DWU announces 2013 Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Photo courtesy of DWU

MITCHELL —  Leah Miiller and Josh Thompson, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

Thompson, Lead, S.D., was named the 75th Scotchman, and Miiller, Corsica, S.D., was named the 84th Miss Wesleyan. The Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are the highest honors given to an outstanding senior man and woman. The award is based on scholarship, character and overall contributions to the university.

Miiller is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. She is the vice president of Student Activities Board, senior class president, and member of CHAOS, Student Ambassadors, TRiO tutoring and Psychology Club. She has volunteered for Love Feast, Habitat for Humanity, New Student Orientation, DWU Service Day, Children’s Miracle Network, a service-learning trip to Tanzania and will attend the mission trip to Peru this May. She is a member of Sigma Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, as well as the DWU honors program. She has been on the dean’s list, was awarded the St. Joseph Endowed Hospital Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, the Walter Panzirer Mitchell Crime Stoppers Scholarship, Vicki Clarke Leadership Award, Harms Endowed Scholarship and Homer Carhart Prize in Science. She was a 2011 South Dakota BRIN fellow and 2012 basic biomedical research assistant. She presented her research at the regional American Chemical Society meeting, two National Society for Neuroscience meetings and at the 2012 Council for Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. After graduation she plans to pursue her work in the sciences.

Thompson is a biology major, minoring in coaching. He is involved in DWU football, Top Shelf Ultimate Frisbee, is a resident assistant on campus, and is the treasurer of Student Ministry Council. He has volunteered for Cornerstone Rescue Mission, the DWU New Orleans mission trip, DWU H.O.P.E. Project, Service Day, food drives, Dr. Seuss Carnival, Abbott House projects, Cancer Awareness Marathon, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and will be attending the DWU mission trip to Peru in May. He has received the Bishop Everett Palmer Medal, the Harriet N. Houk Scholarship; is a four-year member of the dean’s list; Academic All-American; and NAIA Scholar-Athlete award. Josh was also the 2012 homecoming king. He has participated in research projects for S.D. Game, Fish and Parks and as a conservation officer. After graduation, Josh plans to pursue a career as a conservation officer.

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan were: Elizabeth Lamb, Onida; Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.; Brittaney Schroeder, Volin; Carrie Swanson, Spearfish; and Stephanie Teel, Stickney. Other candidates for the Scotchman were: Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.; David Elliot, Lake Norden; Jamon Harberts, Emery; Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.; and Alex Hinz, Littleton, Colo.

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