The Hardin and Clark Scholars, the top academic honors at
Midwestern State University, and other outstanding students were named at the annual
Honors Recognition Banquet April 20 in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
was named Hardin Scholar. Nelson is pursuing
a Bachelor of Science in geosciences in the environmental science track. The
Hardin Scholar is the university’s highest award for academic excellence and
was begun in 1961 by the Hardin Foundation. It is presented each spring to a
student during his or her senior year and a $2,500 scholarship award is given
with the honor.
Nelson is a member of the Geoscience Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon
and serves as the president of the Environmental Student Organization, an
organization of which she is also a founding vice president. In her research
activities through the university’s Enhancing Undergraduate Research and
Creative Activities (EURECA) program, Nelson studied the potential impact of
rainwater collection on the MSU Texas campus and worked with professors in
engineering, fine arts, and biology under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Dodge.
Her findings were directly implemented on campus, including in the construction
of Legacy Hall.
In her internship with the City of Wichita Falls, Nelson
organizes and facilitates volunteer operations for the Lake Wichita
Revitalization Committee. Additionally, she is engaging in a study of watershed
restoration and improvement, an effort in which she employs satellite imagery
to design improved land cover for the Holliday Creek basin upstream of the
lake. Nelson is currently employed as a student laboratory and program
assistant in the Department of Geosciences, where is working to assess
on-campus wells in the Seymour Aquifer. Her volunteer activities have included
work with Teens Make a Difference, First Step, Inc., and Pinwheels for Patsy’s
Wynne, who is pursuing a degree in mass communication, was named Clark
Scholar. The Clark award was established in 1976 to honor E.B. Clark, a former
chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MSU Foundation, and carries with it a
$1,500 scholarship award. It is presented each spring to a student in his or
her junior year.
Wynne is an active member in the MSU community through
participation with The Wichitan (student
newspaper), editor of the Wai-Kun
(yearbook), MSU Model United Nations Delegation, and the Student Government
Association. He is currently a member of the American Advertising Federation.
Last year, Wynne was named Outstanding Freshman Man, and earned a 2017 Texas
Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) award for investigative journalism. In
TIPA competition this year, Wynne earned a first-place award for ad design
tactic. Also, he and Model UN team member Dakota Tolleson received an
Outstanding Position Paper Award at this year’s competition in New York City.
Wynne is active as a volunteer and participant with the Autism Speaks Walk and
the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. He is a voting member of the Board of
Directors for the Royal Theater in Archer City, Texas, and has volunteered with
the Humane Society and Beto O’Rourke Senatorial Campaign.
This summer Wynne will be serving as an intern through the
prestigious National Dow Jones News Fund Muliplatform Internship program. He will
be working with Gatehouse Media Center for Design in Austin, Texas.
Leadership awards were presented to Man of the Year Brendan
Lawrence Wynne, Woman of the Year Veronica Naomi Balderas, Outstanding Graduate
Man Matthew G. Schenk, Outstanding Graduate Woman Melissa Jean Laussmann,
Outstanding Senior Man Luka Ture Gebel, Outstanding Senior Woman Hanna Gebel,
Outstanding Junior Man Joshua J. Buchel, Outstanding Junior Woman Federica Bove,
Outstanding Sophomore Man Andrew William Wolf, Outstanding Sophomore Woman Shelbi
Lee Stogdill, Outstanding Freshman Man Christopher Arren Ward, and Outstanding
Freshman Woman Amanda Renee Threlkeld.
The Viola Grady Leadership Award was presented to Herbert
McCullough IV; the James L. Stewart Service Award was presented to Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sorority, Inc; and the Howard Farrell Community Excellence Award was
presented to Mitchel Preston Kipp.
Academic awards presented to students in the Dillard College
of Business Administration were Outstanding Accounting Student Veronica Naomi
Balderas, Outstanding Economics Student Luka Ture Gebel, Outstanding Finance
Student Nemanja Krtolica, Outstanding General Business Student Brandon Derek
Dines, Outstanding Management Student Alicia Lynn Carter, Outstanding
Management Information Systems Student Robert Jakob McCarty, Outstanding
Marketing Student Kiley Jo Beaver, and Outstanding Graduate Student In Business
Administration Michelle Ijeoma Anyadioha.
Students recognized from the Gordon T. and Ellen West
College of Education were Outstanding BAAS Student Emilia Maria Kuczynska, Outstanding
Elementary Education Student Jennie Lacampuenga Wigen, Outstanding Kinesiology
Student Tyler John Anderle, Outstanding Secondary Education Student Chad P.
Marqui, Outstanding Special Education Student Connie Noelle Ginnings, Outstanding
Sport and Leisure Studies Student Markell Markavius Braxton-Johnson, and
Outstanding Graduate Student in Education Kristen Alexandra Aduddell.
Awards presented to students in the Lamar D. Fain College of
Fine Arts were Outstanding Art Student Kevin George Appiah-Kubi, Outstanding
Mass Communication Student Kara Ann McIntyre, Outstanding Music Student Nahye
Byun, and Outstanding Theatre Student Shannon Edward Howerton Jr.The Vinson
Award for Journalism was presented to Chloe Phillips.
Students recognized from the Robert D. & Carol Gunn College
of Health Sciences and Human Services were Outstanding Athletic Training
Student Jiankun Kang, Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Ashley Amanda Hayes,
Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student Kathryn Minglinn Miser, Outstanding Exercise
Physiology Student Melisa Ann Doo, Outstanding Nursing Student Claudette Muma
Ngum, Outstanding Radiologic Science Student Samantha Ann Mitchell, Outstanding
Respiratory Care Student Melanie Chang Walker, Outstanding Social Work Student
Delize Paul, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Sciences and Human
Services Laura June Estrada.
Students recognized from the Prothro-Yeager College of
Humanities and Social Sciences were Outstanding English Student Whitney Brooke
Atkinson, Outstanding Student in World Languages and Culture Taylor Anne Warren,
Outstanding History Student Benjamin Brian Chance, Outstanding Student in
Humanities Yolanda Ja-ne’e Perfecta Torres, Outstanding Global Studies Student
Natalie Zamora Garcia, Outstanding Political Science Student Luke Gregory Allen,
Outstanding Psychology Student Catherine Grace Stepniak, Outstanding Sociology
Student Elyssa Dorathea Henderson, and Outstanding Graduate Student in
Humanities and Social Sciences Whitney Brooke Atkinson. The Vinson Award In
Creative Writing was presented to Jennifer Dawn Sidlauskas.
Awards presented to students in the College of Science and
Mathematics were Outstanding Biology Student Carson Parker Barnard, Outstanding
Chemistry Student Thomas
Michael Lesperance, Outstanding Computer Science Student Anthony Chisom
Enem, Outstanding Environmental Science Student Alexandra Louise Nelson,
Outstanding Geosciences Student Kurlon Sanelle George, Outstanding Mathematics
Student Sachithra Ishani Weerasooriya, Outstanding Mechanical Engineering
Student Kevin M. Tracy, Outstanding Physics Student Sachithra Ishani
Weerasooriya, and Outstanding Graduate
Student in Science and Mathematics Hannah Marie Richards.