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Walsh Honors Top Students with Outstanding Student and Tower of Excellence Awards

What's New, 2013-04-11

Walsh University students Zachery Beres and Ashley Boyson were honored on Sunday, April 7 with the most prestigious awards the University bestows its graduates - the Outstanding Student Award and Tower of Excellence Award.

The Outstanding Student Award, Walsh's most prestigious academic honor, is awarded to the graduating senior with a very high cumulative grade point average. This year's honoree is Zachery Beres.

During his educational career at Walsh, Zachery Beres has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.96 while pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biology and chemistry and a minor in mathematics. As a member of the Honors Program, his hard work has earned him a 4.0 GPA in his majors, consistently placing him on the Walsh Dean's List every semester.

Zachery came to Walsh University from Cambridge, Ohio, where he was the senior class president and 2009 valedictorian of Cambridge High School. He was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to Walsh University. During his senior year in high school, Zachery was also honored with the prestigious Mabel and Lawrence Cook Scholarship from the National Eagle Scouts Association (NESA), which at that time was the largest Eagle Scout scholarship awarded annually.

He has also demonstrated his scholastic aptitude through his work in the Walsh University tutoring center, where he has helped many other students with their coursework. Zachery also served as a campus leader at Walsh through his work as a student ambassador and as the President of the Science Club. In 2011, he received the Silver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the highest award given in Venture Scouting. During the summer of 2012, Zachery conducted field research for his honors project at Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation, where he serves as Aquatics Director.

Following graduation, Zachery has been awarded a Distinguished University Fellowship at The Ohio State University, where he will attain his Ph.D. in evolution, ecology and organismal biology.

The Tower of Excellence Award is Walsh University's most prestigious and long-standing honor that a Walsh student can attain for work and service beyond the classroom. This year's recipient, Ashley Boyson, has consistently shown the leadership and service characteristics of a Tower of Excellence recipient during her career at Walsh University.

During her educational career at Walsh University, Ashley Boyson has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to the values of Walsh University through her leadership and service. She will graduate with a 3.22 GPA and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in biology/pre-physical therapy and a psychology minor.

Ashley's activities on campus have been as equally diverse as they are impressive. Since her freshman year, Ashley has proudly served as one of Walsh University's cheerleaders, and was named Captain for the 2012-13 season. Included in this athletic commitment is Ashley's service on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee this academic year.

Ashley has also served as a Campus Ambassador since 2009, hosting prospective students and their families in their first introduction to the Walsh campus. In addition, she has been a Walsh University student blogger since September 2010.

With an early commitment to Walsh, Ashley's leadership skills quickly became evident. She volunteered as an orientation leader in 2010 – facilitating the transition of incoming first year students to campus. As recognition of her talent, Ashley has served as a Walsh University orientation coordinator since 2011. In this position she selects, trains and oversees a staff of 70 student orientation leaders. In 2012, Ashley also assumed the role of University Game Room Coordinator and is responsible for all programming and day-to-day operations of this student-centered facility.

Ashley has been a member of the pre-physical therapy club since 2009, participating in service-oriented activities including the 5k race for Haiti and food/clothing drives. In addition, Ashley has volunteered over 100 hours at various physical therapy facilities in Ohio, assisting practicing doctors of physical therapy with services in chronic pain management and outpatient, pediatric, occupational and aquatic therapies. Ashley has also worked with Dr. Adam Underwood on a team of six students performing research in various levels of cellular and molecular physiology.

Ashley's additional honors include being named to the 2012 Class of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and is a former silver service award winner. Ashley also earned a place on the Spring 2012 Dean's List honors and was honored with a 2013 Gold Service Award this April.