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Judson University gives awards for excellence, leadership.

Byline: Submitted by Judson University

At the 81st commencement ceremonies on May 4, Judson University in Elgin presented distinguished academic awards for excellence and leadership. Students who received acknowledgments include:

* Anna Wendling of Kaneville is an early childhood education with endorsements in special education and English as a second language, liberal arts, sciences and education graduate.

She was honored with the President's Scholar Award-Traditional Undergraduate, which is Judson's highest recognition for scholarship and is awarded to the graduating senior in the Traditional Program who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program.

During her time at Judson, Wendling has been an officer in Kappa Delta Pi, an academic society, and held various volunteer positions in the community. She has served as a youth leader at Kaneville United Methodist Church, led a summer camp for elementary students and tutored students.

* Chris Britton of Rockford is a Human Services Division of Professional Studies graduate. He received the Adoniram Judson Leadership in Ministry Award, which is presented to the Master of Leadership in Ministry graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in coursework, outstanding character, leadership within the cohort, and the potential for significant leadership of God's people locally and globally.

Britton has served on the staff of Youth Hope, a Christian ministry serving low-income and troubled youth and families in the Illinois Quad Cities. He has served as director of one of the program's youth centers and developed a M.A.D. Skills Program. Recently, he was a speaker for the TedX conference in Davenport talking about hip-hop in the classroom.

* Aria Gabrielle Childers of Rockford is a Human Services Division of Professional Studies graduate. She received the Student Service Award-Adult Professional Studies Undergraduate, which is presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies sincerity and dedication to Christ, excellence in academic achievement, and dedication to the goals and mission of Judson University.

She is part of the worship team and works with youth at Heartland Community Church of Rockford. She raised funds for World Relief while running the Chicago Marathon twice.

* Taylor Hiland of New Palestine, Indiana, is a biochemistry major liberal arts, sciences and education graduate. He was awarded the Student Service Award-Traditional Undergraduate, which is presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies sincerity and dedication to Christ, excellence in academic achievement, and dedication to the goals and mission of Judson University.

During his time at Judson, he was a Dean's List Honoree and an integral part of the Men's Basketball program, serving as co-captain during his senior year. He also was recognized as part of the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and the National Christian College Athletic Association Scholar Athlete for two years.

He has also been part of the Judson Student Organization and was named a World Leaders Forum Scholar.

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Title Annotation:Neighbor
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 22, 2019
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