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Outstanding Students Recognized During Honors Day Ceremony

May 5, 2021
By Larry Isch
Posted in About
Honors Day

University of the Ozarks administrators and faculty presented the University’s top academic and division awards during the 64th annual Honors Day ceremony, held Wednesday afternoon via Zoom.

Petron Brown, a theatre and environmental studies major from Nassau, The Bahamas, was the recipient of the 2021 Wiley Lin Hurie Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding senior in the graduating class as voted on by the faculty. The Hurie Award is named in honor of the long-time president of the University and is the highest honor given to an Ozarks student. Brown was also named the Outstanding Student in Theatre.

The award winners in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts included, Outstanding Student in English – Braxton Leding, Outstanding Student in Art – Megan Johnson; Amanda Alders Pike Art Award – Madison Clary and Isabella Olarte; Outstanding Student in History – Patrick Walker; Outstanding Student in Music – Mario Varela-Pecino; Outstanding Student in Philosophy – Maddy Windel; Outstanding Student in Religion – Fernanda Pichardo; Outstanding Student in Spanish – Jakobe Durant; and Outstanding Student in Theatre – Petron Brown.

The awards in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics included, Outstanding Student in Biology – Crystal Oudomvilay; Outstanding Student in Chemistry – Destinee Manning; Outstanding Student in Health Science – Chava Roberts; Outstanding Student in Physics – Twanesha Lightbourn; Outstanding Student in Psychology – Laura Gochez Sanchez; Outstanding Student in Environmental Studies of Social Sciences – Nick McDaniel; Outstanding Student in Environmental Studies of Natural Sciences – Kelsey Dixson; and Outstanding Student in Mathematics – Juan De La Cruz.

The awards in the Division of Social Sciences included, Outstanding Student in Accounting – Tanesha Collie; Outstanding Student in Business Administration – Cory Maag; Outstanding Student in Marketing – Elodie Jabouin; Outstanding Student in Political Science – Sarah Vardal; Outstanding Student in Media Production – Sade Seymour; Outstanding Student in Strategic Communication – Lily Marlow; Robert Berry Fulton Award in Communication – Kevin Nawa and Michel Brun; Outstanding Student in Education – Nick McDaniel; Outstanding Student in Elementary Education – Cristina Cuevas; and Outstanding Student in Secondary Education – Ethan Bowman.

“These students represent the fulfillment of our mission,” said University President Richard Dunsworth. “These students embody being prepared to live life fully. The students we celebrated this afternoon have not only challenged themselves and excelled in their chosen field of study, they have also challenged themselves to explore new interests, to expand their capabilities, to become campus leaders, to experience new cultures, and in doing so, they have become valuable members of this campus community. And, when they leave our campus borders they will be valuable members of the world community.”

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