Westminster Announces Members of the 125th August Society of the Skulls of Seven

Members of the 125th August Society of the Skulls of Seven were selected recently for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Founded in 1898, the Skulls of Seven is a mystical honor society that is one of the oldest groups on the Westminster College campus. The society dedicates itself to upholding the traditions and ideals of the College. All members are students in good academic standing and respected leaders of the Westminster community. Each strives to put the College ahead of personal or special interests. The Skulls of Seven organization prides itself on commitment to seven virtues: tradition, history, scholarship, loyalty and friendship, citizenship, service, and honor. The Skulls of Seven are defenders of Westminster traditions and are chosen for their adherence to these seven virtues.

The following six seniors and one junior were selected based on their proven devotion to the College and their positive representation of Westminster:

Ashlynn LaFlamme (Grand Marshal), ’22 ΚΚΓ

Ashlynn LaFlamme is a rising senior from Jefferson City, MO. She is majoring in Biochemistry with a biological emphasis and minoring in Public Health and Psychology. Some of her activities on campus include serving as the vice president of Academic Excellence for Kappa Kappa Gamma, being the president of the Pre-Healthcare Professionals Association and the American Medical Student Association sub-chapter, as well as serving on the Oath and Values board. She is also a member of both Student Foundation and Student Ambassadors. Additionally, LaFlamme is a Westminster tutor, Department of Biology teaching assistant, and member of the Honors Program. She also is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Tri-Beta, Alpha Chi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, and Alpha Chi honor societies. After her time at Westminster, LaFlamme plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician, specializing in surgical oncology.

Katherine Bloom, ’22 ΚΚΓ  

Katherine Bloom, a rising senior, is from Pullman, WA. She is double-majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a Pre-Law and Women and Gender Studies minor. Bloom is currently the president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the philanthropy chair for Student Ambassadors, as well as a Remley Women and Gender Center intern on campus. Additionally, she serves as a tutor and note-taker for the Learning Opportunities Center. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Psi Chi, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Sigma Tau honor societies. During the spring semester, Bloom volunteered at the local food pantry in Fulton, One Serve, and received the opportunity to intern at the office of the Missouri State Public Defender. This summer she hopes to study abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduation, Bloom plans to attend law school with a focus on international law and policy.

Michael Ellinger, ’22 ΔΤΔ

Michael Ellinger is a rising senior from Chesterfield, MO, who is double-majoring in Business Administration and Sports Management. He is on the Blue Jays men’s soccer team and is a member of Blue Blazers Investment Committee. Ellinger is also a member of the Delta Omicron chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and currently serves as the organization’s Sergeant at Arms. He also is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. After his time at Westminster, Ellinger plans to pursue a career in a sports business.

Cameron Gehlert, ’22 ΦΔΘ

Cameron Gehlert is from Linn, MO. He is triple-majoring in Environmental Studies, Transnational Studies, and Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. Gehlert is a member of Phi Delta Theta, where he serves as Community Service chair and Risk Manager. He is also a member of the Honors Program. Gehlert is highly involved at the Center for Faith and Service and leads Buddhist events on campus. To show his passion for the College, he is also a senior Student Foundation tour guide in Admissions. Gehlert is a member of the following honorary societies: Alpha Lambda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Tau, and Theta Alpha Kappa. Gehlert intends to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy with an Environment and Foreign Policy concentration after graduation.

Matthew Huffman, ‘22 ΣΑΕ

Matthew Huffman is from Mexico, MO. He is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and a minor in Accounting. Matthew is currently the president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and has been a member of the Blue Jays football team for three years. He is also involved with Blue Blazers Investment Committee and Student Ambassadors. He has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Mu Delta, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. After graduation, Matthew plans to work in finance for a few years and then move back to Mexico to continue the family’s car dealership.

Anna Koestner, ’22 ΚΑΘ

Anna Koestner is from Russellville, MO, and is double-majoring in Mathematical Sciences and Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management. She is minoring in Organizational Leadership. Koestner is currently serving as the chief executive officer of Kappa Alpha Theta, the chief administrative officer of the Blue Blazers Investment Committee, and the secretary of Alpha Chi. Koestner is a member of Student Foundation, Student Ambassadors and Alpha Lambda Delta. She recently accepted invitations into Delta Mu Delta and Pi Mu Epsilon. Finally, Koestner is also a member of the Westminster Honors Program. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in an analytics and data science program or to start her career in the business or data analysis field.

William Martin (Baby Skull), ’23 ΦΔΘ

William currently lives in Houston, TX. He is double-majoring in Psychology and Security Studies and has a minor in Criminal Justice. He is the warden of Phi Delta Theta, the president of Phi Alpha Delta, and the vice president for the John Quincy Adams Society. Martin is an active member of the Blue Blazers Investment Committee, a Westminster Seminar Mentor, and a member of the Order of the Sword and Shield honor society. He has an interest in federal law enforcement and plans to attend law school after graduating from Westminster.


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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.