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Senior Capstone 2019

2019 Senior Presentations

Listing of capstone projects and presentations for our 2019 seniors. Some presentations are archived on our Livestream channel.


Art & Design – May 17, 2019

Senior Show Reception, Friendship Hall

Jaden Hilgers, Ian Rhoten, Chloe Cloud, Richard Szabo, Jerod Fuller, Mason Polston, Kaleena Nelson

Auto Restoration – April 23-25, 2019

Templeton Hall, room 5B

1953 M-B 300S – Xander Lehn, Anthony Johnson & Brad Ulmer
1931 Chevrolet Engine – Emma Critz
1969 M-B 280S – Miles McCormack
1970 Camaro SS Engine – Sam Arant & Mitch Harms
Denise McCluggage Scholarship – Abigayle Morgan
1947 Indian – Davis Bint
1930 Model A Sedan – Jacob Scruggs, Dan Hall & Griffin Thomas
1961 Ford Ranchero Interior – Paige Milem
1927 Packard Engine – Greg Elvin & Graham Eidemiller
M-B Fuel Injected Engine Run Stand – Karl Moritz
1932 Packard Engine – Lucas Jez & Phil Reinhardt
1929 Model A Station Wagon – Erik Wallace
1961 Ford Ranchero Paint Prep – Taylor Precht, Cody Beasom & Nate Pore
1970 Camaro SS Paint Prep – Anthony Falcone, Zach Adams, Tyler Perkins & Logan Necochea
Brake Demonstration Bench – Bella Zacchia

Behavioral Sciences – May 2, 2019

Senior Symposium, Melhorn Science Hall, Rm 112

Robert Cole Calkins: The Outdoors and Our Happiness
Shaina K. Donaldson: Religiosity and Academic Success
DeAvonte’ Doucet: Mental & Physical health: Urban versus Rural Living
Christopher Kelly: Problem Solving in College Students
Zadie Smith: Gender Segregation Trends at a Liberal Arts College and The Effects of Self-Efficacy on Major Choice
Peyton N. Turner: Decision Making Within Relationships
Victoria Voyles: Fairy Lights and Heavy Metal
Luke Whitfield: Does College Get In the Way of High School BFF?
Sonerka White: The Big Comeback: Recovery From Athletic Injury
Emily C. Whitley: The Path Set Before US

Business – May 6 & 8, 2019

Marketing Research Projects, Melhorn 85

“How to Increase Patronage of College Students at Kansas Bar and Grill”
Rhianna Smith, Chelsea Conrad, Logan Anderson

“JAR Performance Automotive Marketing Research Plan”
Tyler Depperschmidt, Olivia Baldner, Brandt Wolters, Brooke Russell

“College Student Awareness of Shimmerz Tanning Salon”
Juan Negrete, Ashley Jensen, Zoe Bouwmeester

“McPherson College Awareness of Venable Jewelers”
Ashley Venable, Nathan Buckler, Juan Jimenez, Amanda Lolling

Communication – May 3, 2019

Senior Legacy Project, Cedars Conference Center
Presenting the life stories of Gilford and Nelda Ikenberry, Rebecca Rothrock, Scott Versaw and Jerri Yeargen

Logan Hartman, Layne Higgins, Armond McCray, Aysia Pryor, Scarlet Rodriguez, Leighton Swearingen

English – May 6, 2019

Senior Presentations, Mohler Hall, Rm 231

Tina Payne: Ghostly Conventions: How The Woman in Black went from Gothic Novel to Horror Film
Erin Fralick: “What We Owe to Each Other”: An Examination of Nora’s Character in A Doll’s House Part 2
Cara Hudson: The Rebel Queen: Esther’s Female Influence in Hebrew Literature

History – April 24, 2019

Thesis Presentations, Mohler 212

Kristina Battle: “The Horrific Tuskegee Experiments”
Ashley Burch: “Change and Continuity in the Shang Dynasty”
David Deramee: “The Birth of Texas: Anglo-American Immigration in the Mexican Periphery”
Justin Cochran: “Not Just Stonewall: the Change and Continuity of Gay Riots in America”
Collin French: “The Passions of the British Fascists”
Ryan Lakso: “North American Bison: A Social History of the Bison and Its Role in U.S. Conservation History”
Evan Wojtkiewicz: “Jim Clark: The Gentle Scot that Changed an American Tradition”

Math – May 3, 2019

Senior Presentation, Melhorn Science Hall, Rm 124

Emose Haukoulua: “Simplification Theorems for Electrical Circuit Analysis”

Natural Sciences – April 26, 2019

The 36th Annual Science Research Forum, Mingenback Theatre
2019 Research Forum Program

Micaila Curtis: The Effectiveness of Cannabidiol as an Antibiotic against Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria
Keisha England: Relationship between bacterial community structure and the performance of microbial fuel cells in Kansas soil samples
Jordon Henderson: The Effects of Varying Temperatures on the Viral Infection Rates of Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis
Nathen Jones: Investigating photosynthetic activity in response to increased atmospheric CO2 levels and increased leaf level temperatures in Ravenea rivularis
Sydney Lang: Exploring the effects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on mating behaviors in the wolf spider Rabidosa punctulata
Samantha Nelson: The antibacterial activity of essential oils from Tagetes erecta and Thuja occidentalis
Cameron Oram: The effect of variable environments on aggressive behavior in Betta splendens
Devrie Sombers: DNA Fingerprinting
Kaitlynn Usdansky: Weight Lifting Affects the EMG Activity of the Flexors and Extensors of the Legs
Parkes Wolters: Measuring the Relationship Between Body Condition and Body Composition in Two Kansas Spider Species
Soren Yarnall: The affects of hydrocarbon contamination on the soil microbial consortia from Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Alexis Lynn: Volatile compounds in wine before and after imbibition
Trenton Smith: How long after a carrion beetle feeds on a beef carcass can you recover identifiable beef specific DNA?


Erin Fralick  A Dolls House, part 2 – November 16- 18, 2018
Bailey Short Herstory – November 2017

Philosophy & Religion – May 1, 2019

Senior Thesis, Mohler 212

Katherina L. Paulson: “Taínos: South America’s Forgotten People”
Jaden Hilgers: “Understanding Christianity’s Clash with Modern America”

Teacher Education

Student teaching placements:

Shelby Augustine, 4th/ELED McCandless ES, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS; Elementary Art Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; Secondary Art Central HS, USD 305, Salina, KS
Kyle Bowers, Elementary PE Moundridge ES, USD 423, Moundridge, KS; Secondary PE Moundridge ES, USD 423, Moundridge, KS
Brittany Childs, 3rd/ELED Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; Special Education Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Taylor Dreiling, Biology Ness City HS, USD 303, Ness City, KS
Aubrey Hollinger, Elementary Music Eisenhower ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS; Secondary Music McPherson HS, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Maressah Milum, 1st/ELED Seal ES, USD 396, Douglass, KS
Julianna Olvera, 2nd/ELED Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Louis Parker, Elementary PE Moundridge ES, USD 423, Moundridge, KS; Secondary PE Moundridge ES, USD 423, Moundridge, KS
Bailey Reinoehl, 2nd/ELED Canton-Galva ES, USD 419, Galva, KS
Rianne Richard, 2nd/ELED Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Megan Rockey, 1st/ELED Schilling ES, USD 305, Salina, KS; ESL Schilling ES, USD 305, Salina, KS
Eilish Samuelson, 4th/ELED Magnet School at Allen, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS
Belen Villegas, 4th/ELED Lincoln ES, USD 418, McPherson, KS
Sierra Werries, 3rd/ELED Faris ES, USD 308, Hutchinson, KS