Dewald Honors Dinner Recognizes Top Scholars

September 23, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The 33rd annual Dewald Honors Dinner and Program was held on Thursday, September 19 to recognize high academic achievement among University of Mount Union students during the 2012-2013 Academic Year.

Students invited to the event included those named to the Dean’s List for the 2012-2013 Academic Year, as well as students who achieved other honors and incoming students who achieved academic honors while in high school.

During the event, last year’s top freshman, sophomore and junior class scholars were recognized. Dr. Sherri Brugh, professor of mathematics and chair of the Academic Policies Committee, presented the class leader prizes.

The A.P. Rickard and Alice W. and Stanley T. Evans Freshman Prize was awarded to Jessica Biltz, a Japanese major of North Olmsted, OH. She is a member of the Honors Program, Association of International Students and the Edge. The Freshman Prize is given annually to the member of the freshman class who has the highest grade point average at the close of the academic year and is considered by the University faculty to be the most worthy of this prize.

The Ralph K. and Elizabeth B. Ramsayer Sophomore Prize was given to Miranda Stockton, a chemistry major with minors in environmental science and religious studies of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She is a member of the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key Honor Society, Alpha Phi Omega, Students for Environmental Awareness, American Chemical Society and Association of Women Students. In addition, she is involved in community service and a member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams.

The final prize announced was the McMaster/Drushal Junior Prize, which was awarded to Laryssa Byndas, a mathematics major with an adolescence to young adult education minor of Brooklyn, OH. She’s a member of the Mount Union color guard, Pi Mu Epsilon, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Quartet, Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Alpha Lambda Delta. She participated in the Honors Program, serves as a mathematics tutor, presented at the 2013 SCHOLAR Day and has been the recipient of the Wilbur and Burdella Stuckey Carl Mathematics Prize and the Teeple-Krohn Music Prize.

One student from the Honors Program also spoke at the event. Roxanne Hoch, a junior international studies major and communication minor from Mechanicsburg, PA presented “Beyond Borders: Discovering Korea.”

The Dewald Honors Dinner was made possible by the late Dr. Donald and Eleanore (Iman ’38) Dewald of Mansfield, OH. Their vision and dedication to advancing academic achievement and the spiritual growth of young people has allowed for the annual academic achievement recognition of Mount Union students.

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