Seniors

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Kerry Abello Science (BS)
Spanish (BS)

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Leadership

Member, Penn State Women's Soccer Team; Member, Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB); Member, United States National Soccer Teams (U14, U15, U17, U18, and U19); Captain, Eclipse Select Soccer Club (high school)

Service

Service trip to Nicaragua with Soccer Without Borders (2018), THON Pep Rally and Athlete Hour (2018), Service trip to Guatemala to build houses (2017), Volunteer tutoring in Spanish (2015-2017).                                                                                                                                                                                    

Awards

President's Freshman Award, Schreyer Honors College, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All American (2015, 2016, 2017), First Honors (high school)

Scholarships

Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship, Penn State Athletic Scholarship (Women's Soccer)

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Siena Baker Economics (BS)
Comm, Envir & Devlop (BS)

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Leadership

President - Schreyer for Women Scholar Ambassador  - Philanthropy Chair Empower Orphans PSU - Technology Chair  Study Abroad | Thailand Student Sustainability Advisory Council

Awards

Herpel Scholarship for the Liberal Arts Gerald Bayles Memorial Award in Academic Excellence University Park Provost Award Dean's List  Penn State Alumni Association Involvement Award Rock Ethics Institute Fellowship  State of State - "State of Us" Speaker Goldsher Award for Excellence in Writing & Composition Charles and Sharon Bell Award for Citizenship and Leadership

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence, Provost Scholarship Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Grant, 2019 Chicago Alumni Association Scholarship

Internships

Research Center for Economic & Community Development - Research Associate Rock Ethics Institute "FIELDS" Research Fellow ("Food, Innovation, Ethics, Leadership, Development, Sustainability") Schreyer Honors Scholar | Paterno Fellow Analyst - Fourth Economy Intern - WasteZero

Languages

English, Spanish (intermediate)

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Akanksha Bhusari Data Sciences (BS)
Engr Leadership Dev (UMNR)

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Leadership

Scholar Advancement Team - Schreyer Ambassador; Hospitality Director, Executive Board - Penn State's Infusion Dance Competition; Fundraising Chair - Penn State Natya Dance Team; Berks County's Outstanding Young Woman 2017 Title Holder (highschool); Cofounder - Technology Student Association's Wilson Chapter (highschool); Girl Scouts Take the Lead Ceremony Presenter (2017) 

Service

Girl Scouts Alumni (12 years); Women in Engineering Program - Girl Scout Outreach Events; Reading Hospital Summer Volunteer (2015) 

Awards

1st Place, Penn State Natya - Mayuri Dance Competition; Dean's List; Girl Scout Gold Award (2017); Girl Scout Trifecta Award (2017); Bharatnatyam Arangetram - Indian Classical Dance Graduation Certification (2017); Martin Luther King, Jr's Award (Penn State Berks); National Merit Scholar (highschool);  STEM Academy's Student of the year (highschool); Nationals 5th Place - Technology Student Association (higschool); AP Capstone Diploma (highschool); AP Scholar Award (highschool)

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship; Berks County's Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship; Graduating Seniors Scholarship - Girl Scouts; Elizabeth G. Dorsett Memorial Scholarship - Girl Scouts; STEM Student Scholarship (highschool) 

Internships

Summer IT Specialist Intern - Air Products, Inc; Study Abroad: EDSGN 397 - National University of Singapore (May/June 2018) 

Languages

English; Hindi; Marathi 

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Emily Briselli Digtal Med Trnd & Analy (UMNR)
Journalism (BA)

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Leadership

President, Ayuda benefitting THON; Prospective Student Tour Guide, Penn State Lion Scouts and Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications; Student Mentor, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications;

Awards

Dean's List

Internships

Public Relations & Communications Intern, Penn State Office of Social Media; Marketing Intern, Meddkit; Student Writing Intern, State College Highlands Civic Association; Communications & Events Intern, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area

Languages

English

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Natalie Cummings Mat Sci and Engr (BS)
Spanish (UMNR)

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Leadership

TOTEMS Student Mentor (Summer 2018), GE Student Leadership Conference (2018), Lead the Pride Student Leadership Conference (2017), ASM Professional Society Member (2015-present), Material Advantage Member (2017-present), EMS Student Council Member (2017-present), SPARK Program Participant (Spring 2018), High School Student Council President (2016- 2017), High School Spanish Honor Society President (2016-2017), Flute Section Leader of High School Band (2013-2017), High School Marching Band Field Conductor (2016-2017), High School Technology Student Association President (2014-2016), Lead CM Mentor (2016-2017)

Service

Discovery Space Volunteer (Spring 2018), Academic Tutoring of Middle School Students (2016-2017), Santa Fund (2015-2017), Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony & Graveside Flag Placement (2014-2017), Amara Captioning Volunteer (2015-2017)

Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Underclassmen Outstanding Research Potential Award (2017), National Merit Scholar (2016), AP Scholar with Distinction (2016), Westinghouse Science Honors Institute, 2nd Place (2016), Technology Student Association: Future Technology Teacher, 1st place in PA (2016), Disney’s Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge Essay Contest Winner (2015), Best Student Presentation at Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference in Southpointe (2014), Dean’s List Fall 2017 & Spring 2018, U.S. Student Ambassador to Material Explorers, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2016)

Scholarships

Millennium Scholars, Cohort 5; Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship; WISER (Women in Science and Engineering Research); The James and Mary-Ellen Tietjen Scholarship; Maguire Scholar via the Pennsylvania Society; MENSA Scholarship; Pennsylvania American Water Stream of Learning Scholarship; Pennsylvania Elks Club Scholarship

Internships

Werner Lab - Summer 19 altering and implementing an algorithm which will determine the efficiency of different metasurfaces) Internship - Cornell CCMR REU, Project: Metamaterials on the Tip of an Optical FIber, Professor: Dr. Gennady Shvets (Summer 2018) Research - Beese Group (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018) Mechanical Testing of Additively Manufactured Metals Study Abroad - BIO 499: Tropical Field Ecology, Costa Rica (Winter 2017)

Languages

English and Spanish

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Ioannis Efthymiou Marketing (BS)

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Leadership

Head Organizer of European Youth Parliament event in Cyprus. Two years active service as second lieutenant in the Cypriot National Guard. Founder of "Running for the Community", an annual five kilometer charity run in Nicosia, Cyprus. Co-Owner and hospitality manager of Deck Beach Bar in Cyprus.

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Norma Garcia Political Science (BA)
Spanish (UMNR)

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Mariana Garcia Godoy African American Std (UMNR)
Philosophy (BA)
Comm Arts & Sciences (BA)

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Leadership

At Large Representative - University Park Undergraduate Association, Liaison to the Pennsylvania Association of State Related Schools - University Park Undergraduate Association

Service

Intensive English Communication Program at Penn State, The Rock- Calvary Chapel of Kensington, Philadelphia

Awards

Dean's List, STAR Award

Internships

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - Intern

Languages

English and Spanish

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Ezra Gershanok Economics (BS)

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Leadership

Founder and CEO of Lindendale Lawn Detail President of National Student Leadership Conference Executive board member of Alpha Epsilon Pi

Awards

Kaplun Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner 2016

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College AK Steel scholarship

Internships

Research: American Donations to Israel with Professor Fleish Under Study Abroad: Israeli Palestinian conflict with Hasbara  Fellowships

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Xin Mei Ju Li Chinese Language (UMNR)
Internatl Business (UMNR)
Infor Systems Mangmt (UMNR)
Sply Chain/Info Syst (BS)

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Leadership

Paul Robson Cultural Center Liaison, UPUA; Event Coordinator, TASA; Vice President, Student Goverment Association (High School); Editor in Chief, CDS Expansión (High School)

Service

Volunteer at Ciudad Anini and Penn State Habitat for Humanity

Awards

Dean's List; Galardón de la Riva a la Excelencia Estudiantil

Internships

Assistant Accounting Manager, Yiben S.A.; Interpreter, Hidroeléctrica Juayúa dance for THON - Law School (January 2017 - June 2017)

Languages

Spanish, Chinese, and English 

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Aidan Lake Actuarial Science (BS)
Economics (UMNR)
Statistics (UMNR)

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Leadership

Actuarial Science Club (Vice President) Delta Sigma Pi (Vice President for Finance Chair)

Awards

Casualty Actuarial Society Case Competition (2nd place) Communication Arts & Sciences Public Speaking Competition (3rd place) Delta Sigma Pi National Case Competition (3rd place)

Internships

Cigna (Global Data & Analytics Intern) Transamerica Corporation (Actuarial Integrity Intern) Australia Study Abroad Program (Globalization & Sustainability) Milliman Global (Casualty Intern)

Languages

English

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Lauren Lipson Disability Studies (UMNR)
Human Dev/Fmly Stds (BS)

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Leadership

Chabad on Campus - Board Spark Fellowship Program; Member, THON Donor and Alumni Relations Committee; Member, Health and Human Development Honor Society; Volunteer, Lifelink PSU; Yearbook Editor-in-Chief (high school)

Awards

Dean's List, University Provost Award

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship, Shannon Honors Scholarship,Weaver and Sutherland Scholarship

Internships

Spring 19 - Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative Lab - - studies the effectiveness of a child sexual abuse prevention program in PA Spring 19 - Hillel Summer 19 - Israel Internship Athletes for Hope - Intern

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Ninad Mahajan Biomedical Engneerng (BS)
Mechanical Engr (BS)

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Leadership

Vice President, Schreyer Student Council; Ambassador, Schreyer Ambassador Team; Mentor, Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME); Logistics Director, The GLOBE Special Living Option; Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Awards

Evan Pugh Scholar Award (2019); President’s Freshman Award (2018); Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship (2017); Dean's List (6x); National Merit Semifinalist (2017); Pennsbury High School Top Scholar (2017)

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship, College of Engineering Summer REU Grant, Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation Award (high school)

Internships

R&D Product Development Intern - Minimally Invasive Surgery, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon, Inc.) (2020); Product Engineering Intern, Brooks Instrument (2019); Penn State College of Engineering Multi-Campus REU, THRED Group (2018); Summers by Design Study Abroad, Universidad de Navarra - Tecnun (San Sebastián, Spain) (2018); IT & Design Intern, American Reading Company (2015, 2016)

Languages

English

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Ellen Maple Non Crdt Professionl Develpmnt
Global Health (UMNR)
Nursing (BSN)

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Leadership

Vice President of the choral department

Service

1/18 Volunteer with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) through the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania Supervisor: Jennifer Frank 6/16-6/17 Vice President of the Choral Department at SCAHS. Responsibilities included reorganizing the physical choral library and creating a digital choral library with fellow officers, as well as handling and recording all payments and forms given to the choral department- particularly those for the annual adjudication trip. Supervisor: Erik Clayton 7/15-8/15 Volunteered at a local daycare called Step by Step. My responsibilities were to work in the one and two year old rooms to assist the teachers and kids. Supervisor: Rachel Johnson 9/14-11/14 Member of the Interact Club at SCAHS. Volunteered at local elderly homes and participated in the building of small, free libraries for the community through this club. 7/13 Volunteered as a leader in training (LIT) at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at the Penn State University. Responsibilities included assisting the counselors and campers.

Scholarships

Joan Virginia Almquist scholarship in 2017

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Zachary McKay Civic & Comnty Engmt (UMNR)
Economics (BS)
Military Studies (UMNR)
Political Science (UMNR)
Theatre (UMNR)

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Leadership

2020-21 Undergraduate Student Body President, University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA); Midshipman 1/C (First-Class), Penn State Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC); Voting Member, University Park Student Fee Board; UPUA At-Large Representative & Chair of the UPUA's Committee on Governmental Affairs (2019-2020); Student Senator in the Faculty Senate & UPUA Academic Representative for College of Arts and Architecture (2018-2019); Vice President & Chair of the Advocacy Committee, Penn State Lion Caucus (2018-2019); Drum Major, Keystone Oaks High School Golden Eagle Marching Band (2016-2017)

Awards

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, President's Education Award, Dean's List (Fall 2017/Spring 2018), National School Marching Award, First Chair Award, Rotary Club Student of the Month Award (Dec 2016)

Scholarships

CPT Anthony Starner Memorial Scholarship, Penn State Student Leader Scholarship (2018 & 2019), Pittsburgh CLO Guild Scholarship, Anna M. Smith Art Scholarship, The Lance T. Shaner Renaissance Scholarship, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Three-Year Scholarship

Languages

English

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Neel Mehta Industrial Engr (BS)

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Leadership

Director of Operations at a start-up tutoring company: Mehta Preparatory Academy Co-founder and Treasurer of Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Club Freshman leader in Penn State Global Engagement Leadership Experience Founding member of Penn State Trading Society Selected to present Penn State research during the Undergraduate Research at the Pennsylvania Capitol Captain of Speech and Debate team (high school) President of Mock Trial team (high school)

Awards

Dean's List Finalist for the Undergraduate Research at the Pennsylvania Capitol Placed 25th internationally in the International Public Policy Forum Debate tournament (high school) Mock Trial best attorney award - placed top 5 in the state in 2014, 2015, and 2017 (high school) Top 25 nationally in Speech and Debate with NCFL forensics league (high school) National Honors Society (high school) AP Scholars Award (high school)

Scholarships

Abington Heights High School Economics Excellence Award

Internships

Structuring windmill project - Clearwater, FL Internship with Judge Michael Barrasse in the court of common pleas - Lackawanna County

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Ilana Mosley Equine Science (UMNR)
Vet & Biomedical Sc (BS)

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Emily Payamps Nutritional Sciences (BS)
Spanish (UMNR)

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Leadership

Member, Latino Caucus Dance Team; Member, Alpha Epsilon Delta (The National Health Preprofessional Honor Society); Tour Guide, Student Minority Advisory Recruitment Team (S.M.A.R.T.); Co-chairperson, Academic Integrity Committee (High School); Chairperson, Prom Committee (High School).

Awards

Dean's List; AP Scholar with Honor Award (High School); Viewer’s Choice Award, 2016 Video Challenge for High School Students Structural Biology and Diabetes (The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank).

Scholarships

The Mildred S. Bunton and Calvin H. Waller Undergraduate Fellowship

Internships

Research: Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Nutritional Sciences Laboratory, Chandlee Lab at Penn State (Fall 2017- Present). Internship: The United Way of Hudson County in the Jersey City Summer Internship Program (High School).

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Katelyn Rudisill Biochem & Molec Biol (BS)

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Leadership

Independent research in biochemistry and molecular biology department: In my experiment I am looking at microtubule polarity and how the knockdown of various proteins affects the polarity of the microtubules in class I postmitotic neurons. Microtubule polarity is responsible for proper cell function and overall cell viability.

Awards

Evan Pugh Scholar award for academic excellence Dean's List

Internships

Tokyo-sutdy abroad Medical Scribe at UPMC Pinnacle Independent research in biochemistry and molecular biology department: In my experiment I am looking at microtubule polarity and how the knockdown of various proteins affects the polarity of the microtubules in class I postmitotic neurons. Microtubule polarity is responsible for proper cell function and overall cell viability.

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Charles Ryan Political Science (BS)
Economics (BS)

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Leadership

Vice President, Pi Sigma Alpha Ambassador, Philanthropy and Global Engagement (PAGE), London School of Economics Member, Paterno Fellows Advisory Board

Service

Service trip to Dhampus, Nepal Volunteer at Immigration Rights Action Group 

Awards

President's Freshman Award Evan Pugh Scholar Award

Scholarships

Kim Anderson Memorial Scholarship, Penn State John C. Phelan General Course Scholarship, London School of Economics;

Internships

General Course, London School of Economics Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Penn State Fellow, PA Democratic Party Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Penn State Economics Associate, Earth Law Center

Languages

English British

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Allie Ryave Economics (UMNR)
Human Dev/Fmly Stds (BS)
Spanish (UMNR)
Glbl & Intrntl Studs (BS)

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Leadership

Student Life Committee at Penn State Hillel

Awards

The President's Freshman Award, 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow Award

Scholarships

Roy Werner Rotary Scholarship

Internships

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Faith Shipapa Civil Engineering (BS)

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Leadership

Sponsored Student leadership Panel, President(2019-2020) Sponsored Student Leadership Panel, Social Director(2020-2021) Leadership & Service SLO, mentor Project Manager, PGS Education Abroad Site Leader, Fall 2018 Alternative Break Trip Student Member, New Vice Provost, Global Programs Interview Committee

Service

Penn State Alternative Break Trips Participated in the Buddy Walk ESL volunteer tutor

Awards

Certificate of Participation in Youth For Global Goals Summit 2020 Third Place in the Annual CAWP Cost Estimating Competition

Scholarships

The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation scholarship to Pangani Girls high school. The Botstiber Foundation scholarship to Penn State.

Internships

Highway and Transport Intern, Ministry of Roads and Public Works, Kajiado County

Languages

English Swahili Maasai

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Taylor Slusser Envirn Resource Mgmt (BS)
Greek (UMNR)
Spanish (UMNR)
Classics/Anc Med Std (BA)

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Leadership

President and Small Group Leader, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF); Eagle Scout (Troop 456, Palmyra, PA); Connections Team member, Calvary Church.

Awards

Harshbarger Award for Religious Studies; Evan Pugh Scholar Junior and Senior Awards; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; President’s Freshman Award. Paterno Fellow.

Scholarships

Erickson Discovery Grant; Bermingham Scholarship in the Classics; Harris Scholarship in Agriculture; Adam Scholarship for Excellence in Agriculture; Grubb Agricultural Excellence Award; Groff Memorial Scholarship; Peiffer Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences; Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Study Abroad Award; Baird Travel Fund Award; GO! Global Opportunity Award.

Internships

Studied abroad in Ronda, Spain in Summer 2018. Interned at the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the Chesapeake Bay Office in Summer 2019.  Received an Erickson Discovery Grant for Summer 2020 to research Scriptural Interpretation in the Epistle to the Hebrews (New Testament).

Languages

English, Spanish, Ancient Greek (written)

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Maude Tarbox Human Dev/Famly Stds (UMNR)
History (UMNR)
Secondary Education (BS)
Sociology (UMNR)

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Leadership

Student Pennsylvania State Education Association: THON Chair Camp Kesem Central PA: Director Phi Sigma Sigma: community service chair

Awards

Norman E. Watson Outstanding Leadership Award (high school) Service to Education Award (high school) National Honor Society (high school) Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Award for Varsity Basketball and Varsity Soccer (high school) Peer Group Outstanding Leadership Award (high school) Mama Glass Titan Nation Spirit Award (high school) Dean's List (Fall '17-Fall '19)

Scholarships

Brian Kennedy Scholarship FCCLA Scholarship

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Christopher Unis Architectural Engr (MAE)
Architectural Engr (BAE)

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Leadership

Marketing Director f-Student Society of Architectural Engineers Sapphire Leadership Academic Program Leadership Development Captain Spring 2018, Alpha Kappa Psi Spring 2018 Inductee Class Professional Chair, Brandywine Heights Class of 2017 President

Awards

President's Freshman Award, Dean's List, Brandywine Heights Class of 2017 Salutatorian

Scholarships

Shoemaker-Bond Salutatorian Award, Ryan M. Hinkle Scholarship

Internships

Summer 19 Intern - General Motors in Warren, Michigan GM Technical Center within the Architectural Systems and Space Planning division

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David Wagner Marketing (BS)
Film Production (BA)

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Leadership

Creative Writing Club Vice President American Field Service Volunteer U.S.–China SciTech Program Facilitator

Awards

B2 German (Goethe-Institut)

Scholarships

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Academic Excellence Scholar George Wykoff Scholarship