William Woods students named Distinguished Scholars

Fulton, MO – At the end of every academic year, William Woods University recognizes a select group of its students with the Distinguished Scholar award. Faculty members designate one graduating senior from each program for the honor. While eligibility requires a minimum 3.4 grade point average, faculty also consider other relevant academic factors in the selection process.

“The Distinguished Scholar is a very prestigious award at William Woods, identifying and honoring the top student in each discipline,” said Dr. Aimee Sapp, University Provost.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, 18 seniors were recognized as Distinguished Scholars:

  • American Sign Language: Sidney Johnson, Lincoln, Mo.
  • Art: Kelsey Evans, Troy, Mo.
  • Biology: Caitlyn Huggins, Columbia, Mo.
  • Business Administration: Emily Smith, Mexico, Mo.
  • Communication: Hannah Loethen, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Criminal Justice: MacKenzie Denny, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Cyber Security: Dustin Russell, Fulton, Mo.
  • Elementary Education: Nicole Mann, Mexico, Mo.
  • Equestrian Science: Megan McLeod, Austin, Texas
  • Equine Administration: Annastasia Pappas, Omaha, Neb.
  • Equine General Studies: Leigh Everhart, Portland, Ore.
  • Exercise Science: Sidney Wilbeck, Brookfield, Mo.
  • Political Legal Studies: Ashley Firoved, Troy, Mo.
  • Physical Education: Seth Montana-Edwards, Cherry Valley, Ill.
  • Psychology: Abby Peters, Burlington Junction, Mo.
  • Social Work: Jennifer Batts, Mexico, Mo.
  • Secondary Education: Lillian Mann, Mexico, Mo.
  • Sport Management: Chais Paul, Cole Camp, Mo.