“Top Ten Seniors” Announced
Campus News

Ten Franklin College students were recognized as the “Top Ten Seniors” for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments at the annual Activities and Organizations Virtual Award Ceremony on April 29, 2020.

In order to be a “Top Ten Senior,” students must be nominated by a member of the faculty or staff, have at least a 3.0 GPA, embody the values of Franklin College and provide leadership both inside and outside the classroom. After the nominations, the senior class selects the top ten seniors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the college has rescheduled the traditional commencement ceremony to coincide with the annual Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Franklin College looks forward to coming together in person to celebrate the Class of 2020 on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

The following students were recognized as the “Top Ten Seniors”:

Melissa Beer, daughter of Todd and Kristina Beer of Fremont, is a double major in applied mathematics and quantitative analysis with a minor in business. In addition to being selected as a Top Ten Senior, Beer’s classmates also voted her to represent the Class of 2020 as the Senior Commencement Speaker. While at Franklin, Beer was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Math and Computing club and the women’s basketball team (two years). She was also inducted into Alpha Society Academic Honorary, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Chi Beta Phi National Scientific Honorary and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students. Beers received the Rodney T. Hood Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, the Wayne Coy Award and the Panhellenic Award at the college’s Spring Honor Program.

Erin Bradley, daughter of Steve Miracle and Brandy Bradley of Springville, is a biology major.  While at Franklin, she has been a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, serving as vice president of event planning, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a member of the women’s basketball team. She also previously was involved with the Chemistry Club and the E.A.R.T.H. club.

Kinsley Castro, daughter of Cameron Crocker and Jon Douglas of Franklin, is a triple major in philosophy, English and Spanish.  While at Franklin, Castro was a member of Tri Delta sorority, FC Pride Alliance, Panhellenic Council and Peer Tutor. She also served as a teaching aide. She was recently nominated for the award of Woman of Distinction at Franklin College. She was inducted into the Alpha Society Academic Honorary, Alpha Mu Gamma Modern Languages Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

 Dylan Graham, son of Brad and Susan Graham of Connersville, is majoring in quantitative analysis -mathematics and applied mathematics with a minor in computer science.  While at Franklin, he has been a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Math and Computing club, FC Singers, Men’s Chorus, FC Dance Marathon and the men’s tennis team. He has also served as a launch mentor for new students, treasurer of Student Entertainment Board and member of Student Foundation. He was also inducted into the following honor societies: Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students and Alpha Society Academic Honorary. Graham’s peers voted him a Golden Royal at Homecoming in 2019. He recently received the Thorp Wolford Award for Excellence in Quantitative Analysis from the college.

Bryce Hale, son of Grant and Melissa Hale of Mooresville, is a computer science major. Hale was a member of the Math and Computing Club, Riley Dance Marathon and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. A student-athlete, Hale was a four-year member of the football team, earning the honor of Defensive Lineman of the Year during his senior year, an honor that he shared with his twin brother, Brady.                  

Kendall Hovis, daughter Kim Hovis of Bloomington, is a psychology major. While at Franklin College, Hovis has served as a resident assistant, a launch mentor for new students, the vice president of membership for Pi Beta Phi sorority and the vice president of member development for the Panhellenic Council. A student–athlete, Hovis also was a member of the lacrosse team.

Eryk Jones, son of Frank and Darci Jones of Highland, is an exercise science major with a biology minor. During college, Jones served as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a member of the Interfraternity Council, a member of Student Foundation and secretary of the Exercise Science club. Jones also was inducted into Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, and served as a student ambassador in the Office of Admissions. He plans to continue his education at Indiana University and become a physician assistant.                      

John McKinney, son of Mark and Joyce McKinney of Brownstown, is an exercise science major with minors in fitness and biology. While at Franklin, McKinney was a four-year member of the football team, serving as captain his senior year and earning the end-of-season honors of Defensive Back of the Year and the Craig Lawson Scholar Athlete award. He was also a member of the Exercise Science club. McKinney was inducted into Alpha Society Academic Honorary, Chi Alpha Sigma Student Athlete Honor Society, Chi Beta Phi National Scientific Honorary and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. McKinney served as a teaching aide for organic chemistry and enjoyed participating in the FC music department, taking piano lessons and promoting music concerts. McKinney will continue his education in the fall in graduate school.

Owen Shrock, son of Joel and Kelly Shrock of Muncie is a public relations major. As a student at Franklin College, Shrock served on the President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion and was a member of the FC Pride Alliance, Black Student Union and Gender Equality Now. Shrock also was a member of the Drama Club, earning the Robert Wise Award for Distinguished Actors in 2017 and 2018, and was selected for membership into Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society. He spent the 2018-2019 academic year studying abroad in the Czech Republic. Most recently, he earned the Senior Service award from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on campus.

Jenna Spini, daughter of Mark and Karen Spini of Redwood City, CA, is a public relations major.  A student-athlete, Spini was a member of the volleyball team, earning academic all-conference honors. She was also a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, vice president of philanthropy for the Panhellenic Council and served as a launch mentor for new students.

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POSTED May 18, 2020