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Johnston and Sanor honored with annual student awards at 100th Commencement

Posted: May 08, 2013


Offering congratulations to Lucas Sanor and Devin Johnston are Dr. Woody Webb (L), vice president for student affairs, and Dr. John C. Bowling, University president.

Lucas Sanor and Devin Johnston were honored as outstanding graduates during Olivet’s 100th annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Lucas Sanor, a biology major from Chebanse, Ill., received the Robert M. Milner Award for outstanding male graduate. He is the son of Dan and Laura Sanor. He was named to the dean’s list each semester as an Olivet student. He played the alto saxophone in the Marching Tigers, Jazz Band and Show Choir band. While at Olivet, he received the Deborah Ann Colling Scholarship, Crawford Scholarship and Onarga Academy Scholarship. He was a member of Biophilic, the biology club on campus. In summer 2012, he was part of the Gene-Environment Summer Research program at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

“Lucas is an exceptionally motivated and conscientious student,” said Dr. Dwight Ginn, biology professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. “He uses his God-given academic ability by working diligently at everything he does. I am confident that he will do well in his graduate program at Yale.”

“Lucas is tremendously gifted in music,” said Professor Ryan Schultz of the Department of Music. “But perhaps more importantly, he excels in peer-to-peer relationships. His sense of humor and his positive outlook on life make him a wonderful asset to any program!”

Devin Johnston, a math education major from Bloomingdale, Ill., received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award for outstanding female graduate. She is the daughter of Dennis and Diane Johnston. While at Olivet, Johnston was named to the dean’s list every semester. She was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, as well as the Student Education Association (SEA) and the Best Buddies outreach ministry. She served as a leader for Olivet’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As both a soccer player and a basketball player for the Olivet Tigers, she received many awards, including being named as a NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete. In 2010, she joined the soccer team on a two-week mission trip to Kenya, Africa.

“Devin is a young woman with a servant’s heart,” said Dr. Dale Hathaway, mathematics professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. “She has successfully balanced two intercollegiate sports, a demanding major and service to others while she has been at Olivet.”

"Devin is the type of athlete every coach dreams about coaching,” said Lauren Stamatis, head coach for Tigerball (Olivet’s women’s basketball program). “She works hard every play in practice and in games and has a great attitude, regardless of the circumstances. Off the court, Devin is an absolute joy to be around. She is engaging, caring, personable and seeks after Jesus wholeheartedly. We were blessed to have her as a part of our team at Olivet.”

Each year, the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award –– named after Olivet’s first graduate –– and the Robert M. Milner Award –– named after a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni –– are given to students who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.

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