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Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates named at DWU

Friday, April 12, 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. – Twelve Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution.

The titles of Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are given to honor a senior male and female student based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The honor of Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman in 1938.  The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university’s song, “The Scotchman.”

To qualify for candidacy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards and a Student Senate-appointed panel chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty who choose the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan. The winners will be announced at the annual Honors Banquet on April 26 on campus.

The following men are the candidates for the 2013 Scotchman:


Sterling Dockweiler

David Elliot

Jamon Harberts

Christen Hildebrandt

Alex Hinz

Josh Thompson

Sterling Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo.
Sterling is a secondary history education major with a minor in Christian leadership, focusing on youth ministry. He is a DWU football assistant coach, TRiO Student Support Services and Abbott House tutor, and is active in Future Teachers Organization (FTO). He has volunteered several times as Bible study leader, at Stepping Stones for halfway church ministry, DWU Service Day, DWU’s Dr. Seuss Carnival, and peer mentor for high school football players. After being placed on the dean’s list multiple times, he was voted in to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Following graduation he hopes to become a teacher in South Dakota or Wyoming while also being involved with youth ministry at his local church.

David Elliot, Lake Norden
Originally from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, David graduated high school from Estelline, S.D. He will graduate with a major in psychology and minor in human services. He has been involved with the Psychology Club, Student Senate, and the track and field/cross country teams, serving as captain of the cross country team, and he is the intramural co-chairman. David has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Love Feast, National Guard Wives and Children’s Activity Day, Abbott House Winter Festival, DWU food drive and Service Day, and as the Lions Club 5k/10k route director. He has also taken part in a research project studying parental influences of Cortisol concentrations in domesticated infant dairy bovine. He has been named to the dean’s list, was a five-time GPAC qualifier and ranked ninth in the school’s all-time record for the 10,000-meter run. After graduation he plans to pursue his master’s degree in counseling at the University of South Dakota focusing on clinical mental health.

Jamon Harberts, Emery
Jamon is majoring in criminal justice and business administration. He is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and is the current non-athletic student representative for Student Senate and a former member of the Student Activities Board. Jamon has volunteered for the DWU food drive, Service Day, and Trunk or Treat at the Mitchell Middle School. He has also been named to the dean’s list and completed an internship with the City of Mitchell Police Department. After graduation he plans to enter a career in South Dakota law enforcement.

Christen Hildebrandt, Faribault, Minn.
Christen is a history education major with a minor in political science. He is the president of Student Senate and College Democrats, and is a member of Student Ministry Council, Future Teachers Organization, residence life and is a campus ambassador and TRiO peer mentor. He has also served as Student Senate secretary and parliamentarian. Christen has volunteered for a church youth camp, DWU Peru mission trip, and is active in campus worship and Sunday Fusion services. He was awarded the Bishop Leadership Award Scholarship and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, as well as on the dean’s list. He plans to pursue a teaching career.

Alex Hinz, Littleton, Colo.
Alex is a sports management major with triple minors in business, coaching and legal studies. He is involved in Student Senate, Student Ambassadors, New Student Orientation, and DWU baseball, where he serves as head of the baseball character committee and oversees all of the team’s volunteer work. He has also been named to the dean’s list multiple times. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and pursue a Juris Doctor in sports law.

Josh Thompson, Lead
Josh 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.

The following women are the candidates for the 2013 Miss Wesleyan:


Elizabeth Lamb


Leah Miiller

Sarah Owens

Brittaney Schroeder

Carrie Swanson

Stephanie Teel

Elizabeth Lamb, Onida
Liz is an accounting and criminal justice double major. She has been the team captain of the women’s basketball team for three years and is also involved in New Student Orientation, TRiO peer mentoring and tutoring, and the Phreno Cosmian newspaper. Liz has volunteered for DWU Service Day and food drives, Tiny Tigers basketball, and as a referee for the local team camps and youth basketball tournaments. She is a four-year dean’s list recipient, honor student, and member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, and has received the Ralph Roth Business Scholarship, Vicki Clarke Leadership Award, NAIA Scholar Athlete award, NAIA A.O. Duer nominee for DWU, and GPAC All-Conference Team honorable mention. After graduation she will attend graduate school at the University of South Dakota to earn a master’s degree in professional accountancy.

Leah Miiller, Corsica
Leah 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.

Sarah Owens, Omaha, Neb.
Sarah is double-majoring in human services and criminal justice. She is the vice president of the Human Services Club and has served as freshman class president, parliamentarian and vice president of Student Senate; secretary, vice president and president of Oyate Ho Waste; and is also involved in campus worship, Fusion, choir, DWU Phonathon and is a work study for institutional advancement. Sarah has also been involved in cheerleading, as a student ambassador and TRiO tutoring. She is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the honors program, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, was the Heritage Award for Service recipient and an Athletic Scholar, as well as on the dean’s list. She has also been a research assistant for Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice. After college, she will move to Norfolk, Neb., pursuing her field.

Brittaney Schroeder, Volin
Brittaney is a human services major with a behavioral science minor. She is involved in Human Services Club, which she has served as secretary, vice president and currently president. She is also a member of TRiO peer mentors, Multicultural Committee, Psychology Club and volunteers as for New Student Orientation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a Crohn’s and Colitis Advocate. She has been involved in the Dorothy Day Homeless Shelter in St. Paul, Minn., DWU food drive, DWU’s care packages for soldiers, DWU’s “Shoes for Orphan Souls” drive, Love Feast, Abbott House carnival and volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was the TRiO Fact Student of the year for 2012-13, TRiO Employee of the Month, a member of the dean’s list, and the recipient for the Jennie Orr Memorial Scholarship. Brittaney also completed an internship for Stepping Stones. After college she will continue to work at Stepping Stones and be an advocate for those with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.

Carrie Swanson, Spearfish
Carrie is double-majoring in English and religion and philosophy. She is the president of the Student Activities Board, secretary of Universities Fighting World Hunger, and also is active with weekly campus worship. She has attended mission trips to Peru and New Orleans, volunteered for the United Methodist Church youth group, attended a service learning trip to Tanzania, Africa, and volunteered for Love Feast and the DWU food drive. Carrie is the recipient of the Bishop Leadership scholarship, is a Regent Scholar and member of the dean’s list. She is currently interning for the First United Methodist Church and DWU collaboration of Fusion/campus ministries. Carrie has been accepted to the Boston University School of Theology as a Dean’s Fellowship recipient and will attend there in the fall to study seminary on her way to becoming an ordained elder in the Methodist Church.

Stephanie Teel, Stickney
Stephanie is a biology education major. She has served as secretary of College Republicans and as the College Republicans student representative. She is currently active in Future Teachers Organization, CHAOS, Wesleyan Choir, Highlanders, Women’s Chamber Choir, College Republicans, and is also a TRiO peer tutor and New Student Orientation leader. Stephanie has volunteered as a middle school tutor, Salvation Army bell ringer, worship singer, and served at Love Feast. She also volunteers for DWU Service Day, the Dr. Seuss Carnival and DWU food drives. She is a Randall Scholar, recipient of the Harriet Houk Scholarship and member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta and the dean’s list. Stephanie was a BRIN fellow, studying the chromophore requirement for UV-irradiated DNA binding by a chlamydomonasphotolyase. Following graduation she hopes to teach middle school or high school biology.



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