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University honors top academic students; Binns wins Hurie Award

May 4, 2017
By cnp
Posted in Academics
Academic Awards

University of the Ozarks presented its top division and university academic awards on Wednesday, May 3, during the 60th annual Academic Awards Day ceremony, held in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

"SamuelSamuel Binns, a senior English major from Hot Springs, Ark., was presented the Hurie Award as the outstanding member of the Class of 2017 by University President Richard Dunsworth.

Samuel Binns, a senior English major from Hot Springs, was presented with the prestigious 2017 Hurie Award, which goes to the top graduating senior. Named for former Ozarks President Wiley Lin Hurie, the award is selected by the faculty and given to the outstanding member of the senior class.

Binns is graduating on May 13 with Summa Cum Laude honors. He has served as president of the student organizations Amnesty International and Wordsmiths and is a past champion of Project Poet.


The Academic Awards Day recipients for the 2016-2017 year included (seated, from left) Bryanna Moltz (Outstanding Student in Health Science), Margaret Johnson (Outstanding Physical Education Teacher Education Student), Meghan Mansur (Outstanding Student in Spanish), Madison Sherrer (Bachelor of Science in Psychology Award), Mary Grace Piker (Outstanding Student in Political Science), Frances Adams (Outstanding Environmental Student Award), Megan Ahne (Outstanding Student in Music), Margie Guerra (Outstanding Service Award in Business), Andrea Munoz (Outstanding Service Award in Business), Brenda Sandoval (Outstanding Student in History), and Bethany Watts (Outstanding Senior in Biology).

(Pictured standing, from left) Jeremy Jacobs (Outstanding Student in Philosophy), Jonathan Ellis (Outstanding Student in Physical Education), Daniel Hall (Outstanding Student in Theatre), Thomas Ross (Outstanding Student in Mathematics), Miguel Cuellar (C. Wright Mills Award in Sociology), Daniel Valencia (Outstanding Student in Business), Obed Gonzalez (Outstanding Student in Art), Justin Trujillo (Outstanding Student in Secondary Education), Amanda Paz (Outstanding Student in Chemistry), David Estrada (Outstanding Student in Communication), and Samuel Binns (Outstanding Student in English and Hurie Award winner).

Not pictured are Boston Arredondo (Outstanding Student in Elementary Education), Andrew Herbert (Outstanding Student in in Religion) and Victoria Stiner (Bachelor of Science in Psychology Award.)