UC Blue Ash celebrates top students in special event

Three female UC Blue Ash student ambassadors with Bearcat mascot

The Bearcat joined in on the fun at the selfie stations

Honor graduates, academic award winners, and other exceptional students at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College were recently recognized in a special event.

The college hosted 2022 Celebrating the Best on April 28 as a walk-through event with stations for student awards, honor cords, gift bags, meet the dean, official photos, selfies, and a 360 photo booth. There was music and food for honorees and their guests, and the UC Bearcat made an appearance to add to the fun.

Eighteen students from academic departments across the college were nominated for Honor Student of the Year. This year’s winner is Monica Weber, a veterinary technology major who was surprised with the good news by UC Blue Ash Dean Robin Lightner and Veterinary Technology Department Chair, Jennifer Wells. The moment was captured in a video and shared on the college’s social media sites.

“I feel very grateful. I’m so surprised, I did not think I would get this. This is awesome,” Weber said after learning that she is the Honor Student of the Year.

Below is the full list of the UC Blue Ash 2022 Honor Student of the Year nominees.

  • Matthew Daly, Psychology
  • Iana Eni, Business Management Technology
  • Roo Hedrick, Media Communications & Technology
  • Sydney Howard, Radiologic Technology
  • Makenzi Jackson, Communication
  • Celia Jansen, History
  • Ronnie Jenkins, English
  • Sydney Johns, Business Administration
  • Kyonggoo Kim, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Allyson Kritzer, Applied Graphic Communication
  • Stephen McWhorter, Nursing
  • Shadi Omranian, Pre-Neuroscience
  • Fatima Rauf, Information Technology
  • Mallory Shoemaker, Dental Hygiene
  • Jakob Smith, Liberal Arts
  • Nora Tulimat, Biological Sciences
  • Monica Weber, Veterinary Technology (Honor Student of the Year)
  • Emmett Willemin, Pre-Mortuary Sciences

Several students were also honored for their service to the college and their involvement on campus. This group included student ambassadors, student government leaders, and those who took a leadership role in student organizations and clubs.

A total of 144 UC Blue Ash students were recognized as graduating with honors, meaning they maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher (out of a 4.0 scale). All of the honorees for the Celebrating the Best event are featured on a dedicated page on the college website.

Each year, an average of 700 UC Blue Ash students transition to the UC Uptown campus to complete their bachelor’s degree or attend graduate school. Statistics show they are well prepared for this next step – they have a combined GPA of 3.07 in their first year after making the transition.

UC Blue Ash College 

UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in more than 50 degree and certificate programs, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio. To learn more, call 513-745-5600, visit us online, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.