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May 11, 2012
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Baker University honors outstanding seniors

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University presented three Outstanding Senior Awards on Saturday, May 5, at the Undergraduate Scholars’ Symposium at Mabee Hall.

The recipients were John Babb, Topeka, Kan.; Will Duncan, Baldwin City, Kan.; and Caleb Watts, Smithville, Mo.

The annual awards recognize senior students who exhibit superior achievement, including academics, leadership, service, co-curricular activities and off-campus educational opportunities.

Here are the winners at a glance:

John BabbJohn-Babb1

An exercise science major, John Babb was a four-year member and leader of the football team, Student Senate, Champions of Character and Mungano. He was selected homecoming king his sophomore year.

Comments from nominators: “He exemplifies not only what it means to be an outstanding senior, but what it means to be an outstanding Wildcat.”

“He is always positive and confident making him the best representative of Baker University.”

Will DuncanWill-Duncan1

A triple major in mathematics, music, international studies and a minor in French, Will Duncan was a class officer, member of the tennis team, vice president of his fraternity and active in Mungano. He also held positions as a chemistry lab assistant, calculus workshop instructor, and a four-year tutor and piano instructor.  He interned last summer at the National Security Agency and has been accepted to both Oxford University and John Hopkins for the fall.

Comment from nominators: “He is kind, caring, smart, and just plain awesome.”

“He has a strong moral sense and an incredible capacity for compassion.”

Caleb Watts

A business major, Caleb Watts served in a variety of roles on campus, including vice president of his fraternity, an orientation leader, an intern with Sporting KC and Student Senate president. Caleb-Watts1

Comment from a nominator: “Caleb has held the position of Student Senate president with dignity, respect from peers, faculty, staff, and administration and is always responsible and eager to do his duty to his full potential.”


Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.