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WC Honors 'Best and Brightest' at Student Recognition Ceremony

Bekah Muchmore and Megan McDonough Selected as Lucas Award Co-Recipients

April 29, 2014

An excited Megan McDonough and Rebekah Muchmore cross the stage to be recognized as co-recipients of the Robert E. Lucas Leadership Award at the April 27 Student Recognition Ceremony. President Jim Reynolds described them as students that

An excited Megan McDonough and Rebekah Muchmore cross the stage to be recognized as co-recipients of the Robert E. Lucas Leadership Award at the April 27 Student Recognition Ceremony. President Jim Reynolds described them as students that "love this College and they’ve made the very best of their four years here."

Wilmington College honored juniors and seniors for academic achievement and leadership activities April 28 at its 33rd annual Student Recognition Ceremony.

President Jim Reynolds said these students’ success “inspires and motivates” his work for the College. “We’re proud of what you’ve accomplished and rejoice in your success,” he said.

Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs, said the students honored are among the College’s “best and brightest.”

“You are students that are truly living the mission of the College,” she said. “Your time here has been special to us.”

The College selected co-recipients for the Robert E. Lucas Leadership Award — what Reynolds called “the highest honor for student leadership” — to seniors Rebekah Muchmore and Megan McDonough.

“They love this College and they’ve made the very best of their four years here,” he added.

Muchmore, who will represent main campus graduates when speaking at WC’s Commencement May 10, is majoring in communication arts with a minor in music. Music faculty members named her the top student in that academic area.

She also was co-recipient of the Student Government Association’s Distinguished Service Award and was recognized for her participation in the Honors Program, in addition to membership in Green Key Honor Society and listing in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

McDonough, who will speak at the Senior Lunch during Commencement weekend, is double majoring in communication arts and social/political studies.

Faculty in both of those academic areas selected her as the top senior. McDonough also received the Activities Planning Board’s Distinguished Service Award and the Center for Service and Civic Engagement selected her for its Excellence in Community Service Award, which has a minimum criteria of volunteering more than 300 hours.

McDonough also received the Charles J. Ping Award, which is a statewide honor that recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service learning. In addition, she earned Honors Program recognition and was introduced as a member of Green Key Honor Society and Who’s Who.

(LEFT) Ron Rembert, professor of religion & philosophy, congratulates Mitchell Dorsten as R&P's top student. Mitchell also received the History Dept.'s award.

Faculty in history and religion/philosophy selected senior Mitchell Dorsten as the top student in those areas, while he also earned Outstanding Scholarship Recognition by the Honors Program, the Quaker Leader Scholars’ Distinction Award, Green Key recognition and listing in Who’s Who.

Other top academic awards were presented to: Corbin Hellwarth and Andrea Williams for Business Administration; Christina Knief for agronomy/horticulture, John Storrs for agri-business, Melinda Weaver for animal science, and Lindsey Koppin for equine studies.

Also, faculty selected Brandon Arehart for biology, Jacob Barrett for chemistry, James Coleman for criminal justice, Bonita Grace for early childhood education, Abby Meyer for middle childhood education and Lisa Fetters for adolescent/young adult education.

(RIGHT) Jeff Stahley, associate professor of Spanish, embraces Hannah Mohler upon the announcement she won the award for top student in Spanish. She also received that award from the English Dept.

Hannah Mohler received the top student award for both English and Spanish, while Kirsten Woodruff received it for athletic training, Jordan Steinke for sport management/administration, Ashley Williams for sport management/wellness, Anthony Goodrich for health and physical education licensure, and Lisa Fetters received the Dr. Elizabeth S. Kinzig Award.

In mathematics, Haley Howard was named top student while Jennifer Rineair received the Martha Haines Scholarship. Clarissa Walls and Wendy Fisher earned top student awards in psychology for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, respectively. Fisher also received the award for social work.

Isaac Garrison and Ethan Powles, in addition to the previously mentioned Dorsten, garnered Quaker Leader Scholars Distinction recognition, while Brianna Knisley received the Nedra Gordon Scholarship and Sarah Sinclair the Karen Couch Residence Life Award.

(LEFT) President Jim Reynolds congratulates Corbin Hellwarth for being named to Green Key Honor Society. Corbin was co-recipient of the Business Dept.'s top student award.

In addition, Corbin Hellwarth shared the SGA Distinguished Service Award with Muchmore.
Recognized as members of the Honors Program were juniors: Rachel N. Beck, Melissa Burwell-Sleem, Mikayla Conrad, Christopher Disney, Hannah Fetters, Jared Gregory, Caroline Guindon, Bradley Hamilton, Brianna Knisely, Chelsea Kuhn, Rachel McClish, Ellen M. Short, Jalyn L. Thomas and Christina Veite,

Senior members of the Honors Program are: Brandon M. Arehart, Catherine Bennett, Victoria A. Canby, Jamie M. Crane, Mitchell Dorsten, Bradley A. Fuller, Nathaniel J. Godby, Bonita F. Grace, Corbin Hellwarth, Kelli Jo Haley, Christopher Lutz, Jessie Mass, Megan McDonough, Rebekah Muchmore, Adeline Roberts, Rebecca Roberts, Caitlin Schafer, Sarah Sinclair, Kasey Stewart, Melinda Weaver and Catherine Wisecup.

This year’s inductees to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities are: Bethany Ahrens, Brandon Arehart, Jacob Boehm, Robert Bunnell, Shannon Bywaters, Mitchell Dorsten, Lisa Fetters, Wendy Fisher, Brad Fuller, Bonita Grace, Corbin Hellwarth, Lina Larsson, Samantha Lemieux, Chris Lutz, Megan McDonough, Rebekah Muchmore, Tyne Powers, Gus Sevastos, Jenny Shaw, Sarah Sinclair, Morgan Smith, Melinda Weaver and Kirsten Woodruff.

Those previously inducted students for membership in Green Key Honor Society recognized are: Brandon Arehart, Julia Baker, Mitchell Dorsten, Kelli Jo Haley, Stephen Fout, Bradley Fuller, Nathaniel Godby, Bonita Grace, Dianna Harrahill, Corbin Hellwarth, Kenneth Holter, Samantha Lemieux, Christopher Lutz, Robin Maynard, Kaitlin McCullen, Megan McDonough, Abby Meyer, Jane Mockbee, Hannah Mohler, Charles Neack, Hannah Rutledge, Erin Sanderson, Morgan Smith, Leslie Stifler, Melinda Weaver and Ashley Williams.

2014 inductees include: Bethany Ahrens, Tyler E. Baker, Maggie Barker, Kristi Beckett, Allison E. Black, Jaime Blessing, Jacob Boehm, Jim Coleman, Catherine Colemire-Budinger, Adam J. Combs, Kevin G. Courtright, Jamie M. Crane, Stephanie J. Cruea, Lisa Fetters, Gwendoline Finegan, Kayla M. Finton, Wendy N. Fisher, Jeffrey T. Graham, James C. Hadley, Laura K. Hawkins, Heather Yvonne Miller Hess, Haley N. Howard.

Also, Sherry Ingles, Lawrence A. Jones, Christina Knief, Lindsay M. Koppin, Belinda Latham, Michael A. Leber, Holly Ledbetter, Jennifer Lindgren, Samantha Lindner, Nadie T. Liyange, Darin Lucas, Eric C. Maurtis, Rachel McClish, Kolt M. McDaniel, Jessica Mink, Danielle Monnier, Carolyn S. Moore, Alexis Moser, Rebekah Muchmore, Sarah Murphy, Angela M. Nace, Christopher Nieporte, Paige Newman, Brian M. Potter.

Also, Tyne Powers, Richard L. Purdin, Emily Regan, Erin Reynolds, Jennifer Rineair, Adeline Roberts, Rebecca M. Roberts, Rebecca M. Scherer, Michael Seeman, Kelsey J. Sheeley, Sarah E. Sinclair, Jennifer Spaeth-Mullis, Tricia K. Steffen, Jordan M. Steinke, Kasey Stewart, Lauren M. Strickland, Danielle Sucher, Rebekah M. Thirey, Samantha R. Wanless, Kevin D. Wesselman, Mary A. Whitacre, Troy A. Williamson II, Jonell Winger and Erin E. Wollett.