Eleven Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards, 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.” The Honors Convocation ceremony will be streamed live Friday night, follow this link.
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 Convocation on Friday, April 28, in the Sherman Center on campus.
The following men are 2017 Scotchman candidates:
Matthew Bader, Pierre, S.D.
Matthew Bader is a Christian leadership and history double major. He has been on the dean’s list each semester and is a member of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir and Wesleyan Band, the Student Ministry Council where he serves as a Life Group leader, is an action ambassador for the university’s annual Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change, and works as a certified peer tutor. He also is a recipient of the Bishop Scholar for Leadership award and the Denman Award for Evangelism. Bader has assisted and volunteered for many church and community organizations, including mission trips, and as the lay delegate to the United Methodist General and Jurisdictional Conference in 2016 and was the delegate to the United Methodist Global Young People’s Legislative Assembly and Convocation in 2014. He works as the youth director for the Mitchell FUMC and was an intern for Elisha Project in Rapid City last summer. He has been accepted to seminary school after graduation. He is the son of Dan and Monica Bader, Pierre.
Kevin Lopez, Long Beach, Calif.
Kevin Lopez is a biology major with a mathematics minor. Lopez is a science and mathematics TRiO tutor, a research lab assistant, a resident assistant, and member of the DWU wrestling team. He has volunteered for local youth wrestling tournaments as a referee, and is a member of CHAOS Club (science club), Third Freedom (Universities Fighting World Hunger), and the Math Club. He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Zeta honor societies, and has been named to the dean’s list and Scholar’s Honors Program, been named a DWU Scholar Athlete twice, and received the Harriet N. Houk Scholarship. Lopez interned as a dental assistant at Long Beach Dental Arts Specialties, and worked as a surgical/post-op care intern at Abari Orthodontics and Oral Surgery. Lopez is applying for graduate programs as well as research programs for the next year and will take both the MCAT and DAT this summer with plans to apply to medical school or dental school. He is the son of Sonia Treminio and Juan Lopez.
Jesse Olsen, Mount Vernon, S.D.
Jesse Olsen is a human services major with a minor in family studies. He is a member of the Human Services Club and serves as its president. He has volunteered for the Mitchell Area Safehouse, local food pantry, and fundraising for the Human Services Club. To add to his education, Olsen has attended the Children’s Justice Conference and Child Abuse Conference in Sioux Falls. His parents are Glenn and Dani Olsen, of Mount Vernon.
Trevor Peter, Dell Rapids, S.D.
Trevor Peter is a communications major. He is a four-year starter for the DWU wrestling team and team captain his senior year. He is a recipient of the Champion of Character award and named an Academic Scholar Athlete, as well as named to the dean’s list for four semesters. Peter is involved in the Human Services Club and also enjoys hunting and outdoor sports. He has volunteered for numerous local charities and nonprofits, volunteered as a youth wrestling referee, and has taken part in local mission trips since 2009. He is the son of Louis and Karla Peter, of Dell Rapids.
Andrew Schwader, Howard, S.D.
Andrew Schwader is a biochemistry major in the pre-med program at DWU. He has received the Outstanding Biochemist award twice, the Academic First Team Football designation three times, the Outstanding male research presenter award from the South Dakota Academy of Science as a sophomore, named an NAIA Scholar Athlete, received the Carhart Prize in Science Biochemistry scholarship; and he will present research at the Experimental Biology Conference in Chicago this month. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, CHAOS club, the DWU football team, and works as a TRiO peer mentor. He has volunteered with the football team and CHAOS for community service, and will take part in the May mission trip to Trujillo, Peru. He is the son of Tony and Sandi Schwader, of Howard.
The candidates for Miss Wesleyan include:
Ariana Arampatzis, Aberdeen, S.D.
Ariana Arampatzis is a religious studies and nonprofit administration double major. She is a resident assistant, Student Senate secretary, Student Ministry Council president, student ambassador, president of UFWH Third Freedom. She has also served as freshman and sophomore class president, and served as the student delegate at the Millennium Campus Conference, the Presidents United to Solve Hunger Initiative, and the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. She also interned for Elisha Project, a ministry group in Rapid City. Arampatzis has been a student speaker for the several DWU events and served as an action ambassador for the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change. She worked as a coordinator for the McGovern Center’s soap project in Africa, helped organize a fundraising event for the DWU Ugandan mission trip and a partner nonprofit, as well as interned for Belay Global in Rwanda this past summer. She is the daughter of Janelle and Bruce Brown and Tony and Marla Arampatzis, all of Aberdeen. She is currently already hired as the newest advancement officer for DWU.
Macey Chambers, Blunt, S.D.
Macey Chambers is a criminal justice major. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, and has appeared on the dean’s list every semester. She has interned for the Department of Corrections, the Division of Criminal Investigation twice, and currently the Mitchell Police Department. Chambers has served as an action ambassador for the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change, has helped judge the science fair at DWU for two years, assisted with the DWU Take 5 program at L.B. Williams Elementary (about forensic science), volunteered at the James Valley Community Center, and has volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She is the daughter of Bryce and Kristan Chambers, of Blunt.
Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo.
Dyrani Clark is a digital media and design major with minors in entrepreneurial leadership, math and music. She has appeared on the dean’s list, is a Randall Scholar, Vicki Clarke Scholar, Kelley Center Scholar, and member of Phi Kappa Phi. Clark has also served as a student ambassador, admissions representative, TRiO tutor, TRiO peer mentor, new student orientation leader, action ambassador for the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change, and as the fine arts Student Senate representative. She has volunteered for the annual DWU food drive, Dr. Seuss Carnival, singing for residents in local nursing homes, and donated art for the art auctions that benefited DWU trips to Africa and Israel. She also created a temporary charity for the Mitchell Snack Pack Program and helped raise awareness about polio for the Mitchell Rotary. She is the daughter of Sherry Clark and Gary Clark, both of Loveland.
DiMera Dvorak, Lake Andes, S.D.
DiMera Dvorak is an elementary education major and member of the Future Teachers’ Organization at DWU. She has been listed on the dean’s list all four years, is a TEACH grant recipient, has volunteered for the YWCA’s Kids’ Klub, Operation Tiger (substitute teacher program), The Mitchell Weekend Snack Pack program, Salvation Army, DWU food drive, Trunk-or-Treat, DWU service day, and has worked as a work study for L.B. Williams Elementary. She is certified for CPR and first aid, and took the online child abuse and neglect training for mandatory reporters. She is the daughter of Terri Bambas and Mike Dvorak, both of Lake Andes. Following graduation, she plans to seek a fulltime teaching position.
Lorissa Loeppky, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Lorissa Loeppky is a psychology major and human services minor. She has been named to the dean’s list all four years, and to the GPAC Player of the Week in 2014. She is a member of the DWU softball team and has conducted research for the Abbott House in Mitchell. She is the daughter of Shelly Loeppky and Cam Loeppky. After graduation, she plans to obtain a master’s degree and become a child psychologist.
Kayla Weber, Mitchell, S.D.
Kayla Weber is a biochemistry and psychology double major. She is the president of CHAOS Club (Chemistry, Health and Other Sciences); captain of the DWU Cheer Team; and member of the Psychology Club. She volunteers at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, the regional science fair, Toys for Tots, and has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for organic chemistry. She also spent a month in Uganda and Rwanda for a DWU service-learning trip. She is a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) and a research manager. She has received the Biochemistry Service Award and been named to the dean’s list all four years. Weber is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Zeta, and Phi Gamma Mu. She is married to Tanner Weber and the daughter of Duane and Sandy Vanden Hoek, Corsica. Following graduation, she plans to take the MCAT and apply to medical school.