Skip to main content
Skip menu links

Student Spotlight: Dustin Martinez

By Annawynn Drury, Panhandle State Collegian on 04/04/2018 Dustin Martinez —Photo by Chris Urias Dustin Martinez —Photo by Chris Urias

Despite being in the heart of No Man’s Land, Oklahoma Panhandle State University has never failed to provide an array of activities for every college student. No better student emulates that message than local born and raised Dustin Martinez, son of Mike and Kelly Ritter.

Dustin is a sophomore from Guymon, Okla. Despite living more rurally throughout his life, Dustin finds himself involved in almost every corner of the campus. He is pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. He specializes in incredible sculpture and ceramic works that have been recognized at the Art Jubilee Award Ceremony sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council. In 2013, Martinez was recognized with the Ceramic Potter’s Wheel Merit Award for his craftsmanship. Aside from the incredible pieces he creates, he is minoring in marketing.

His love for the arts has already advanced Dustin on campus as he currently serves as the President of Images Art Club. Images Art Club is well known on campus for their involvement with student activities like the Zombie 5K and the Angel Tree Project in the fall semester. This spring, the Images Art Club will host the Paul Farrell Memorial Scholarship Art Auction to raise money and commemorate Artist Paul Farrell. The proceeds will go to two different scholarships; the Endangered Student Scholarship and the Endowed Student Scholarship.

In addition to his creative abilities, Martinez is a bull riding and member of the Panhandle State Rodeo Team.

During the early weeks of February, Dustin was recognized by his peers as he was nominated by Images Art Club to represent them as a WinterHomecoming Candidate.

Martinez relayed he was honored, “Images has been a large part of my life at OPSU and I want to say thank you to my family in Hesper Hall for not only nominating me, but giving me their vote along with any of my fellow peers who helped me in the voting. I never really got into the Homecoming stuff in high school much, or any ‘extra’ activities within the school for that matter, let alone run for something like that, so being nominated itself was pretty cool, but I never expected I’d get picked!”

Dustin Martinez was crowned homecoming king alongside Melody Ethley at the Winter Homecoming Coronation Ceremony, Saturday, February 10th. A tremendous honor for a local student that constantly illustrates how far hard work and perseverance will take you.


We Are Panhandle We Are Panhandle!

Image Rotator

PBL Represents at State Leadership Conference

PBL members recently traveled to State Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. —Courtesy photo

Image Rotator

Crops Judging Team Competes at NACTA

The Crops Judging Team recently competed in three contests at the NACTA Judging Conference in Norfolk, Neb. —Courtesy photos

Image Rotator

Will Martin and Addison Munsch Named Aggies of the Year

Image Rotator

Animal Science Students Compete at NACTA

Animal Science students recently competed in multiple contests at the NACTA Judging Contests. —Courtesy photo

Image Rotator

Panhandle State Proud to Add Competitive Cheer as New NAIA Sport

Image Rotator

Panhandle Athletics Celebrate Momentous Event with Two Teams in SAC Conference Tournament

Image Rotator

Art Jubilee Wraps Up 20th Year

Sponsored by the Galleon Restaurant, the 20th Annual Art Jubilee saw over 330 participants with 16 different high schools represented. —Photo by Sydney Dougherty

Image Rotator

Chi Alpha Sigma Celebrates Student Success of 34 Aggie Athletes

Senior Kayln Moore is presented with a red cord for graduation by Dr. Julie Dinger; also present Meghan Mulcahy, Athletic Director (left) and Head Volleyball Coach Angela Franke (right).-Sydney Dougherty photo
 

Image Rotator

Aggies Name Victor Esparza Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Image Rotator

Great Weekend with Alumni

It was a weekend full of activity as Alumni gathered for the Annual Banquet on April 14th. The weekend started off with the grand opening of the University House on April 13th. —Photo by Danae Moore

Image Rotator

Men’s Team Continues Winning Tradition

Lane Giovanetti represented Panhandle State in a tough weekend of Steer Wrestling. Giovanetti had a time of 4.5 seconds in the long round and placed fifth in the average. —Photo by Dale Hirschman

Image Rotator

Anchor D Receives Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award

Anchor D recently received the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award. —Courtesy photo