2012 Hardin and Clark Scholars Named at Honors Banquet

2012 Hardin and Clark Scholars Named at Honors Banquet

The Hardin and Clark Scholars, the top academic honors at Midwestern State University, and other outstanding students were named Friday night at the Honors Recognition Banquet held in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Rebecca L. Cuba was named Hardin Scholar. This is the university's highest award for academic excellence and was begun in 1961 by the Hardin Foundation. It is presented each spring to a student during his or her senior year and a $2,500 scholarship award is given with the honor.

Cuba plans to graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Special Education. She is a member honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Kappa Delta Pi; Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, MSU Catholic Campus Center, and the Texas Council for Exceptional Children, where she serves as the public relations officer.

She recently helped to administer an anti-bullying survey at various Wichita Falls schools and judged Wichita Falls elementary UIL competitions.

Cuba is a volunteer for Special Olympics and is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where she serves as a greeter and Vacation Bible School volunteer.

Sarah Jeannine Bradfield, a criminal justice major, was named Clark Scholar. The Clark award was established in 1976 to honor E.B. Clark, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MSU Foundation, and carries with it a $1,500 scholarship award. It is presented each spring to a student in his or her junior year.

Bradfield is a member of honor society Texas Alpha Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, Association for Disability Advocacy, University Programming Board, and the Student Government Association.

Bradfield joined the United States Air Force in September 2001, where she was a top graduate in Washington, D.C., and was selected for early rank. She served a tour of voluntary deployment overseas and volunteered on the mortuary affairs unit. Locally, she is active with the Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association, Relay for Life, and is a member of Lamar Baptist Church.

She plans on graduating with honors and aspires to work for the FBI's Civil Rights Division.


Leadership Awards

Leadership awards were presented to Man of the Year Kyle Kieron Christian, Woman of the Year Ashley Nicole Campana, Outstanding Graduate Man Jim Nathan Harrison, Outstanding Graduate Woman Joslyn Sha-Nee Johnson, Outstanding Senior Man Jason Allen Witte, Outstanding Senior Woman Kamila Arah Bell, Outstanding Junior Man Isaac John Davis, Outstanding Junior Woman Linh My Vo, Outstanding Sophomore Man Eric Blake Binnion, Outstanding Sophomore Woman Nichole Lee Matthews, Outstanding Freshman Man Joseph Andrew Hadwal, and Outstanding Freshman Woman Sara Suzanne Cuba.

The Viola Grady Leadership Award was presented to Kendall Rae Neu, and the James L. Stewart Service Award was presented to the Catholic Campus Ministry.


Academic Awards

Academic awards presented to students in the Dillard College of Business Administration were Outstanding Accounting Student Shevonne S. Lewis, Outstanding Economic Student Kyle K. Christian, Outstanding Finance Student Linda D. Watkins, Outstanding General Business Student Caitlin L. Niemann, Outstanding Management Student Chad D. Downend, Outstanding Management Information Systems Student Nicandro Delgado, Outstanding Marketing Student Anthony M. Carlson, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Business Administration Jim N. Harrison.

Students recognized from the Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education were Outstanding Kinesiology Student Sean M. Evers, Outstanding Sport and Fitness Management Student Jamir Claxton, Outstanding Elementary Education Student Jamie R. Tasker, Outstanding Secondary Education Student Jade A. Horn, Outstanding Special Education Student Megan E. Reynolds, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Education Angelina E. Chapa.

Travis and Evalyn White Student Teaching Awards were presented to elementary education students Maria C. Delgado and Lauren A. Cotton and secondary education students Jennifer L. Downing and Sarah M. Fields.

Awards presented to students in the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts were Outstanding Art Student Sarah M. Fields, Outstanding Mass Communication Student Dimery R. Michaels, Outstanding Music Student Maria A. Souliotis, and Outstanding Theatre Student Laura A. Payne. The Vinson Award in Journalism was presented to Brittney N. Cottingham.

Students recognized from the College of Health Sciences and Human Services were Outstanding Athletic Training Student Keith W. Gates, Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Linda J. Aguilera, Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student Martha J. Rivera, Outstanding Exercise Physiology Student Whitney N. Frie, Outstanding Nursing Student  Ria Prakashbhai, Outstanding Radiologic Science Student Andrew J. Anderson, Outstanding Respiratory Care Student Alyssa D. Fairbanks, Outstanding Social Work Student Ramon L. Rios, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Sciences and Human Services Andrew J. Lindsey.

Students recognized from the Prothro-Yeager college of Humanities and Social Sciences were Outstanding BAAS Student Rachel A. Dehoyos, Outstanding English Student Lindsey C. Applegarth, Outstanding Student in a Foreign Language Mariette Smithen, Outstanding History Student Erik B. Lewis, Outstanding Student in Humanities Alyssa N. Smith, Outstanding International Studies Student Kamila A. Bell, Outstanding Political Science Student Casey E. O'Donnell, Outstanding Psychology Student Wakonda S. Lofland, Outstanding Sociology Student Emily S. Suhr, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Humanities and Social Sciences Brittany J. Norman. The Vinson Award in Creative Writing was presented to Lindsey C. Applegarth.

Awards presented to students in the College of Science and Mathematics were Outstanding Biology Student Varayudh Keokhumcheng, Outstanding Chemistry Student Jared L. Dopp, Outstanding Clinical Laboratory Science Student Asher Auguiste, Outstanding Computer Science Student Kyle F. Francis, Outstanding Environmental Science Student Lauren F. Hudson, Outstanding Geosciences Student Matthew S. Farris, Outstanding Mathematics Student Joshua J. Yosten, Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Christopher S. Burdette, Outstanding Physics Student Kagan H. Love, and Outstanding Graduate Student in Science and Mathematics Sanjeev Mahabir.