Bohnet, Foster Named Citizens of the Year

April 26, 2019

Three people standing in front of a plaque
Sean Bohnet (center) stands with his arms around Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall and Holli Foster after he and Foster affixed their name plates to the Citizenship Award plaque hanging in Gates Hall.

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University held its annual awards chapel on Wednesday, celebrating students for their academic success. Along with naming top students in each discipline, Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall presented the Citizen of the Year awards to Sean Bohnet and Holli Foster.

The Citizenship awards are presented each year to one male and female student who embody the true Pioneer spirit. These students have proven their academic success in the classroom, as well as demonstrating strength of character.

The son of Janet Rose and Michael Bohnet, Sean is a senior music history major from Sherman. He works as a tutor in the music department. Bohnet has been an active member of Baptist Student Ministries, and served as a President’s Ambassador. He is a member of the Alpha Chi national honor society, Theta Alpha Kappa and International Choir. After graduation on May 11, Bohnet and his wife, Rachel, plan to move to Idaho where he will pursue a Master of Arts degree in music history.

Foster is the daughter of Pam and Grant Foster of Keller. Foster has been active during her time at Wayland where she is majoring in sociology and criminal justice. Foster works for the Honors Program and the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has been involved in the Presidents Ambassadors, Student Union Board, Student Government Association, Council of Student Organizations, Alpha Mu Gamma, Alpha Chi and Baptist Student Ministries.

The Alumni Association also named its freshmen of the year with the awards going to Emily Franklin and Alex Glass. Glass is a theatre major from Kemp and Franklin is a religious education major from Plainview.

Other awards included:

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
History: Joshua Throns
Justice Administration: Hollie Foster and Brianna Hernandez
Psychology: Miasha Pride
Sociology: Hollie Foster and Nidia Rodriguez
Political Science: Logan Young
Composite Social Studies: Cameron O’Donnell

School of Business
Accounting: Jackline Jemeli
Management: Keaton Vawter
Marketing: Jordan Breding
Economics: Jathiya Isaac-Thomas
Finance: Cade Hogan
Business Administration: Rokas Mazionis
International Management: Bryan Nunez
Healthcare Administration: Alexandra Wood
Management Information Systems: Isaac Nix

School of Education
Elementary Education: Shalee Bennett
Middle School Education: Jesus Mendoza and Mackenzie Parks
Secondary Education: Simone Swain
Special Education: Brooke Boyd and Sarah Beasley
Exercise Sports Science: Joseph Rios

School of Fine Arts
Two-Dimensional Art: Alec Butron
Three-Dimensional Art: Bill Bridgewater
Communication Studies: Keylynn Boyce
Media Communications: Ian Kirk
Theatre: Edward Funderburke

School of Languages and Literature
English: Sage Gregory and Kaelene Hansen
Latin: Devin Kirk
Chinese: Trey Topper
ASL: Jacie Seward

School of Mathematics and Sciences
Biology: Sara van der Leek
Chemistry: Kyle Rickman
Mathematics: Ashley McCutcheon
Molecular Biology: Makayla Nicholson
Geology: Joshua Wynn

School of Music
Vocal: Erin Pearce and Madison Younger
Instrumental Education: Bailee Garnes
Church Music: Trey Topper
Musicological Studies: Sean Bohnet
Piano: Jordan Hickerson

School of Religion and Philosophy
Amelia Bishop Women’s Ministerial: Tanya Pavez
Arthur E. Boyd Award: Kori Klein
Timothy Award: Riley Williams
Outstanding Student in Religion: Susanna Stephan
Outstanding Student in Religious Education: Isaac Givens
Outstanding Student in Recreation and Camp Management: Anderson Schmig
Intercultural Missions: Christine Lockridge

Pioneer Scholar Awards: Hannah Boyse, Aimee Brooks, Justus Brozek, Tre Hinds, Dylan Hopson, Daniel Klerekoper, Makaylan Nicholson, Miasha Pride, Jacie Seward, Riley Williams

Centennial Awards: Marina Briceno, Tiffany Cano, Sharon DeMerritt, Sage Gregory, Johanna Macha, Mackenzie Parks, Keaton Vawter

Spinning Wheels: Sean Bohnet, Hannah Boyse, Aimee Brooks, Joshua Brown, Luke Brown, Dominic Cervantez, Holli Foster, Isaac Givens, Faith McKinney, Marc Wallace