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Thirty-three Ouachita students named to Who’s Who

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ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—Thirty-three students from Ouachita Baptist University will be included in the latest edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The students were chosen by OBU’s faculty, staff and the 2019 senior class based on their academic performance, leadership in extracurricular activities, community service and potential for success.

The following Ouachita students from Arkansas will be included in Who’s Who:

 

Elizabeth Bennett, 21, is an accounting major from Little Rock, Ark. A graduate of Little Rock Christian Academy, Bennett is a member of EEE women’s social club where she served as fall 2018 president and has served as a Life Group Leader for Campus Ministries. She also has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List, Alpha Chi national college honor society and Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society for business. Bennett plans to work as a staff accountant for Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP in Little Rock, Ark.

 

 

Allison Biggers, 22, is a communication sciences & disorders major from Russellville, Ark. A graduate of Russellville High School, Biggers is a member of EEE women’s social club where she has served as social chair, second vice president and spring president, and she is a Kappa Chi men’s social club lil’ sis. She also served as captain of Ouachita’s Cheer Team, class representative and co-president of the National Student Speech Language Association and as a Welcome to Ouachita’s World leader. Biggers has been involved in Life Group, Park Hill Baptist Church, Tiger Serve Day and volunteered at the Pregnancy Resource Center for Southwest Arkansas in Arkadelphia. While in college, she has worked in Ouachita’s Admissions Office, as a B2 Cheer and Dance staffer, Pine Cove Woods camp counselor and assistant manager for Eventology. She plans to move to Conway, Ark., in the fall and attend the University of Central Arkansas’ master’s program for speech language pathology.

 

Alex Blankenship, 22, is a mass communications major from Little Rock, Ark. A graduate of Little Rock Christian Academy, Blankenship was named to Ouachita’s President’s List. Throughout college, he worked in Ouachita’s Photo Lab as well as a freelance photographer and videographer. Blankenship served as photo editor for the Photo Lab and Ouachitonian yearbook for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is a member of Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club where he served as historian and was a Chi Rho Phi women’s social club big brother. He also enjoys rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking. Blankenship plans to continue pursuing freelance photography and videography.

 

Molly Boone, 22, is a nutrition & dietetics major from Maumelle, Ark. A graduate of Conway High School, Boone was named Ouachita’s 2018 Homecoming queen. She is a member of Tri Chi women’s social club and Alpha Chi national college honor society. During her time at Ouachita, Boone has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List and served as Panhellenic Council vice president, Life Group Leader for Campus Ministries, Welcome to Ouachita’s World leader, Student Dietetic Association co-president, and as a member of the Student Advisory Dining Committee and the Tiger Serve Day Leadership Team. She has been involved in New Life Church in Little Rock, Ark., and served with First Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. She plans to attend the UAMS Dietetic Internship this summer and pursue a career as a registered dietician.

 

Joey Dean, 22, is a biology major from Hot Springs, Ark. A graduate of Lakeside High School, Dean has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List. He is a member of Beta Beta men’s social club, Tri Beta biological honor society and the American Chemical Society. He has worked as an undergraduate researcher with Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, specifically with Purdue University’s Department of Biochemistry. Dean also has served as a Super Summer Arkansas college leader, youth worship volunteer at First Baptist Church of Hot Springs, and has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day. He also enjoys duck hunting, fly fishing, kayaking and playing guitar. Dean plans to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock this fall to pursue a career in pediatric surgery.

 

Alec Edmonds, 21, is a communications & media/strategic communications major from North Little Rock, Ark. A graduate of Cedar Heights Christian Academy, Edmonds has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List. He has served as president and vice president of the Ouachita Student Foundation, on the Welcome to Ouachita’s World Steering Committee and as a youth and worship intern at First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. He is a beau for Tri Chi women’s social club and has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day. Edmonds also has worked for Ouachita’s Student Life office, as a marketing and audience engagement intern for Arkansas Repertory Theatre and as a volunteer engagement intern for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He plans to pursue a career as a medical supplies sales representative.

 

Chandler Ferrell, 22, is a finance major from White Hall, Ark. A graduate of White Hall High School, Ferrell has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List and is a recipient of the OBU Trustee Scholarship. He has served as president of Beta Beta men’s social club, as portfolio manager of the Ary Student Investment Fund and on the Student Advisory Board for the Hickingbotham School of Business. Ferrell is a member of Enactus and was named an Arkansas Governor’s Cup finalist. He also has served as a volunteer with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and is a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. He enjoys hunting, fishing, running and mountain biking. Ferrell plans to manage Hunter’s Refuge, his family’s business.

 

Drew Harris, 22, is a kinesiology & leisure studies and education double major from Benton, Ark. A graduate of Benton High School, Harris was named Ouachita’s Senior Outstanding Man and has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List. He is a member of the Ouachita Football Team where he was named to the Great American Conference All-Academic Team three times and First Team All-Conference Football twice; he also was an NCAA Division II Harlon Hill Trophy nominee in 2017 and was named to both Second All-Region and All-American in 2017. Harris served as a volunteer with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day, Super Summer Arkansas and Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock. He enjoys sports, video games and being outdoors.

 

Katie Jo Henley, 22, is a mass communications major from Conway, Ark. A graduate of Conway Christian High School, Henley has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List and Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies and theology. Henley also is a recipient of the Betty Jo Grant Scholarship. She is a member of EEE women’s social club where she has served as keeper of the beaus, and she is an Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club sweetheart. Henley has served as a staff writer for the Signal and Online Signal, a Welcome to Ouachita’s World leader and a Christian Focus Week co-chair for Campus Ministries. She also has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and as a youth intern for First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia. Henley has worked as the associate resident director of Ouachita’s Georgia Hickingbotham Hall and as a Kanakuk Kamps counselor. She is a member of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway. Henley plans to pursue a career in youth ministry in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Esther Horton, 22, is a finance and business administration/entrepreneurship double major from Arkadelphia, Ark. A homeschool graduate, Horton is a member of Alpha Chi national college honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society for business and Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society. Horton also served as a project leader and presentation member for Enactus, as well as a member of the communication committee for Student Senate. Horton worked in Ouachita’s campus bookstore and as a tutor for the Academic Success Center. She also volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day as a team leader and with her church as a Kidz Club leader, Awana leader and summertime nursery worker. Horton plans to pursue a career in the finance industry.

 

Cole Jester, 22, is a Christian studies/biblical studies and political science double major from Benton, Ark. A graduate of Benton High School, Jester is a Garrett Ham Scholar and Trustee Award Scholar. He is a member of Beta Beta men’s social club, the Carl Goodson Honors Program where he served as chair, Enactus and Pre-Law Club. Jester has served on the Dean of Students Council, the Christian Focus Week Steering Committee and as Refuge speaker his senior year. Jester is a 2017 and 2018 OBU Business Plan Competition winner, 2019 OBU-HSU Business Plan Competition winner and third-place undergraduate winner of the 2019 Arkansas Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition. He has worked as an intern for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, as an intern in the office of Sen. Tom Cotton and as a mountain guide for Compass Wilderness. He has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and is a member of First Baptist Church of Benton. Jester plans to attend Virginia Law School in the fall, clerk for a federal judge and work on behalf of the state of Arkansas.

 

Tiffany Lee, 22, is a mass communications major from Benton, Ark. A graduate of Baptist Preparatory School, Lee has been named to Ouachita’s President’s and Dean’s Lists. She is a member of Ouachita’s Cheer Team where she served as co-captain her senior year, EEE women’s social club, Ouachita Student Foundation and Women in Business where she served as an executive team member. Lee helped launch a campus-wide sports broadcast, “The Roar Rundown,” and served as a co-anchor. She has worked as a digital content assistant for Ouachita’s Office of Communications & Marketing, as a staff writer for the Online Signal where she received an Arkansas College Media Association award for Best Editorial Piece, as an intern for KTHV11 in Little Rock and as a retail manager at Adorn Boutique. Lee served as Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2017 and competed in the Miss Arkansas Organization Pageant this summer. She has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day, Special Olympics and the Children’s Miracle Network. Lee is an active church member. She plans to work as a news reporter for Channel 5-KFSM in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Lauren Lovelady, 21, is a finance major from Hot Springs, Ark. A graduate of Lakeside High School, Lovelady was named to Ouachita’s President’s List. She is a member of Tri Chi women’s social club where she served as treasurer, Women in Business where she served as an executive member and Alpha Chi national college honor society where she served as president and as a co-leader for the collaborative research team. Lovelady also has served on Ouachita’s Hickingbotham Student Advisory Board and Ary Student Investment Fund team as the energy analyst. She is a national first-place winner with both the Alpha Chi collaborative research team and Ouachita’s Ary Fund. She has volunteered with First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia as a children’s leader, on the Episcopacy Committee to the bishop of Arkansas and as a Global Young People’s Convocation delegate. Lovelady plans to work for the Simmons Bank Corporate Office in Little Rock, Ark., in the management rotation program.

 

David Lundstrum, 22, is a finance and business administration/management double major from Springdale, Ark. A graduate of Shiloh Christian School, Lundstrum was named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and is a Ouachita Scholars recipient. He is a member of Kappa Chi men’s social club where he served as president, treasurer, athletic director and pledge class president. He also was a member of the Enactus presentation team and Ouachita Student Foundation where he served as fundraising and finance chair. Lundstrum served as a Noonday leader for Campus Ministries and as treasurer for Ouachita’s Student Senate, and he volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day. He also has worked as a management intern for Sam’s Club and as a stock research analyst. Lundstrum plans to work as an operation manager trainee for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., beginning this summer.

 

Kord Offenbacker, 22, is a Christian studies/Christian ministries and business administration/entrepreneurship double major from Springdale, Ark. A graduate of Shiloh Christian School, Offenbacker is a member of the Ouachita Baseball Team and a beau for EEE women’s social club. Offenbacker has served as a Welcome to Ouachita’s World leader and as a Refuge speaker for Campus Ministries his senior year. He has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day, with Group Living in Arkadelphia, as a Pruet School of Christian Studies panel speaker and as a tutor at Peake Elementary School in Arkadelphia. He also has interned as a high school pastor for Second Baptist Church of Arkadelphia. Offenbacker plans to attend seminary and pursue pastoral ministry.

 

Nick Quinn, 22, is a Christian studies/biblical studies major from Benton, Ark. A graduate of Benton High School, Quinn is a member of Beta Beta men’s social club where he served as president and Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies and theology where he served as president. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Sophomore Christian Studies Student and Zondervan Elementary Greek Award. Quinn has worked as the associate worship minister for First Baptist Church of Benton, as a youth worship intern for Fellowship Bible Church in Benton and as a server at Western Sizzlin in Benton. He also has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, cooking, playing guitar and singing. Quinn plans to continue working as associate worship minister for First Baptist Church of Benton, Ark.

 

Emma Shortes, 22, is an accounting and finance double major from Fort Smith, Ark. A graduate of Greenwood High School, Shortes has been named to Ouachita’s President’s List. She is a member of EEE women’s social club where she served as rush chair, treasurer and spirit leader, as well as a member of the Ary Student Investment Fund team, which earned first place honors at the national Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum undergraduate competition. She also is a member of Alpha Chi national college honor society and Women in Business. Shortes also placed in the top six teams at the annual Arkansas Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition. She has served as a Welcome to Ouachita’s World leader, as the BRIDGES project leader for Enactus and on the Hickingbotham Student Advisory Board. Shortes attended home group at First Baptist Church and Bible study at Second Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. She has worked as a tax intern at Turner, Rodgers, Manning & Plyer, PLLC, and as an assistant coach at Gymnastics Plus. She plans to work as a staff accountant at Hudson, Cisne & Co. 

 

Austin Sowerbutts, 22, is a finance major from Hot Springs, Ark. A graduate of Logos Homeschool Co-op, Sowerbutts was named to Ouachita’s President’s and Dean’s Lists. He is a member of the Carl Goodson Honors Program, Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club and beau for Tri Chi women’s social club. Sowerbutts has served as a men’s discipleship leader for Campus Ministries, as a university photographer and videographer and as a stage manager for Ouachita’s One-Act Play Festival. He has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and with Crossgate Church as a praise team member, youth small group leader and video/technical support. Sowerbutts also traveled to China on a volunteer trip with Campus Ministries, participated in the OBU Business Plan Competition and was an avid water polo player. He has worked as a camp counselor for Pine Cove, ski lift operator for Winter Park Ski Resort, physical therapy technician for Village Golf and Physical Therapy, operations manager for StrongTower Wealth Management as well as photographer and videographer for Lightglass Photography. Sowerbutts also launched a food delivery startup in Arkadelphia called NiteBite. Sowerbutts plans to move to Fayetteville and pursue a career as a fiduciary financial advisor.

 

Zach Street, 23, is a psychology major from El Dorado, Ark. A graduate of Central Heights High School, Street is a member of Beta Beta men’s social club and served as president of Ouachita’s Student Senate. He has participated in intramural sports and worked as an intern for the Little Rock Zoo. Street loves animals and playing the harmonica. He plans to own his own dog kenneling business.

 

 

Davis Wadley, 22, is a social justice studies and business administration double major from Batesville, Ark. A graduate of Batesville High School, Wadley has been named to Ouachita’s President’s and Dean’s Lists and earned the Elementary Greek Student of the Year award in 2018. He is a member of Beta Beta men’s social club and the Tiger Serve Day Leadership Team. Wadley also has served as a resident assistant and with Backyard Bible Club. He has been active at Fellowship Church and First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia. Wadley also enjoys listening to music and being outdoors. He plans to work in the non-profit sector, either in development or policy.

 

 

Sierra Westberg, 22, is an instrumental music education major from Arkadelphia, Ark. A graduate of Arkadelphia High School, Westberg has been named to Ouachita’s President’s and Dean’s Lists. She served as drum major for Ouachita’s Marching Band in 2019, 2017 and 2016. Westberg also is a member of Alpha Chi national college honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, Ouachita’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet and Flute Choir. She was selected to perform as a soloist at the 2019 Region 4 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference with Ouachita’s Saxophone Quartet, and she earned second place in the 2018 William Francis McBeth Concerto Competition. Westberg presented at Ouachita’s Scholars Day in 2018 and performed in Honors Recital three times. She also is a recipient of the Friends of the Fine Arts Instrumental Award, and she earned Outstanding K-12 Education Major her sophomore year. Westberg has volunteered with Arms Around Arkadelphia and as a 2- and 3-year-old Sunday School teacher and nursery worker at First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia. She has worked as a marching band assistant and woodwind technician for Arkadelphia High School, private saxophone instructor for Goza Middle School and as a youth intern for First Baptist Church. Westberg plans to work as assistant band director for Westside High School in Jonesboro, Ark., and teach 5-8th grade general music as well as 7th grade and senior high band.

 

Julia Williams, 21, is a mass communications and political science double major from Arkadelphia, Ark. A graduate of Arkadelphia High School, Williams is the recipient of the Betty Oliver Grant Endowed Award for Junior Woman 2018 and the Outstanding Sophomore and Outstanding Junior Mass Communications Student awards. She has served as editor-in-chief, news editor and copy editor of The Signal as well as Humanities Ambassador. She is a member of Ouachita’s Student Senate, College Republicans where she has served as chair, Ouachita’s Pre-Law Society, Carl Goodson Honors Program, Alpha Chi national college honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society. Williams has been named Miss Southwest Arkansas 2018, is the reigning Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2019 and competed in the Miss Arkansas Organization Pageant this summer. She has volunteered as a pianist for several local churches, including First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, and served with the Miss Arkansas Organization, sharing her platform, “Bridging the Gap Between the Free and the Fighter.” Williams also started an annual prayer breakfast for Ouachita’s ROTC program. She has worked as an intern at the Southern Standard newspaper and as an intern for Congressman Bruce Westermann in Washington, D.C. Williams plans to pursue a degree in constitutional law and work to defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life and traditional families.

 

Katie Young, 23, is a business administration/management and finance double major from Little Rock, Ark. A graduate of Arkansas Baptist High School, Young has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List. She is a member of Tri Chi women’s social club where she served as president, treasurer and social chair, and a member of Enactus and Ouachita’s Student Senate. Young has volunteered with Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day and ElderServe. She also is an active member of First Baptist Church of Little Rock. Young has worked as a fiscal management intern for the Department of Information Systems and as a lead generation research analyst intern for DSG Consulting. She plans to pursue a career in finance.

 

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