Annual DC Honors Convocation recognizes student achievements

April 18, 2019

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College held its annual Honors Day Convocation recently to recognize academic achievements of students. Special recognition was also given to faculty and staff.

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award from Ohio Campus Compact was presented to Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. The Ping Award recognizes and honors undergraduate students’ outstanding leadership and contributions to community service on their campus and within their community. The award is granted annually to undergraduates from Ohio Campus Compact member institutions.  Nine students in Ohio received Ping Awards this year.

Elyzabeth King also received the Gerald Mallott Outstanding Senior Service Award.

Outstanding Service Award for staff was presented to Phillip Stelzer, maintenance technician.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award was presented to Dr. Jeremy Taylor, associate professor of history.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award was presented to Spencer Gray, Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Wanda May LeMaster Service Award was presented to Blake Newman, Jackson, Mich.

Senior Presidential Scholar - Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Highest Ranking Senior Scholar - Tanner Clingaman, Stryker, Ohio.

Senior Veterans recognized were Jonathon Mielke, Wauseon, Ohio; Valentin Mojica, Defiance, Ohio; and Sherri Schenkel, Bryan, Ohio.

Students receiving awards during the convocation and departmental ceremonies were:

Civic Engagement Honors - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Michaela Bauer, Hicksville, Ohio; Noah Beach, Lima, Ohio; Chelsey Braunwart, Trenton, Ohio; Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio; Jessica Crigger, Battle Creek, Mich.; Stephen Dolan, Painesville, Ohio; Mackenzie Durdak, Grafton, Ohio; Madison Etter, Cloverdale, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Mich.; Marcelino Gonzalez, Jr., East Chicago, Ind.; Spencer Gray, Grand Rapids, Ohio; Rebekah Groden, North Olmsted, Ohio; Elyzabeth King, Mechanisburg, Ohio; Raychel Ramos, Wauseon, Ohio; Cayla Walker, Archbold, Ohio; Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio; and Marissa Windau, Castalia, Ohio.

McMaster Certificate Award - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Mackenzie Durdak, Grafton, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Mich.; Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; and Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio.

Senior Dean’s Scholars - Noah Beach, Lima, Ohio; Xavier Blyden, Bridgeport, Conn.; Chelsey Braunwart, Trenton, Ohio; Tanner Clingaman, Stryker, Ohio; Austin Conlon, Latty, Ohio; Morgan Connor, Curtice, Ohio; Alexandra Fowler, Seville, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Mich.; Michael Gilliland, Napoleon, Ohio; Megan Greene, Defiance, Ohio; Beau Massingill, Monroe, Mich.; Kayla Rethmel, Defiance, Ohio; Derek Rupp, Wauseon, Ohio; Tanner Stippich, Lima, Ohio; and Cayla Walker, Archbold, Ohio.

Senior Carolyn M. Small Honor Scholars - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Michaela Bauer, Hicksville, Ohio; Noah Beach, Lima, Ohio; Chelsey Braunwart,Trenton, Ohio; Jessica Crigger, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mackenzie Durdak, Grafton, Ohio; Reeka Edwards, Defiance, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Ohio; Spencer Gray, Grand Rapids, Ohio; Rebekah Groden, North Olmsted, Ohio; Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Jordan Osborne, Delaware, Ohio; and Paige Sickmiller, Leipsic, Ohio.

Senior McMaster Scholars - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Xavier Blyden, Bridgeport, Conn.; Chelsey Braunwart, Trenton, Ohio; Morgan Connor, Curtice, Ohio; Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio; Jessica Crigger, Battle Creek, Mich.; Mackenzie Durdak, Grafton, Ohio; Samantha Ervin, Bloomdale, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Mich.; Spencer Gray, Grand Rapids, Ohio; Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Beau Massingill, Monroe, Mich.; Jordan Osborne, Delaware, Ohio; Paige Sickmiller, Leipsic, Ohio; Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio; and Marissa Windau, Castalia, Ohio.

McMaster Scholars - Rylea Amspaugh, Nashport, Ohio; Kenna Bell, Piqua, Ohio; Aaliyah Blanchard, Delta, Ohio; Robyn Boyd, Defiance, Ohio; Stevie Brooks, Leipsic, Ohio; Hayden Clingaman, Stryker, Ohio; Emily Culler, Edgerton, Ohio; Corey Davis, Haviland, Ohio; Malia Ferry, Milford, Ohio; Olivia Fett, Defiance, Ohio; Jordan Furko, Swanton, Ohio; Rachel Lowell, Lakewood, Ohio; Madeleine McMaster, Defiance, Ohio; Jessica Mello, Vermilion, Ohio; Blake Newman, Jackson, Mich.; Lauren Oglesbee, Kenton, Ohio; Megan Ortiz, Swanton, Ohio; Kelsie Shafer, West Alexandria, Ohio; Cory Sidle, Bryan, Ohio; Rachel Wehrman, Fort Loramie, Ohio; Allison White, Defiance, Ohio; and Natalie Woodson, Springboro, Ohio.

Senior Service Leaders - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Michaela Bauer, Hicksvile, ohio; Emma Bedan, Cincinnati, Ohio; Chelsey Braunwart, Trenton, Ohio; Austin Conlon, Latty, Ohio; Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio; Jessica Crigger, Battle Creek, Mich.; Reeka Edwards, Defiance, Ohio; Madison Etter, Cloverdale, Ohio; Sidney Faine, Bluffton, Ohio; Aerica Firman, Defiance, Ohio; Henna Frank, Petersburg, Ohio; Marcelino Gonzalez, Jr., East Chicago, Ind.; Jacqueline Hartman, Parma, Ohio; Jenny Holbrooks, Oakwood, Ohio; Jamie Kimbler, Huber Heights, Ohio; Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio; Megan Overmann, Lorain, Ohio; Haley Saylor, Payne, Ohio; Paige Sickmiller, Leipsic, Ohio; Cayla Walker, Archbold, Ohio; Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio; and Aimee Wulff, Hicksville, Ohio.

Alpha Delta Kappa Award - Brooke Combs, Paulding, Ohio. This award is given to an outstanding major in education showing potential as an educator. It is awarded to promote high standards in education.

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship in Education - Whitney Webb, Troy, Ohio. This award is given to a junior student majoring in education and showing potential as a woman educator.

Arthur and Hope Knape Award in Education - Lauren Perry, Northwood, Ohio.

Alton R. Kurtz Prize in Education - Emily Culler, Edgerton, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding education major.

Rothhar Assistantship in Education - Corey Davis, Haviland, Ohio. This award is made by the Rothhar family to honor a student in education.

Outstanding Senior in Multi-Age Education - Michael Gilliland, Napoleon.

Outstanding Senior in Early Childhood Education - Aimee Wulff, Hicksville, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Adolescent to Young Adult Education - Daniel Ainsworth, Sherwood, Ohio.

Herbert S. Beane Award - Malia Ferry, Milford, Ohio.

Ida M. Watson Prize in History - Cory Sidle, Bryan, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in History - Mason Rapp, Fortville, Ind.

Reeder C. Hutchinson Assistantship in the Humanities - Kelsie Shafer, W. Alexandria, Ohio. Awarded to an upper-class student in the humanities, providing a combination of grant and work opportunity.

Outstanding Senior in Design - Jorian Beery, Wadsworth, Ohio.

Keith Hubbard Scholarship in Graphic Design - Jordan Williams, Osseo, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Communication Studies - Reeka Edwards, Defiance, Ohio.

Dr. Richard W. Stroede Scholarship - Samantha Haas, Defiance, Ohio.

Music Programs Director’s Award - Rebekah Groden, North Olmsted, Ohio.

Elizabeth Rimer Latchaw Award in Music - Allison White, Defiance, Ohio.

Margaret and Michael Stauffer Memorial Scholarship - Bennett Pack, Glasgow, Ky.

Outstanding Senior in English - McKenzie Hall, Defiance, Ohio.

Dr. Clarence Gilham Endowed Scholarship - Spencer Ross, North Ridgeville, Ohio.

George P. Michaelides Award in Religion - Spencer Ross, North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship - Jude Neary, Toledo, Ohio. This scholarship is based on academic standing, participation in campus activities, and career goals.

George Isaac Business Scholarship - Jonathan Brown, Bryan, Ohio. This award is madeto a student majoring in business who has demonstrated a commitment to the free enterprise system. A good citizenship record is essential.

Herbert Willett Assistantship in Business Administration - Hayden Clingaman, Stryker, Ohio. Awarded annually to an upper class business or economics major with a 3.0 or better grade point average and provides a combination grant and work opportunity in the business administration department.

Outstanding Senior in Accounting - Tanner Clingaman, Stryker, Ohio. Awarded to outstanding seniors majoring in accounting.

Outstanding Senior in Business Administration - Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding senior in management.

Duane C. Hocking Endowed Scholarship - Brooke Gostomsky, Covington, Ohio. This award is given to an outstanding sport science student displaying qualities of leadership and involvement both on campus and in the community.

Outstanding Senior in Athletic Training - Morgan Connor, Curtice, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Exercise Science - Connor Behringer, Defiance, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Sport Management - Sidney Faine, Bluffton, Ohio.

William Edward Pullen Memorial Scholarship - Lucas Thomeier, Wickliffe, Ohio. Pullen was a student at Defiance College from 1979-82, majoring in computer science and physics. In 1982, he died of cystic fibrosis. This award is made annually to an outstanding sophomore or junior majoring in mathematics, computer science or physics in memory of Pullen’s work and in recognition of his impact on the lives of others.

Mathematics Award - Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding student in mathematics.

George W. Botteron Prize in Chemistry - Megan Ladd, Cloverdale, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior chemistry student, honoring George W. Botteron’s outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry.

Linares Assistantship in Science - Jonathan Powell, Commerce Township, Mich. Awarded to a student for a natural science work study project and grant assistance.

David and Laura Reed Scholarship - Natalee Shingler, Huntington, Pa. Awarded to an outstanding science student.

Arjan Mirchandaney Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics - Nathaniel Schnitkey, Oak Harbor, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding mathematics student, honoring the late Defiance College mathematics professor.

Samuel V. Tuohy Memorial Scholarship - Jordan Furko, Swanton, Ohio. This award was established in memory of Sam Tuohy, a Defiance College student who died in an automobile accident during his senior year. The scholarship is given to a junior or senior student majoring in forensic science.

Outstanding Senior in Mathematics - Elyzabeth King, Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Science - Spencer Gray, Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Outstanding Student in Nursing - Anthony Righi, Liberty Center, Ohio.

Schauffler Award in Social Work - Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio, and Kelsey Parker, Weston, Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding student majoring in social work.

Top Scholar in Social Work - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.

Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice - Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro Ohio. Awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in the criminal justice program.

Outstanding Senior in Digital Forensic Science - Jared Guerra, Waxhaw, N.C.

Scholastic Excellence in Digital Forensics Award - Anthony Adamic, Chardon, Ohio.

Outstanding Senior in Psychology - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind. Awarded to psychology students showing leadership and maturity who are involved with the community. The recipients must have a 3.5 overall grade point average and a 3.6 GPA in psychology.

Tau Mu (Social Work) - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Jennifer Bechtold, Mark Center, Ohio; Deanna Bischoff, Toledo; Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio; Laurie Hockenberry, Napoleon, Ohio; Jonathan Mielke, Wauseon, Ohio; Kelsey Parker, Weston, Ohio; and Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio.

Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training) - Michaela Bauer, Hicksville, Ohio; Morgan Connor, Curtice, Ohio; and Beau Massingill, Monroe, Mich.

Omicron Mu/Chapter of National Phi Alpha (Social Work) - Da’Ja’Nay Askew, Crown Point, Ind.; Jennifer Bechtold, Mark Center, Ohio; Deanna Bischoff, Napoleon, Ohio; Andrew Brown, Englewood, Ohio;  Madysyn Creighton, Hillsboro, Ohio; Laurie Hockenberry, Napoleon, Ohio; Jonathon Mielke, Wauseon, Ohio; Taylor Niese, Defiance, Ohio; Kelsey Parker, Weston, Ohio; Savontre Vaughn, Defiance, Ohio; Kaytlyn Williamson, Prospect, Ohio; Robyn Boyd, Defiance, Ohio; Jewel Isaac, Defiance, Ohio; Madeleine McMaster, Defiance, Ohio; Blake Newman, Jackson, Mich.; Arianna Richards, Piqua, Ohio; and Natalie Woodson, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The College website is www.defiance.edu.