McPherson College rewards top 20-21 year old students

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Each year, McPherson College recognizes outstanding students from the academic, athletic, and service fields of campus. This year’s winners are:

ALPHA PSI OMEGA (THEATER)
  • Internship Manager of the year – Sarah Asher, Kansas City, MO, for Native Gardens
  • Production Team Member of the Year – Lindy Reynolds, McPherson, for sound in Native Gardens
  • Team player of the year – Tomi Simmons, Las Vegas, for Native Gardens
  • Achievement of male performance – Michael Beltran, Bogoto, Colombia, for Pablo in Native Gardens
  • Realization of the female performance – Grace van Asselt, McPherson for Molly in Molly Sweeney
  • Exceptional morale for the season – Cheneal Benne, Courtland, KS
  • Rookie Theater Student of the Year – Sarah Asher, Kansas City, MO
  • Theater student of the year – Sarah Asher, Kansas City, MO


Scene from “Native Gardens” with Tomi Simmons, Michael Beltran, Allison Penalva and Jacob Reed.

  • Exceptional production – Native gardens


Scene from “Dutchman” with Jailynn Hammel and Javon Davis

  • Exceptional set – Dutch
ART DESIGN

Tevin Oller

  • Senior of the year – Tevin Oller, Merriam, KS

Lola hipp

  • Underclassman of the Year – Lola Hipp, Goodland, KS
ATHLETICS

Bacon of fate Navid Istanbullu

  • Female athlete of the year – Destiny Bacon, La Mesa, CA
  • Male Scholar of the Year – Navid Istanbullu, Bremen, Germany
AUTOMOTIVE RESTORATION TECHNOLOGY

Wally behrens

  • Price of “Pop” rice – Wally Behrens, Crested Butte, Colorado

Tim lauring

  • Paul Russell Award of Excellence – Tim Lauring, Worcester, MA
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

  • Outstanding Behavioral Science Student in Psychology – Riley Bradbury, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Exceptional student in behavioral sciences in sociology – Christie Silber, Simi Valley, CA
BUSINESS
  • Outstanding Business Student Award – Myriah Webster, Marquette, KS
ENGLISH

  • Register publishers 2020 – Alexis Grattan, Newton, KS; Jackie Gullion, Fremont, California; and Taylor Cunningham, Wellsville, KS
HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND LEISURE
  • Academic Excellence Award – Gregory Neiger, Scotts Valley, California
  • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Award for Academic Excellence – Destiny Bacon, La Mesa, CA
HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Leland L. Lengel Memorial Scholarship – Kurtis Ebling, Lindsborg, KS; Joseph Yanez-Perez, Rexford, KS; Ellis Woodruff, Princeton, Texas
  • Marvin and Maureen Will Memorial Scholarship – Abigail Briscoe, Little River, KS; and Makenzie Jansonius, Prairie View, KS

Courtney Weesner and Tomi Simmons

  • Induction into the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society – Courtney Weesner, Hutchinson, KS; and Tomi Simmons, Las Vegas, NV
NATURAL SCIENCES

Scientific awards 2021

  • Merit research grant in natural sciences – Sydney Burton, Stilwell, KS; Jessica James, Halstead, KS; Choucranie N. Kayembe, Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga, DR Congo; Aaron Leck, McPherson; Allison Pamela Penalva Vanegas, McPherson
  • First year chemistry award – Trey Murphy, Sydney, Australia
  • First year biology award – Taylor Bohannon, Belle Plaine, KS
STUDENT LIFE

Light and life rewards:

  • Rising Star – Taeylon Garland, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Student Leader of the Year – Maile Deutsch, Palmer, TX
  • Unsung hero – Tevin Oller, Merriam, KS
  • Excellence in Community Service – Gamma Beta Phi
  • Good Neighbor – Kylecia Taylor, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Outstanding Advisor – Manjula Koralegedara, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Group of exceptional students – SAB and MC residents
  • Bridge Builder – Tomi Simmons, Las Vegas, NV
  • Greatest Leap – Rogue Writers
TEACHER TRAINING
  • Promise teachers – Kaitlyn Foster, McPherson; and Reganne Barker Barrett, Tipton, KS
  • Model educators – Jack Stalcup, Hugoton, KS; and Matthisen Witzel, St. Francis, KS
WHO IS WHO AMONG THE STUDENTS OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

  • Destiny Bacon – San Diego, CA
  • Cherie Bruce – Minneapolis, KS
  • Taylor Cunningham – Wellsville, KS
  • Navid Istanbullu – Bremen, Germany
  • Sebia Kalambayi Kabedi – Lubumbashi, Congo
  • Aaron Leck – McPherson
  • Nathaniel McLaughlin – Ticonderoga, New York State
  • Ilanna Moyer – McPherson
  • Allison Penalva Vanegas – San Miguel, El Salvador
  • Kendryk Rankin – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Tomi Simmons – Las Vegas, NV
  • Meklit Tilahun – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Myriah Webster – Lindsborg, KS
  • Courtney Weesner – Hutchinson, KS
TEACHER OF THE YEAR

STAFF OF THE YEAR

Jamie Pjesky

  • Jamie Pjesky, Associate Dean of Campus Life and Membership



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