A valuable gift

For Ariel Kennell Boehr '06, from Eureka, Ill., and Micah Boehr '08, from Bluffton, Ohio, the journey of learning together as a couple began at Bluffton.

Ariel received a Presidential Scholarship, a four-year full-tuition scholarship awarded to the top two highest achieving studentsAriel and Micah Boehr in the entering class. "Bluffton's Presidential Scholarship was such a valuable gift," said Ariel. She was a member of the Honors Program, served as a Hall Chaplain and sang in Camerata Singers, where she and Micah met. After graduation, she went on to teach junior high math for three years.

Micah's path to Bluffton came as a third-generation Bluffton student. "Bluffton gave me opportunities to build upon all of my strengths through the ability to explore many different interests at once," said Micah. "I played soccer, was co-captain of the team, sang in Camerata Singers and was a member of the Bauman Medical Society science club," said Boehr who received the distinguished scholar in biology award at the end of his senior year.

Ariel and Micah married in 2007 and are continuing their journey of learning as a couple enrolled in graduate programs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Micah is a first-year student in the Osteopathic School of Medicine and is the recipient of the Dr. John W. Kraft Award for Bluffton undergraduates who go on to medical school. Ariel is pursuing a master's degree in mathematics and hopes to explore math biology and become a professor. "Learning how to live ethically is an ongoing process, and Bluffton has prepared me to be a critical thinker and to always be learning and growing," said Ariel.