Spring 2014 Outstanding Scholar: Finalists

dsc6746-x2Name: Ashley Wachowicz
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Involvement: American Chemical Society, Red Cross Student Chapter, Pre-PharmD Club, Pre-Med Club, Real Life, Intramural Volleyball, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Flag Football, Evergreen Terrace Assisted Living, Substitute Teacher for Public Schools, High School Math Tutor, Medical Mission Trip (Guyana, South America), Hospice of Michigan, Grading Assistant, Hurricane Relief Mission Trip, Honors Fun Day, Honors Invitational, Honors Orientation Leader, Honors Peer Mentor, The Big Event, Rake and Run, Relay for Life, Safe Ride, Middle School Physiology Day
Achievements: Student Research Fellowship Grant, Pre-PharmD Club President, Various Internal and External College Scholarships

From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:

“Ashley Wachowicz is graduating with a degree in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences and will start a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley in the fall. She has been the president of the Pre-PharmD Club, an Honors Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader and [Honors] Invitational Tour Guide, as well as an active member of a number of other campus clubs. She has volunteered with the Hospice of Michigan, the Red Cross, Relay for Life, Safe Ride, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, among others.”

When asked about being a finalist for the Outstanding Scholar award, Ashley gratefully responded, “It is such an honor and very humbling! I am so thankful for the opportunities God has given me. We are all very blessed to even have the ability to study at a university and be involved in all the extracurricular activities we are.” Being the well-rounded student she is, Ashley figured that she stood out from the crowd because of her hard work with her plentiful accomplishments and GPA, she “would never expect to be nominated for something like this.” When asked about what she will miss about Ferris and the Honors Program once she graduates and moves into her Masters program, Ashley explained, “Big Rapids and Ferris have become my second home. I feel deeply rooted in the community and university. I am definitely going to miss the people I have met through school, work, and church!”

Lastly, Ashley commented, “I hope [my] nominators chose me because they see me as a compassionate, hard-working individual and not just a student with a lot on her résumé. More than accomplishing specific things or involving myself in a million groups and projects, I think I have developed myself as a person during my time in Honors. All of my experiences together [here] have shaped me into the person I am now and nominee for the award.”

dsc6739-x2Name: Aaron Jackowski
Year: Senior
Major: Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy

From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:

“Aaron Jackowski is completing his degree in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology / Pre-Physical Therapy. He also serves as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines 25th Regiment. He has volunteered with Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”

Aaron could not be reached for a comment.

dsc6732-x2Name: Brooke Crandall
Year: Senior/P2
Major: Pharmacy

From Dr. Peter Bradley, Honors Program Director:

“Brooke Crandall is a P2 in the college of pharmacy. She has served as an Honors peer mentor, the Community Service chair of the Panhellenic Council, an orientation leader, Vice President of Lambda Kappa Sigma and student member of committees in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. She’s volunteered for SafeRide, Adopt-a-Highway, the Mecosta County Recycling Center, the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Center, and many more.”

Brooke could not be reached for a comment.

The Honors Program would like to commend Ashley, Aaron, and Brooke on their exceptional efforts to be the ideal role models for others. Good luck to each of you on your future “endeavors!”

This article was written by Endeavor editor Logan Bixman.


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