Press Release, Student Life

2019-2020 Golden Bishop Awards

May 7, 2020 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan Honors Students for Outstanding Leadership, Community Service

DELAWARE, Ohio – There’s no silver or bronze here. These Ohio Wesleyan University students all earned gold – Golden Bishops, that is – for their outstanding achievements in leadership and community service.

On April 22, the University came together virtually to honor the following members of the campus community for their contributions and accomplishments during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Community Service Awards

  • The Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award
    • Avianna Carmoega ’20 for leadership in public service, especially for humanitarian causes, on campus, in the community, and beyond. 
  • The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award
    • Brayams Ayala Ramos’20 for his work to further the understanding of Hispanic and Latin culture. 
  • The Patricia G. Young Award for Leadership in Service to Children and Youth
    • Cirrus Robinson ’20 for her commitment to childhood literacy. 
  • The Bridge Builder Award for exemplary service and engagement within and beyond the campus community
    • Pricila Rosillo ’20
    • Alexis Thomas ’20
    • Janelle Valdinger ’19
    • Michael Mora-Brenes ’17 (Alumnus/Community Partner at Columbus Bilingual Academy North)

Student Involvement Awards

  • Program of the Year: 2020 Mock Convention Executive Committee:
    • Ahmed Hamed ’20 (co-executive director)
    • Mallorie Watts ’22 (co-executive director)
    • Lauren Barnes ’22
    • Ellie Bearss ’22
    • Danielle Black ’22
    • Anna Burkhart ’20
    • Veronica Cody ’22
    • Brianna DeMuth ’23
    • Anna Edmiston ’23
    • Elisabeth Evers ’22
    • Alexis Greene ’21
    • Aakash Gupta ’21
    • Dylan Hays ’20
    • Audrey Holmar ’21
    • Fatima Iqbal ’20
    • Addie Mannino ’20
    • Greg Margevicius ’20
    • Annie Miner ’20
    • Cole Peterson ’23
    • Katie Rozsa ’22
    • Alex Todd ’20
    • Ashley Biser (adviser)
    • Brianna Mack (adviser)
    • Franchesca Nestor (adviser)
  • Club Advisor of the Year
    • Deanna Shine for her work with Horizons International to help promote the interests of the international student community
  • Organization of the Year: Newman Community
    • Anna Beer ’23
    • Faith Brammer ’22
    • Skylar Crawford ’23
    • Josie Fornara ’23
    • Melinda Madden ’20
    • Maddie Matos ’21
    • Samantha Merino ’21
    • Jennifer Paul ’23
    • Meredith Richters ’22
    • Bridget Roddy ’20
    • Fiona Roddy ’21
    • Isabelle Rodriguez ’21
    • Ricky Sammartino ’21
    • Brad Wolford ’22
    • Claire Yetzer ’20
    • Mary Jeffries (adviser)
  • OWU Spirit Award
    • Paris Norman ’20
  • Outstanding First-Year Student Award
    • Grace Ison ’23 (co-creator of the new Service, Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) House, one of Ohio Wesleyan's small living units)
    • Carrisa Silet ’23 (co-creator of the SEAL House)

Resident Life Awards

  • New Resident Assistant/Moderator of the Year
    • Tamairra Bunge ’22
  • Returning Resident Assistant/Moderator of the Year
    • Ben Arnold ’20
    • Ali Welch ’20
  • Residential Life Program of the Year
    • Joy Yarbrourgh ’21 for creating the Soul Chronicles, a celebration of Black History Month featuring the art, music, and talent of OWU students

WCSA Awards

  • Best New Member Award
    • Beth Evers ’22
  • Best Overall Member Award
    • Aakash Gupta ’21
  • Donald G. Chenoweth Friend of WCSA Award
    • Dina Daltorio, assistant director of student involvement
  • Social Justice Steward Award
    • Autumn Ford ’23

Guy Sarvis Awards

(for cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity)

  • Ahmed Hamed ’20 for work on the Interfaith Council
  • Brandon Stevens ’20 for work on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Meek Leadership Awards

(for exceptional leadership while at Ohio Wesleyan and the promise of exceptional leadership in the future)

  • Sinclaire Davis ’20
  • Ahmed Hamed ’20
  • Dylan Hays ’20
  • Greg Margevicius ’20
  • Bridget Roddy ’20
  • Brandon Stevens ’20

Watch the 2020 Golden Bishop Awards online or visit the Golden Bishop Awards page on the Student Involvement Office website to learn more about the awards, as well as view photographs, videos, and programs from past events.

Congratulations, 2020 Golden Bishops!


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.