Student scholars take center stage
Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 25.
Thirty-one seniors were honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas.
Five seniors were recognized for completion of the Honors Program. They are: Evan Hill, Hilliard, Ohio; Evan Kujawa, Toledo, Ohio; Michael Lindhorst, Lindsey, Ohio; Justin Metsker, Burbank, Ohio; and Deborah Yoder, Listowel, Ontario.
Receiving departmental honors for their independent-study projects were two seniors. Courtney Weekley of Butler, Ohio, for her communication and media project, “To Be a Servant of the Word Rather Than Making the Word Your Servant,” and Deborah Yoder of Listowel, Ontario, for her English project “The Water Collectors.”
Other awards went to:
- Payton Stephens, Lebanon, Ohio; Aspyn Rafac, Lakeview, Ohio; and Olivia Westcott, Toledo, Ohio, C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Awards
- Macey Thomas, Bowling Green, Ohio; John D. Unruh Jr. Award for exceptional research paper written for humanities
- Trinity Borgman, Orient, Ohio; John D. Unruh Jr. Award for exceptional research paper written for social sciences
- Deborah Yoder, Listowel, Ontario; Mary Ann Sullivan Award
- Bishop Florence, Green Springs, Ohio; Sattler-Keiper Mathematical Research Award
- Caleb Bell, Rockbridge, Ohio; John Kraft Medical School Award
- Kelly Bilen, Archbold, Ohio; Meredith Myers, Delphos, Ohio; Jenna Woods, DeGraff, Ohio; and Gabrielle Wooley, Jackson Center, Ohio; Art Show Juror’s Awards of Distinction
- Rosanna Barber, Bowling Green, Ohio; Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Best of Show
- Kelly Bilen, Archbold, Ohio; Gregg Luginbuhl Award for Ceramics
- Sage Coker, Pleasant Hill, Ohio; The President’s Choice Art Show Award
- Cierra Long, Urbana, Ohio; Jim Satterwhite Award in Peace Scholarship and Activism
- Lily Tate, Mount Gilead, Ohio; Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler Outstanding Educator Award
- Sarah Rivera Rios, Comayagua, Honduras; International Student with Highest Scholastic Record
- Nathaniel DeWeese, Columbus, Ohio; Athlete with Highest Scholastic Record
Concluding the program was the recognition of 35 C. Henry Smith Scholars—16 graduating, 7 continuing and 12 newly elected scholars; and 46 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.