Activities taking place in and around buildings on BW’s North Quad included BW students presenting their  original research.

BW honors exceptional student achievement through the 2022 Ovation Day of Excellence, Honors Day Awards and other recognition.

Awards season at BW shines a light on a year of student success

April 29, 2022

BW honors exceptional student achievement through the 2022 Ovation Day of Excellence, Honors Day Awards and other recognition.

The conclusion of the academic year at Baldwin Wallace University brings many reasons to celebrate hard work, innovation, creativity and extraordinary achievement. 

The spring season features a range of honors and awards ceremonies, which culminated on Thursday, April 28, with the annual Ovation Day of Excellence showcasing original scholarly and creative projects and research.

Back in person following two virtual years, the 2022 Ovation featured more than 135 student projects presented as posters, videos, live presentations and performances.

The BW Soapbox was located in the Knowlton lobby this year where BW students advocated for social justice and other issues near and dear to their hearts from fair trade to mental health.

Elite Scholarship Awards and Super Seniors

Ovation Day of Excellence activities were staged amidst a variety of awards and recognition for exceptional student achievement that came before or will follow.

An April Honors Day Awards Ceremony recognized the highest student achievement through a variety of scholarships and awards for academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Honors Day also revealed the 2022 Outstanding Senior Awards, acknowledging a select group of graduating seniors, chosen for all-around excellence in academics, leadership, service and involvement on campus and in their communities.

Congratulations to these super seniors and Honors Day recipients:

2022 Outstanding Seniors

Casey White
Lauryn Cook
Corey Friedrich
Arundhati Gupta
Salayna Hritz
Nicki Hodgkiss
Jordyn Rozek
Jared Rudge
Ezra Ohly
Lillian Edwards

Kent and Shirley R. Williams Engineering and Pre-Engineering Scholarship

Alek Johnson
Martin Mann
Cooper Harestad (renewed)
Andrew Levis (renewed)

Dr. S. Lee Whiteman III Award in Psychology

Claire Waller

Carmel Family Business Scholarship

Jacqueline Escobar       

The Dr. Sardari L. and Sunita Arora Scholarship

Bryan Parnitzke (renewed)

Dr. Lee Tressel Award

Kira Philpot

Laura Anders Canis Philosophy Scholarship

Kylie Cianciolo
Stevie Kontnier

The Lauria Concerto Competition Award

Avedis Escandon         

Mel & Jenna Hakola Prize for Academic and Vocal Excellence

Sarah Strezewski

Lillian and Larry D. Bibbee Scholarship

Madelyn Pyles

John F. and Ida E. Gibler Scholarship

Chris Chang
Jacob Mansell  

Will Richmond Scholarship in Photography

Dustin Johnson

Ryan R. Cross '97 Scholarship

Sophia Leuma

Susan Zanetti Family Scholarship

Keiara Hansberry
Kaylee McKee

Melissa Trifiletti Award in Women's Leadership

Jill Wood

Fred Crossman Leadership Prize

Donald Croft

The Professor David Prok Humanitarian Award for Social Justice in Sex and Gender Diversity

Emily Hathcock
Hazelyn Smith

More ways to shine

The Obie Bender Awards are one of the cherished ways the BW community recognizes excellence.

There are many other ways the BW community acknowledges exceptional student achievement and contributions to the vibrant campus community.

Among other recent awards and recognition, the Obie Bender Awards are presented annually to honor and affirm the contributions of multicultural members of the BW community as well as those who contribute to the overall spirit of inclusion.

Student Life and Leadership Awards annually recognize the accomplishments of student leaders, faculty and staff advisers, organizations and programs that have made an impact on the BW community and beyond.

There are also athletic awards recognizing Outstanding Athletes and Clyde A. Lamb Award winners. The Mill showcases the creative achievements of student artists and writers in a student-directed, annual literary and art journal, while The Conservatory Senior Honors Celebration highlights one outstanding senior honoree from each academic major within the Conservatory of Music.

The Dayton C. Miller Honor Society represents the pinnacle of BW academic honor society achievement with less than 4% of the undergraduate student body achieving membership. In addition, there are numerous honor societies representing achievement within various academic disciplines.

  • Activities taking place in and around buildings on BW’s North Quad included BW students presenting their  original research.

    Ovation activities taking place in and around buildings on BW’s North Quad included BW students presenting their original research.

  • Students shared their original research all around BW’s Knowlton Center.

    Students shared their original research all around BW’s Knowlton Center.

  • Creative endeavors were also part of the student presentations.

    Creative endeavors were also featured at Ovation.

  • The Center for Innovation and Growth hosted a grad student panel and a coffee house where students performed original readings and music.

    The Center for Innovation and Growth hosted a grad student panel and a coffee house where students performed original readings and music.

  • At the Kleist Center for Art and Drama, student art was on display in the Fawick Gallery. On the Mainstage Senior dance students performed original choreography in “Resilience,” followed by the premie

    At the Kleist Center for Art and Drama's Mainstage, senior dance students performed original choreography in “Resilience,” followed by the premiere of "Maestra the Musical," an original musical written, directed and performed by BW students.

  • "Maestra the Musical" was an original musical written, directed and performed by BW students.

    "Maestra the Musical," was an original musical written, directed and performed by BW students at Ovation 2022.