West Virginia Wesleyan College honors seven outstanding seniors ahead of Commencement

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College faculty and staff nominated seven outstanding seniors from the Class of 2024 who have shown an uncommon commitment to academic excellence, participation in campus life and service to the College. The soon-to-be graduates were chosen on the basis of academic performance, having a 3.8 grade point average or above and significant leadership in a variety of academic and co-curricular activities.

Steven Groves ’24, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, is a biochemistry major with an honors minor, who also has a 4.0 GPA. He is the Vice-President of the Benzene Ring Club, a Wesleyan Ambassador, and a member of Theta Xi, the WE LEAD-Poverty Reduction team, Athletics Gender Equity Committee, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and the swim team. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and TriBeta National Biological Honors Society. He serves as the treasurer of Omicron Delta Kappa and Senior Class Treasurer.

Ali Dalle ‘24 is a marketing major from Uccle, Belgium. She is a member of Bobcat Entertainment, the International Student Organization, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the swim team. She has held many positions within Zeta Tau Alpha, including Vice President. After she graduates, she plans to obtain a master’s degree.

Kendra Goeddert-Hamilton ’24, of Maxwelton, West Virginia, majors in sociology and political science and has a 4.0 GPA. She is a Service Scholar, member of the WE LEAD-Poverty Reduction team, Zeta Tau Alpha, and PRISM. She currently interns with the Center for Restorative Justice and has volunteered with many organizations including Appalachian Impact, Free Meals Appalachia, and the Project ISAAC Afterschool Enrichment program.

Hali Westcott’ 24, of Sistersville, West Virginia, is a biology major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in chemistry. She is a Service Scholar and Service Site Leader, member of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Pre-Healthcare Society, and is Secretary of the Student Art League. She currently serves as the President of TriBeta Biology Honor Society. She has volunteered with many organizations including the Upshur County Parish House, Child Development Center, New Martinsville Veterinary Hospital, St. Mary’s Veterinary Clinic, Mountain Valley Veterinary Clinic, Wetzel County Animal Shelter, Lewis-Upshur Animal Shelter, and T&J Farms Horse Barn.

Hannah Povroznik ’24, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, is a biochemistry major with an honors minor. She serves as the “Boxing it up to give thanks” food security charity leader. As of 2023, she raised $150,000, distributing 97,000 pounds of food for 5,000 boxed Thanksgiving meals delivered to 34 food pantries throughout seven counties in North Central West Virginia. She has devoted over 1,400 service hours to this initiative since its founding in 2017. She has also studied abroad in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. During her time at Wesleyan, she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, TriBeta Biology Honorary Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Service Scholar program, and Benzene Ring.

Delany Gump ’24, of Weston, West Virginia, is a triple major in political science, criminal justice, and sociology with a minor in legal studies. She has held many positions within Zeta Tau Alpha, including Director of Philanthropy. She is a member of the WE LEAD-Human Rights team, Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. She is also a Wesleyan Ambassador and a sociology tutor. In 2023, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. She was a Spirit Award recipient in 2022. She is a member of Student Senate and is the Class of 2024 President.

Abby Bowe ’24, is a biochemistry major with a minor in English and honors from Powell, Ohio. She is the President of the Benzene Ring, member of Alpha Delta Pi and Delight Ministries and is a chemistry tutor. She was the first recipient of the McCuskey Fellowship award in 2021 and received a Chemistry award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh in 2023.

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