Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 27.
Thirty-one seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.
Six seniors were recognized for completion of the Honors Program. They are: Brianna Baker, of Defiance, Ohio; Alana Holsapple, of New Madison, Ohio; Stephanie Fox, of Pickerington, Ohio; Claire Myree, of West Chester, Ohio; Kori Frey, of Kirby, Ohio; and Leonard Winiarski, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Receiving departmental honors for their independent-study projects were three seniors. Alana Holsapple of New Madison, Ohio, for her psychology project; Isaac Paine of Pickerington, Ohio, for his history project; and Leonard Winiarski of Cincinnati, Ohio, for his history project.
Other academic awards went to:
- Olivia Tennefoss, Greenwood, Del., First Place, C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Award
- Molly Bollinger, Lima, Ohio, the John D. Unruh, Jr. Award for exceptional research paper written for humanities
- Alana Holsapple, New Madison, Ohio, the John D. Unruh, Jr. Award for exceptional research paper written for social sciences
- Claire Myree, West Chester, Ohio, the Mary Ann Sullivan Award
- Abby Bush, Marion, Ohio, Creative Writing Award
- Jessica Lovell, Orient, Ohio, the Beaver-Falcon Master of Accountancy Scholarship
- Sydney Cobb, Archbold, Ohio, the Esta Lugibill Dye Award for Excellence in Chemical Science by a Woman
- Ermias Assefa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Sattler-Keiper Mathematical Research Award
- Sidney Staton, Bluffton, Ohio, the Sattler-Keiper Mathematical Research Award
- Evan Burden, Sidney, Ohio, the Russell A. Lantz Choral Award
- Devon Bilimek, Bluffton, Ohio, Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Leslie Diaz, Bluffton, Ohio, Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Berlin Fuqua, Ada, Ohio, Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Autumn Graves, Mount Blanchard, Ohio, Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Leslie Diaz, Bluffton, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Best of Show
- Marissa Hall, Avon Lake, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Ceramics
- Caitlyn Renner, Cairo, Ohio, President’s Choice Art Show Award
- Shelby Herrmann, Greenville, Ohio, Lion & Lamb Art Award
- Madison Heckman, Ottawa, Ohio, Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler Outstanding Educator Award
- Cade McClellan, Edgerton, Ohio, Criminal Justice Merit Award
- Sienna Sullivan, Columbus, Ohio, Criminal Justice Merit Award
- Tajah Upshaw, Lima, Ohio, Criminal Justice Merit Award
- Stephanie Fox, Pickerington, Ohio, Athlete with the Highest Scholastic Record
Concluding the program was the recognition of four graduating members of Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society; 36 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 36 C. Henry Smith Scholars—12 graduating, 6 continuing and 18 newly elected scholars.