BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University students have been recognized for their contributions to their academic areas and divisions during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The 2020-2021 honorees include:
• Outstanding Music Student – Chantel Biddinger McKnight, Morrisville, Mo.
• Outstanding Art Student – Rebecca Foltz, Marshfield, Mo.
• Outstanding Elementary Education Student – Caroline Drury, Park Rapids, Minn.
• Outstanding Middle School Education Student – Grace Werner, Neosho, Mo.
• Outstanding Physical Education Student – Delanie Tipton, Huntsville, Ark.
• Outstanding Kinesiology Student – Ashley Horton, Flemington, Mo.
• Outstanding Sport Management Student – Jakob Partee, Clever, Mo.
• Kelly Martin Outstanding Criminal Justice Student – Chanelle Boldridge, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
• Evelyn Mercer Outstanding Social Work Student – Tobi Barta, Basehor, Kan.
• Pearlene Breshears Outstanding Psychology Student – MeLeah Ridenour, Nixa, Mo.
• Outstanding History and Political Science Student – Rachel Van Bebber, Auburn, Ill.
• Outstanding Accounting Student – Triniti Grant, Camdenton, Mo.
• Outstanding Business Area Student – Alexis Stout, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
• Outstanding Computing Area Student – Ben Schulz, Omaha, Neb.
• Division of Computing and Math Servant-Leadership Award – Emily Wipf, Marshfield, Mo.
• Outstanding Mathematics Area Student (James Frederick Hurst Math Award) – Haley Bahn, Springfield, Mo.
• Outstanding Chemistry/Physics Student – Adrian Palmer, Pottersville, Mo.
• Outstanding Biology Students – Hannah Bredehoeft, O’Fallon, Mo.; Audra Addison, Marionville, Mo.
• Outstanding English Student – Makenna Krysl, Hollister, Mo.
• Outstanding Communication Student – Trejan Rowbotham, Kissee Mills, Mo.
• Outstanding Theatre Student – Christina Foltz, Marshfield, Mo.
• Outstanding Christian Ministry Student – James Friesen, Olathe, Kan.
• Baker Book Award – Eli McGrady, Pittsburg, Mo.
• Florence Nightingale Award – Amelia Masters, Republic, Mo.
• Female Academic Excellence & Servant-Leadership Award – Nicole Horstman, Mokane, Mo.
• Male Academic Excellence & Servant-Leadership Award – Blake Lutgen, Strafford, Mo.
• Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program Graduates – Audra Addison, Marionville, Mo.; Dason Boren, Carl Junction; Hannah Bredehoeft, O’Fallon, Mo.; Lexie Clements, Jackson, Mo.; Draden Davis, Butler, Mo.; Caitie Diepenbrock, Bolivar, Mo.; Jack Erbland, Ironton, Mo.; William Koch, Clinton, Mo.; Amelia Masters, Republic, Mo.; Eli McGrady, Pittsburg, Mo.; Nathan Spencer, Garfield, Ark.; Haley Stoner, Roseville, Calif.; Sarah Swainston, Warrensburg, Mo.; Grace Tayloe, Owensville, Mo.; Marissa Whiteside, Alton, Ill.; Stephen Winder, Bolivar, Mo.; and Megan Worthington, Camdenton, Mo.
In addition to the individual honors, SBU Interim President Dr. Brad Johnson presented cords to 126 seniors graduating with honors - 43 Cum Laude, 35 Magna Cum Laude and 48 Summa Cum Laude.
SBU will host five Spring commencement ceremonies – three undergraduate ceremonies on Friday, May 14 and two graduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 15 – in order to comply with health department guidelines for gathering sizes. The ceremonies also will be available for viewing simultaneously on livestream. Visit www.sbuniv.edu/commencement for more information about the ceremonies.
PHOTO: SBU Interim President Dr. Brad Johnson (right) presents honors cords to Wayd Davis during the academic honors ceremony.