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April 10, 2012

Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan candidates named at DWU

MITCHELL, S.D. – Eleven Dakota Wesleyan University students have been selected as candidates for Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan, the highest honor given to students in their senior year at the institution.

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. These honors are the highest bestowed upon seniors that are not based on academics alone. 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.”

To qualify for candidacy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be ranked at senior status. Those eligible submit a resume of activities and awards. With the aid of a student body vote, a Student Senate-appointed panel chooses the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are interviewed by a committee of student, staff and faculty who choose the Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan. The winners are announced at the annual Honors Banquet on April 27.

The following are the candidates for Miss Wesleyan: Nicole Anderson, Watertown; Danielle Bellet, Lead; Nicole Haley, Chino Hills, Calif.; Christen Mitchell, Platte; Brooke Warne, Rapid City; and Sara Weidler, Sioux Falls.

Michael Barnaud, Belle Fourche; Brandon Bilyeu, Red Lodge, Mont.; Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas; Mitchell Reed, Brentford; and Aaron Rolen, Bogota, Texas, are the candidates for the Scotchman award.

Candidates for the 83rd Miss Wesleyan are as follows:


Nicole Anderson

Danielle Bellet

Nicole Haley

Christen Mitchell

Brooke Warne

Sara Weidler

Nicole Anderson, Watertown
Nicole is a religion and philosophy and theatre double major. She is involved in Theatre Club; Student Activities Board; and is chairman of the Student Ministry Council. Nicole has also written for the student newspaper and participated in two DWU mission trips to Peru. She has been nominated three times for the prestigious Irene Ryan award; received the Master Craftsman, Best Dramatic Performance and Best Stage Manager awards in theatre; and has volunteered for the past four years as a youth leader for the First United Methodist Church. After graduation, Nicole will enter seminary and work toward a Master of Divinity degree. She hopes to be an ordained United Methodist minister.

Danielle Bellet, Lead
Dani is a biochemistry major and Spanish minor. She is a member of DWU women’s golf and serves as captain; is president of the Biology Club, a student ambassador, university physics assistant, member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASMBM) Honor Society, Sigma Zeta honor society, has served as vice president of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and is a resident assistant. In 2011 she received the NAIA’s A.O. Duer Award. She has also received numerous golf awards and designations, including three-time GPAC Women’s Golfer-of-the-Year. Dani also participated in South Dakota BRIN research, working on chronic wasting disease and has participated in multiple community service projects. After college she plans to attend medical school.

Nicole Haley, Chino Hills, Calif.
Nicole is majoring in athletic training. She is a member of the Athletic Training Club and DWU softball team and is a resident assistant. She has been named to the Dean’s List; NAIA second team All-Conference in 2010 and 2011; was a 2011 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete and a NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2009. Nicole participated in the 2011 mission trip to Peru and the 2009 and 2010 Share What You Wear clothing drives.  Following graduation, she will take the NATA’s certification exam and will apply for graduate school for physical therapy.

Christen Mitchell, Platte
Christen will graduate with a business administration degree. She has served as the Multicultural Committee vice president, Phi Beta Lambda president and was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Kappa Phi. She has served in her community through clubs and organizations, as well as Impact Lives, Love Feast, and various school supplies drives, including a supplies drive for soldiers and Shoes for Orphan Souls. Christen also participated in the 2012 mission trip to New Orleans. After graduation she plans to move to Highmore and work for Heartland State Bank.

Brooke Warne, Rapid City
Brooke earned her Associate of Arts degree in nursing from DWU in 2011 and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing. She’s been involved in Wesleyan Choir, Highlanders, Student Nurses’ Association, DWU volleyball, Student Ministry Council, and the DWU musical, “Damn Yankees!” She has been named to the DWU Dean’s List, was co-captain of the varsity volleyball team, an NAIA scholar athlete, the GPAC all-conference volleyball team, the received Vicki Clarke Memorial for Leadership and Service award, and was DWU’s 2011 homecoming queen. After graduation she plans to work as a registered nurse in South Dakota.

Sara Weidler, Sioux Falls
Sarah will graduate with a degree in athletic training. She is a member of the DWU soccer team, Athletic Training Club, and NATA. She has served as the South Dakota president and vice president of the Student Leadership Counsel for Athletic Training; provided first aid for the Winter Special Olympics and X-Treme Cheer; volunteered for the Salvation Army Angel Tree; assisted with a coach’s clinic; and attended the iLead leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Following graduation she plans to take the certification exam for athletic training and work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas.


Candidates for the 74th Scotchman are as follows:


Michael Barnaud

Brandon Bilyeu

Justin Mitchell

Mitchell Reed

Aaron Rolen

Michael Barnaud, Belle Fourche
Michael is majoring in history with minors in religion and coaching. He has been a member of the DWU football team and participated in DWU theatre, including this spring’s production of “Damn Yankees!” Michael has been named to the Dean’s List, was an All-GPAC linebacker, and was voted best linebacker by his team. After graduation he plans to be a graduate assistant in football while obtaining his master’s degree in history education to teach and coach at the college level.

Brandon Bilyeu, Red Lodge, Mont.
Brandon is a biochemistry major with a minor in religion. He is active in the Student Ministry Council, Student Activities Board, Universities Fighting World Hunger, DWU football and Student Ambassadors. While in school he volunteered for numerous community service activities on and off campus. Brandon has also been involved with mission trips to Ireland, Mexico and Africa. Brandon has received many academic honors and awards, and was named the 2012 homecoming king. His plans after college are to attend medical school and become a surgeon.

Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas
Justin is double majoring in entrepreneurship and leadership and public service. He is the president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); treasurer for Universities Fighting World Hunger; and former publicity chairman of Student Activities Board. He is a student ambassador. Justin has taken part in mission trips to Peru and New Orleans, as well as assisted with Love Feast and the DWU annual food drive. After graduation he plans to attend Cumberland Law School in Birmingham, Ala., and hopes to pursue a career as an international business consultant specializing in Latin America.

Mitchell Reed, Brentford
Mitchell is a history education major. He has been a TRiO peer tutor, All-America Scholar-Athlete, student orientation leader, DWU mascot, and a member of the basketball and baseball teams, and Future Teachers Organization. He has also worked on food drives, umpired for community baseball and announced and refereed for community sports. After graduation, he plans to teach history and coach in South Dakota. He hopes to earn his master’s degree in education administration.

Aaron Rolen, Bogota, Texas
Aaron is a history major with a political science minor. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Gamma Mu honor societies and served as president of the Student Senate and DWU College Republicans. He was the winner of the Capital One Academic All-American Football Award, a 2011 First Team All-Conference Defensive End and was named DWU’s most valuable defensive lineman. Last summer, Aaron interned with U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana, working with disaster relief following the flooding. After graduation, he plans to attend law school.

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