Bohnet, Seward Named Citizenship Award Winners

Citizenship Award winners stand with Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall
The 2017 Wayland Citizenship Award winners Rachel Bohnet, left, and Tyler Seward, right, stand with WBU President Dr. Bobby Hall after affixing a plate engraved with each of their names to the Citizenship Award plaque hanging in Gates Hall. The Citizenship Award is the highest honor given to students by the university.

PLAINVIEW – Faculty, staff and administration gathered with students at Wayland Baptist University’s weekly chapel service on Wednesday to recognize students for their academic achievements and campus involvement.

The highlight of the ceremony came with the recognition of the 2017 Citizenship Award winners. The Citizenship Award, which was established in 1957, is the highest honor given to a Wayland student, voted on by faculty and fellow students. The 2017 award winners are Rachel Bohnet and Tyler Seward.

Bohnet, a senior from Salem, Ore., will graduate on May 6 with a degree in recreation and camp management. She has been very involved as a student, serving as president of the Baptist Student Ministries (BSM). She has also been involved in the Student Government Association, the Eliazar Project, and served on the university’s Creation Care Committee. She is a member of the Stonebridge Fellowship worship team and works with the children’s ministry. She is the daughter of Steve Peters, her late mother Jan Peters and her step mother Julie Peters.

A senior music theory and composition major with a minor in history from Stratford, Tyler is the son of Clint and Cindy Seward. While at Wayland he has been involved in the symphonic band, marching band, jazz band, Wayland’s Kappa Kappa Chai Chapter, and was a BSM member his freshman year. Tyler’s ultimate goal is to teach music theory at the collegiate level.

The Association of Former Students, represented by Alumni Board President Tyke Dipprey, presented the outstanding freshmen awards as voted on by faculty and staff. The Freshman Woman of the Year Award went to Nikki Argueta while two men tied for the Freshman Man of the Year Award. Luke Brown and J.J. Culver were each recognized.

Argueta, from Plainview, is the daughter of Brenda and Adrian Martinez. Brown, also of Plainview, is the son of Greg and Jill Brown. Culver, of Lubbock, is the son of Regina and Rev. Hiawatha Culver.

Individual school awards were also given:

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences: History, Elizandro Esquivel; Human Services, Connie Jones; Justice Administration, Kendra Castillo-Bates; Political Science, Logan Young; Psychology, Haley Lehman; Social Studies Composite, Kristen Trevino; Sociology, Bethany Rogers

School of Business: Accounting, Mayra Ramirez; Management/Marketing, Shelby Sower; MISM, Kaitlyn Nichols; Economics/Finance, Wyatt Hardy; Business Administration, Jason Rowe; International Management, Claudia Lusk

School of Education: Elementary Education, Madyson Bradshaw; Secondary Education, Elizandro Esquivel; Special Education, Kirsten Garcia; Middle School Education, Kaylene Vanbebber; EXSS Fitness Management, Courtney Pruett; EXSS All Level, Bradly Shaw

School of Fine Arts: Art, Audrey Sisemore; Communication Studies, Keylynn Boyce; Media Communications, Timothy Davis; Journalism, Charyssa Woodcook; Theatre, Rio Hernandez; Acting, Josh Walters

School of Languages and Literature: English, Sierra Bailey; Spanish, Dania Martinez-Diaz; Latin Jared Haines; Chinese, Bethany Rogers; ASL, Ruth Shamblin

School of Mathematics and Sciences: Biology, Tori Solis; Chemistry, Ethan Nicholson; Mathematics, Anthony Campuzano; Molecular Biology, Jake Brozek; Geology, Joshua Wynn

School of Music: Vocal, Elizabeth Johnson; Instrumental, Kenan Phillips; Instrumental Education, Heather Miller; Church Music, Maggie Hollingsworth; Musicianship, Tyler Seward

School of Religion and Philosophy: Amelia Bishop Women’s Ministerial Award, Virginia Anderson; Arthur E. Boyd Award, Casey Easterwood; Timothy Award, Sean Powell; Outstanding Student in Religion, Susanna Stephan; Outstanding Student in Religious Education, Maddie Murphree; Outstanding Student in Recreation and Camp Management, Rachel Bohnet; Intercultural Missions, Nathan Langford

Who’s Who Awards: Jake Brozek, Josiah Morales, Kaylene Vanbebber, tori Solis, Mayra Herrera, Roger Barr, Callie Hughes, Belinda Gomez-Rubio, Taryn Shadden, Sierra Bailey, Levi Brown, Charyssa Woodcook, Anthony Garcia, Sarah Beasley, Jared Haines, Keilie Heinrich, Logan Young, Haley Lehman, Tyquanesha Brantley, Cody Lindberg, Thiago Randazzo, Jason Rowe, Cindy Horn, Mayra Ramirez, Kirsten Garcia, Amanda Vickers, Emily Boardman, Erica Kear, Bailey Stengler, Madyson Bradshaw, Emily Brown, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Ethan Percell, Kodee Rhodes, Joshua Vega, Courtney Pruett, Jeffrey Vera, Sean Powell, Virginia Anderson, Manny Silva, James Sypert, Heather Miller Seward, Kenan Phillips, Caleb Burnett, Maggie Lucero Hollingsworth, Chris Thompson, Derek Schaefer

Pioneer Scholars Awards: Wyatt Hardy, Keilie Heinrich, Haley Lehman, Josiah Morales, Sean Powell, Jason Rowe, Heather Seward, Tyler Seward, Shelby Sower, Charyssa Woodcook, Jacob Hackett, Cody Lindberg, Garrett West

Centennial Scholar Awards: Emily Brown, Kirsten Garcia, Tamra Klusmeyer, Audrey Sisemore

Spinning Wheel Awards: Roger Barr, Courtney Pruett, Rachel Bohnet, Sean Bohnet, Alex Driggars, Wyatt Hardy, Jacob Hinojos, Maggie Hollingsworth, Maddie Murphree, KyLee Shultz