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DWU announces 2014 Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan award-winners

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kelli Swenson and Trent Robbins, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman, the university’s highest honors, at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

Kelli Swenson, of Chamberlain, is a double major in business administration and leadership and public service with a concentration in policy communication. She is the president of Student Senate, a member of the Student Ministry Council, a resident assistant on campus, and Student Ambassadors. She is a four-year member of the dean’s list, a Randall Scholar, 2013 recipient of the Vicki Clarke Memorial Endowed Scholarship, McGovern Center Scholar, and a member of the McGovern Advisory Council. She has organized and volunteered with DWU mission trips to New Orleans, Peru and Mexico, as well as community outreach projects. Kelli interns with DWU’s institutional advancement/alumni relations department. Following graduation, Kelli will be traveling to Africa for two months to work with a nonprofit and a primary school in Rwanda.  

Trent Robbins, of Watertown, is a double major in mathematics and business. He is a DWU Trustee Academic and Athletic Scholar and named to the dean’s list. He has been a member of the Dakota Wesleyan soccer team for four years, and served as team captain for one. He earned All-Great Plains Athletics Conference Honorable Mention, CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Award, T.I.G.E.R.S. Award and was appointed to the Men’s Soccer Team Leadership Council. He volunteered with Chicago Eagles Summer Academy and Mitchell Youth Soccer. Trent also became an FAA Licensed Private Pilot in May 2013. Following graduation he will be employed by Meta Payment Systems in Sioux Falls.

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan include: Breanna Clark, Loveland, Colo.; Valerie Hummel, Yankton; Natalie Munger, Kimball; Samantha Sandau, Tripp; and Kayla Summerville, Platte. Other candidates for the Scotchman include: Joe Ford, Vermillion; Chase Kristensen, Plankinton; and Tyler Sarringar, Pierre.

The titles of Scotchman and Miss 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 Miss Wesleyan began in 1929 and the honor of Scotchman in 1938. The title for the Scotchman was borrowed from the university’s song, “The Scotchman.”


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