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 23.
Thirty-two seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.
Six seniors were recognized for completion of the Honors Program. They are: Katelyn Amstutz, of Dalton, Ohio; Hannah Conklin, of Westerville, Ohio; Morganne Faler, of Huntsville, Ohio; Celia Alyssa Hornback, of Jeffersonville, Ind.; Elizabeth Luersman, of Fort Jennings, Ohio; and Emily Rush, of Quakertown, Pa.
Receiving departmental honors for their independent-study projects were five seniors. Katelyn Amstutz of Dalton, Ohio, for her biology project; Cara Echols of New Bremen, Ohio, for her art and writing project; Elizabeth Luersman of Fort Jennings, Ohio, for her art project; Jena O’Brien of Toledo, Ohio, for her public relations project; and Emily Rush of Quakertown, Pa., for her English project.
Other awards went to:
- Madison Heckman, Ottawa, Ohio, the Naomi Brenneman Prize for an outstanding research and/or interpretive essay on a literary topic. Her essay was titled “Under the Surface: Pre-Raphaelite Oppression of Female Writers.”
- Timothy Bender, Wellman, Iowa, the John D. Unruh Award for exceptional research paper written for humanities. His essay was titled “Eureka Town: A Neighborhood Reconstructed.”
- Rowena Zuercher, Apple Creek, Ohio, the John D. Unruh Award for exceptional research paper written for social sciences. Her essay was titled “Cases for Culture in Language Learning: A Proposal for Developing Interlanguage Communication.”
- Becky Boban, Madison, Ohio, Creative Writing Award
- Jordan Stutzman, Millersburg, Ohio, the Beaver-Falcon Master of Accountancy Scholarship
- Benjamin Heck, Alvada, Ohio, the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award
- Sydney Cobb, Archbold, Ohio, the Esta Lugibill Dye Award for Excellence in Chemical Science by a Woman
- Emma Cobb, Archbold, Ohio, the Instrumental Music Award
- Justin Dorsey, Hilliard, Ohio; Brista Drake, Richwood, Ohio; Berlin Fuqua, Ada, Ohio; and Elizabeth Luersman, Fort Jennings, Ohio; the Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Elizabeth Luersman, Fort Jennings, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Best of Show
- Mary Bias, Lima, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Ceramics
- Mary Bias, Lima, Ohio, the Lion and Lamb Art Award
- Makayla Noble, Bluffton, Ohio, the Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler Outstanding Educator Award
- Hannah Conklin, Westerville, Ohio; Kiera Suffel, Edgerton, Ohio; and Zachary Lykins, Pickerington, Ohio, for first, second and third places respectively in the 2019 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Competition
- Casey Clark, Lima, Ohio, Athlete with the Highest Scholastic Record
- Chanhee Hwang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, International Student with the Highest Scholastic Record
Concluding the program was the recognition of two graduating members of Pi Lambda Theta National Education Honor Society; six graduating members of Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society; 37 new members of Bluffton’s Pi Delta Society, an honor for seniors with a grade point average of at least 3.75 during their college careers; and 43 C. Henry Smith Scholars—17 graduating, 7 continuing and 19 newly elected scholars.