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April 28, 2012

DWU announces 2012 Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan awards

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Bilyeu, Red Lodge, Mont., was named the 74th Scotchman, and Dani Bellet, of Lead, was named the 83rd Miss Wesleyan during the Honors Banquet on Aug. 27.

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Candidates for this year’s Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are, from left to right: Michael Barnaud, Belle Fourche; Nicole Anderson, Watertown; Aaron Rolen, Bogota, Texas; Christen Mitchell, Platte; Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas; Brooke Warne, Rapid City; Brandon Bilyeu, Red Lodge, Mont.; Sara Weidler, Sioux Falls; Mitchell Reed, Brentford; and Nicole Haley, Chino Hills, Calif.

MITCHELL — Danielle Bellet and Brandon Bilyeu, seniors at Dakota Wesleyan University, were named Miss Wesleyan and Scotchman at a special banquet Friday night at the university.

Bilyeu, Red Lodge, Mont., was named the 74th Scotchman, and Bellet, of Lead, was named the 83rd Miss Wesleyan. The Scotchman and Miss Wesleyan are the highest honors given to an outstanding senior man and woman. The award is based on scholarship, character and overall contributions to the university.

Bellet is a biochemistry major and Spanish minor. She is a member of DWU women’s golf team and serves as captain; is president of the Biology Club, is a student ambassador, university physics assistant, member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASMBM) Honor Society, Sigma Zeta honor society, and has served as vice president of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, as well as serves as 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. Bellet 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.

Bilyeu 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. Bilyeu has also been involved with mission trips to Ireland, Mexico and more recently a trip to Africa during his spring break. He 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.

Other candidates for Miss Wesleyan were: Nicole Anderson, Watertown; Nicole Haley, Chino Hills, Calif.; Christen Mitchell, Platte; Brooke Warne, Rapid City; and Sara Weidler, Sioux Falls. Candidates for the Scotchman also included: Michael Barnaud, Belle Fourche; Justin Mitchell, Copperas Cove, Texas; Mitchell Reed, Brentford; and Aaron Rolen, Bogota, Texas.


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