5/15/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University paid tribute to its honor graduates at Spring Commencement 2013 on May 11 by honoring its three valedictorians in three very different fields of study and one salutatorian.
The three valedictorians were Jared Baisden and Angela Ellis, both of Wooster, and Holly James of Strongsville. All three achieved perfect 4.00 grade point averages. Heather Bumbalough of West Liberty was named the salutatorian.
Baisden received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biochemistry degree with Summa Cum Laude honors. Baisden, who is the son of James and Elaine Baisden, is a 2009 graduate of Wooster High School, where he participated in marching band and concert band as well as track and field, cross country, and ultimate frisbee while taking advanced placement courses in history, biology and calculus.
He is vice president of the AU chapter of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society and completed an Honors capstone project on “Isolation and Characterization of a Suspected Phytoalexin from Acer Rubrum L.” He plans to continue to pursue a research career in biochemistry.
Ellis received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Physical Education with Summa Cum Laude honors. Ellis, who is the daughter of Michael and Christine Ellis, is a 1995 graduate of Triway High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. She interrupted her college career and worked at Wooster Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center for 14 years.
After deciding to complete a degree, she explored a number of possible careers before she decided to follow her heart and become a teacher. She is looking forward to teaching in an elementary school.
James received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Management Information Systems with Summa Cum Laude and Gamma Alpha Kappa honors. She also received a minor in psychology.
James, who is the daughter of Donald and Ronda James, is a 2009 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, where she participated in golf and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.
While at Ashland University, she has continued to play golf and was named to the 2011 All-GLIAC First Team. She completed an internship with the J.M. Smucker Company in 2011 during which time she completed a project titled “Model Business Process Using ARIS and Oracle BPA Tools.”
Bumbalough received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree and graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Gamma Alpha Kappa honors.
The daughter of Lee and the late Kathryn Bumbalough of West Liberty, is a 2009 graduate of West-Liberty Salem High School.
At West Liberty-Salem High School, Bumbalough was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in cross country and track as well as Science Olympiad before graduating as salutatorian of her class.
At Ashland University, she served as co-president of Peers Promoting Organized Wellness and served as a peer tutor for anatomy and physiology classes. She is heading to an internship at Vanderbilt University, where she will continue her plans to become a registered dietician.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###