The event, which celebrates academic gifts in all fields of study, featured several afternoon sessions during which students showcased class projects, Interim experiences, choir performances, and more.
“For me, OPUS was amazing,” said Christina Clair ’14 of Chicago, who performed her first-prize winning poetry interpretation with a poem she wrote herself. “It was truly a blessing to share with the campus and to let them know how God changed me.”
In addition to the oral interpretation contest, awards were given for music, art, and writing submissions.
New to this year’s OPUS celebration was an ice sculptor. The sculptor spent the day carving a Trinity Troll along with an OPUS sculpture, which both served as decorations for the evening’s picnic dinner.
The event also featured a beanbag tournament, improv group, and a praise and worship time in the event tent.
“OPUS was spectacular this year,” said Joshua Knol ’14 of Crown Point, Indiana, chair of Academic Initiative. “The committee put a ton of work into pulling it all together, and it definitely showed.”
OPUS award winners—Click here for the complete list.
Tuition Remission Winners
$100 Winners—Jessica Burns ’13, Christina Clair ’14
$150 Winners—Vivienne Handumon ’12, Shannon Smith ’12
$250 Winners—Bill Kamp ’12, Kelsey Mattson ’12
$400 Winner—Amber VanderLey ’12
$500 Winner—Benjamin DeYoung ’14
OPUS 2012 Committee Members
Dr. Dick Cole, Chairperson
Dr. Clay Carlson
Dr. Mauricio Nava D.
Professor Rebecca Harkema ’05
Dr. Mackenzi Huyser ’97
Dr. Mark Jones, Chairperson
Professor Pete Post ’74
Dr. Patti Powell
Dr. Laurel Quinn
Dr. John Sebestyen
Professor Maureen Sweeney
Joshua Knol ’14, Chair of Academic Initiative
Jonathan Engbers ’14
Cassandra Martinez ’15
Keli Ooms ’13
Allison Wier ’13
Art and Design
First Place: Jessica Timmermans, "Late Afternoon"
Second Place: Amanda Evers, "Trade Your Fears"
Third Place: Yasmin Fernandez, "Set Your Eyes"
First Place: Chris Colvin, "Look Up" and "To Mankind Which Are Delivered"
Second Place: Leigh Twaragowski, "Purple", "Multiple", and "Flower"
Third Place: Heather VanSant, "Through the Looking Glass 1 & 2" and "Cityscape"
First Place: Kaleb Dean, "FYF Mentorship"
Second Place: Bridget Earnshaw and Karl Gesch, "Studio Rat"
Third Place: Hannah Snow, "Spoon Letters" and "Gourmet Dish"
First Place: Karl Gesch, "Drawing in Space: Mondrian's Pier & Mountain"
Second Place: Lauren Sandberg, "Junkyard Talisman"
Third Place: Jonathan Engbers, "Try and Open a Book (But Not Really)"
Best of Show:
Karl Gesch, "Real Animal Cookies"
First Place: Brittany Homan
Second Place: Leah Laky
Third Place: Haley Zandstra
First Place: William Gesch, Shannon Smith, Daniel Thayer
Second Place: William Gesch, Daniel Thayer
Third Place: Dwante Jones, Da’Maris King
First Place: William Gesch
Second Place: Kristen Blok
Third Place: Adam Perez
First Place: Cassandra Nelson, Patrick Page, Adam Perez, Christina Pacholik, Daniel Thayer
Second Place: Adam Perez, Alexander Salto
First Place: Adam Perez
Second Place: Matthew Mulder
Third Place: Alexander Salto
First Place (tie): Graeme Scott and Brooke Wigboldy
Third Place: Gina Ciametti
First Place: Christina Clair
Second Place: Jennifer Hill
Third Place: Dominique Evans
First Place: Daniel Thayer
Second Place: Stephanie Avila
Third Place: Da’Maris King
First Place: Christina Clair
Second Place: Gina Ciametti
Third Place: Graeme Scott
Poetry and Essay
First Place: Brian Haak, “The Water in the Piazza”
Honorable Mention: Kim Malinowski, “The Death”
First Place: Kyle VanEerden, “Bear, My Burden”
Second Place: Vanessa Noonan, “Third Chances”
Third Place: Holli Moote, “Moment”
First Place: Teryn Leaper, “Preserved and Charitable”
Second Place: Teryn Leaper, “Unrequited Mistake”
Honorable Mentions: Hannah Wasco, “If I Had to Tell You” and “Rhyming” and Jenna Rae Reidenga, “The 5-Paragraph Essay”