Senior Spotlight

Before we send the members of the Class of 2022 out into the world, we want to acknowledge what they have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish beyond our campus.

Our Seniors

Sydney Voelbel

Sydney Voelbel

Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ    Major: Psychology (Clinical Counseling Concentration)     

Minor: Sociology 

Other: National Society of Leadership and Success; Alpha Omicron Pi; Peer Mentor and PM Leader; Student Affairs Intern; Psychology Course Mentor; Psychology Tutor

Post-Graduate Plans: I will take a gap year or two to experience different types of research and/or higher-education jobs before pursuing graduate school. My goal is to eventually get my PhD in clinical psychology. 


Sydney will most miss about Washington College "the sense of community that I have been so lucky to be a part of. The community and people that I have been able to surround myself with have been so supportive and impactful in such a positive way. I am going to miss everyone so much."

 

Madison Krivda

Madison Krivda

Hometown: Grapevine, TX     Major: Psychology (Clinical Counseling Concentration)     

Minor: Sociology and Art/Art History

Other: Psychology Club; Psi Chi; Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Kappa Delta; Wellness Advocacy Coach & Outreach chair; Psychology Course Mentor; OAS Student Employee 

Post-Graduate Plans: Attending Chatham University to pursue a Master's in Counseling Psychology 

One of Madison's significant accomplishments at Washington College was helping create the Wellness Advocacy Coach program, which helps others find and use resources while also feeling heard and validated. Her advice to freshmen is "make connections with staff and faculty; they are your biggest resources." 

 

Evan McCarthy

Evan McCarthy

Hometown: Annapolis, MD     Majors: Mathematics, Computer Science

Other: Co-president, Washington College Maker’s Union; President, Washington College Esports Club; Vice-president, Washington College Computer Club; Vice-president, Washington College Math Club; John S. Toll Fellow; Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society; Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows; 1st violin, Washington College Orchestra

Post-Graduate Plans: Accepted a position as a Software Engineer in Silicon Valley, CA

Evan's advice to freshmen is, "Balance your intensity and expectations. You will find times where your capabilities shine, and your motivation is flourishing. You will also find times where you need to take a step back and prioritize yourself. You'll find those around you more understanding then you may expect."

 

Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming

Hometown: Pasadena, MD     Majors: Computer Science, Economics

Other: Philosophy Club; EROS; Computer Club; The Elm; Presidential Fellow; Omicron Delta Epsilon; Phi Beta Kappa; National Security Scholars  

Post-Graduate Plans: Accepted a position with Geon Technologies 

Stephanie's most formative internship experience was at Geon Technologies. "I was placed there through the National Security Scholars program and it gave me a chance to explore the industry firsthand and be tasked with important parts of their operation rather than menial intern projects. This internship confirmed for me what I already suspected — I am thrilled by the prospect of pursuing a career in the computer science field." 

Kitri Post

Kitri Elizabeth Post

Hometown: Savannah, GA     Majors: English, History

Minor: Creative Writing

Other: Captain, Women's Varsity Rowing; Historian, Composting Club; Secretary, Phi Alpha Theta; Zeta Tau Alpha; Phi Beta Kappa; SAAC

Post-Graduate Plans: Summer 2022, will be interning with Maryland State Archives on the Native American Resources & Research Project. Pursuing career opportunities to work further with Native American history, either with Maryland State Archives or the Smithsonian

While Kitri says her most significant collegiate accomplishment is her appearance at two Women's Rowing NCAAs, she is "most proud of the work I've done on my English and History theses, which have allowed me to explore facets of the disciplines that I had only dreamed of carrying out in past courses."

Zairel Luna

Zairel Luna

Hometown: Centereach, NY     Major: International Studies

Minor: Philosophy

Other: Community Service Chair, Cleopatra's Sisters; Secretary, Class of 2022; Sister of Alpha Chi Omega; Secretary of Service and Community Relations/Senator, Student Government Association; Latinx Student Union; Student Events Board; Secretary, Model United Nations team 

Post-Graduate Plans: I am going to take a gap year and apply to law school. 

Zairel's favorite WC memories include "being part of the Model UN team and attending Harvard World MUN in Madrid, Spain", as well as being selected as the 2022 Commencement Speaker. 

Elizabeth Tilley

Elizabeth Tilley 

Hometown: Bel Air, MD    Majors: Psychology, Art/Art History (Studio Concentration)

Other: President & VP, Psi Chi Honor Society; President, Art + Art History Club; Photographer & Photography Editor, The Elm; Business Manager, The Collegian; VP of Finance, Panhellenic Counsel; VP of Academics, Alpha Omicron Pi; Sorority Life Ambassador 

Post-Graduate Plans: Pursue a CAC-AD certificate to work with individuals in addiction recovery

Elizabeth's advice to freshmen is, "Try as many things as you can without becoming overwhelmed. Academics always come first, however, meeting people through being in organizations, research assistantships, or just being close with professors, will allow you to apply your academics and give you experience for the world outside of college. Make as many friends as you can and explore all of your interests."

Maggie Moore

Maggie Moore

Hometown: Fallston, MD     Majors: Economics & English

Minor: Spanish, Medieval & Early Modern Studies 

Other: Omicron Delta Epsilon; Phi Beta Kappa; Presidential Fellow

Post-Graduate Plans: Begin a career in which I can help children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Washington College influenced Maggie's career plans by allowing her "the opportunity to explore my interests and change my mind more than one time. My professors and advisors have done nothing but support me throughout my time at WC, and this freedom and support gave me a space in which I could try my hand at a variety of topics I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to learn."

Brody Mann

Brody Mann 

Hometown: Gap, PA     Majors: Chemistry & Biology

Other: President, Gamma Eta Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honors Society; Junior Fellow; ACS Student Affiliates; Cater Society; Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honors Society; HOSA

Post-Graduate Plans: Attending a 1-year post-baccalaureate research program at the NIH/NIAID Laboratory of Virology while applying to medical school. After medical school, would like to become an infectious disease physician in the military.

Washington College had a significant influence on Brody's career path. "I came to WC intending to major in environmental science, but after taking various classes in different departments I found my true passion to be in molecular biology. Credit to Dr. Verville, who made the material she taught very intriguing and ultimately motivated me to pursue a career in infectious disease as a future medical specialty following medical school." 

Emily Homer

Emily Homer

Hometown: Lavallette, NJ     Major: History

Minor: Secondary Education Studies 

Other: Women's Swimming; Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; Sigma Alpha Pi; Pi Lambda Theta; Phi Alpha Theta

Post-Graduate Plans: I will be interning with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for the summer of 2022, then I will look for jobs in museum education.

Emily's fondest memories of Washington College are "the simple parts of student life. I love walking down to the river with my friends on sunny spring Sundays and laying in the grass at the boathouse, just talking and enjoying the environment and each other's company."

Chloe Mello

Chloe Mello

Hometown: Greenville, SC     Majors: Psychology and Studio Art

Other: Sophie Kerr Scholarship; Intern, GIS; Intern, Kohl Gallery

Post-Graduate Plans: I will be taking an Explore America Internship with Easter Seals this summer. After that, I am looking at both the art and Psychology fields, hoping to work in either a gallery/museum setting, or working with people with substance use disorders. I am currently completing my Italian dual citizenship to pursue my Master's abroad in the coming years.

Chloe's advice to freshmen is, "Befriend your professors! They are there for you! Going to just chat with them or send each other emails about things you're both interested in can be really fulfilling. It's also a great way to establish references for job and education opportunities down the line."

Jillian Curran

Jillian Curran

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA     Major: History

Minors: Art History, Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Other: President, Phi Alpha Theta; Cater Society; Phi Beta Kappa

Post-Graduate Plans: I will be interning at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library for the summer. I'll be working in the Academic Programs Department. After that, I hope to find a job in a museum, preferably one geared towards art and material culture. Someday, I plan to return to school to get a master's degree in art history.

Jillian will miss most, "the people at Washington College. I've made so many amazing friends during my time here and it's been such a privilege to get to live and learn with them. I'll probably never have the opportunity again to have all of my best friends just a door or staircase away." 

James Williams

James Williams

Hometown: Long Beach, CA     Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Other: Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Black Student Union; Washington Scholar

Post-Graduate Plans: I plan on taking gap year to focus on my clothing brand (Sad Smiley) and artistry before going to graduate school to pursue my masters in Clinical psychology 

Washington College influenced James' sense of direction tremendously. "The students and faculty that I interacted with helped reinforce my competencies and that helped steer me in a direction I had not originally planned."

Emilee Daniel

Emilee Daniel

Hometown: Columbia, TN     Majors: Computer Science, Political Science

Minor: German Studies 

Other: Student Government Association (Vice President 2020-2021, Secretary of Academics 2019-2020); Alpha Chi Omega (Vice President Chapter Relations and Standards 2020-2021); German Club; Women's Club Lacrosse; Cater Society; Delta Phi Alpha; Pi Sigma Alpha

Post-Graduate Plans: This summer, I am excited to be interning at the Public Religion Research Institute, and I will be enrolling at American University Washington College of Law in the fall. I hope to go into technology law and privacy policy advocacy. 

Emilee's advice to freshmen is, "Washington College has so many opportunities, and it is really what you make of it. Now is the time to try everything you want to, but be careful to pace yourself and try to enjoy the whole college experience."

Kat DeSantis

Katharine (Kat) DeSantis 

Hometown: Lancaster, PA     Majors: Political Science, Philosophy

Other: President (1 year), Parliamentarian (2 years), Student Government Association; Fellow, Apprentice, Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows; New Member Educator, Alumnae Relations Chair, Alpha Omicron Pi; Vice President of Programming, Panhellenic Council; Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Sigma Tau; Pi Sigma Alpha 

Post-Graduate Plans: I was recently hired as the Assistant Director of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, a Jewish sports camp in Asheville, North Carolina. 6 Points Sports is one of the biggest Jewish camps in North America. 

Kat says of her WC accomplishments, "Serving as SGA President has been the most meaningful work I've ever done. My favorite experience as President was bringing a world renowned poet to campus to lead the Student Leadership Workshop, which was a training session for student leaders on campus. It was gratifying to hear how my efforts brought student leaders together to make tangible plans that support the larger community."

Olivia Montes

Olivia (Liv) Montes

Hometown: Middletown, DE     Majors: Communications & Media Studies, Political Science

Minor: Journalism, Editing and Publishing

Other: News Section Co-Editor, The Elm Student Newspaper; Lifestyle Section Editor, Radio Free George; General Manager, National Association of Hispanic Journalists; National Society of Student Leadership and Success; Presidential Fellow, Sophie Kerr Scholar, Omicron Delta Kappa

Post-Graduate Plans: Attending Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (New York) 

Liv says of WC's influence, "Being at Washington College, and being involved with different student publications really allowed me to not only sharpen my writing skills, but also gave me the confidence to grow as a both an individual and as a newsperson."

Liz Hay

Liz Hay 

Hometown: Havertown, PA     Majors: Economics, Humanities

Minor: Public Health 

Other: Financial Controller (2 years), Director of Communications & Marketing (1 year), Student Government Association; Art Director, Collegian; Former Vice President of Finance, Alpha Chi Omega; Cater Society

Post-Graduate Plans: This summer, I am excited to be interning at the Public Religion Research Institute, and I will be enrolling at American University Washington College of Law in the fall. I hope to go into technology law and privacy policy advocacy. 

Liz's advice to freshmen is, "The greatest thing about this school is how tight-knit it is. Take advantage of the community present here to meet as many people and do as many things as possible. Every experience contributes to your growth, so pursue every interest you have!"

John Dodsworth

John Dodsworth

Hometown: Port Republic, MD     Major: History

Minor: Anthropology

Other: President, Running Club; Treasurer, Phi Alpha Theta; Lambda Alpha; Cater Society; Middendorf Scholarship, Hodson Trust Scholarship, 2021 Visitors and Governors Scholars Award 

Post-Graduate Plans: I will continue to work at Haven Harbor Marina in Rock Hall for a year after graduation. I would ultimately like to pursue my MBA in history at the University of Massachusetts. 

John's most significant accomplishment at Washington College was his  "senior thesis. I threw more weight at that project than any I have previously worked on. I spent countless hours over the fall and winter combing through original 18th century material and parsing useful sources, while during the spring semester, I worked to construct the most thorough and comprehensive paper I have ever attempted before. I am immensely proud of the work that has gone into it, and I hope the proof is in the pudding."