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Senior Capstone

science student Keisha England


The senior capstone is a rite of passage at McPherson College. Whether through a thesis or presentation, exhibit or performance, our seniors showcase their knowledge and talents as the culmination of their experiences at MC.

2022 Senior Projects

Presentation dates will be added to this page as soon as they are confirmed.

Art & Design

Senior Art & Design Exhibition
May 2-22, Friendship Hall Gallery
Gallery reception Friday, May 20, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Abigail Briscoe, Studio Art
Cailey Cornett, Digital Media: Visual Design
Grayson Henry, Graphic Design
Ben Holmes, Graphic Design
Maddie Mullen, Studio Art
Grant Owens, Auto-Restoration Design
Allyson Ragsdale, Auto-Restoration Design
Adrianna Tillman, Studio Art
Brandy Trengove, Graphic Design Photography


Behavioral Science

Senior Research Symposium
Thursday, May 5 from 12:00-5:00 pm, Melhorn Lecture Hall Watch on Livestream

Jadin Fleming: Spirituality and Sleep Paralysis
Sydney Hicks: Attentional Control Theory and Processing Efficiency in College Students
Amber Frederick: The Effects of Domestic Abuse among Women in Relationships
Owen Sutherland: Compatibility Between Same-Gender Roommates
Molly Booker: Different Perspectives of Love
Kollin Goering: Sleep Duration and Self-Esteem among College Students
Jordan Bruner: Recreating the Doll Study: Children’s Awareness of Racial Differences
Vannesa Cisneros: Attachment Style as a Determinant of Relationship Satisfaction
Anika Jobe: Bilingualism and Speed of Executive Function
Kourtney Brumley: Emotion and Gender in the Courtroom: Effects on Verdicts and Sentencing
Melvin Reid: Experiences Through the Eyes of Minority: Challenges and Reality
Ja’Kia Wells: Effects of Social Media on Self-Esteem and Body Image
Emma Stevens: Do I Help You, or Do I Help Myself? Altruistic Choices in College Students
Hannah McKay: Coping and Social Support: Effects on Chronic Illness and Mental Well-Being
Opeyemi Agosa: Religion and Attitudes Towards the Death Penalty
Sean Thomson: Athletes and the Big Five: Personality in Sports
Tyler Wood: Sleep Deprivation and Its Effects on Baseball Performance



Senior Presentations
Tuesday, May 10, from 4-5 p.m. in Mohler 231

Kody Scholl: “It’s dangerous, son …When a man goes outside his home to look for peace.” A Raisin in the Sun: What it Means to be Home
Rebekkah Wamser: “You Deserve More than This”: Womanism in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple


Math Senior Symposium
May 11, 2022, 3 p.m., Melhorn 112

Dylan Templeman: Gambler’s Ruin
Hannah Wedel: Tips for Teaching a Blind Student Secondary Mathematics



Senior Recitals
Sierra Grow, flute – Friday, April 22 at 7:00 pm, Church of the Brethren.


Natural Sciences

39th Annual Research Forum
Monday, April 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Melhorn Hall. Watch on Livestream

Brionnah Fessler: Leaf morphology in response to changes in light intensity in Convolvulus tricolor
Madison Hall: The antifungal activity of cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi), niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), and rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) essential oils against Candida albicans
Robert Medina: Monarch butterfly larvae and airborne chemicals in relation to identifying milkweed
Erica Paradise: Effects of soil microbial community variability on Silphium integrifolium, Lespedeza capitata, and Andropogon gerardii growth
Emma Singleton: A greener method for the Diels-Alder reaction using anthracene and maleic anhydride


Philosophy & Religion

Kody Scholl – Separation of Church and Public Schools: Freedoms of the Students and Teachers and What the Courts Decide Is Constitutional
Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, Mohler 212.


Teacher Education

Ryan Bosque Elementary PE, Steven Millard ES, Fremont, CA; Secondary PE Capuchino HS, San Bruno, CA
Kyrstin Branscum Math, Hutchinson HS, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS
Colton Chamberlain English, McPherson HS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Alexandra Gipson 4th/ELED, Washington ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; SPED, Washington ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Jocelyn Mabery Elementary PE, Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; Secondary PE, McPherson HS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Tori Maples Biology, Hutchinson HS, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS
Peyton Morris 1st/ELED, Canton-Galva ES, USD 419, Galva, KS; SPED, Roosevelt ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Lexi Sandoval History, McPherson MS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Katherine Saul History, McPherson HS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Kaden Tichenor Kindergarten/ELED, Eisenhower ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Ahren Turner Elementary PE, Roosevelt ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; Secondary PE, McPherson HS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Hannah Wedel Math/SPED, Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, Colorado Springs, CO
Alyssa Wilson Biology, Hutchinson HS, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS
Ellis Woodruff History, Smoky Valley HS, USD 400, Lindsborg, KS