Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

Outstanding Students

Each year the faculty in the Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics select one graduating senior as that year’s outstanding students. The recipients of these awards have achieved during their time at Wright State a superior academic record, demonstrating a mastery of the arts of verbal communication and scholarly writing. Eager to learn and willing to work hard, these students represent the disciplines of religion, philosophy, and classics at their best.

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Religion: No award was given in 2020

Philosophy: Benjamin M. Asebrook

Benjamin M. Asebrook graduated cum laude with a B. A. in Philosophy in December 2019. A resident of Springfield, Ohio, he graduated from Kenton Ridge High School, and began his college education at Clark State Community College. After transferring to Wright State, he chose to major in Philosophy because, he says, "he wanted to know how to think critically about his life." To encourage other students to think critically, he started a Philosophy club and invited all interested students to participate in their weekly conversations. Having been born in Russia and adopted by an Ohio family, he took Russian language courses at Wittenberg University in order to travel more easily in his birth country and understand more about its culture. During his time at Wright State, he also served as a resident assistant on campus. Ben intends to pursue a career as an attorney and will be attending law school in the fall. 

Classics: Lee Huntsberger

Lee Huntsberger is graduating in May with a B.A. in Classical Languages and Cultures and a minor in International Studies. Although he has faced many hardships while a student at Wright State, he has unflaggingly maintained his passion for Classics. Having superb language skills, he excelled in both Latin and classical Greek, and also studied Chinese and Spanish. The study of the Classical languages equipped him to pursue advanced study of the history, culture, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. As president of the WSU Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics honor society, he sparked a passion for Classics in many of his fellow students by organizing events, attending play readings, and participating in the annual Latin Day programming. He is also an active member of the Wright State Miracle Makers and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In his extracurricular time, he commits many hours to community service and helps fundraise for a number of philanthropic organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Heart Association, Prevent Child Abuse America, and Autism Speaks. He also works as an admissions ambassador for Wright State and has a second job at Books & Company at the Greene. Lee shares that he lives his life by the philosophy, "The unexamined life is not worth living," and seeks out the little things that give our lives zest and flavor. Following graduation, he plans to enter the Latin Licensure program, designed to train students to teach K-12 Latin, which will equip him to pass on his enthusiasm for Classics to new generations of young people.


  • Religion: Ariel Berry
  • Philosophy: Christian Cooper
  • Classics: Lauren C. Reder


  • Religion: Anna Helmig and Antonia Rancurello
  • Philosophy: No award was given in 2018.
  • Classics: Abigail Hough


  • Religion: Aurylia D. Tracy
  • Philosophy: No award was given in 2017.
  • Classics: Christine Turner


  • Religion: John Klugh
  • Philosophy: Rachel Kay King
  • Classics: Jason Tarka


  • Religion: Jeremy P. Gambrell
  • Philosophy: Frederick V. Hockney
  • Classics: Brittany D. Blankenship


  • Religion: Jacquelyn M. Weaver
  • Philosophy: Alexander C. Thomas
  • Classics: Timothy B. Corcoran


  • Religion: Tina M. Porter
  • Philosophy: Hope Houston
  • Classics: No award was given in 2013.


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