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.
Gil Salgado, Joplin (Melanie Cox Memorial Award)
Alex Cawood, Bella Vista, Ark. (Robert J. Greef Award)