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Ogden Foundation Scholar, other top students honored

WKU recognized its top scholars during Saturday’s undergraduate ceremonies of its 179th Commencement.

Jessica L. Canada of Williamsburg, who received concurrent degrees with a major in Management and Economics, was honored as the Ogden Foundation Scholar. WKU’s top academic honor is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement. Canada also was recognized as a scholar of the Gordon Ford College of Business and was one of 56 Scholars of the College honored Saturday (May 14).

Ogden Foundation Scholar Jessica Canada is congratulated by Dr. Jeff Katz, dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. Canada also was recognized as a Scholar of the College during WKU's 179th Commencement on May 14. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

Ogden Foundation Scholar Jessica Canada is congratulated by Dr. Jeff Katz, dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. Canada also was recognized as a Scholar of the College during WKU’s 179th Commencement on May 14. (WKU photo by Bryan Lemon)

Canada, a graduate of the Honors College at WKU, has studied abroad as part of the Semester at Sea program and a faculty-led program to South Africa, was a co-founder of The $100 Solution House and has volunteered for several organizations. She has served as a Study Abroad and Global Learning Ambassador and has been a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, WKU Student United Way, Christian Student Fellowship, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honors Society, Medallion Honor Society, Society of Human Resource Management, Gordon Ford College of Business Student Advisory Council and Strategic Planning Council, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Capitalism Book Club. She has presented research at WKU’s Student Research Conference and the Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference and completed an internship in global labor relations at Caterpillar Inc.’s corporate headquarters.

Canada said she came to WKU as a first-generation student and is graduating as a seasoned world traveler who has been 17 countries on four continents. “What an amazing experience it was,” she said.

Scholar of the College

The Scholar of the College is the baccalaureate degree student in each undergraduate college with the highest cumulative overall grade point average and a minimum of 60 semester hours earned in residence.

Ogden College of Science and Engineering

  • Kara Back of Burkesville, an Agriculture major and daughter of Michael and Terri Back.
  • Susan Breidenich of Independence, a Psychological Sciences major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Steven and Nancy Breidenich.
  • Audrey Brown of Bowling Green, a Biology and Chemistry double major, Honors College graduate and daughter of James and Leeann Brown.
  • Hunter Consley of Bedford, an Agriculture major, Honors College graduate and son of Steve and Jackie Consley.
  • Jamie Doctrow of Louisville, a Biology and Psychological Sciences double major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Matt and Amy Doctrow.
  • Brooke Duke of Bowling Green, receiving concurrent degrees with major in Biology and Chemistry, Honors College graduate and daughter of Sammie and Janice Duke.
  • Christopher Dumond of Bowling Green, a Computer Science major, Honors College graduate and son of Rickey and Becky Dumond.
  • Rachel Engle of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, a Biology major and daughter of Tina and the late James Engle.
  • Kaitlyn Greene of Lexington, a Biology and Chemistry double major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Randy and Cathy Greene.
  • Courtney Hamilton of Creedmoor, North Carolina, receiving concurrent degrees with a major in Biology and Philosophy, also a scholar of Potter College of Arts & Letters, Honors College graduate and daughter of Dave and Dawn Hamilton.
  • Lindsey Hinken of Burlington, a Biology major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Glen and Cammie Hinken.
  • Victor Lecoffre of Bowling Green, an Architectural Science major, husband of Natalia Lecoffre and son of Christian and Francoise Lecoffre.
  • Brandon Mudd of Springfield, a Biology major, Honors College graduate and son of Charlie and Laura Mudd.
  • Matthew Riggle of Madison, Alabama, receiving concurrent degrees with a major in Geography and Mathematics, Honors College graduate and son of Bob and Elizabeth Riggle.
  • Hannah Ruggles of Lexington, a Chemistry major, Honors College graduate and daughter of David and Amy Ruggles.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Brittany Daniel of Elizabethtown, an Elementary Education major and daughter of Red and Beth Daniel.
  • Casey Fortney of Bowling Green, a Psychology and Philosophy double major, also a scholar of Potter College of Arts & Letters, Honors College graduate and son of Charlie and Connie Fortney.
  • Kristen Herner of Louisville, a Psychology major and daughter of Wayne and Lisa Herner.
  • Lindsey Kohut of Evansville, Indiana, an Elementary Education major and daughter of Joe and Susan Kohut.
  • Riley Nelson of Louisville, a Psychology major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Jonathan and Lori Nelson.
  • McKenzie Perdew of Shepherdsville, a Psychology major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Damon and Tammy Perdew.

University College

  • Sophia Henderson of Philpot, a Systems Management major and daughter of Harvey and Anne Marie Henderson.

Potter College of Arts & Letters

  • Hope Bradford of Elsmere, a Broadcasting major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Paul and Joy Bradford.
  • Alexander Brislin of Louisville, a Film and Anthropology double major and son of Greg Brislin and Cindy Allegeier.
  • Hannah Cooper of Burkesville, a Visual Arts major and daughter of Keith and Stacy Cooper.
  • Naomi Driessnack of Huntsville, Alabama, a Photojournalism major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Chuck and Maureen Driessnack.
  • Kaylie Durham of Vine Grove, a History and Social Studies double major and daughter of Anthony and Laura Durham.
  • Barrett Greenwell of Bardstown, a Political Science and International Affairs double major, Honors College graduate and son of Clarence and Sue Greenwell.
  • John Greer of Bowling Green, a History and Economics double major, also a scholar of the Gordon Ford College of Business, Honors College graduate and son of Bill and Carol Greer.
  • Sean Jacobson of Louisville, a History and Broadcasting double major, Honors College graduate and son of Bruce and Peri Jacobson.
  • Benjamin Lee of Russell Springs, a Music major, Honors College graduate and son of Pete and Jamie Lee.
  • Patrick C. McDowell of Bardstown, a History, Religious Studies and English triple major, Honors College graduate and son of Pat and Connie McDowell.
  • Mara Muccigrosso of Louisville, an English for Secondary Teachers major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Joe and Debbie Muccigrosso.
  • Troy Palmer of Oakland, a Music major, Honors College graduate and son of Dennis and Regina Palmer.
  • Makala Payton of Portland, Tennessee, a Music major and daughter of June Payton and the late Victor Payton.
  • Karen Powell of Louisville, a Corporate and Organizational Communication major and daughter of Tom and KJ Powell.
  • Hannah Snyder of Hopkinsville, a Corporate and Organizational Communication major and daughter of Ted and Beth Snyder.
  • McKenzie Stinson of Monticello, an English for Secondary Teachers major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Mike and Polly Stinson.
  • Emily Woodruff of Louisville, a Visual Studies major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Robert and Kellie Woodruff.

Gordon Ford College of Business

  • Jessica Canada of Williamsburg, receiving concurrent degrees with a major in Management and Economics, Honors College graduate, Ogden Foundation Scholar and daughter of Gary and Kimberly Canada.
  • Sayrah Jones of Bowling Green, an Accounting major and daughter of Todd and Debbie Jones.
  • Matthew Robbins of Richmond, an Accounting major, Honors College graduate and son of Marc and Lisa Robbins.
  • Thomas Seibold of Coppell, Texas, a Mathematical Economics and Finance double major and son of David and Kay Seibold.
  • Meredith Thompson of Tompkinsville, an Accounting major and daughter of Mark and Pat Thompson.
  • Lauren Zettler of Lawrenceville, Georgia, an Accounting major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Paul and Christy Zettler.

College of Health and Human Services

  • Melissa Bean of Franklin, a Nursing major and daughter of Jeff and Kay Bean
  • Elizabeth Brand of Bowling Green, a Hospitality Management and Dietetics major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Marcus and Nancy Brand.
  • Emily Bratcher of Bowling Green, a Communication Disorders major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Steve and Cynthia Bratcher.
  • Katherine Brown of Owensboro, a Communication Disorders major and daughter of Chuck and Melissa Brown.
  • Katie Gamble of Hopkinsville, a Communication Disorders major and daughter of Randall and Traci Gamble.
  • Sarah Holbrook of Morganfield, a Communication Disorders major and daughter of Bill and Trisha Holbrook.
  • Katelyn Pruitt of Alvaton, a Communication Disorders major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Scott and Alison Pruitt.
  • Megan Steele of Nicholasville, a Communication Disorders major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Calvin and Angela Steele.
  • Elizabeth Willenbrink of Louisville, a Social Work major, Honors College graduate and daughter of Charles and Kathleen Willenbrink.
  • Megan Wimpsett of Bardstown, a Communication Disorders major and daughter of Joey and Mary Wimpsett.
  • Haley Wolf of Haubstadt, Indiana, a Communication Disorders major and daughter of Brian and Tracy Wolf.

Contact: Registrar, (270) 745-3351

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