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Clark, Voelker named Ms. Wesleyan and Scotchman for 2021

Titles are Dakota Wesleyan’s highest honors

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Kindra Clark, of Garretson, and Wyatt Voelker, of Newcastle, Wyoming, were named Ms. Wesleyan and Scotchman Friday evening during the Honors Convocation at Dakota Wesleyan University. The titles are the university's highest honors. (Submitted Photo)

Kindra Clark and Wyatt Voelker, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named the 2021 Ms. Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, during the Honors Convocation Friday night.

The titles of Scotchman and Ms. Wesleyan are given to honor a senior male and female student based on campus leadership and service, community leadership and service, academics and character. The honor of Ms. Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman began in 1939. The title for Scotchman was borrowed from the university’s song, “The Scotchman.”

To qualify for the honor, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards and a panel appointed by the student senate chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty who choose the winners.

Clark, originally from Garretson, is a secondary English education major. Her roster of clubs and organizations include soccer, student ambassadors, Future Teachers Organization, softball, Tiger Activities Group, Big Friend Little Friend, Christian Corps, Women’s Delight Group and Student Ministry Council. She received the Matthew D. Smith meal for education and the Badger Clark medal for literature. She is an Education Learning Through Service scholar, has earned Honors in Scholarship and is a scholar-athlete. Her parents are Doug and Tana Clark.

Voelker is from Newcastle, Wyoming. He is a wildlife biology major whose involvement was in Conservation Club, Student Ministry Council, golf and the McGovern Engagement Group. Voelker is a Wildlife Management Distinguished Scholar, a recipient of a Hughes Grant-in-Aid Award, a scholar-athlete, an NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete, a member of Sigma Zeta and has earned Honors in Scholarship. He is the son of Ryan and Donna Voelker.

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Also named as candidates for Ms. Wesleyan were Logan Amundson, Watertown; Abigail Hanson, Alexandria; Emily McDonald, Crooks; Grace Rule, Sioux Falls and Lacey Wipf, Freeman. Also named as candidates for Scotchman were Devin Bedke, Kearney, Nebraska; Joshua Garry, Sioux Falls; Edgar Meza, Spearfish; Caden Milmine, Buffalo, Wyoming and Layne Stafford, Arlington, Nebraska.

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