Josina S. Vermaas, of Butler, received the Walter E. and Betty P. Dilts Undergraduate Research Award at William Jewell College in Liberty. She also received the Olive E. Thomas Undergraduate Research Scholarship for 2008.
She has also been commended for her first year of studies in biology by receiving the Dr. Burdette L. Wagenknecht Award for being an outstanding first-year biology major.
She is a 2007 graduate of Butler High School. She is the daughter of Brad and Diana Vermaas, of Butler, and granddaughter of Chester and Aileen Vermaas, of Sedalia.