2022 Academic Awards

Academic Awards

Perry Bush presented departmental honors to Grace Branson for her independent study history project, “The Impact of Total War on Bluffton College.”

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.

Twenty-nine seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.

Ten seniors were recognized for completion of the Honors Program. They are: Zachary Braun, Dayton, Ohio; Olivia Hattery, Kenton, Ohio; Nathan Heinze, Bluffton, Ohio; Anneliese Horner, Apple Creek, Ohio; Amy Marshall, Pickerington, Ohio; Sam Meek, Hope, Ind.; Alex Rose, Anna, Ohio; Emma Saltzman, Arcadia, Ohio; Leah Tabler, Bluffton, Ohio; and Grace Zachrich, New Bavaria, Ohio.

Receiving departmental honors for their independent-study projects were two seniors. Grace Branson of Carlisle, Ohio, for her history project “The Impact of Total War on Bluffton College” and Avery Carter of Bryan, Ohio, for her nutrition and dietetics projects “The Relationships Between Immunoglobulin A Deficiency and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”  

Other awards went to:

  • Cierra Long, Urbana, Ohio, the John D. Unruh Jr. Award for exceptional research paper written for humanities
  • Deborah Yoder, Listowel, Canada, Mary Ann Sullivan Award
  • Abby Bush, Marion, Ohio, Creative Writing Award
  • Madison Brunswick, St. Henry, Ohio, the Beaver-Falcon Master of Accountancy Scholarship
  • Benjamin Heck, Alvada, Ohio, John Kraft Medical School Award
  • Olga Penkovskaia, Moscow, Russia, the Esta Lugibill Dye Award for Excellence in Chemical Science by a Woman
  • Ermias Assefa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sattler-Keiper Mathematical Research Award
  • Rosanna Barber, Bowling Green, Ohio; Mikayla Bockrath, Leipsic, Ohio; Alessa Deal, Springfield, Ohio; and Martha Kroske, Jenera, Ohio; the Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
  • Kelly Bilen, Archbold, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Best of Show
  • Caitlyn Renner, Cairo, Ohio, The Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Ceramics
  • Rosanna Barber, Bowling Green, Ohio, The President’s Choice Art Show Award
  • Flor Avilez Escoto, Santa Lucia, Honduras, Criminal Justice Merit Award
  • Cierra Long, Urbana, Ohio, Jim Satterwhite Award in Peace Scholarship and Activism
  • Tabatha Koetter, Beavercreek, Ohio, the Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler Outstanding Educator Award
  • Madison Baker, Greenville, Ohio; Payton Stephens, Lebanon, Ohio; and Joseph Earl, Piqua, Ohio, for first, second and third places respectively in the 2022 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Competition
  • Zachary Nobis, Bryan, Ohio, Athlete with the Highest Scholastic Record
  • Flor Avilez Escoto, Santa Lucia, Honduras, International Student with the Highest Scholastic Record

Concluding the program was the recognition of three 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 35 C. Henry Smith Scholars — 11 graduating, 10 continuing and 14 newly elected scholars.