Jewell names faculty award winners


Madison McCormick and Hayley Michael are co-winners of 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 two winners and three finalists were recognized at Jewell’s Honors Convocation ceremony on April 22.

Faculty Award winner Madison McCormick, Weatherby Lake (St Pius X High School), will graduate summa cum laude as an Oxbridge Molecular Biology Honors Scholar. Last semester she studied at St. Catherine’s College and received the Book Prize as the top visiting student in the largest program for visiting students at Oxford University. At Jewell she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a writer and editor for the Hilltop Monitor, a first-year mentor and a Cardinal Host. Some of her undergraduate research on the enteric nervous system has been published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences. This fall she will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis on mental health counseling.

Faculty Award winner Hayley Michael, Gallatin, will graduate summa cum laude with majors in history and political science. The third-generation Jewell graduate is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10% of the senior class), Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, Hilltop Monitor student publication staff, Cardinal Host and orientation mentor. She has completed extensive research on immigration and Jewell’s Slavery, Memory and Justice Project, recently presenting a paper at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s annual conference and serving as a teaching assistant this semester. She’s been selected for The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) internship program this summer in Washington, D.C. Hayley aspires to obtain a Ph.D. and become a history professor.


The Finalists:

Michaela Esau of Hutchinson, Kansas, will graduate summa cum laude with majors in both Oxbridge Literature & Theory and communication. She is studying this year at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, and is an editor for the Cherwell student newspaper. At Jewell, she has been active as a Hilltop Monitor student publication editor, Cardinal Blazer, tutor, membership enrichment chair of Zeta Tau Alpha, member of Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10% of the senior class), Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society and a Cardinal Tennis scholar-athlete. Esau was a digital communication intern at KC Common Good is published in the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Journal of Creative Writing. After graduation, she will serve with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Tucson, Arizona; work part-time as a communications coordinator for Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, an Indigenous rights group; and part-time as an adult educator for Literacy Connects.

Kaylie Kappelmann of Olathe, Kansas, will graduate summa cum laude with three majors: psychological science, nonprofit leadership, and applied critical thought and inquiry. She will attend Ball State University’s dual-track master’s program in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. She has been a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10% of the senior class), Student Senate, Mortar Board, Psi Chi Psychology International Honor Society and the Pryor Leadership Studies Program. As a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Jewell women’s soccer team, she has earned numerous athletic and academic honors, including a two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Comeback Athlete of the Year. Kappelmann also is a committee member for Uncover KC and has interned as a research assistant and curriculum developer for their World Building Program to help promote volunteerism and development in Kansas City communities.

Jessi Watkins of Lake Winnebago will graduate summa cum laude with majors in both nursing and Spanish. She has accepted a position on the neurosurgery, trauma and burn unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and will work toward a certification as a Qualified Bilingual Staff medical interpreter. Her long-term plans include becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. At Jewell she received a Jewell-funded Journey Grant to spend a summer serving in a health clinic in El Salvador, and she looks forward to more medical mission trips to Spanish-speaking countries. On campus she is a Spanish tutor; a member of Nurses Christian Fellowship, Phi Epsilon Honor Society (top 10% of the senior class), Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society; secretary of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Student Nurses Association; and has presented research at Mind and Heart Together Symposium.