Outstanding Graduate

Whitney Blodgett has been named the Outstanding Graduate for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year at Missouri Southern State University.

Established in 1972, the award is given by the Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, and significant contributions to the university and/or community.

While at Missouri Southern, Blodgett was a member of the Biology Club and served as president of the Pollinators Club. She helped create the Citellus Research Council, which works to expand research opportunities for undergraduate students, and served as a tutor and member of Student Senate.

Last fall, she and another student received the Cave Young Investigator Prize during the 19th Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists in London. Their collaborative project tackled the issue of erroneous experimental design within the anatomical sciences.

Having graduated with a degree in biology, Blodgett has been accepted to Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., and plans to get her master’s degree in applied statistics and biostatistics.


Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Missouri Southern has also announced the recipients of departmental academic achievement awards, Honors Program graduates and other special recognitions.

College of Arts & Sciences

Dorothy Gonzales, Joplin (Art—Graphic Design)

Veronica Pickett, Joplin (Art—Studio)

Madelyn Gale, Bella Vista, Ark. (Art Education)

Christopher (Gil) Johnson, Neosho, Mo. (Biology)

Whitney Blodgett, Joplin (Biology)

Danielle Plutino, Diamond, Mo. (Biology)

Colt Anderson, Springfield, Mo. (Environmental Health & Safety)

Ashley Bluemel, Joplin (Biochemistry)

Mikayla Monk, Joplin (Chemistry)

Justin Sanders, Grove, Okla. (Physics)

Megan Keller, Mindenmines (Criminal Justice Administration)

Jayline Jimenez, Diamond, Mo. (Criminal Justice Administration)

Sebastian Johns, Joplin (Criminal Justice Administration)

Jonathan David Miller, St. Charles, Mo. (Law Enforcement)

Jacob Andrew Painter, Joplin (Law Enforcement)

Sarah Robbins, Olathe, Kan. (English)

Taurean Guzman, Cherokee, Kan. (English Education)

Cally Chisholm, Clinton, Tenn. (Mass Communications)

Carter Hickman, Neosho, Mo. (Public Relations)

Maryana Roper, Platte City, Mo. (Modern Language)

Spencer Dawson, Webb City, Mo. (Music)

Megan Blanchard, Lamar, Mo. (Music Education)

Brennan Cummings, Baxter Springs, Kan. (History)

Kelsea Gorham, Fort Gibson, Okla. (International & Political Affairs)

Maria Vergara Panilla, Joplin (Political Science/International Studies)

Richard Fullerton, Kansas City, Mo. (Social Science Education)

Madison Thurman, Sarcoxie, Mo. (Sociology)

Trace Henault, Topeka, Kan. (Sociology)

Allison Dodge, Joplin (Theatre)

Gil Salgado, Joplin (Social Work)


College of Business

Layne Karhoff, Girard, Kan. (Accounting)

Brady McMorris, Harrisonville, Mo. (Accounting)

Hilda Munoz, Webb City, Mo. (Accounting)

Asia Bemo, Carl Junction, Mo. (Economics)

Zachary Goforth, Miami, Okla. (Finance)

Joshua S. King, Neosho, Mo. (General Business)

Cody McMorris, Harrisonville, Mo. (General Business)

Sarah Shultz, Baxter Springs, Kan. (International Business)

Deborah Allen, Bella Vista, Ark. (Management)

Elizabeth Schmohe, Seneca, Mo. (Management)

Maddison Brown, Mount Vernon, Mo. (Marketing)

Abigail Rogers, Bentonville, Ark. (Marketing)

Folarammi Adeyeri, Joplin (Computer Information Science)

Ryan Hinkley, Liberty, Mo. (Computer Information Science)

Matthew Templeton, Carthage, Mo. (Computer Information Science)

Katjana Gries, Joplin (Industrial Engineering Technology)

Alex Armer, Pineville, Mo. (Logistics)

Jeremy Denney, Neosho, Mo. (Manufacturing Engineering Technology)


College of Education

Alicia Pickett, Shawnee, Kan. (Health Promotion & Wellness)

Cort Hardy, Diamond, Mo. (Physical Education)

Emilee Curran, Kaiser, Mo. (Psychology)

Kenna Moore, Joplin (Psychology)

David Meinershagen, Webb City, Mo. (Elementary Education)

Cynthia Navarrete-Chavez, Joplin (Elementary Education)

Shannon Garrett, Joplin (Elementary Education)

Tanner Hails, Collinsville, Ill. (Middle School Education)


College of Health Sciences

Hunter Reed, Joplin (Health Science)

Lynn Jacquinot, Saint Paul, Kan. (Health Science)

Patty Lurten, El Dorado Springs, Mo. (Health Science)

Devyn Harter, Billings, Mo. (Dental Hygiene)

Jesse Funk, Joplin (Dental Hygiene)

Chance Johnson, Joplin (Nursing)

Savannah West, Claremore, Okla. (Nursing)

Levi Jacks, Joplin (Radiology)

Bethany Patterson, Joplin (Respiratory Therapy)


Honors Program Graduates

Ethan Bolte, Joplin

Michelle Crosby, Carl Junction, Mo.

Jacqueline Ballay, Monett, Mo.

Ashley Bluemel, Sandy, Utah

Brennan Cummings, Baxter Springs, Mo.

Allison Dodge, Joplin, Mo.

Madeline Fichtner, Kansas City, Kan.

Kennedee French, Joplin

Luzarianna Galindo Rodriguez, Joplin

Emily Harris, Carthage, Mo.

Makale Harris, Joplin

Kyle Hayes, Wentworth, Mo.

Gabrielle Hill, Camdenton, Mo.

Kelsey Martin, Aurora, Mo.

Christopher Maye, Joplin

Kenna Jane Moore, Joplin

Stella Ndauwa, Joplin

Veronica Nguyen, Webb City

Zachary Nichols, Joplin

Osinachi Nwogu, Joplin

Riley Rickman, Stella, Mo.

Maryana Roper, Platte City, Mo.

Gil Salgado, Joplin

Kimberly Teed, Carthage, Mo.

Savannah West, Claremore, Okla.


Spencer-Bartlett Respect Awards

First place: Sarah Schultz, Baxter Springs; Kan.; Brennan Cummings, Baxter Springs.

Second place: Kelsey Martin, Aurora, Mo.; Spencer Dawson, Carl Junction, Mo.

Third place: Emilee Curren, Kaiser, Mo.; Jonathan Lenz, Elgin, Ill.


Special Awards

Gil Salgado, Joplin (Melanie Cox Memorial Award)

Alex Cawood, Bella Vista, Ark. (Robert J. Greef Award)