Student scholars


Departmental Honors
Receiving departmental honors for independent study projects: 
Ryan Johnson-Evers, Amanda Bartel, Sarah Dhondt, Rebecca Juliana, Carly Schweier

Bluffton students honored for academic excellence

Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 26.

Honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas were 36 seniors. Amanda Bartel of Iowa City, Iowa, and Brittney Ries of Freeman, S.D., were named distinguished scholars in two programs each.

Bartel was also among 12 seniors introduced for completion of the Honors Program. The others are: Robin Adams, New Carlisle, Ohio; Appiah Adubofour, Kumasi, Ghana; Sarah Dhondt, Perrybsburg, Ohio; Abigail Jerger, Middletown, Ohio; Ryan Johnson-Evers, Muskego, Wis.; Rebecca Juliana, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Craig Miller, Plymouth, Ohio; Kristin Schiefer, Bucyrus, Ohio; Rachael Schumm, Findlay, Ohio; Carly Schweier, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Samuel Stucky, Moon Township, Pa.

Receiving departmental honors for their independent-study projects were Bartel, for her history project, “Keeping Track of the Past: Cataloging the Bluffton University Historic Clothing Collection;” Dhondt for her business project, “Do Ethics Prevail? The Role of Moral Development in Fraud;” Johnson-Evers for his biology project, “Improving the Sustainability of Bluffton University;” Juliana for her social work project, “The Beaver Monologues: The Study of Social Work through Theatre;” and Schweier for her social sciences project, “It’s a Healthy Obsession! An Analysis of Personality and Fandoms.”

Other awards went to:

  • Justin Mattix, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, the Naomi Brenneman Prize for an outstanding research and/or interpretive essay on a literary topic. His essay was titled “Literary Outreach: Connecting Perception to Narrative.”
  • Blake Hershberger, Canton, Ohio, the John D. Unruh Award for exceptional research paper written for humanities/social sciences. His essay was titled “U.S. Territories Voting Rights.”
  • Sarah Dhondt, Perrysburg, Ohio, the Beaver-Falcon Master of Accounting Scholarship.
  • Jacob Headings, Bluffton, Ohio, the Beaver-Falcon Master of Economics Scholarship.
  • Sarah Dhondt, Perrysburg, Ohio, the Financial Executives International Award.
  • Sarah Oliver, Lexington, Ohio, the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award.
  • Virginia Keim, Dundee, Ohio, the Esta Lugibill Dye Award for Excellence in Chemical Science by a Woman.
  • Patricia Latimer, New Bremen, Ohio, John Kraft Medical School Award.
  • Kimberly Meyer, Defiance, Ohio, the Russell A. Lantz Choral Award.
  • Aaron Johnson, Goshen, Ind., Instrumental Music Award.
  • Jennifer Brown, St. Marys, Ohio; Allyson Collar, Columbus Grove, Ohio; Brista Drake, Richwood, Ohio; and Elizabeth Luersman, Fort Jennings, Ohio; the Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction.
  • Miriam Fike, Lima, Ohio, Boehr Award for Best of Juried Student Art Show.
  • Rachael Schumm, Findlay, Ohio, the Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Rebecca Juliana, Mechanicsburg, Pa., the Jim Satterwhite Award in Peace Scholarship and Activism.
  • Rebecca Starn, Findlay, Ohio; Angel Huerta, Archbold, Ohio; and Jonah Eckert, Terra Haute, Ind.; C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Awards.
  • Austin Siefker, Lima, Ohio, Athlete with the Highest Scholastic Record.
  • Appiah Adubofour, Kumasi, Ghana, International Student with Highest Scholastic Record.

Concluding the program was the recognition of 17 graduating members of Pi Lambda Theta National Education Honor Society; five graduating members of Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society; 48 new members of Bluffton’s Pi Delta Society, an honorary for seniors with a grade point average of at least 3.75 during their college careers; and 22 C. Henry Smith Scholars—10 graduating, six continuing and six newly elected scholars.


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