Huntington University awards Presidential Scholarships

FOR RELEASE
2006-02-10
Huntington, Ind.—More than 50 individuals were awarded a Presidential Scholarship of $7,000 during the fifth annual Huntington University Presidential Scholar Celebration Day on February 10, 2006. In addition, 21 of those students received an additional Colloquium Scholarship of $1,500. The Presidential and Colloquium Scholarships at Huntington University are the highest honors bestowed on an incoming student.

Academic criteria for the Presidential Scholarship are a 3.6 grade point average and either a 1250 SAT or 28 ACT score. The additional Colloquium Scholarship is awarded to students who achieve a 1320 SAT or 31 ACT score. The scholarships can be retained by qualifying students all four years at Huntington University.


The Celebration Day allowed the scholars and their families the opportunity to hear more about what is offered at Huntington for high achieving students from a number of sources within their chosen academic divisions. Current Presidential Scholar students, recent alumni, faculty and staff members offered insights to the high academic programs and enriching student life that Huntington University offers. During the Presidential Scholar Luncheon, each recipient was introduced and recognized with a certificate presented by Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of the University, and Dr. Norris Friesen, vice president and dean of the University. The following individuals were named Presidential Scholars and will receive a scholarship of $7,000 (* denotes individuals who received the additional Colloquium Scholarship).

Logan Amstutz
Amstutz is from New Haven, Ind., where he attends New Haven High School. He will pursue a major in Bible and religion in the fall and plans to become a youth pastor and a professional writer with a focus on fictional novels. Amstutz has been involved with academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, and Latin Club.

Janel Anderson
Anderson is from Brownsburg, Ind., and attends Bethesda Christian School. There, she has been involved in band, choir, cheerleading as well as a mission trip to Louisiana. Anderson has plans of pursuing a psychology degree with hopes of becoming a criminal psychologist.



Matt Austin*
Planning to pursue his interests in music and theatre in the fall, Austin is from Wheaton, Ill., and attends Wheaton North High School. He is involved in National Honor Society, student council, speech team as well as school musicals and theatre productions.



Claire Bates*
From Bloomfield, Mich., is Bates who attends Andover High School. She has been involved throughout her high school career by participating in the Forensics team, peer mentoring, worship team at church, and also has received a Science Department Scholar Award and was a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Bates hopes to pursue her interests in education, psychology and missions while in college.

Kelly Beiswanger*
From Kendallville, Ind., is Beiswanger who is active in her high school with National Honor Society, show choir, and freshman mentoring. She attends East Noble High School and will pursue a degree in English in the fall.



Jamie Burridge
Burridge is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and hopes to pursue a degree in communication with an emphasis in broadcasting. Burridge attends Concordia Lutheran High and has been involved in drill team, Adventure Training, and National Honor Society. She hopes to one day start up a Christian radio station.



Matt Cable
Born in Kansas, Cable now resides in North Manchester, Ind., where he attends Manchester High School. He is involved in Campus Life as a student leader, tennis team, and youth group. Cable also had a unique opportunity to travel to Sweden last year as an exchange student. He plans to pursue a degree in youth ministry.

Sarah Caley
Byron Center, Mich., is home to Caley who attends Byron Center High School. She has an interest in pursuing a business degree while in college. As a high school student she has been involved in National Honor Society, Vocal Expressions, Student Council, Community Service Club as secretary, and three of the school’s musicals.

Nathan Capriglione
Attending DeKalb High School and from Auburn, Ind., is Capriglione who is interested in theatre design and technology. He participates in Key Club, Science Club, Spell Bowl, Speech Team, National Honor Society, and theatre productions.



Sarah Cherry
Cherry is from Huntington, Ind., and attends Huntington North High School. There she is involved in tennis team, concert band, pep band, National Honor Society, and Campus Life. Cherry has received an award in state and district Indiana State School Music Association competitions in oboe and also is involved in her church orchestra. Cherry would like to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Bryant Crubaugh
Crubaugh is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and attends Homestead High School. He would like to pursue a degree in Bible and religion while in college with a goal to pursue ministry. In high school he is involved in marching band, drumline, Campus Life student leaders, and is also a lifeguard and a Boy Scout.



Megan Culbertson*
Culbertson is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and attends Homestead High School. While in high school she has been involved in Key Club, tutoring, Academic Superbowl, theatre, drama ministry, and National Honor Society. Culbertson has had opportunities to travel to Mexico and Chicago on missions trips. She will pursue a degree in communication while in college.

Amy Deming
From Gurnee, Ill., is Deming who has a great passion for missions. She has participated in several mission trips to Mexico and hopes to work for a short term missions organization some day. She is also a member of the women’s soccer team at Warren Township High School and is a quadruplet.



Alex Desch*
From Fort Wayne, Ind., is Desch who has received the Distinguished Honor Roll Award along with a Math Award. Desch attends Homestead High School and participates in National Honor Society. She will study elementary education.



Stephen Edinger*
Edinger is from Sylvania, Ohio, and will pursue a degree in computer science. He attends Sylvania Northview High School and has participated in youth group, Vacation Bible School, and summer mission trips.



Spencer Elliott
From Fort Wayne, Ind., Elliott attends South Side High School and participates in French club, chess team, theatre, speech and debate, and the academic team. Elliott is currently undecided as to what major he would like to pursue, but he has an interest in pre-law and secondary education with a minor in theater.



Kelsey First
Interested in pursuing a degree in special education is First who is from Spring Lake, Mich. She attends Spring Lake High School and has been involved in student council, National Honor Society, golf, soccer, and is the editor for the school’s newspaper. First is also a student leader for her church’s youth group.



Joshua Fitzgerald*
Fitzgerald is from New Haven High School in New Haven, Ind. He is active in Youth for Christ Campus Life student leaders at his high school. He hopes to pursue his interests in math education while in college.

Emily Forbes
Attending Homestead Senior High School is Forbes who resides in Fort Wayne, Ind. She has participated in marching band for the past four years and is a member of the National Honor Society and distinguished Honor Roll. Forbes is currently undecided in her major but has an interest in pre-med.



Valorie Freeland
Freeland is from Andrews, Ind., where she is a homeschooled student. She has an interest in pursuing computer science as a college student and is an active member in her church. Freeland has participated in Teen Bible quizzing, is the church’s nursery assistant, member of teen choir, and assists with Vacation Bible School. She is also a member of the Huntington Eagles Varsity Volleyball team and the American Sign Language Club.



Jarod Hammel
From Andrews, Ind., is Hammel who attends Huntington North High School. Hammel is a National Leadership Merit Award recipient and a high honor roll member. He also participates in 4-H and baseball. Hammel will study math education in the fall.



Anna Hawley*
From Huntington, Ind., is Hawley who attends Huntington North High School. She would like to pursue her interests in psychology and missions while in college. She is involved in drama, Varsity Singers show choir, and is also a freshman mentor and class secretary.

John Haynes
Haynes is a senior attending Palatine High School, and he is from Palatine, Ill. He has a passion for serving youth and displays this through his involvement in the church worship band as a youth group student leader and with his interests to pursue a degree in ministry and missions while in college.

Nathan Hunt*
From Creswell, Ore., is Hunt who as a homeschooler has received the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award along with a National Merit Award. He has participated in a Shakespearean drama class and is also the editor for the local high school’s newspaper. Hunt will pursue a degree in English and hopes to become an editor.

Mary Hutchens
Attending Otsego Baptist Academy is Hutchens who is from Otsego, Mich. She has an interest in theatre and will major in theatre performance in college. She has participated in drama team, varsity soccer, basketball, volleyball, youth group and is currently taking voice lessons.



Ryan Imel*
Imel is from Roanoke, Ind., and attends Huntington North High School. Pursuing his interests in Bible and religion, Imel is currently undecided in his major of choice. While in high school he has been involved in National Honor society and is the newspaper editor.



Melissa Keighin*
Keighin is from Carlock, Ill., and attends Normal Community High School. She has a range of involvements from Key Club, Students Against Drunk Driving, National Honor Society, and Illinois Math League to Awana, youth group, and cheerleading. Keighin hopes to pursue a degree in history education.

Amber Kessler*
Kessler is from Moscow, Russia. She attends Hinkson Christian Academy and is involved in Beta Club and overseas ministry. She would like to one day use her youth ministry degree and work with children in developing countries.



Bradley King*
Pursuing his interests in chemistry at college and from Bellefontaine, Ohio, is King who attends Salem High School. He has had the opportunity to participate in several different missions trips including Russia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He participates in marching band, worship band and plays the piano, guitar, and xylophone.



Jennifer Kratz*
With an interest in English and writing is Kratz who is from East Greenville, Pa. She attends Upper Perkiomen High School and is involved in choir, newspaper, foreign language club, student council, National Honor Society, drama club, worship team, and soccer.



David Lash*
Lash is from Mentone, Ind., where he is a senior at Tippecanoe Valley High School. He participates on the basketball team there along with National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and 4-H. Lash will pursue a degree in business management in college.



Caitlynn Lowe
From Bedford, Ohio, is Lowe who has an interest in pursuing a degree in digital media arts. She attends Bedford High School and is involved in Students Against Drunk Driving, National Honor Society, and has volunteered as an office helper as well as a retirement center aide teaching computers. Lowe has a goal of owning her own animation studio one day.



Leslie Malkemus
A senior this year at Hagerstown High School is Malkemus who will pursue her interests in psychology while in college. She is from Hagerstown, Ind. and is involved in Student Government Association, Spanish club, National Honor Society as well as marching, pep and concert band.



Allison Menser*
Menser is from Plymouth, Ind., and attends Plymouth High School. She is involved in swing choir, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club. While in college, she will pursue her interests in accounting.



Stephen Milliken
From Franklintown, Pa., is Milliken who attends Dillsburg Northern High School. There he is actively involved in choir, tennis, soccer, track, as well as dramas and musical productions. He is undecided as to what major he will pursue but is excited about spiritual growth and service opportunities while in college.

Victor Morman*
Morman is a homeschooled student from Monroeville, Ind., who has a goal of one day becoming a concert pianist. He has played the piano for the last nine years and is the music director for a quintet. He also enjoys soccer and has participated on a travel soccer team.



Tory Nelson
Nelson is from Granger, Ind. He is a senior at Clay High School. There, he is involved in drama club, National Honor Society, and Spain Society. While in college Nelson would like to study digital media arts in animation with a goal of one day filming and editing movies.



Thom Newell
Pursuing a degree in psychology is Newell who is from Greentown, Ind. He attends Indiana Academy and participates in Students Against Drunk Driving, track and field, student parliament, and yearbook. He was voted best yearbook photographer. He also has involvements in organizations such as Fire Shaq and U-Turn.



Peter Owens
Owens is from Indianapolis, Ind., and he attends Covenant Christian High School. He will pursue a degree in history education while in college and has interests in baseball, basketball, and music.



Corey Palmer*
Coming to Huntington from Sharpsville, Ind., is Palmer who attends Tri-Central High School. He has an interest in studying communication while in college with a possible emphasis in public relations. In high school he is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 4-H, football, golf, track, National Honor Society, Spanish club, and Academic Super Bowl.

Amos Rawley
Rawley is from Greencastle, Pa., and attends Greencastle Antrim High. He is involved in choir, youth group, Boys Scouts and has interests in music and theatre. Rawley will pursue a degree in youth ministry and hopes to become a youth pastor.



Jessica Rhode
Rhode is from Okinawa, Japan. There she attends Okinawa Christian and is involved in volleyball, student government, National Honor Society, chapel worship team, choir, and drama. Rhode hopes to pursue a degree in secondary education.



Justine Salway
Currently participating in Spanish club, show choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and the worship band at her church is Salway who is from Huntertown, Ind. She attends Carroll High and is interested in business and pre-law. She hopes to one day become a criminal lawyer.



Kristin Schott
Pursuing her interests in music and possibly worship leadership is Schott who resides in Indianapolis, Ind., and attends Southport High School. There she has been involved in her school’s musicals and hopes to participate in music ensembles and productions in college. Schott also is excited about the opportunities to do missions work locally and globally.

Courtney Schwerin
From Flanagan, Ill., is Schwerin who will pursue an interest in graphic design while in college. She attends Flanagan High School and participates in gymnastics, golf, softball, student council, and National Honor Society.



Melody Stauffer
Stauffer is from Irwin, Ohio, where she attends Fairbanks High School. She hopes to one day become a music teacher and will study music education in the fall. Stauffer also has interests in band, choir, newspaper, yearbook, drama, and music ensembles.



Amanda Stout
Stout is from Goshen, Ind., and attends Northridge High School. She has participated in basketball, track, and National Honor Society throughout her high school career. She is undecided in her major but has interests in accounting, sciences, and computers.



Tabitha Truax*
Attending Owen Valley High School is Truax who is from Spencer, Ind. She has been involved in volleyball, softball, and basketball while in high school and is considering a degree in film studies while in college.



Kelly Van Schouwen*
Van Schouwen is from South Holland, Ill., where she attends Illiana Christian High School. She participates in wind ensemble, pep band, orchestra, and has received awards for High Honor Roll, Outstanding Academic Achievement, and National Honor Society. She will pursue her interest in Bible and religion in the fall.

Laura Waltz
Having an interest in forensics, Waltz will pursue a degree in biology. She was born in Michigan but now resides in Carmel, Ind., and attends Heritage Christian High School. Waltz was homeschooled until her senior year and has participated on a traveling volleyball team and has done missions work in Costa Rica.

Ben Waterman
From Sharspville, Ind., is Waterman who attends Tri-Central High school and has an interest in pursuing a degree in missions. He is a member of the men’s soccer team, varsity track team, is club president for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, member of National Honor Society, and is active in his church. He also has had the opportunity to travel on numerous missions trips.

Monica Wolfe
Wolfe is from Lincoln, Neb., and attends Lincoln East High School where she participates in soccer and National Honor Society. She also enjoys reading, biking, and running. Wolfe will pursue a degree in biology with a dream of becoming a zookeeper or wildlife biologist some day.



Ben Wulpi*
Wulpi is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and attends Leo Junior/Senior High School. He has an interest in becoming a pastor one day, and he is considering a degree in sociology. He has participated in band, soccer, choir, and National Honor Society while in high school.



Courtney Clark
As a senior attending Mount Vernon High School, Clark is from Greenfield, Ind. She has several interests to pursue while in college including theatre, music and missions.

Kristin Colman
Born in Lansing, Mich., is Colman who now resides in Shawnee, Okla., and attends Shawnee Senior High School. She is an active member of National Honor Society, color guard, concert band, Academic Team, National Forensics League and has received recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist and Who’s Who Among American High School Students award. She will pursue her interest in business management in the fall.

Julie Johnson
Johnson is a missionary kid from Japan who has a passion for teaching young minds. She has been involved in drama, hand bell ensemble, National Honor Society, Volleyball and Speech Festival. Johnson will pursue a degree in elementary education.

Colleen King
As a senior attending Robert C. Byrd High School is King who is from Clarksburg, W.V. King is involved in theatre, Students Against Drunk Driving, student council and has traveled to Haiti several times on mission trips. She has interests in puppetry, foreign languages and missions. She will pursue a degree in digital media arts while in college.

Joseph Kohut
From Columbia City, Ind., is Kohut who attends Columbia City High School. He has an interest in studying math education while in college and has had the opportunity to be a part of the track and field team while in high school. He hopes to continue his participation on the track team in college.

Abram Janson

Planning to pursue his interests in recreation and sports ministry is Janson who is from Parma, Mich. He attends Jackson County Western High School where has been involved in soccer, baseball, and basketball for the last four years. He also is a member of National Honor Society, Hope Mentoring, and the ministry team at his church.

Stephanie Mathis
Mathis is from Danville, Ill., and attends Bismarck-Henning High School. She participates in National Honor Society, student council, letterman’s club, Students Against Drunk Driving, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and volleyball. She also has had the opportunity to do missions work in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. She will pursue a degree in math education.

Emily Minard
From Readlyn, Iowa, is Minard who attends Waverly-Shell Rock High School. She is currently undecided as to what major she will pursue but has interests in both pre-med and fine arts. Minard enjoys painting as well.

Jimmy Murray
With interests in digital media arts, journalism, communication and business is Murray who is from Mundelein, Ill. He is a senior at Carmel High School and participates in student council, National Honor Society and is a snowboarding instructor for children with disabilities and teens for the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute.

Jessica Niekamp
Niekamp is from New Bremen, Ohio, where she attends New Bremen High School. There, she is involved in drama club and choir and has performed several vocal solos. Niekamp has a dream of one day becoming a high school English teacher and will pursue a degree in English education.

Teresa Nussbaum
Monroe, Ind., is home to Nussbaum who attends Adams Central High School. Nussbaum is currently undecided as to what major she will pursue but has interests in both elementary education and photography. She has participated in National Honor Society, swing choir, and is a Rotary Scholar and publications photographer.

Alison Shellhaas
Active throughout her high school career is Shellhaas who is from Solon, Ohio. She has had involvements in Thespian Society, ballet, jazz, show choir, concert choir, speech & debate team, French club and German club. Shellhaas attends Cuyahoga Valley Christian and also has traveled to Haiti. She will pursue a degree in intermediate education.

Nick Yarger
Pursuing his interest in both pre-med and worship leadership is Yarger who is from Huntington, Ind. He hopes to one day become a cardiologist or worship pastor. He attends Huntington North High School and has been involved in Varsity Singers for last four years.

 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  
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