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Five receive student of the year honors

05/05/2014
Five students received special honors at Monmouth College’s annual honors convocation on April 29. Pictured from left are Paige Rus (Freshman Woman of the Year), Kaity Washburn (Senior Woman of the Year), Lydia Butler (Senior Woman of the Year), Cyrus Turner (Senior Man of the Year) and Cole Downey (Freshman Man of the Year).
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Five students received special awards at Monmouth College’s annual honors convocation last month.
         
Senior and Freshman Man of the Year honors were awarded by the Monmouth chapter of Blue Key Honor Society, a national organization recognizing upperclassmen for outstanding character and ability and distinction in service, leadership and scholarship.
         
The Senior Man of the Year was Cyrus Turner of Reynolds. He is a member of three honor societies, served as president of Sigma Phi Epsilon and vice president of the Society of Physics Students and was a Scot Ambassador and resident assistant. The Dean’s List student was on the ground floor of the Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activity (SOFIA) program and has participated in lightning research with professor Chris Fasano. Turner performed with The Scotsmen, the Fighting Scots Marching Band and the Jazz Band. A physics major with minors in mathematics and philosophy, he is the son of Charles and Brenda Turner.
         
Cole Downey of Geneva was named Freshman Man of the Year. A Midwest Scholar and Dean’s List student, he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, has participated in SOFIA and is a Scot Ambassador. Also a performer, Downey is part of the Chorale, The Scotsmen, Monmouth College Improv, Crimson Masque and ScotSpeak. The son of John and Cynthia Downey, he is studying public relations.
         
Senior and Freshman Woman of the Year honors were awarded by the Tau Pi chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for scholarship, leadership, service and scholarship.
         
The Senior Woman of the Year was awarded to two students – Lydia Butler, a communication studies major from Littleton, Colo., and Kaity Washburn, an accounting and business major from Morris.
         
Butler has served as chapter president of Alpha Xi Delta, president of Mortar Board and student manager of the Stockdale Center. She has also been involved with student orientation, Greek Week, the senior class gift committee, the Scot Ambassador program and the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center, where she serves as a career assistant. The Dean’s List student is a member of four honor societies. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Karen Butler.
         
Washburn served as chapter president of Pi Beta Phi and vice president of Mortar Board. Also a member of four honor societies and a Dean’s List student, she has served as an academic coach and as site coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is the daughter of Eric and Jeanne Washburn.
           
Paige Rus of Albany was named Freshman Woman of the Year. A Midwest Scholar and Dean’s List student, she is a member of the volleyball team and Alpha Lambda Delta and has started two other campus organizations – the Kinesiology Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. An exercise science and business major, she is the daughter of Jim and Erika Rus.