SBU students awarded academic honors for 2019-2020

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University students have been recognized for their contributions to their academic departments and colleges during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Spring 2020 graduates honored include:

  • Outstanding Music Graduate – Cameron Collins, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
  • Outstanding Art Graduate – Jessica Griffis, Eldon, Mo.
  • Outstanding Elementary Education Graduates – Makenzie Bouse, Willard, Mo.; Emma Sloan, Branson, Mo.
  • Outstanding Physical Education Graduate – Dylan Mountain, Preston, Mo.
  • Outstanding Exercise Science Graduates – Aaron Canfield, Tulsa, Okla.; Zahria White, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Outstanding Sport Management Graduate – Danielle Turner, Farmington, Mo.
  • Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate – Adam White, Ozark, Mo.
  • Outstanding Sociology and Social Work Graduate – Sarah Lewright, Stockton, Mo.
  • Outstanding Social Science Education Graduate – Quincy Jones Jr., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Outstanding Psychology Graduates – Emma Hale, Springfield, Mo.; Katelyn Brantingham, Noble, Mo.
  • Outstanding History and Political Science Graduate – Ryan Skeens, Lebanon, Mo.
  • Outstanding Accounting Graduate – Bailey Rezabek, Sunrise Beach, Mo.
  • Outstanding Computer Science Graduate – Mitchell Northern, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Outstanding Computer Information Science Graduate – Marrah Delmont, Halfway, Mo.
  • Outstanding Mathematics Graduate – Mitchell Northern, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Outstanding Biology Graduates – Toni Paterno, Elmhurst, Ill.; Molly Liggett, New Haven, Mo.
  • Outstanding English Graduate – Josie Leigh Fidler, Stockton, Mo.
  • Outstanding Communication Arts Graduate – Hailey Trimmer, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Outstanding Organizational and Strategic Communication Graduate – Kailee Knudsen, Kearney, Mo.
  • Outstanding Christian Ministry Graduate – Saarah Baldinger, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Outstanding Theology Graduate – Luke Winfrey, Lebanon, Mo.
  • Academic Excellence & Servant Leadership Award – Will Raines, Marshall, Mo.
  • Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program Graduates – Emma Hale, Springfield, Mo.; Mitchell Northern, Bolivar, Mo.; Blaise Torrence, Festus, Mo.; Hailey Trimmer, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Joel Walley, Bolivar, Mo.

SBU will broadcast three Spring commencement ceremonies online at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 16, to honor all associate, bachelor and graduate degree recipients. The ceremonies will be available for viewing simultaneously and also available for viewing for at least one year after May 16, 2020. Visit for updates and more information about the ceremonies.

*Published: 5-8-2020