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McPherson College Recognizes Award-Winning Students

posted May 13, 2014 in ACADEMICS



The 2014 MC Awards Convocation.

McPherson College recognized the outstanding students of the 2013-2014 academic year at its annual Celebration and Awards Convocation on May 2.

Following a highlight video looking back at the last year, faculty and staff presented the awards and recognitions.

Recipients were as follows:
Technology Department-Auto Restoration Program
  • “Pop” Rice Award - Jared Buckert, senior, Warsaw, Ill.
  • Jay Leno/Popular Mechanics Scholarship - Richard Morchesky, senior, Greensburg, Pa.
  • Paul Russell Award for Excellence - Jacob O’Gorman, senior, Ennismore, Ontario.


Business
  • Outstanding Business Student Award- Josh Dunback, senior, Wamego, Kan.


Curriculum & Instruction
  • Model Educators for 2013-2014- Aspen Frey, senior, Newton, Kan. ; Megan Pohlmann, senior, Deshler, Neb.
  • Teachers of Promise- Lauryn Morriss, McPherson, Kan.; Megan Pohlmann, senior, Deshler, Neb.


History & Politics
  • Leland L. Lengel Memorial Scholarship in History - Paige Goebelbecker, Waynesboro, Penn.; Curtis Mullins, senior, Hutchinson, Kan.
  • History & Politics Best Senior Thesis Award - Jacob Patrick, senior, Elizabeth, Colo.
  • Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society - Bennett Ratzloff,  junior, Shawnee, Kan.; Andrew Pina, senior, Wichita, Kan.; Zack Oller, sophomore, Newton, Kan.;  Kaitlin McCammond, sophomore, Meade, Kan.; Vinnie Donato, senior, Canyon Country, Calif.; James Covel, sophomore, Goddard, Kan.


Natural Science
  • CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award - Alia Khalidi, Augusta, Kan.
  • Burkholder Research Award - Yi Qun Chai, Norwalk, Calif.; Sean De Young, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Merit Research Award - Lori Crain, McPherson, Kan.; Alejandro Esparza, Rosemead, Calif.; Christian Rodriguez, North Las Vegas, Nev.


Behavioral Sciences
  • Outstanding Sociology Students - Amanda Fleming, senior, Formoso, Kan.; Karina Harvey, senior, Walton, Kan.
  • Outstanding Psychology Students - Matraca Ewy, senior, Halstead, Kan.; Cody Cannon, senior, McPherson, Kan.


Journalism
Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) Awards
  • Honorable mention -Editorial Writing: Jacob O'Gorman, sophomore, Ennismore, Ontario
  • Honorable mention - Illustration: Laurina Hannan, junior, Wamego, Kan.
  • 3rd place - Headline writing: Laurina Hannan, junior, Wamego, Kan.
  • 3rd place - Photo essay: Miranda Clark, sophomore, Russell, Kan.
  • 2nd place - Feature photography: Miranda Clark, sophomore, Russell, Kan.
  • 1st place - Ad design: Cord Cunningham, senior, Ottawa, Kan.
  • 1st place - Headline writing: Nathan Alire, Commerce City, Colo.


Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society
  • Tyler Bruton, senior, McPherson, Kan.; Robin de Young, senior, Anaheim, Calif.; Laurina Hannan, junior, Wamego, Kan.; Jordon Hargitt, senior, Quinter, Kan.; Megan Hamlett, junior, Derby, Kan.; Cortlyne Huppe, sophomore, Florence, Colo.; Lora Kirmer, sophomore, Holly, Colo.; Deon Shorter, senior, Pasadena, Calif.


Visual Arts
Excellence in Competitive Exhibitions:
  • Cord Cunningham, senior, Ottawa, Kan.
  • Kala Tiemann, junior, Lewis, Kan.


Athletics
  • Female Athlete of the Year - Sharica Pleasant, senior, Winfield, Kan.
  • Male Athlete of the Year - Samson Shivers, senior, Houston, Texas


Physical Education
  • Outstanding Physical Education Major - Samson Shivers, senior, Houston, Texas


Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Natasha Chaney, senior, Edgerton, Kan.; Jacob Patrick, senior, Elizabeth, Colo.; Sebastian Toro, senior, Northridge, Calif.; Aspen Frey, senior, Newton, Kan.; Megan Pohlmann, senior, Deshler, Neb.; Aspen Ulrich, senior, Sylvan Grove, Kan.; Heath Hewitt, senior, Sterling, Kan.; Kelsey Stucky, senior, Cimarron, Kan.


Professor of the Year Award - Shane Kirchner, assistant professor of education

Service Awards
  • Hannah Fahrenthold, Solomon, Kan.
  • Keenen Garrett, junior, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Amanda Leffew, sophomore, Hanover Park, Ill.


Kansas Campus Compact
  • 2014 Newman Civic Fellows Award - Danna Jacks, junior, Stafford, Kan.


Senior Award for Distinction in Campus Ministry
  • Christopher Barnes - junior, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Deon Shorter - senior, Pasadena, Calif.


Staff Person of the Year Award - Doug Cooke, facilities management technician


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