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 26 in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
was named Hardin Scholar. Capotosto
is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a minor in biology. 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 $3,000 scholarship award is given
with the honor.
Capotosto serves as president of the MSU Tri-Beta Biological
Honors Society and is a mentor in the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics &
Engineering. He is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honorary Society,
Alpha Chi National Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honour Society,
the MSU Redwine Honors Program, Biology Club and the American Chemistry
Capotosto recently presented his research “Understanding
Cancer from a Non-Equilibrium Physics Point of View” at the 2019 Biophysical
Society Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. This research is aimed at
finding new approaches to the early cancer detection through the use of
computational chemistry, physical chemistry, and physical quantum mechanics.
His current research “Thermodynamic Analysis of Asymmetry Within the Ras
Q61Moiety Via Non-Equilibrium Entropic Changes in GTP Hydrolysis” is studying a
mutation on a proto-oncogenic protein whose mutated form is present in 60% of
In addition to his research endeavors, Capotosto is a registered
behavioral technician at Rose Street Mental Health Care, and he has shadowed
doctors at Olney Hamilton Hospital since 2016. He volunteers as a coach for the
Olney soccer team and was recently selected as a member of Football Club
Wichita Falls Professional Indoor Soccer Team.
Finalists for the Hardin Scholar were Lauren Mychael
Lindgren, Rachel Leigh Morgan, and Don Menuwan Manujitha Wijesinghe.
Threlkeld, who is pursuing a degree in accounting, 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
Threlkeld serves as the vice president for both the MSU
Redwine Honors Program Student Committee and MSU Chapter Operations for Delta
Sigma Pi Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity. She is a member of the Student
Advisory Board of the Dillard College, and the MSU Texas Model United Nations
Team that recently completed at the National Assembly in New York.
Active in undergraduate research, Threlkeld studied abroad
in St. Georges, Grenada, and conducted qualitative research study over public
transportation effects on social lives that she presented at the EURECA forum
last fall. She presented her research on Viola Liuzzo’s impact on gender
stereotypes last week at the university’s annual Spring Celebration of
She has volunteered in the community as a youth leader with
First Assembly of Wichita Falls, at the American Red Cross, Big Brothers and
Big Sisters, the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, River Bend Nature Center’s
ElectriCritters and the Wichita Falls Humane Society. In addition, she works
18.5 hours a week as a student assistant in the MSU Redwine Honors Program.
Threlkeld is pursuing her business administration degree in
accounting in order to gain her Certified Public Accountant’s License and
become a forensic accountant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Finalists for the Clark Scholar were Baylie Jo Bradshaw,
Arshia Clare, Jacey Danielle Grimes, Kaushik Sunil Shah and Sapphire Vasquez.
Leadership awards were presented to Man of the Year Salvatore
Capotosto, Woman of the Year Hanna Gebel, Outstanding Graduate Man Matthew G.
Schenk, Outstanding Graduate Woman Erica Bourland, Outstanding Senior Man Simon
Ospina, Outstanding Senior Woman Federica Bove, Outstanding Junior Man Shady
Boukhary, Outstanding Junior Woman Shelbi Stogdill, Outstanding Sophomore Man Kaushik
Shah, Outstanding Sophomore Woman Amanda Threlkeld, Outstanding Freshman Man Montes
Martinez, and Outstanding Freshman Woman Lillian Adams.
The Viola Grady Leadership Award was presented to Federica
Bove; the James L. Stewart Service Award was presented to Sigma Lambda Alpha
Sorority, Inc; and the Howard Farrell Community Excellence Award was presented
to Dillon Pineda.
Academic awards presented to students in the Dillard College
of Business Administration were Outstanding Accounting Student Aldeen Angelica
Joy Isaac, Outstanding Economics Student Simon Ospina, Outstanding Finance
Student Caleb Nathaniel Sneath, Outstanding General Business Student Paul Wayne
Stolle Jr., Outstanding Management Student Federica Bove, Outstanding
Management Information Systems Student Michael Alan Bravenec, Outstanding
Marketing Student Elizabeth Gabrielle Cathcart, and Outstanding Graduate Student
In Business Administration Cary William Herndon III.
Students recognized from the Gordon T. and Ellen West
College of Education were Outstanding Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
Student James Anthony Miller, Outstanding Bilingual Education Student Patricia
Ramirez, Outstanding Elementary Education Student Mackenzie Peighton
Barnard, Outstanding Kinesiology Student April Pena, Outstanding Secondary
Education Student Allyson Frances Buchanan, Outstanding Special Education
Student Katelyn Ashlee Parrish, Outstanding Sport and Leisure Studies Student
Tiffany Jean Self, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Education Courtney Lyn
Awards presented to students in the Lamar D. Fain College of
Fine Arts were Outstanding Art Student Bry’Ton Rolle, Outstanding Mass
Communication Student Christopher Craig Tidmore, Outstanding Music Student
Garry Alexander Boyd-Ward, and Outstanding Theatre Student Addrian Shontai Gaut
Jr. The Vinson Award for Journalism was presented to Sarah Catherine Graves and
Brendan Lawrence Wynne.
Students recognized from the Robert D. & Carol Gunn
College of Health Sciences and Human Services were Outstanding Athletic
Training Student Sara Nichole Smith, Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Clara
Elise Merklin, Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student Kelsey Heather Carden,
Outstanding Exercise Physiology Student Darian Alexis Wetzel, Outstanding
Nursing Student Caitlin Nicole Ruck, Outstanding Radiologic Science Student
Abigail Dianne Pagel, Outstanding Respiratory Care Student Madison Lynn Dodd,
Outstanding Social Work Student Jennifer Marie Joss, and Outstanding Graduate
Student in Health Sciences and Human Services Ashley Elizabeth Hay.
Students recognized from the Prothro-Yeager College of
Humanities and Social Sciences were Outstanding English Student Jessica Rosalie
Odom, Outstanding World Languages and Cultures Student Frida Guadalupe
Arredondo, Outstanding History Student Gabriel Bruce Simmons, Outstanding
Humanities Student Charles Graham Grissom, Outstanding Global Studies Student Bryce Allen Lewis, Outstanding
Political Science Student Larissa Lee McShan, Outstanding Psychology Student
Kayla Marie Redder, Outstanding Sociology Student Andrew David Coyne, and
Outstanding Graduate Student in Humanities and Social Sciences Herbert
McCullough IV. The Vinson Award in Creative Writing was presented to Emma
presented to students in the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics &
Engineering were Outstanding Biology Student Hae Lee Han, Outstanding Chemistry
Student Stefanie Michelle Blaine, Outstanding Computer Science Student Shady
Nasser Boukhary, Outstanding Geosciences Student Sonasha Gehashi Perera,
Outstanding Mathematics Student Alex Adrienne Morgan Jenny, Outstanding
Mechanical Engineering Student Joshua Bruce Gillis, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Amber