Saint Martin’s University honors outstanding students at Student Scholars Day and Honors Convocation

May 3, 2013

LACEY, Wash. – Exceptional scholarly and artistic works completed by Saint Martin’s University students during the course of the academic year were honored April 23 at the University’s Student Scholars Day and Honors Convocation.

Scholars Day included student presentations throughout the afternoon and an awards ceremony, followed by a reception.

The annual celebration was started in 2000 by former Saint Martin’s faculty member Doug Ford, in memory of his mother, Grace Riddell Ford, a talented chemist, metallurgist and teacher. During the event, the University suspends classes to honor the significant accomplishments of the University’s students.

Following the presentations, a number of year-end student awards and honors were announced at Saint Martin’s annual Honors Convocation.

Below are the names, majors and hometowns of students selected as Scholars Day presenters and those honored with awards.

Scholars day presenters:

  • Cory Bassi, Senior, Criminal justice, Lacey
  • Olivia Baumgartner, Senior, Theatre arts, Renton
  • Rikki Bland, Senior, History, Shelton
  • Travis Bleich, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Poulsbo
  • Alexander Boedigheimer, Senior, Interdisciplinary studies, Hermiston, Ore.
  • Lee Brewer, Senior, Biology, Olympia
  • Sarah Bunn, Graduate, Master in teaching, Lacey
  • Patrick Carroll, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey
  • Josiah Dailey, Freshman, Psychology, Anchorage, Alaska
  • David Eki, Senior, Biology, Lacey
  • Mary Fontenot, Senior, English, Olympia
  • Abigail Fulton, Senior, Biology, Olympia
  • Dylan Gaydosh, Junior, Mechanical engineering, Federal Way
  • Cody Gilomen, Junior, Mechanical engineering, Kent
  • Jessica Hegoas, Senior, Biology, Yelm
  • Christopher Henry, Senior, History, Elma
  • Jennifer Hickey, Sophomore, Biology, Tacoma
  • Matthew Huff, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Tacoma
  • Arsheena Hussein, Senior, Chemistry, Olympia
  • Clint Hyde, Senior, Civil engineering, Tacoma
  • Tannia King, Senior, English, Lacey
  • Justin Kover, Senior, Political science, Lacey
  • David Lawrence, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey
  • Huu-Quyen Le, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Tacoma
  • Andy LeDuc, Junior, Business administration, Chehalis
  • Ashley Llapitan, Senior, Biology, Federal Way
  • Jesse Mailhot, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Olympia
  • Crystal Maria, Senior, Political science, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • Veronica Martin, Senior, Biology, Olympia
  • Daniel Mast, Senior, Chemistry, Lacey
  • Naomi Meckes, Sophomore, Chemistry, Tacoma
  • Ryan Mortenson, Senior, Business administration, Olympia
  • Allison Myers, Senior, Chemistry, Olympia
  • Beau Neilson, Junior, Civil engineering, Olympia
  • Ben Norton, Senior, Civil engineering, Tacoma
  • Stephen Osborne, Graduate, Master in teaching, Yelm
  • Joseph Patti, Senior, History, Renton
  • Amy Pollard, Sophomore, English, Bellingham
  • Darren Popkins, Junior, Mechanical engineering, Everett
  • Ben Price, Senior, Civil engineering, Tacoma
  • Betty Ramirez, Senior, English, Olympia
  • Aubrey Rhodes, Senior, English, Seattle
  • Megan Richardson, Junior, Interdisciplinary studies, Lacey
  • Joshua Roblee, Senior, Criminal justice, Lacey
  • Michael Rogers, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey
  • Christopher Sadac, Senior, Civil engineering, Olympia
  • Rebeka Santos, Senior, Biology, Olympia
  • Janey Schell, Graduate, Master in teaching, Olympia
  • Alexander Setuckmarie, Sophomore, Biology, Roy
  • John Smigaj, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey
  • Bryden Solonar, Senior, Criminal justice, Roy
  • Jared Teer, Graduate, Master in teaching, Olympia
  • Timothy Templin, Senior, Psychology, Olympia
  • Katrina Tuengel, Senior, Psychology, Tacoma
  • Ebony Utley, Senior, Criminal justice, Spanaway
  • Annabel Warnell, Sophomore, Civil engineering, Puyallup
  • Benjamin Waters, Junior, Mechanical engineering, Enumclaw
  • Kristopher Wells, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Spanaway
  • Tyler Whitworth, Senior, Political science, Roy
  • Kelsey Windust, Senior, Criminal justice, Lacey
  • Kerry Wood, Graduate, Master in teaching, Olympia
  • Elizabeth Wrazien, Graduate, Master in teaching, Lacey
  • Mary Ybarra, Senior, Psychology, Olympia
  • Tetsuya Yonetsu, Senior, Social anthropology, Steilacoom
  • Amber Zawislak, Senior, Biology, McKenna

Honors convocation award winners:

2013 Valedictorian and salutatorian

- Valedictorian
Rebeka Santos, Biology, Olympia

- Salutatorian
Joseph Berger, Mechanical engineering, Lacey

College Of Arts and Sciences

Biology Department

- The Biology Department Service Award –
Allison Myers, Senior, Chemistry, Olympia
Marissa King Talik, Senior, Biology, Eatonville

- The Rosalind Elsie Franklin Award
Rebeka Santos, Senior, Biology, Olympia

- The Undergraduate Biology Research Award
David Eki, Senior, Biology, Lacey

- The Upper Division Biologist Award
Sarah Gabel, Junior, Biology, Lacey

Chemistry Department

- CRC Press Achievement Award in General Chemistry
Tien Thuy Thi Nguyen, Sophomore, Chemistry, Tumwater

- Father Bede Ernsdorf, O.S.B., Award for Excellence in Research in Chemistry
Allison Myers, Senior, Chemistry, Olympia

- Tetrahedron Award for Excellence in the Study of Organic Chemistry
Kailey Fuegmann, Sophomore, Biology, Federal Way

Computer Science Department

- Outstanding Senior Thesis in Criminal Justice
Bryden Solonar, Senior, Roy

Criminal Justice Department

- Outstanding Achievement Award in Computer Science
Bryden Solonar, Senior, Roy

English Department

- English Faculty Prize
Tannia King, Senior, English, Lacey

- Les Bailey’s Tennyson Award
Sarah Benefield, Senior, Computer science, Olympia

- Nursia Prize in English and American Letters
Jeff Suwak, Senior, English, Tacoma

History and Political Science Department

-Outstanding Senior Thesis in History and Political Science
Christopher Henry, Senior, Elma

Mathematics Department

- Cap of Pythagoras Award
Pat Carroll, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey

Emily Fowler, Senior, Mathematics, Montesano

Walter, Kassil, Senior, Mathematics, Yelm

Daniel Mast, Senior, Chemistry, Lacey

Erin Ward, Senior, Business admin., Clancy, Mont.

- The CLIMB Award
Pat Carroll, Senior, Mechanical engineering, Lacey

Emily Fowler, Senior, Mathematics, Montesano

Daniel Mast, Senior, Chemistry, Lacey

- The Euclid Award
Jeramey Boutwell, Sophomore, Mathematics, Lacey

Psychology Department

-Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award –
Katrina Boutwell, Senior, Olympia

Madison Davis, Senior, Olympia

Society and Social Justice Department

-Father Jerome Toner Award
Jesse Lamp, Senior, Social anthropology, Olympia

School Of Business

-Excellence in Business Award
Meghan, Stewart Senior, English, Helena, Mont.

Erin Ward, Senior, Business admin., Clancy, Mont.

-Outstanding Accounting Student
Alexandra Jorgenson, Senior, Accounting, Olympia

-Outstanding Business Administration Student
Keith Thunstedt, Senior, Business admin., Olympia

-Peter V. Vale Scholarship for Graduate Studies
Kathryn Wakeman, Graduate, Master of business admin., Aberdeen

College Of Education and Professional Psychology

-Cady Academic Achievement and Leadership Award
Suzette Burdick, Senior, Education, Olympia

-Cady Inspirational Leadership Award
Anthony Herness, Graduate, Master in teaching, Lacey

- Paff Special Education Award
Adam Larson, Graduate, Master in teaching, Tacoma

Mike McDonald, Senior, Education, Tumwater

Guadalupe Villela, Senior, Education, Du Pont

Hal and Inge Marcus School Of Engineering

-Civil Engineer of the Year
Mieko Grant, Senior, Spanaway

Eric Norton, Senior, Olympia

- Mechanical Engineer of the Year
Joseph Berger, Senior, Lacey

Richard Casey, Senior, Chehalis

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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