Outstanding Students

2018

 

Religion

Anna Helmig

Antonia Rancurello

 

Classics

Abigail Hough

 

 

Philosophy

No award was given in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

Religion

Aurylia D. Tracy

The Department of Religion wishes to recognize Aurylia D. Tracy as our Outstanding Student for 2017. Aurylia, whose chosen name means “golden,” has in the classroom distinguished herself not only as a meticulous, sophisticated, and imaginative thinker, but also as a talented writer. Employing a mature style and nuanced analysis, her writing achieves an impressive level of sophistication. She displayed all these qualities in the paper on Hindu mythology and the goddess Parvati she presented at Wright State University’s 2015 Research Celebration. Outside the classroom, Aurylia has taken on significant leadership roles, including serving as president of the Wright State University Pagan Student Association. In addition, she is passionate in her love for animals and her desire to help people. These related sentiments are what inspire her to train service dogs after she graduates, a skill she has begun to develop while a student at Wright State. As further evidence of her desire to connect with and support many different types of people, Aurylia acquired conversational fluency in American Sign Language while at Wright State, and she also hopes to use this skill in her future career. Given Aurylia’s intelligence, work ethic, sensitivity, and generosity, we have no doubt that her future endeavors will both benefit society and reflect well on the education she received at Wright State.

 

 

Classics

Christine L. Turner

The outstanding senior for the Department of Classics in 2016-2017 is Christine Turner. Christine has excelled in both Latin and Greek, and taken a wide range of courses on Greek and Roman culture, including the Ancient Science Course. In that class, she and two of her classmates built a scale model of the Horologium of Augustus. Their project was so impressive that they were awarded first prize at the Ancient Science Fair. For her capstone project in Classics, Christine explored the dynamics behind the bizarre situation in Rome in 186 BC, described in Book 39 of Livy, that led to the Senatus Consultum de Bacchanalibus. In all of her classes in our major, Christine has shown herself to be dedicated and hard-working. Outside of the classroom, Christine has emerged as the leader of our thriving Classics Club. Together with fellow club members, she has organized weekly meetings, tables at April Craze and a bake sale which helped raise funds to offset costs for the department's annual Latin Day. After graduation, Christine will be continuing her studies at Wright State in the Master of Education program. Upon completion of her degree, she will be eligible for a license to teach high school Latin. We are sure that she will make an excellent teacher and we look forward to teaching her students in the future.

 

Philosophy

No award was given in 2017.

 


2016

Classics

Johnathon P. Klugh

The Department of Religion wishes to recognize John Klugh as our Outstanding Student for 2016. John has distinguished himself in Religion courses for the quality of his work, his enthusiasm, his compassion toward fellow students, and his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity. He also showed great initiative in cultivating a relationship with a local, newly founded Hutterite (Anabaptist) community, whose practices and growth he observed for three years in an informal ethnographic capacity. Outside the classroom, John has been involved and held leadership roles in a number of groups and activities at Wright State. He served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, he was the president of Crosswalk, a campus Christian ministry, and he was a founder of Ahimsa’s Army, another campus group committed to organizing food and resource donations and educating the public on solutions to global patterns of violence. His role in this group also led to involvement with two similarly oriented campus organizations: the Fair Trade Student Association and Generation Freedom Makers.

 


 

Philosophy

Rachel K. King

Double majoring in French and Philosophy, Rachel Kay King is proud to be graduating this spring. When not in class, Rachel has enjoyed working as an independent tutor for local middle and high school students. She has also spent the last three fall semesters on the street cast of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. She's not sure where she'll end up in life, but hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of other while exercising some of her talents and continuing to learn as much as she can.

 


 

Classics

Jason M. Tarka

Jason Tarka is graduating in December of 2015 with a degree in Classical Humanities. Unlike many Classics majors, he has proven his excellence in both Greek and Latin languages. His mastery of historical research and composition is clearly displayed in his senior capstone project, which examines cultural aspects of farming in the Roman republic.

Jason is the top tutor for Latin and Greek, and is a Scale-Up Assistant to Lecturer Aaron Wolpert this year. He has served as president of Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi, a national honor fraternity, and helped with Latin Day. Having studied abroad in both Italy and Japan, he plans after graduation to teach English in Japan.

 


 

 

2015

 

Religion

Jeremy P. Gambrell 


Philosophy

Frederick V. Hockney


Classics

Brittany D. Blankenship


 

2014

Religion

Jacquelyn M. Weaver


Philosophy

Alexander C. Thomas


Classics

Timothy B. Corcoran


 

2013

Religion

Tina M. Porter


Philosophy

Hope Houston


Classics

No award was given in 2013.