Fourteen Northwestern students were recognized as Outstanding Seniors along with other award recipients on Friday, May 7, at Northwestern.
Outstanding Seniors for 2021 include Bridger Anderson, Riley Beeler, Bailey Brown, Olivia Denney, Jacob Fuller, Bailie Gooch, Carson Hannaford, Mason Monsees, Caitlyn Pray, Mayte Rosales, Ethan Sacket, Lane Scarbrough, Emma Sporleder and Alexander Tune.
Outstanding Seniors must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, must have completed at least 60 credit hours at Northwestern, never been subject to academic or disciplinary action, be involved in campus and/or community activities and show promise of future achievement.
2021 Outstanding Seniors
Bridger Anderson, a native of Carrington, N.D., graduated cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. Anderson is a rodeo student athlete. He has qualified for two college National Finals Rodeos and was the 2019 College National Champion in Steer Wrestling.
Anderson was on the President’s Honor Roll and was the 2020 Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship winner. He served as the 2019 Steer Wrestling Regional Event Director for the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Riley Beeler, a native of Alva, Okla., graduated cum laude from Northwestern in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Beeler is currently a pre-k teacher in Alva Public Schools.
While attending Northwestern, she was involved in tutoring, blood drives, community events and church activities. Beeler was on the President’s and the Vice President’s Honor Roll. Beeler was also a swim instructor and a floral assistant.
Bailey Brown, a native of Enid, Okla., graduated magna cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Brown plans to apply for medical school after graduation. She is a basketball student athlete and received Athlete of the Year at Northwestern in 2019 and 2020. She was involved in the Special Olympics and was a reading mentor at a local elementary school.
Brown was on the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll. She was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and the National Student-Athlete Honor Society. Brown was the athlete of the month three times and broke the school record for rebounds in a game in 2019.
Olivia Denney, a native of Woodward, Okla., graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Denney will begin her career as a registered nurse at an area hospital in the ICU.
She has worked as a medical scribe, a medical scribe trainer, and as a nurse extern. She was a member of the Northwestern Student Nursing Association and served as treasurer; the Oklahoma Nursing Student Association as a student delegate; Sigma Theta Tau; the Woodward Leadership Advisory Board; the National Student Nurses’ Association; the National Society of Leadership and Success; and the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps. She was on the President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls.
Jacob Fuller, a native of Guthrie, Okla., graduated summa cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduation, Fuller will attend Oklahoma State University to become a veterinarian. He worked as a lab technician, campus safety officer, university science tutor, EMT, and veterinary assistant.
Fuller was a member of several campus organizations including the Medical Science Club where he served as president and public relations officer; Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE); Chemistry Club; Aggie Club; Northwestern Scholar Ambassador; and Red and Black Scroll Honor Society. He was on the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls.
Bailie Gooch, a native of Stroud, Okla., graduated summa cum laude in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness management. She is currently pursuing her master’s in adult education management and administration at Northwestern.
Gooch is working at the J.R. Holder Wellness Center as a certified personal trainer, a group fitness instructor and a graduate assistant. She was a member of the President’s Leadership Class; Red and Black Scroll Honor Society; National Honor Society; and the Oklahoma Honor Society.
Carson Hannaford, a native of Dewey, Okla., graduated summa cum laude in December 2020 with a bachelor’s in English education. She is currently pursuing her master’s in school counseling at Northwestern. Hannaford is working at the Enid Public Schools as an English and computer teacher.
While at Northwestern, she volunteered to be one of the first from Northwestern and the state of Oklahoma to pilot the new evidence-based performance assessment. This assessment evaluates teacher candidates on their ability to have an impact on student learning. Hannaford was also on the President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls.
Mason Monsees, a native of Garber, Okla., graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Monsees plans to pursue his master’s degree at Northwestern next fall.
He worked as a resident assistant and in the recruitment office. He was a member of the Student Government Association; Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors; and Leadership Northwestern. Monsees volunteered with several camps and events on campus. Monsees was on the Vice President’s Honor Roll.
Caitlyn Pray, a native of Caldwell, Kans., graduated summa cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Pray was on the President’s Honor Roll.
She worked as a public relations intern, a harvest aid, an office assistant and lab assistant. Pray was a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry as the on-campus intern and served in mission projects; served the Aggie Club as reporter; and volunteered with the Oklahoma 4-H and Extension.
Mayte Rosales, a native of Woodward, Okla., graduated summa cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She plans to become a certified public accountant and pursue her master’s in accounting.
While at Northwestern, Rosales managed the office and financials for a welding company. She was a member of the President’s Honor Roll; the Mu Xi Chapter of the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration; and a recipient of the Mead and Mary Ferguson Scholarship.
Ethan Sacket, a native of Aline, Okla., graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Sacket was president of the Student Government Association in his senior year.
Sacket was a member of the Red and Black Scroll Honor Society; President’s Leadership Class (member and mentor); Ranger Business Club as president; Thank-A-Thon Leadership Team; Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors; International Student Association as treasurer; and Northwestern Alumni Association Alumni Board as a student representative. He worked as a resident assistant; was the Census representative in Woods County; and assisted, as an intern, in brand development at Value Added Products.
Lane Scarbrough, a native of Alva, Okla., graduated summa cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Scarbrough was on the President’s Honor Roll.
Scarbrough was a member of the Red and Black Scroll Honor Society; President’s Leadership Class (member and mentor); Ranger Business Club; and Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He worked as a resident assistant; farmhand; and as the finance intern for the City of Alva.
Emma Sporleder, a native of Olive, Okla., graduated magna cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. Sporleder was a member of the President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls.
Sporleder was a member of Leadership Northwestern; Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors; Red and Black Scroll Honor Society; Student Government Association; NWTV 7 as an anchor; Northwestern News; Thank-A-Thon Leadership Team; Aggie Club; and intramural sports. She worked on campus in the Office of Recruitment; was an athletic communications assistant; and worked as an assistant in Student Services.
Alexander Tune, a native of Taloga, Okla., graduated cum laude in May with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. Tune was on the President’s and Vice President’s Honor Rolls.
Tune was a member of the Student Government Association as treasurer; Aggie Club; International Students Association; Math Club as treasurer and vice president; Ranger Business Club as vice president; and the Thank-A-Thon Leadership Team. He worked as a farmhand and bank teller.
Other Award Recipients:
T.C. Carter Award– Kylee Alexander, Shelby Pittser, Caitlyn Pray
This award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas C. Carter, chairman of the Biology Department from 1916 until his retirement in 1952. It is presented to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.
deSERVING Ranger Award– Jessica Wildman
The deSERVING Ranger Award is designed to recognize an outstanding Northwestern Oklahoma State University student serving within the Northwestern communities and campuses. Nominees demonstrate a dedication to service and a sense of responsibility to the Northwestern Student Learning and Civic Engagement vision, serve as community service models for other students, possess exceptional leadership and organizational skills, and exhibit a consistent work ethic and availability.
John F. Kennedy Award– Ethan Sacket
The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Student Government Association honors the memory of John F. Kennedy by annually presenting this award. The recipient must serve the university, community and the country; display school spirit; promote the university; possess leadership; participate in organizations; and strive for academic betterment and achievement.
Dr. Joe Dollins Merit Award– Baylie Drew
This award is given in honor of Dr. Joe Dollins who served as a Northwestern faculty member from 1946-1948 and 1957-1970. It is given annually to a student who has completed the student teaching professional semester. Selection is made on cumulative grade point average and promise of future achievement in the field of education.
John Ted Meier Student Teaching Award– Marckee Belliston
The award is made annually to a student completing requirements for the teaching certificate. Criteria for selection include fairness, empathy for all students, a sense of humor and academic achievement.
Newman Civic Fellows Award – Braeden Cook
The Newman Civic Fellows Award is named for Dr. Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement. Students are nominated by their college or university president as inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Sabin and Pearl Percefull Scholarship Award – Jenna Brooks
This scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Pearl Percefull, who was a faculty member from 1915 to 1919, and Mr. Sabin Percefull, who served the university in various capacities including acting president from 1935 to 1936 and president from 1943 to 1954. The award is open to all Northwestern students with a major or minor in the Social Sciences. It is based upon grade point, character and need of the student.
John Sheffield Teacher of the Year Award – Jana Brown, Professor of History
The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Student Government Association honors the memory and ideals of Dr. John Sheffield in annually making this award. The recipient must show genuine enthusiasm for people, courage to give of self to others and faith to trust in his or her honored profession.
Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year Award – Brady Bowles (Alva), Zarah Whitfield (Enid), Avery Raney (Woodward).
This award is given to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in psychology. Established in 1991 by the Northwestern Psychology Club, the criteria for selection includes grade point average, field related activities, classroom participation and potential of continued success.