News From The Halls of Ivy

Samantha Sue Penwell graduated summa cum laude on May 10 from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky., with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and a minor in Christian ministries. In addition to graduating with honors, Penwell received the 2014 Outstanding Senior in Chemistry Award and the 2014 Kenyon Science and Mathematics Award. She was also a part of the university’s COMAP Competition Team in February, receiving honorable mention in the world-wide mathematics competition.

During her four years at Asbury, Penwell was active in many activities both on and off campus. She is a member of the Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society, and was the chapter secretary for two years. Musically, she was a member of the university’s Chorale, Women’s Choir, and Wesley Memorial Handbell Choir; sang in a student led a cappella choir; and sang in both her church choir and church praise band. Penwell was also an active volunteer in her church’s youth ministry all four years, as well as working on campus as a lifeguard, chemistry stockroom assistant, and teaching assistant in both the general chemistry and organic chemistry labs.

As part of her requirements for graduation, Penwell traveled to Italy in 2012 for a 10-day concert tour with the University Chorale. She also completed a ten-week internship in synthetic organic chemistry during the summer of 2013 at the University of Alabama through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Since graduation, she has been working as a youth ministry intern at a United Methodist Church in Tennessee.

Penwell has enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary where she will pursue a master’s degree in divinity as part of her long term goal to be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She is the daughter of Curt and Carla Penwell of Clarendon.

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The following local students were named to the president’s list at Jamestown Business College for the summer term. To qualify for the president’s list, a student must earn a 3.90 – 4.00 grade average. Named were John D. Arp, Sheffield; Kelly D. Jordan, Russell; Timothy C. Snavley, Tidioute; and Heleena Swanson, Russell.