Commencement

Northwest University 2020 Awards & Honors

The Awards and Honors Convocation recognizes achievement, hard work, and stewardship of God-given abilities. We are pleased to celebrate excellence in academic, athletic, character, and other types of achievement.

Commencement Speakers

Because of the need to cancel baccalaureate this year, we will have two student speakers at commencement. These two students were selected by graduating seniors and the faculty to address their peers during the 2020 Commencement Service:

  • Jonathan DeMacedo
  • Emily Schlepp

Highest Academic Honors for a Baccalaureate Degree

These students have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average possible on all work done toward graduation at Northwest University.

  • Madeleine Arsenault
  • Tamara Downs
  • Clayton Hashley
  • Jonathan Larson
  • Rebekah Thompson

Academic Awards by Major for Graduating Students

These students have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average of graduates in their major and at least a minimum 3.0 grade point average for coursework completed within the major.

Accounting

  • AdriAnna Simmons

Biblical Literature

  • Tori Smith

Biology

  • Johanna Krentel

Business Administration

  • Jonathan DeMacedo

Business Management

  • Daniel Alston

Children and Family Ministries

  • Rachel Horn

Communication

  • Maggie Bright
  • Leslie Berger

Contemporary Music Industry

  • Daniel Watanabe

Elementary Education

  • Kaitlyn Konsmo

English

  • Karalissa Goss

Exercise Science

  • Katarina Sanchez

History

  • Reagan Wheelock

Intercultural Studies

  • Kylie Gray

Management

  • Ryan Ricks

Marketing

  • Ariana Hsiau

Mathematics

  • Clayton Hashley

Ministry Leadership

  • Sebastian Falcon

Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Laurissa Lee

Music

  • Elisabeth StaƄczak

Music Industry Business

  • Andrew Toro

Music Ministry

  • Sabrina Crownover

Nursing

  • Stephanie Wilson

Pastoral Ministries

  • Arianna Gallo

Political Science

  • Earl Bach

Psychology

  • Madeleine Arsenault
  • Rebekah Thompson

Secondary Education

  • Clayton Hashley
  • Kyle Hofstetter

Youth and Family Ministries

  • Erin Burkard

Academic Awards for Non-graduating Students by Class

Awards will be sent to the non-graduating students in each category with the highest cumulative grade point averages.

Certificates will be sent to all non-graduating students in each category with cumulative grade point averages above 3.8.

Freshmen:

Awards:

  • Samuel Dawson
  • Amanda Guisinger
  • Kaylea Hartman
  • Karen Isbell
  • Alyssa Snow
  • Norman Waggoner
  • Joseph Ziesing

Certificates:

  • Isabelle Bennett
  • Anna Chase
  • Megan Creek
  • Sarah Fedorchuk
  • Kenneth Guerr
  • Melaina Lenzi
  • Belicia Navarro
  • FERPA
  • Gabriel Rixmann
  • Katarina Roth
  • Brendan Sanders
  • Chloe Sorensen
  • Anna Swedin
  • Christopher Symonette

Sophomores:

Awards:

  • Savannah Cullen
  • Elizabeth Lehosit
  • Rhys Smith
  • Rikki Vargas

Certificates:

  • Eden Baca
  • Tanner Bailey
  • Hannah Bartlow
  • Sarah Davenport
  • Ciara dela Cuesta
  • Nicola Fish
  • Sarah Garat
  • Grace Gerardi
  • James Gilbert
  • Colton Glossinger
  • Cody Hanford
  • Tyler Kyte
  • Carson Meyers
  • Jack Miller
  • Alexandra Moskalenko
  • Ezri Noe
  • Ashley Oswald
  • Gracie Robeson
  • Anna Saelens
  • Jill Sands
  • Emily Senn
  • Liana Shornal
  • Nicola Stachofsky
  • Amber Tighe
  • Christine Toavs
  • Samantha VanLoo
  • Adiel Wenger

Juniors:

Awards:

  • Rachelle Foley
  • Haleigh Schwartz
  • Elianna Summers

Certificate:

  • Bethany Barnett
  • Caitlyn Bawden
  • Paige Best
  • Rebecca Bird
  • Tiffany Bruland
  • Jeongyeon Choe
  • Fiona Cochran
  • Tatiana Ensz
  • Elliot Faley
  • Rebecca Galiant
  • Keely Guisinger
  • Elijah Hermes
  • Emma Hunter
  • Sonja Karhinen
  • Breezianne McClenahan
  • Liesl Mehl
  • David Neuman
  • Annika Peabody
  • Alyssa Peretti
  • Alexis Savary
  • Grace Seyoum
  • Rong Shen
  • Megan Stewart
  • Anna Tallarico
  • Emily Webb
  • Gisele Worrell

Seniors (Non-Graduating) Award:

  • John Wilson

Certificates:

  • Annalise Bizik
  • Hannah Michaels

Transfer Students

Awards:

  • Jennifer Day
  • Amanda Latham
  • Jessica Martin
  • Rebecca Ward

Certificates:

  • Sara Cornell
  • Madison Fields
  • Courtney Haak
  • Rachel Loewen
  • FERPA
  • Avigeya Sharkevich
  • Millie Voigtlander

Adult Evening Students

Award:

  • Evan Hanenburg

Certificate:

  • Nick Klimchuk

Who's Who at Northwest University Honor Society

Members of the Who's Who at Northwest University Honor Society are selected on the basis of citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and future promise. This year's graduating seniors selected for membership are:

  • Earl Bach
  • Caitlyn Bawden
  • Kerrian Baker
  • Anna Barthe
  • Michel Beard
  • FERPA
  • Jacqueline Bento
  • Chris Bettesworth
  • Daniel Blakeslee
  • Maggie Bright
  • Carter Cunningham
  • Sabrina Crownover
  • Jadyn Elias
  • Brianna Figgins
  • Kaylee Fletcher
  • Kameron Goetz
  • Benjamin Graves
  • Clayton Hashley
  • Meghan Hillis
  • Kyle Hofstetter
  • Aimee Ingabire
  • Ayako Kasai
  • Jacob Kicha
  • Su Yon Kim
  • Hannah Kreizenbeck
  • Hannah Michaels
  • David Neuman
  • Hannah Nicholson
  • Alyssa Peretti
  • Esther Powers
  • Olivia Ragland
  • Ryan Ricks
  • FERPA
  • Lucas Silveira
  • Benjamin Simila
  • AdriAnna Simmons
  • Elisabeth Stanczak
  • Elianna Summers
  • Kylie Szczepanski
  • Andrey Tereshchenko
  • Rebekah Thompson
  • Keann White
  • John Wilson
  • Stephanie Wilson

Coradella Hartje Award

This award was established by Dr. and Mrs. J. Calvin Holsinger in honor of their daughter Cori Hartje to recognize a senior student who has demonstrated exceptional and outstanding academic work in the College of Business, and to encourage students to develop fully their God-given talents. This year's award goes to:

  • FERPA

Kent Hartje Award

This award was established by Dr. and Mrs. J. Calvin Holsinger in honor of their grandson to recognize a senior student who has demonstrated exceptional and outstanding academic work in the College of Arts and Sciences, and to encourage students to develop fully their God-given talents. This year's award goes to:

  • Katarina Sanchez

Campus Ministries Award

The Diakonos award, which is Greek for the word we know as Deacon or Deanconess, is given to an individual who serves others with a true heart of ministry and has demonstrated true love for their community by their generous acts of kindness, as found in 2 Corinthians 6:3-9. This year's award goes to:

  • Christopher Kaetzel

Philippians 2 Award for Servant Leadership

Philippians 2 is the passage of scripture in which Paul exhorts believers to demonstrate graciousness, humility, generosity, and self-sacrifice in leadership. Two graduating seniors who are wonderful examples of Philippians 2 servant leadership are:

  • Gerson Barrientos
  • Olivia Ragland

Timothy Award for Outstanding Leadership

As Paul instructed Timothy in Scripture, to be an example to others in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity, Student Development wants to recognize two students who exemplify the behavioral and character traits Paul outlined. For their dedication to excellence we recognize:

  • Emily Schlepp
  • Andre Tinnon

President's Civic Leadership Award

Every college/university President in Washington State is given the opportunity to select two recipients of the President's Student Civic Leader Award. This award recognizes Northwest University students who work hard to solve critical issues in their communities. The recipients of this award in 2020 are:

  • Holly Hollopeter
  • Natasha Vederoff

Honor Societies

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Delta Mu Delta is the International Honor Society for business. A student must be in the top 20% of his or her academic class of business students. The 2020 graduating members of Delta Mu Delta:

  • Nicholas Cortez
  • FERPA
  • Lucas Silveira
  • Benjamin Simila
  • Andrew Toro
  • Jordan Travis
  • Andrew Uptain

Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline. The 2020 graduating members of the Alpha Beta Chi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta:

  • Amanda Anderson
  • Déja Marie Andrades
  • Canaan Baca
  • Maggie Y. Bright
  • Holly Hollopeter
  • Delaney Grace Johnston
  • Asriel Kerr
  • Rachel Locker
  • Reiley Martin
  • Caleb W. Netterfield
  • Hannah Nicholson
  • Olivia Ragland

Psi Chi Honor Society

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in the field of psychology and to advance the science of psychology. The 2020 graduating members of PSI CHI:

  • Emily Ardon
  • Myra Barlow
  • Jacqueline Bento
  • Angelina Budchanin
  • Vanessa Franke
  • Joy Hochstetler
  • Alyssa McCormick
  • Kim Pecheos
  • Kylie Szczepanski

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta confers distinction upon students of the English language and literature. Members are recognized because of their outstanding achievements in the field. The 2020 graduating members of Northwest University's chapter, Alpha Lambda Kappa:

  • Hannah Andersen
  • Kerrian Baker
  • Isaac Fox
  • Karalissa Goss
  • Andrea Guisinger
  • Kevin Izaguirre
  • Kelsie Jelsema
  • Haley Jones
  • Kaitlyn Konsmo
  • Emily Schlepp
  • Tyler Stovall

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The 2020 graduating members of Sigma Theta Tau:

  • Anna Barthe
  • Michel Beard
  • Taylor Coleman
  • Marina Doma
  • Samantha Hermes
  • Meghan Hillis
  • Nadine Huff
  • Ayako Kasai
  • Su Kim
  • Hannah Kreizenbeck
  • Casey Miller
  • Courtney Osborn
  • Kursten Patrick
  • Esther Powers
  • Stephanie Reed
  • Miriam Turturean
  • Stephanie Wilson

Center for English Language Education

The Center for English Language Education confers distinction upon students within the Intensive English Program for successful completion of 700 hours of Academic English Instruction. CELE students are recognized for their diligent pursuit of academic English and American culture. Students who complete this program are eligible to matriculate into NU.

Level 4 Bridge:

  • Di, Jing (Monica)
  • Fang, Hua (Mia
  • Huo, Peng
  • Yang, Xiaofang
  • Zhang, Haoran
  • Yang, Xiwen (Kriss)

Exchange:

  • Ahn, Jeongmin
  • Aso, Nagisa
  • Bang, Haeun (Dory)
  • Heo, NaGyung
  • Iida, Ayaka
  • Jung, Dayun (Alice)
  • Kim, Jina
  • Kim, Seok Won
  • Kim, Sumin (Soo)
  • Kim, Yelin (Seren)
  • Kim, Yewon (Stella)
  • Lee, Gwanu (Liam)
  • Lee, Sungyn
  • Ohora, Tomoya
  • Okada, Sho
  • Park, Serin
  • Ro, Jaeyoung
  • Seol, Haejeong
  • Sund, Ken Dylan
  • Tanaka, Saki
  • Watanabe, Kazu

Debate Team

The following students serve on the Northwest University debate team. We congratulate your hard work, dedication, and accomplishments!

  • Kevin Izaguirre
  • Chelsi Johnson
  • Grace Seyoum
  • Benjamin Simila
  • Robert Taylor
  • Christine Toavs
  • Hailey Swartz

Scholarships

Scholarship funding plays a vital role in making Northwest University a reality for many students. Northwest University has made great strides in increasing institutional grants and scholarships for students and institutionally funded awards. For 2019 – 20 grants and scholarships have totaled $17,818,324.

2019-20 Scholarship Recipients
Northwest University Foundation Legacy Scholarships

Rod Allin Memorial Scholarship

  • Brianna Corpuz
  • Ana Espindola Garzon
  • Christine Toavs

L & E Amundsen Memorial Scholarship

  • Michael Simonson

Harold and Laural Arneson Memoria

  • Wesley Dinoff
  • Amanda Gaumer

Paul G. and Joyce Bahnsen Memorial Scholarship

  • Anna Tallarico

Douglas Benton Memorial Scholarship

  • Adiel Wenger

Birkeland Scholarship Fund

  • Mamo Esera

Idaho Bruck Scholarship

  • William Heinemann

R.A. Bullock Scholarship

  • Anna Tallarico

Fulton Buntain Honorary Scholarship

  • Samuel Dawson

Butterfield Foreign Student Memorial Scholarship

  • Qhawelenkosi Gasela Mhlanga

Edith Butterfield Nursing Scholarship

  • Natasha Verderoff

Presley Castleberry Family Scholarship

  • Madelynn Kitselman

Ray & Shirley Clark Honor Scholarship

  • Kenneth Guerr
  • Katarina Roth

Sallee Conn Memorial Scholarship

  • Phoebe Odom

Dan Conti Memorial Scholarship

  • Corinne Booth

Ella V. Corse Memorial Scholarship

  • FERPA

H.W. Crowder Memorial Scholarship

  • Syra Shad

Arul E. Daniel International Scholarship

  • Tiffanie Lin
  • Peter and Anetha DeBoer Memorial
  • Jeongyeon Choe
  • Sarah Strenge

Rosalie Elenbaas Memorial Scholarship

  • FERPA
  • Simona Midrigan

Rev. Paul Fenton Matching Scholarship

  • Gillian Broughton
  • Alyssa Christensen
  • Jerelyn Jones
  • Natalee Stout

Rev. Paul Fenton Memorial Scholarship

  • James Normandeau
  • Millie Voigtlander

Haakon Filan Endowed Scholarship

  • Kameron Goetz

Friendship Church of Palm Desert Ministry Scholarship

  • Caitlyn Bawden

Grant and Meyer Scholarship

  • Gracie Robeson
  • Rachel Samuel

Oliver Guy Memorial Scholarship

  • Betelhem Amehatsion

Ron and Janice Hastie Ministry Scholarship

  • Justin Danao
  • Melaina Lenzi

Hickman Hodges Scholarship

  • Megan Frost

A.E. Hokanson Memorial Scholarship

  • Preston Lien

Hurst Family Scholarship

  • Aaron Dimos
  • Ruth Rachel Fenske
  • Marguerite Marasigan

Donald Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Samantha Caron
  • Joselyn Pierce

Johnson Family Nursing School Fund

  • Olivia Ball
  • Nicole Granger
  • Joshua Ice
  • Lauren Mount

LeRoy Johnson Scholarship

  • James Brennan

Jordan and Dahlgren Memorial Scholarship

  • Jennifer Day

Dawn Jordshaugen Memorial Scholarship

  • Bethany Barnett

Bobby Kerr Memorial Scholarship

  • Zabrina Royal

Kings Circle Missions Scholarship

  • Jamie Cervantes

Leisy Trust Scholarship Fund

  • Madelyn Samodurov

Faye Seick Martin School of Nursing Fund

  • Natalie Rojas
  • Margaret Warukira

Joy McCormick Memorial Scholarship

  • Jamie Anderson

Bessie McMullen Memorial Scholarship

  • Morgan Geer

McNeven Memorial Scholarship

  • Jamie Cervantes

Henry H. Ness Scholarship

  • Spencer Herriott
  • Nicola Stachofsky

Oakes Nursing Scholarship

  • Courtney Baker

Dorothy Paine Memorial Scholarship

  • Charlotte West

Tyler Pecota Memorial Scholarship

  • Alyssa Peretti
  • Zachariah Shelton

Doug & Carol Peterson Scholarship

  • Ximena Villalpando-Maillard

Henry Portin Memorial Scholarship

  • Robert Taylor

Rairdan Missionary Nursing Scholarship

  • Sarah Brewer

Casper Raybuck Scholarship

  • Ryan Mapes

Rice Scholarship Fund

  • Evan Rhoades

Esther J. Roberts Nursing School

  • Edson Basurto
  • Vladislav Nesterchuk

Tom & Lois Russell Scholarship

  • Adriana Hyatt

Shebal Scholarship Fund

  • Anna Allen
  • Walter Borbridge
  • Abigail Gerald

John & Edith Simpson Memorial Scholarship

  • Megan Creek
  • Karen Isbell

Guy Smith Family Scholarship

  • Samuel Dawson

William R. Swaffield Honorary Scholarship

  • Elijah Hermes
  • Kaylee Rooklidge

Rob & Mildred Tangen Memorial Scholarship

  • Rebecca Ward

Bud Tutmarc Music Scholarship

  • Daniel Hearns

H.B. Walkup Memorial Scholarship

  • Sarah Fedorchuk

Ted & Jeanne Welk Memorial Scholarship

  • Konstantina Moate

Daniel S. Wolf Memorial Scholarship

  • Ciara Dela Cuesta
  • Rachel Loewen

Women's Fellowship Endowed Scholarship

  • Zachary Anderson
  • Claire Jackson
  • Breanna Loeffler
  • Belicia Navarro

Athletic Awards

NAIA All-American

Men's Basketball

  • Hussayn Ford, Honorable Mention

Men's Cross Country

  • Riley Sine

Men's Indoor Track

  • Riley Sine

Woman's Soccer

  • Callie Wright, Honorable Mention

CCC Academic All-Conference

Men's Basketball

  • Ryan Ricks

Men's Cross Country

  • Dawson Andrews
  • Craig Lambert
  • Riley Sine

Men's Soccer

  • Earl Bach
  • Leon Bormann
  • Lucas Mota
  • Noah Roberts
  • FERPA
  • Joey Starr
  • Jordan Travis

Volleyball

  • Courteney Carr
  • Tatiana Ensz
  • Vanessa Franke
  • Sarah Howlett
  • Hannah Lord
  • Hannah Michaels
  • Emma Oates
  • Anna Saelens
  • Kylie Szczepanski
  • Keann White

Women's Basketball

  • Deja Andrades
  • Jackie Bento
  • Andie Kristinat
  • Livi Lindsey
  • Shelaine Lorenz
  • Kylie Olson
  • Sam Van Loo

Women's Cross Country

  • Emily Campbell
  • Grace Gerardi
  • Emma Horn
  • Quinn Larson-Dhaenens
  • Leila Praino
  • Haleigh Schwartz
  • Ellie Summers

Women's Soccer

  • Maggie Gunning
  • Mackenzie Monten
  • Mady Morrow
  • Hannah Nicholson
  • Kiersten Patefield
  • Rylee Rassier
  • Kat Sanchez
  • AdriAnna Simmons
  • Lina Takada
  • Stephanie Wilson

Men's Track & Field

  • Jack Anderson
  • Dawson Andrews
  • Carter Cunningham
  • Craig Lambert
  • Riley Sine

Women's Track & Field

  • Grace Gerardi
  • Emma Horn
  • Quinn Larson-Dhaenens
  • Morgan Lasko
  • Leila Praino
  • Haleigh Schwartz
  • Ellie Summers

Softball

  • Sammi Caron
  • Nicola Fish
  • Rachel Hawley
  • Laurissa Lee
  • Ashley Oswald
  • Jessica Nunes
  • Carly Tighe

CCC All-Conference

Men's Basketball

  • Hussayn Ford, First Team
  • Christian Hakilimali, First Team
  • Ryan Ricks, Honorable Mention

Men's Cross Country

  • Riley Sine

Men's Soccer

  • Jordan Travis, First Team
  • Kyle Han, Second Team
  • Elliot Misic, Second Team
  • Leon Bormann, Honorable Mention

Volleyball

  • Abigail Broussard, First Team and Team Sportsmanship Award
  • Keann White, First Team

Women's Basketball

  • Sam Van Loo, First Team

Women's Cross Country

  • Rylee Rassier, First Team and Co- Offensive Player of the Year
  • Kat Sanchez, First Team and Defensive Player of the Year
  • Callie Wright, First Team and Newcomer of the Year
  • Olivia Morris, Second Team
  • Hannah Nicholson, Second Team