Rachel Bouza, Tonganoxie, Kan., has been selected to represent the graduating class of 2010 as the senior speaker at Bethany College commencement.
In her speech, Bouza will reflect on the unique experience Bethany has provided both her and her fellow graduates and how that experience will empower the class of 2010 as they move forward into the world.
Bouza is majoring in business-economics and international business management. This summer, she plans to work at Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries camps. In the future, she hopes to work in marketing or finance for an international corporation.
A member of the Honors Program and Gold Key, Bouza has served as President of Student Congress, a Senior Resident Assistant, treasurer and chaplain of Alpha Theta Chi and Vice President of Business Club. She is also a member of the Business Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta. She is also this year’s co-recipient of the Spencer Bartlett Senior Respect Award.
Bouza was a member of Bethany’s Dance Team for three years and has been an instructor at Vivette’s Dance Studio in Salina for three years. She helped to choreograph Bethany’s interterm musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” in 2009 and was a cast member in the student directed play, “Diary of Adam and Eve” in 2008. She was also a cast member in Broadway RFD’s 2007 production of “Damn Yankees.” Bouza is the daughter of Larry and Ginger Bouza.
Each year, Bethany graduating seniors are invited to prepare and present an original speech for commencement. Students wishing to be the senior speaker deliver their speeches before a committee of faculty, staff and students. The committee then chooses the commencement speech based on quality of the speech and its appeal to graduates, parents and alumni.