Ohio Dominican University welcomes 43 students into its Honors Program, including 36 new first-year students, one transfer student, and six current students who applied to the program. These students join 62 returning Honors students for a total of 105 participants during the 2023-24, which marks the most Honors Program participants over the past 10 years. This year’s entering group achieved a median high school GPA of 4.0.

New members of the Honors Program are:
New Students
Jett Allen
Riley Arnold
Maguire Bostard
Avery Bowden
Laurel Brubaker
Natalie Burwinkel
Alyza Camp
Samantha Cordle
Emily Corner
Brooke Dixon
Nora DuPerow
Ismail Elmajdoubi
Ean Encarnacion
Logan French
Bayleigh Harman
Mason Hess
Nghi-Anh Hoang
Braxton Hollis
Craig Kamwendo
Erica Massey
Tyra McClain
Alana Miller
Victor O'Brien
Gianna Oliverio
Evan Reppeto
Margaret Roberts
Jarimar Ruiz
Jamison Schmidt
Gabriella Shank
Riley Skaggs
Julia Thuestad
Janelle Afi Eyram Togo
Micah Townsend Denman
Adalynn Triplett
Emma Willis
Elizabeth Wright

Transfer Student
Yelizaveta Zhuk

Returning ODU Students
Logann Closser
Madeline Heichel
Asheley Mudzingwa
Andrew Ortega
Faith Taylor
Sinikiwe Ngwenya 

“We are delighted to be experiencing not only growth in the overall number of students who are interested in joining ODU’s Honors Program, but also their level of engagement,” said John Marazita, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Honors Program Director. “Last year’s freshman cohort leaves big shoes to fill in terms of their contributions to building a cohesive and strong honors community. This year’s group of new students has already hit the ground running through their active participation in the freshman core seminar, excellent questions as they determine their place in the community and ways they can serve, and competitive spirit during our welcome back events. On the other end of the spectrum are 14 seniors who are immersed in scholarly capstone projects in the fields of biology, business, criminal justice, education, environmental science, exercise science and psychology. I look forward to a busy, productive and fun year!” 

ODU’s Honors Program is designed to enrich the academic experience of talented and motivated students. It is a community of learners who seek to develop their love of learning, deepen their understanding of significant issues, express their creativity, and engage in independent scholarly, scientific, and artistic endeavors. Participants have access to separate living and learning spaces; opportunities for close mentorship with faculty in related academic disciplines; an invitation to participate in collaborative research with faculty; and an ability to participate in extracurricular programming.

To learn more about Ohio Dominican University’s Honors Program, visit ohiodominican.edu/Honors