Jewell names faculty award winner


Agatha Echenique portraitAgatha Echenique received Jewell’s  Faculty Award, the most significant distinction offered a graduating senior. The finalists must have spent at least three years at William Jewell College and have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Winners are chosen based on academic achievement and exemplification of the highest ideals of a liberal arts education following an essay submission and interview process. The winner and finalists were recognized at Jewell’s Honors Convocation ceremony on April 21.

Echenique is from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and is graduating summa cum laude with honors in philosophy and Oxbridge History of Ideas. As part of the Oxbridge Honors Program, he studied in Oxford and served as section editor of The Oxford Student. At Jewell, he is chief editor of The Hilltop Monitor, a member of the Student Academic Freedom Task Force within Student Senate and a member Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10 percent of the senior class). Echenique received a fully funded scholarship at University of Pittsburg to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy with a track in ancient philosophy.


The Finalists:

Alex Entz portraitAlexandra Entz of Topeka, Kansas, will soon start her career on the mother/baby unit at University of Kansas Medical Center. Her majors are nursing and applied critical thought and inquiry, and she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society, Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10 percent of the senior class) and Delta Zeta sorority. Entz is also involved on campus as a Nursing Department lab assistant and co-president of Student Nurses Association.

Hattie Miller portraitHattie Miller of Kansas City Lincoln College Preparatory Academy), majors in both international relations and political science. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her Jewell class, she is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. Miller's involvement on the Jewell campus extends to Student Senate, where she serves as a representative, and as a research assistant for conflict studies. She currently works as a security research consultant at Red Five Security and plans to pursue a master's degree and career in intelligence analysis. She spent last summer studying and interning in Washington, D.C., through The Fund for American Studies.

Madalyn Newton portraitMadalyn Newton of Liberty is majoring in elementary education, political science and applied critical thought and inquiry. A member of Zeta Tau Alpha and a Cardinal Host, Newton is also involved in the Pryor Leadership Program and Greek Judicial Council. She is in the top 10 percent of the senior class and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. She will be a teacher in Kansas City.

Christian Santiago portraitChristian Santiago of La Mirada, California, came to Jewell to study history and political science. He is a student-athlete participating on Jewell’s cross country and track and field teams, in addition to his involvement in Lambda Chi Alpha, Mi Gente, and the Slavery, Memory, and Justice Project. Santiago has also been a member of Student Senate and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his time on campus. Following graduation, he plans to gain experience in local governance and community building before pursuing his master’s degree in public administration.