The 2011 Outstanding Seniors

Casey Reed

Each year at homecoming, the TU Alumni Association honors 10 Outstanding Seniors. I was so excited to see this year’s list of Outstanding Seniors because I worked with four of them during their application process to TU! This is my “first” class of seniors, because their senior year of high school was my first year at TU, so I remember them fondly. I also know several of the other students on the list. I am so proud of each and every one of these wonderful students.

Here are the 2011 Outstanding Seniors…

Elizabeth Baldwin is the daughter of Tom and Terri Baldwin of Stilwell, Kansas. A Spanish major, Elizabeth has served as both an Associate Director and Executive Director of the Student Association, Vice-President of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Lantern and Scroll Honor Societies. She also volunteers for the Johnson County Health Partnership Clinic and The Court, a dementia-specific assisted living facility. Upon graduation, Elizabeth plans to attend dental school and become a dentist.

Ellen Beverley is the daughter of Andrew and Cynthia Beverley of Columbia, Missouri. A Spanish, Mathematics, and Education major, Ellen is member of Kappa Delta sorority, the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars, and University Ambassadors. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and volunteers translation services during parent-teacher conferences at an elementary school near the TU campus. Upon graduation, Ellen plans to teach English in Mexico as an elementary school teacher and complete her doctorate in Comparative International Education.

Lauren Bull is the daughter of Terry and Janet Bull of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Biochemistry and Spanish major, Lauren is President of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Co-Founder and Co-President of Students Acting on Poverty, and a University Ambassador. She volunteers with the Good Smaritan Medical Van and has worked as a translator on a medical service trip to Nicaragua. Upon graduation, Lauren plans to attend medical school and become a physician.

Jacob Cantu is the son of Sherry Cantu and Jerry Cantu of Owasso, Oklahoma. A Biochemistry major, Jacob is Vice-President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, Community Service Chair of the American Chemical Society and a member of Mortar Board. Upon graduation, he hopes to attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma and become a physician.

Mette Flynt is the daughter of David and Donna Flynt of Escondido, California. A History and English major, Mette is President of Kappa Delta sorority, Training Chair for University Ambassadors, and Vice-President of Finance for TU’s Panhellenic Council. She is a member of Mortar Board, Lantern Honor Society, Order of Omega, and the History Club. Mette is a volunteer docent at the Hinsdale County Museum and a volunteer tour guide for the Hinsdale County Historical Society. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and obtain a master’s degree in History and later work as a historian for the National Park Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Hillary Hellmann is the daughter of Greg and Paige Hellmann of Wildwood, Missouri. A Political Science and Spanish major, Hillary is President of University Ambassadors, Vice-President of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Mortar Board Honor Society Historian and a Relay for Life Team Captain. She is Big Sister volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma and also volunteers for Up With Trees, Emergency Infant Services, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Hillary plans to attend law school.

Allison Price is the daughter of Richard Price and Blythe Fowler of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Biochemistry major, Allison is Co-President of Colleges Against Cancer and a member of University Ambassadors, an Orientation Leader, and a Lab Assistant in Organic Chemistry. She also volunteers at St. John Hospital and the Day Center for the Homeless. Upon graduation, Allison plans to pursue a doctorate degree in biological sciences.

Neal Sharma is the son of Kusum Sharma and the late Bhushan Sharma of Tulsa, Oklahoma. An Economics major, Neal is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Treasurer of TU Peace and Justice, and an opinion columnist for TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian. He also volunteers at The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis and the Bedlam Longitudinal Clinic. Upon graduation, Neal plans to attend medical school and become a cardiothoracic surgeon, specializing in advanced heart failure.

Nanthiya Sujijantarat is the daughter of Kraisri and Kanokwan Sujijantarat of Bangkok, Thailand and the host daughter of Lonny and Donna Carter of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A Biochemistry major, Nanthiya is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, Director of Scholarship of Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Professional Honor Society, and President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She volunteers for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, SouthCrest Hospital, and Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps. Upon graduation, Nanthiya plans to attend medical school and hopes to conduct research to find more effective and inexpensive treatments for brain tumors.

David Wyatt is the son of Bob and Kristine Wyatt of Bristow, Oklahoma. A Chemical Engineering major, David is President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Associate Director of Operations of TU Student Association, and a member of Mortar Board and the TU marching band. He volunteers for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. Upon graduation, David plans to work as an engineer in the energy industry.


-Casey Reed