Here’s to McDaniel’s Class of 2021. They are distinctively McDaniel. Confident. Committed. Innovative. Curious. Genuine. Dynamic. Enthusiastic. World changing. Kind. We’re proud to call them alumni and prouder still to share a selection of their stories here – told as only they can tell them, in their own words.
Jasmin Chavez '19 brought a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter to McDaniel and says it has been one of the most transformative experiences of her life. Having the opportunity to empower council members so that they can serve as advocates in their respective communities has transformed the way she views leadership.
Biology major Brandon Rozanski was named the #6 ROTC cadet in the nation during his senior year and his academic excellence earned him a spot in medical school at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences.
A first-generation college student born in Cameroon, Ashly Nsangou chartered the first black Greek letter sorority on McDaniel's campus, served as Student Government president and left her footprints in research labs in psychology, sociology and biology. She published her first scholarly article as a sophomore.
After Jonathan Nepini finishes his master's in graphic design, he plans to open his own design firm or work for a nonprofit related to environmental conservation in the Chesapeake. His senior honors solo art exhibition show tackled the issue of sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay region from several different angles ranging from its environmental effects to its effects on the communities that border the Bay.
Morgan Collinson completed two internships and studied abroad at McDaniel's branch campus in Budapest. The Accounting Economics and Business Administration major earned her first internship during Interviewing Day, a Business Administration department program that brings about 25 companies to campus to do quick 20-minute interviews with multiple students in a three-hour period.
Atticus Rice crossed the country from Portland, Oregon, to major in Communication and Political Science with a specialization in American Politics and Law. As co-editor-in-chief of the McDaniel Free Press, he worked with a team to increase the number of print issues and overhaul organizational policies and structure to help achieve the goal of delivering the news the McDaniel community deserves to know.
Chemistry-Kinesiology major Megan Quattrone leaves footprints all over the field hockey and lacrosse fields — and hopes to leave her mark on a new cancer treatment that utilizes one of the new compounds she sythesized during summer research.
Wayne Young served on many executive boards during his time on the Hill, including the Social Work Advocates Network, Hispanic Latinx Alliance and Global Zero. He also founded the McDaniel College Debate and Speech Club.
English major Jackie White discovered a new passion for Cinema to go with her lifelong love of the English language and literature. TV Production class is her best class ever — she learned how to run almost every position in a television news station as well as teamwork and adaptability.
Kinesiology and Spanish major Olivia Maenner's best class ever was Anatomy with Kinesiology professor David Petrie because the course reminded her of how much she loves learning about anatomy and gave her a great foundation which she took with her to Occupational Therapy graduate school.
Erik Yanisko went to the Peruvian Amazon as part of a Jan Term study abroad trip titled, “The Forest Online” with a group of 15 students who ventured deep into the Amazon to create a multimedia research project consisting of interviews with indigenous people who have communities in the region, and researchers who are living there doing various projects.
Angel Tuong '19 traveled all the way from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to study Mathematics, Economics and French at McDaniel. She describes her Math Problem Seminar as the best class ever, where she "gained skills to solve math and real life problems like patience, logical reasoning and a lot more patience."
Criminal Justice major and first-generation college student Rodney Fisher's legacy is "to show all first-generation college students that you can do it. You can be successful and achieve anything that you set your mind to. Do not let self-doubt keep you from reaching your full potential."
Communication major Lindsey Farrell leaves a legacy of grit behind on the Hill where she played varsity lacrosse and soccer and was the assistant technical director of McDaniel's Sports Communication program.
Theatre Arts major Ben Michaels' most influential professor is Gené Fouché who has shown him the many different ways theatre can be used in everyday life and in different jobs that people would never expect to be related. Whether it is through improvisation or a script, Ben says theatre influences almost everything people do.
A first-generation college student, Brittany Sears is a single mom of a 4-year-old little girl, worked two jobs while attending McDaniel full time and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome later in life. She earned Dean’s list each semester and was inducted into three different honor societies and, during her senior year, presented her research at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York.