School of Behavioral and Social Sciences: History, Heather Gerszewski of Ahwahnee, Calif.; and Psychology, Rachel Gwin of Borger.
School of Business: Accounting, Andrea DeLeon of Plainview; Business Administration, Caylee Brewer of Fort Sumner, N.M.; Economics, David Purcell of Phoenix; Finance, Chris Williams of Hobbs, N.M.; Management, Rachel Oglesby of Plainview; Marketing, Hunter Bullock of Magdalena, N.M.; Management Information Systems, Ty Nixon of Plainview; International Management, Kelsey Beggs of Muleshoe.
School of Education: Elementary Education, Kristin Nichols of Taos, N.M.; Middle School, April Morgan of Muleshoe; High School, Mary Green of Dumas; special education, Jordan Kuss of Lubbock; and Physical Education, Donnie Duke of North Pole, Alaska and Kydia Echols of Harleton.
School of Fine Arts: Art, David Mancilla of Floydada, David O’Brien of Pavilion, Wyo., Ryan Oglesby of Littlefield and Megan Wimberly of Millsap; Mass Communication, Jessie Else of Weiser, Idaho; and Theatre – Best Actor, Thomas Hoffman of Wasilla, Alaska.
School of Languages and Literature: English, Sarah Ketchem of Lubbock; German, Kevin Burrow of Tulia; and Spanish, Sylvia Mancilla Flores of Floydada.
School of Mathematics and Sciences: Senior Chemistry Award, Stephanie Skiles of Nemo; Biology, Bethany Lewis of Borger; Chemistry, Jonathan Carey of Hobbs, N.M.; and Mathematics, Jacob Guenther of O’Donnell.
School of Music: Instrumental Music Education, Joshua Allen of Hobbs, N.M.; Instrumental Music, Corey Jones of Rio Rancho, N.M.; Vocal Music Education, Douglass Harrell of Brownfield; Vocal Music, Rebecca Ballinger of Lubbock; Church Music, Lisa Wiginton Hancock of Lubbock; Piano, Melanie Hester of Brownfield; Organ, Lisa Hancock.
School of Religion and Philosophy: Religion, A.J. Haney of Shallowater, Ariz.; Religious Education, Lisa Hancock of Lubbock.
Awards honoring students chosen as Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities were also presented, with the following recognized: Jenny Beth Alford, Tim Barnes, Josh Allen, Ryan Bleyenberg, Ashley Beggs, Kelsey Beggs, Warren Camp, Jonathan Carey, Hailey Clark of Lubbock, Jon Michael Clifton of Sunrise Beach, Lauren Davis of Red Oak, Heather Dillard, Hannah Dillard, Sean Ditmore of Plainview, Kydia Echols, Micah Evans of Albuquerque, Molly Flowers, Mary Green, Jacob Guenther, Thomas Hoffman, Matt Johnston, Sarah Ketchem, Jordan Kuss, Bethany Lewis, Anita Mamy of Guinea, West Africa, Amanda Murray of Littlefield, Ty Nixon, David Mancilla, T.J. Nolen of Weatherford, David O’Brien, Missy Pawelek of Lovington, N.M., Rae Dawn Rousseau of Tulia, Carrie Strickland of Brenham, Zach TeGrotenhuis of San Marcos, Courtney Williams of Denham Springs, La., and Jordy Williams.
Students who have earned the Pioneer Scholarship for outstanding academics each semester at Wayland were also honored. Those include: JennyBeth Alford, Jonathan Carey, Molly Flowers, Eric Bickel of Plainview, Hannah Dillard, Heather Dillard, Catherine Donald of Anchorage, Alaska; Mary Green, Jacob Guenther, Sarah Ketchem, Thomas Hoffman, Heather Hunt of Panhandle, Joanne Jacob of Dubai, Russell Lohberger of Allison, Kristen Luckie of Lubbock, Laura McGuire of Lovington, N.M., April Morgan of Muleshoe, Kristin Nichols, Emily Overlin of Amarillo, Melissa Pawelek, David Purcell, Leah Quisenberry of Post, Stephanie Skiles, Dustin Smith and Jordy Williams.