Spring 2017 Chancellor's Capstone Leadership Students Group Photo

Spring 2017 Chancellor's Capstone Class

Biographies

Angela Arnold is a junior Communications Studies major with a minor in Leadership Development. She is from Gilbertown, Alabama, where she went to Southern Choctaw High School and served as senior class president for the class of 2014. During her freshmen year at Troy, she participated in the on campus program Conversation Partners where she helped foreign exchange students learn about American culture. Angela is an avid wrestling fan and in her free time she enjoys both watching and participating in the sports entertainment event. This summer Angela will participate in wrestling school where she plans to perfect her craft and build on her current wrestling capabilities. After Angela receives her degree in Communications, she plans to either pursue a master’s degree in marketing to go into brand representation or continue training to pursue a career in professional wrestling.

Tori Bedsole graduated from Pell City High School and is a junior Political Science major with a double minor in Multimedia Journalism and Leadership Development. She is also an honors student. Tori hopes to attend the University of Alabama or Florida State University for law school. She aspires to work with children in the foster system from a legal perspective and influence foster policy to ensure that foster children grow up in safe and loving homes. Tori has been working for the Tropolitan student newspaper for three years and is currently the Editor-in-Chief. She volunteers at Pike County Elementary School where she assists fifth and sixth grade students in producing a school newspaper.

Nicholas Brantley is a senior Computer Science major with a minor in Cyber Security. Nicholas is from Pell City, Alabama and graduated in the top 10 from Pell City High School in 2013 with Honors. He was a recipient of the Millennium Scholarship from Troy University. Since enrolling at Troy, Nicholas has participated in many different music groups on campus, including the Sound of the South, Concert Band, and Populus. He is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, as well as a member of the Computer Science Club. In 2014, he and his team placed 3rd nationally in the Pearson Student Coding Competition. Nicholas is currently in the planning stages of creating an LLC for software development, and after graduating, he hopes to start a career in the computer security field.

Scot Brumbeloe is a senior Social Science  and Leadership Development major with a minor in Global Business Management. Scot graduated from Gardendale High School in 2011. After graduation, he spent the next five years in the United States Navy Reserve as a Master-At-Arms, concluding his naval service as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. During his time in Troy, he has served his fellow students as an RA, become the founding president of the SALUTE National Veterans Honor Society (Troy Chapter) and is currently assisting fellow student veterans at the Troy for Troops center. Most recently Scot was ordained as a deacon and serves his community at Southside Baptist Church. Upon graduating, he hopes to work internationally.

Joanna Campbell is a senior at Troy University pursuing a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Physics. Joanna is from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in May of 2013. Joanna was granted Troy University’s Millennium Scholarship, and has been attending Troy since August of 2013. Her current cumulative GPA is 3.73. Joanna plans to pursue a PhD in Physical Chemistry or Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, and has recently applied to and been accepted into both Florida State University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Both schools have offered her a paid graduate assistantship and waived tuition; however, she is waiting for other schools to reply to her applications before making a decision. Joanna enjoys reading in her free time, as well as swimming. She has her Advanced Scuba Diving certificate with PADI, and plans on getting her Rescue Diver certificate in the summer. Joanna also volunteers at the Georgia Aquarium whenever she is home in Atlanta.

Christin Carpenter is pursuing a major in Broadcast Journalism while minoring in Leadership Development Studies. Christin is originally from Birmingham, Alabama where she graduated third in her class with a 4.1 GPA from Oak Grove High School. She was awarded the Joe Wright Character Scholarship. Christin was also selected to attend Alabama Girls’ State before attending Troy. She is a part of Lambda Pi Eta Journalism Honor Society and she has been a part of Troy TrojanVision News. Christin is a senior and completed her internship during the summer of 2016 at ABC WEAR Channel 3 News as a weather intern. During her last 4 years at Troy, she has worked her way up into a management position at McDonald’s. She has recently been accepted into the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University and plans to land a job at a news station in the Southeast while attending Mississippi State.

Lilly Casolaro is a junior Social Work major with a minor in Leadership Development from Fairhope, AL. She received the Chancellor’s award at Troy University, and as an honors scholar, she actively participates both on and off campus as a committed student and an enthusiastic leader who is passionate about serving others. As a freshman, she was a representative for Circle K International service organization, served on the community service committee for Freshman Forum, and was one of three freshman to write for The Tropolitan, Troy’s student newspaper. Lilly became a Resident Assistant her sophomore year, was elected an SGA Senator At-Large, and was selected as a Trojan Ambassador. She now is News Editor for The Tropolitan, and SGA Senator At-Large (where she serves as the Chaplain and co-chair for Campus Life committee), and a Trojan Ambassador. After graduating, Lilly will pursue master’s degree in social work, hoping to achieve her lifelong dream of opening a counseling resource center for teenage girls and single moms. 

Tony Chavez is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Leadership Development. Tony graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 2010. Concluding his senior year, Tony received the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship where he received an Associate of Arts Degree at Northwest Florida State College. He soon found a new home in Troy, AL where he began to pursue the rest of his academic career at Troy University. He has served his school and students as an IMPACT Orientation Leader, Trojan Ambassador and has held multiple offices in the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration or Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Andrew Dearing is a junior Criminal Justice major with a double minor in Leadership Development and Legal Studies. He is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but graduated high school in Montgomery. He is attending Troy University on the Leadership Scholarship and has been initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honor Society along with Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. He has been honored to be included on the Chancellor’s List every semester he has attended Troy University except for one, when he was on the Provost’s List. Andrew is involved in multiple campus organizations, such as the Student Alumni Association and the Troy University Pre-Law Society. He has served the Troy University Housing Department as a Resident Assistant as well.  He currently serves as President of his fraternity and Vice President of the Student Government Association. After interning at a law firm in Montgomery, he hopes to attend law school after graduation. He wants to help people and serve the community through practicing law. 

Douglas Dick is from Panama City, Florida. He is majoring in Risk Management Insurance, and is minoring in Leadership Development. He is a 2014 graduate of Mosley High School. Douglas is a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, where he has served as pledge class president, Philanthropy Chair, Historian, and Public Relations Chair for Walk Hard. He is a Senator in Troy SGA, where he is currently leading a project called Home Sweet Troy, which is designed to promote Trojan Pride. He is also president of Delta Mu Delta, a business honors society, Greek Week Public Relations Chair, A member of Order of Omega honors society, and the IFC delegate for a University Greek Life strategic planning committee. Douglas also serves as a student leader for Campus Outreach, as well as volunteering at Troy Church, where he is a covenant member. This summer, he will intern with Chick-fil-A corporate in Atlanta, Georgia in the Risk Management department, and hopes to work with Chick-fil-A corporate upon graduation. 

Rashad Dillard is a senior Psychology major minoring in Leadership Development graduating at the end of the semester. He's from Greer, South Carolina. He transferred to Troy University from Coffeyville Community College in the summer of 2014. Before he transferred from Coffeyville he went to South Carolina State University. In the 2014-2015 season he redshirted the year due to injury and joined Omega Psi Phi where he serves as the current president. On the field he is a two time all Sunbelt conference player and the 2016 Sunbelt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In the little off time he has, he enjoys resting and being with his brothers. After college he will follow God’s plans for his future.

Colin Edwards is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Leadership Development at Troy University. A native of Gadsden, Alabama, Colin graduated from Westbrook Christian School in 2014 as 3rd in his class. At Troy he joined the University basketball team as a preferred walk-on, while he was also awarded the Millennial Scholarship. An injury ended his career as a basketball player, but he chose to remain at Troy to obtain his bachelor’s degree. While at Troy, he has been selected to the Chancellor’s List three times and the Provost List three times. This is his second year working as a media relations photographer for Trojan Athletics. Colin has been employed as a full-time youth pastor and continues to learn under the mentorship of other pastors. After graduating in December, Colin plans to pursue his call into pastoral ministry, while he also plans to get involved nationally as a sports photographer.

Steven Evans is senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Leadership Development at Troy University. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Steven graduated from Westbrook Christian School in 2014, and he was 3rd in his class. From there he came  to Troy on the Millennial Scholarship. At Troy, Steven became involved in Alpha Tau Omega for a short time, where he was his pledge class’s chaplain. He spends most of the time with his campus ministry at, the Christian Student Center. At the CSC he has been on the leadership team for the past two years, and he has been allowed the opportunity to lead small groups and preach at multiple churches. While at Troy, Steven has been placed on the Chancellor’s List (4.0 GPA) three times and the Provost’s list (above a 3.5 GPA) two times. After he graduates from Troy University, Steven plans on becoming a full-time minister, either as a preacher or as a campus ministry planter.

Steven Fann who is from Asheville, North Carolina, graduated in 2014 from North Buncombe High School and attends TROY on the Millennium Scholarship. He was somewhat wary of checking out a small school that he’d never heard of—a school seven hours away from his home, but the second he visited he fell in love with Troy University. At Troy he has experienced “amazing things.”  He marched with the Sound of the South for a year which continued his previous seven years of work in Percussion (drums). Then he had the wonderful opportunity to work as Intern for the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Troy where he has continued his studies in music.  He is also is an historian and the Interim Vice-President for the University Honors Alliance.  He is majoring in English with hopes to head to law school.

Sarah Beth Flynn is a senior Communications Major and Leadership Development Minor from Dothan, AL. She graduated from Dale County Christian School 3rd in her class and received the Chancellors Scholarship to Troy University. During her time at Troy Sarah Beth has been a Trojan Ambassador, participated in Conversation Partners, and been actively involved with service opportunities on campus. Currently she is a member of Phi Mu Sorority where she has served as historian and chaplain for the last year. Sarah Beth has held a leadership position at the Baptist Campus Ministries all four years here at Troy. In her free time Sarah Beth enjoys running her blog for young women, traveling and drinking coffee. Upon graduation Sarah Beth hopes to pursue a career in ministry and continue her blog.

Gray Gilmore is a senior Political Science major with a minor in Leadership Development from Marianna, Florida. Gray graduated as valedictorian from Marianna High School in 2014 and decided to walk-on and play baseball at Chipola College in Marianna, Fl. After one year, he graduated from Chipola with his Associates degree and was rewarded the Millennium Scholarship from Troy University in 2015. Gray has been on the Chancellor’s List every semester while attending Troy. He is involved with the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega on campus, which was recently nationally recognized as the Top Chapter. Gray is also a leader at a Christian summer camp, Lake Forest Ranch, and heads up a unique camp called Camp Macon. This camp is intended to unite the underdeveloped and racially divided area of Noxubee County, Mississippi, and share the love of Christ. After graduating in May, Gray plans to attend law school in the fall. 

Hillary Goodson is pursuing a major in Criminal Justice while minoring in Leadership Development. She is from Troy, Alabama, and is a 2014 graduate of Zion Chapel School where she served as the class president. Hillary is a recipient of the Leadership Scholarship, and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She was also recently invited to join the Order of Omega Honor Society. Hillary is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority where she serves as the Photography Chair. She has a strong love for photography, and she is excited to be able to use this talent within her organization. Upon graduating, Hillary plan to pursue a master's degree in Criminal Justice at Troy University and become a Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at a university close to home

Brittany Guris is a junior majoring in American Sign Language Interpreting with a Minor in Leadership Development. Brittany is a Transfer Merit Scholar, having graduated from high school in California in 2010 and accepting a scholarship from Soroptimist International. She recently completed a 1 ½ year service mission in New York City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she served the deaf community through American Sign Language. Brittany devotes much of her time to God and serving in her church. She wants to be a force for implementing change and bringing joy to the world. She wants to become Doula certified so she can help women around the world understand their birthing rights and ability to handle birth. Furthermore, she wants to teach English as a second language in The United States and other countries. Finally as a woman who is hearing impaired, she wants to become an agent of change between the deaf and hearing communities.  Brittany wants to inspire and lead in such a way that all people will rise to their potential.   

Dallas Ham is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Leadership Development from Troy University. He is from Dozier, Alabama, and is a graduate of Straughn High School, where he obtained a 4.0 GPA and was named President of his senior class. Upon graduation from high school, Dallas attended Auburn University to study Electrical Engineering, yet he credits God for working out different plans for his life. He transferred to Troy in 2014 in order to pursue his true dream of becoming an educator and a coach. At the age of 16, Dallas accepted the call to ministry and has since preached revivals and youth functions across the southern part of Alabama. His true calling is youth ministry and worship. After graduation, Dallas plans to attend graduate school at TROY in the field of Social Science Education. He then will obtain a master’s degree from Auburn University in Administration. 

Matthew Helms is a junior at Troy University pursuing a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Leadership Development. He attended Alabama Christian Academy for 17 years in Montgomery, Alabama, where he has lived all his life. During Matthew’s time in middle school and high school, his main extracurricular activities were playing Ultimate Frisbee for two years and playing percussion in the Marching Eagle Band for six years until his graduation in 2014. He has been a member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery all his life and is now a member of the church youth group, Chi Alpha. Matthew’s recent academic achievements include receiving the Leadership Scholarship and being named to the Fall 2016 Provost’s List at Troy University. After graduation, Matthew plans to find work at a local television news station in hopes to work his way up to the position of producer.    

Sarina Henderson is a senior at Troy University, pursuing a Psychology major and Leadership Development minor. She was born in Mobile, Alabama, and raised in Troy for the majority of her life. She graduated from Charles Henderson High School in 2010 and attended Alabama State University a few months later. After failing courses at ASU, she moved back home to Troy. Sarina worked for a year and half before attending ESCC in Enterprise, AL. Over the course of a year, she earned the GPA to be accepted into Troy University. Since attending Troy in 2013, she has been involved in Sparkle Mentoring Program, NAACP, and Genesis College Ministry. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated where she holds the position of Vice President. She is also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. Since 2015, she has been employed as a Helpdesk Operator for Troy University’s Information Technology Department. Upon graduation, she plans on majoring in School Counseling in Troy University’s graduate program. 

Morgan Hillman is a senior Mathematics major and Global General Business minor from Geneva, Alabama. He is attending Troy University on the Chancellor's Scholarship, and he is in the Honors Program. He has marched alto saxophone in The Sound of the South all four football seasons, 2013-2016. Morgan is very passionate about things like strategy games and puzzles that seem unsolvable. He wants to enter the field of actuarial science so he can concentrate these passions and make a living doing it. Morgan has also volunteered with his church at Give Kids the World Village, serving terminally ill kids. He has a younger brother, a younger sister, and an older brother, each three years apart. His interests include listening to music, playing video games, and sharing his crazy ideas with whoever is willing to listen.

Michael Horsley is a senior pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security, with a Leadership Development minor. He is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, however he has spent the majority of his life overseas in Central Asia, in a country called Kazakhstan. In his time at Troy, Michael has been involved in many different organizations and clubs. He has played on Troy University’s Rugby club team, has held a leadership position in the International Justice Mission, and did a year in the Army ROTC program, where he was awarded the Silver Medal for outstanding leadership and academic performance. He has also been on the leadership team for the campus ministry Campus Outreach, and has continued to lead Bible studies with fellow students. Upon graduating in May, Michael is looking at taking a two-year international staff position with the ministry organization, The Navigators.

Tammy Hussey was born in Dale County, Alabama and then lived briefly in Waco, Texas, before returning to Pike County, where she graduated from Pike County High School in Brundidge, Alabama. There she met and married her high school sweetheart, Danny. The Husseys have two children, Daniel, a Caption and EMT with Troy City Fire department, and Brittany, a cosmetologist in Daphne, Alabama. Tammy also has four grandchildren and is an avid pet lover of rescues. Tammy has been a stable fixture n Troy University’s Financial Aid department for 15 years, but has been with the University for the past seventeen years. She graduated from TROY with an Associate Degree in Social Science and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a minor in Leadership Development. She has approached her education at a pace that contributed to her practical knowledge along the way. Tammy is eager to step into the new role with the other 7.9% of the non-teaching population, with a college degree.

Isaac Jennings is a Senior Sport and Fitness Management Major with a Minor in Leadership Development. He is from Sylacauga, Alabama and graduated from the Sylacauga High School Class of 2012. Isaac is a member of Troy University Track and Field team and also this season’s 2016-2017 Team Captain. Isaac works hard at anything that he puts his mind to because he was a walk-on athlete when coming to Troy University and earned a scholarship through hard work and leadership. Isaac is a member of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) leadership board which organizes many bible studies. He has taken part in an ample amount of community service hours such as helping host campus events, habitat for humanity, and working with the boys & girls club and some of things. Upon graduating from Troy University Isaac wants to get his Master’s Degree in Sport and Fitness Management and be a Graduate assistant as a Track and Field coach.

Melissa Johnson is a senior with a Spanish major and a minor in Leadership Development. She graduated from Brantley High School as an AP Scholar with Honors in 2011. Melissa was awarded an Ambassador Scholarship to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College where she received an Associates of Science and Surgical Technician Degree. She worked one year with Montgomery Eye Physicians in Montgomery before taking a position with the Family Eye Center in Troy to get closer to her family—a position she still holds while being a full time student. She was awarded the Transfer Merritt Scholarship at Troy. Without the love and support from her husband this would never have been possible. Melissa has been married to Kit Johnson an active duty member of the Alabama National Guard for two years. She will be the first person in her family to get her bachelor's degree when she graduates in May of 2017.  Melissa hopes to make a difference in the world by becoming a Spanish Teacher.

Brada King is a senior English major with a minor in Spanish at Troy University. She graduated from Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Alabama. She was awarded the Millennium Scholarship at Troy University.  At TROY, she is a member of the Rubicon Literary Journal and Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. Brada will graduate in December of 2017 with honors. After graduating, Brada hopes to attend law school. She would like to either go into immigration law or international law; however, she has yet to decide on a definite law school to attend and is still exploring her options. In her spare time, Brada enjoys playing the piano, a hobby she picked up at age six, and spending time with her much loved pets. Brada also enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Grant Kinsaul is a sophomore Information Systems major from Panama City, Florida. Grant graduated in the spring of 2015 from A. Crawford Mosley High School. He is attending Troy University on the Chancellor’s Scholarship and was initiated into Troy’s Honors Program. Grant has been involved in multiple campus organizations, including Freshman Forum, Student Alumni Association, University Honors Alliance, Trojan Ambassadors, Student Government Association, and Alpha Tau Omega. He plans to study abroad in Germany during his junior year to experience some of the international cultures that Troy University is renowned for. Grant has no earthly idea what he will be doing upon graduation and finds the endless possibilities exciting.

Andrew Livingston is a sophomore Communications major with a minor in Leadership Development at Troy University. He is from Miami, FL where he attended three high schools until his family moved to Tallahassee for his senior year. There he graduated from North Florida Christian high school. During his freshman year at Troy, Andrew worked alongside the football team as assistant production manager, where he was placed in charge of promotional and hype up videos for the team. He enjoys sharing his love of photography with his friends and makes a point to have explored all of the coolest places in Troy. Andrew currently works in photography and videography and shoots weddings and other events as a freelance job. He desires to one day use those talents in ministry in Atlanta, GA where he feels called.

Meg Lyons is a sophomore Biomedical Sciences major with minors in French and Leadership Development. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, but her family has lived in Dothan, Alabama, for the past several years. She graduated in 2015 and was valedictorian of her class. She was awarded the Millennium Scholarship at Troy University and is part of Troy’s Honors Program. She is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and has made the Chancellor’s List every semester since her acceptance to Troy. She has held a job as a writing tutor at the Troy University Writing Center since August 2016, and she also serves as the president of the University Honors Alliance. Her plans for the future include earning an MD/PhD and then going on to both research and practice medicine. She will focus on either neuroscience or genetics.

Cameron MacDonald is a sophomore Accounting major from Panama City, Florida where he has lived his whole life. He graduated from Mosley High School in 2015 where he played soccer all four years. He is attending Troy University on the Millennium Scholarship and has been recognized on both the Chancellor's and Provost's lists during his time here. Cameron stays very involved on campus through leadership positions in various organizations. Currently, he holds the Treasurer chair for Eta Sigma Phi National Classical Honor Society as well as Vice President of Finance for FarmHouse Fraternity. He is a member of the Rivalry Week Committee, Environmental Club and the Student Alumni Association. This summer, Cameron plans on interning with an accounting firm to earn practical experience in the field. After graduation, he plans on attending graduate school and receiving his CPA to work as either a public or private accountant

Olivia Melton is a senior with dual majors in Mathematics and Economics with a minor in Leadership Development. She graduated from Gulf Shores High School in 2013 as the Salutatorian. Olivia was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship to Troy University. She began her involvement at Troy through Freshman Forum, where she initiated the Backpack For Kids Program for the local Head Start. Her involvement in SGA has continued throughout her time at Troy through Freshman Forum Director, Director of Representation, and her current position of President. Olivia’s involvement also comprises of Chi Omega Sorority where she was the New Member Educator, and a member of the Math Club, and the Economics Club. During her summers she had the honor of being an IMPACT leader and two internships in Washington D.C. In her free time Olivia enjoys coaching a 3rd and 4th grade basketball team for First Baptist Upward Program.

Ashli Morris is a junior International Politics major, with minors in both Leadership Development and Military Science. She was awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship to Troy along with a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. Ashli began her leadership journey at Troy as Freshman Forum President and was selected to be one of the two Freshman Forum Directors for the following academic year. She is currently serving as a Constitution and Rules Committee co-chair in the Student Government Association Senate. Ashli has recently been promoted to Cadet 1st Sergeant in the Mustang Battalion here at Troy. She is excited to commission upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Along with these organizations, Ashli has played an active role in Troy’s M.I.S.S. Elite Society as Community Service Co-chair. She is currently proud to work at Troy in the Office of Student Services where she directs Troy’s involvement in the Gear Up Alabama program. In her spare time she enjoys exercising and reading.  

Kathy Ogbu is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Leadership Development. Kathy is from Huntsville, AL where she graduated with Advanced Academic Endorsements from Lee High School. Kathy was also a member of the track and basketball team in high school. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and is a member of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Kathy has been a member of psychology club, Trojan All-Stars, Moda Elite, UAC, and Trojan Outreach from the time she has been at Troy and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club. Kathy enjoys mentoring others, writing poetry and spoken word, singing, learning the piano, and Spanish. Kathy plans on dedicating her life to helping others and wants to pursue a career as an ABA Therapist before returning to school to earn a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Kathy credits her strict Nigerian parents for her strength, motivation and strong morals. As a follower of Christ, Kathy lives by the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 5; " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight".

Mariah Pennington is a senior majoring in Hospitality with a minor in Leadership Development. Mariah moved to Huntsville, Alabama when she was 13 years old. She attended Whitesburg Middle School and later went on to finish at Huntsville High School where she received a Track and Field Scholarship to Troy University. Mariah participated in the javelin throw her freshman and sophomore year of college. After overcoming the basics of a different event during her junior year, she now participates in the hammer throw. In addition to being a member of the track team, Mariah is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, where she serves as a NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) delegate.  Mariah enjoys working out, hanging out with her friends, and outdoor activities. Her future plans after graduating consists of working in a resort in Orlando, Florida, or hopes of becoming a cruise agent.

Bronte Pruitt is a senior Political Science major with a minor in Leadership Development. Bronte is an Anniston, Alabama, native and graduated with Honors from Oxford High School in 2013. She was awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship to TROY. During her time at Troy, Bronte has participated in many organizations on campus such as Freshman Forum, SGA, and Campus Outreach. She is also a sister of the Chi Omega Sorority. This summer, Bronte will be interning with Common Ground Montgomery, a missions and training opportunity on the West Side of Montgomery, Alabama in which she will learn to serve, live, and grow in a neighborhood that is under-resourced and stressed in many ways. She will graduate in December. Upon graduation, Bronte plans to attend Loyola University of Chicago to pursue her Masters in Social Justice and Community Development and eventually work with the Center for Racial and Gender Equity. In the rare occasion that she has free time, Bronte enjoys playing guitar, singing, and writing poetry. She also dabbles in baking and is a connoisseur of the arts.

Alex Reynolds is a Sophomore Nursing major from Dothan Alabama. He graduated Valedictorian of Northview High School. At Northview, Alex was dual-enrolled at Wallace Community College where he was able to acquire 33 credit hours before his graduation. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Chancellors scholarship to attend Troy University. In his first semester at Troy, Alex was chosen to represent the freshman class in the Student Government Associations Freshman Forum where he was elected Vice-President. After this semester, Alex has one additional class to complete to have all of the necessary requirements to graduate with Honors. Alex is currently employed with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama and works at the Trail’s site in Dothan, “Highland Oaks.” Alex is responsible for ensuring the customer’s needs are met and serves as the front line of the company. He was awarded the “Gold Glove Service Award” and is also entrusted to train all new employees of the customer service staff.

Brooklyn Reynolds is a senior Criminal Justice major with a double minor in Leadership Development and Human Services. Brooklyn graduated from Carroll High School in 2014 and is attending Troy University on the Transfer Merit Scholarship.  While at Carroll, Brooklyn was dual-enrolled at Wallace Community College where she acquired 24 credit hours before graduation.  During her time at Troy, she has become an active member of the Criminal Justice club, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma. Currently, Brooklyn is working with other students  and a professor, to have a paper published within the Criminal Justice agency.  Last summer, she had the opportunity to intern for the Dale County Juvenile Probation Office where she discovered her true passion in life.  Upon graduation in May, Brooklyn plans to pursue a career as a Juvenile Probation Officer to help better the lives of troubled children.

Arianna Robins, a native of Pensacola Florida is a senior in the honors program at Troy University majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. She graduated from high school with honors while being homeschooled and dual-enrolled at Pensacola State College. During that time, she was an active volunteer at the Salvation Army and coordinated the “Christmas Stockings for the Homeless” project. She also enjoyed acting and singing at the local community theater. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship at Troy, and completed the Freshman P.E.A.K. honors program. In her free time, she is a member of Troy’s Spanish Club, Math Club, and mathematics honors society Pi Mu Epsilon. Through hard work, Arianna has achieved the Chancellor’s list for multiple semesters. She has had the pleasure of giving a presentation at Troy University’s Math Fest as well as studying abroad. Whenever Arianna is home she always finds time to volunteer at her church thrift store. Arianna graduates this spring with honors, and will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jace Sanders is a senior majoring in Sports Management and minoring in Leadership Development from Luverne, Alabama. He graduated 3rd in his class from Luverne High School in 2012. Having grown up with parents that were both Troy alumni, his dream of one day becoming a Troy student came to fruition when he received the Millennium Scholarship. He is a core member of the Christian Student Center where he has been chosen to serve on the leadership team for the past four years. This has given him mission opportunities domestically in Atlanta and internationally in Honduras. Jace is currently interning for Troy Athletics Media Relations Department. In the fall, he plans to accept a graduate assistant position to further pursue a career in Sports Information

Caitlin Smith is a senior at Troy University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science focused in American politics with a minor in Leadership Development. She is a native of Panama City, Florida and graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School in June of 2013. She is currently an active student interning at the Alabama Forestry Association while also involved in multiple organizations throughout Troy University’s campus such as the Student Government Association, Student Alumni Association, Chi Omega Fraternity, College Republicans, and University Activities Council. Her leadership on campus currently includes serving as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair of the SGA, Vice-Chair for College Republicans, and Social Media Ambassador for Troy University. Her free time includes novice photography, attending Troy Church, and adventuring the outdoors. Upon graduation in May, Caitlin plans to work towards her dream job of campaigning and working on the political aspect of non-profit organizations such as Donate Life America or Compassion International in state and local politics.  

Nathan Smith is a senior Computer Science major with a minor in Leadership Development. He was homeschooled and earned his GED before starting at Lurleen B Wallace Community College. He earned his Applied Associates in Computer Science while at Lurleen, where he also served as a school ambassador (2012-2014), SGA president (2013-2014), National Technical Honor Society Vice-President (2013-2014) and received the All-Alabama Academic Team award (2014). He was awarded a two-year Chancellor's scholarship to Troy University to complete his Bachelors. During his time at Troy, he has served on the Baptist Campus Ministries leadership team as Worship Chair (2015) and President (2016). He serves at Bush Memorial Baptist Church as a youth small group leader, Sunday school teacher, and college band sound technician. He works part time at Chick-fil-a Troy as a trainer and in his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, family, and a good programming assignment.

Riley Sombathy is a junior at Troy University pursuing a degree in Anthropology with a minor in biology. Riley is from Lynn Haven, Florida and graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School in June 2015. Riley has been attending Troy University for three semesters as of January 2017, and has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.85. Riley was awarded the Millennium Scholarship from Troy for his academic excellence in High School. Riley is a member of the esteemed Sound of the South at Troy preforming on the Sousaphone. Riley spends his extracurricular time in numerous leadership and supporting roles throughout campus. He is the President of both the Russian Club and the Model United Nations at Troy University. Riley also holds an officer position in Eta Sigma Phi, the classics honors society on campus.  Riley has had various internships, most recently with the Florida State Attorney’s Office 14th Judicial Circuit. Riley intends to graduate from Troy University and attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate in Paleontology.

Whitney Spake is a History major with a Classics minor from Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from East Hamilton High School and received the Millennium Scholarship to attend Troy University. A senior in college, Whitney will graduate in December 2017 in just 5 semesters. While at Troy, she has been involved in numerous on campus organizations including Alpha Delta Pi where she serves as Scholarship Chair, Trojan Ambassadors, and Eta Sigma Phi where she is Vice President. In addition to her on campus activities, Whitney represented Troy University’s Archeology Department this past summer where she participated in a six-week archeology dig in Ashkelon, Israel. After Israel, Whitney also received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate while working at an English camp in Poland. This summer, Whitney will work as an English Language Counselor at American Village in France and after, intern with Rural Tourism Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. After graduation, Whitney plans on entering the Peace Corps where she hopes to work with community development or to teach English in Central Asia.

Sydni Sweet was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in the year of 1995. St. Petersburg was not called home for long; Sydni and her family moved around the majority of her life. In fact, she has attended sixteen different schools. While her family stayed on the move, she gained six siblings, who she is very close to. Sydni was also involved in sports, volunteered in various ways to help her local/national community, and was active in her churches’ Youth Groups. Today, Sydni is a junior at Troy University, where she is working on a major in Communications as well as two minors in Human Services and Leadership Development. Sydni was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Fellowship Scholarship from the Communications department. Outside of her educational efforts, she is passionate about her campus ministry, Chi Alpha. In Chi Alpha, Sydni acts as a small group leader while raising funds for her international mission trips. One day Sydni aspires to follow the plans God has for her through working with orphans.

Kennedy Thomas is a senior pursuing a degree in Human Services with a minor in Exercise Science.  She is from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Hoover High School in 2013.  Kennedy was awarded the Millennium Scholarship to Troy University.  She has served on the Executive Council for the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority as Vice President Scholarship and Vice President Property Coordinator.  She served on Freshman Forum and then went on to become a Trojan Ambassador and a Resident Assistant at Troy University.  This past summer, she completed her internship at UAB’s Spain Rehab under an Occupational Therapist working with patients who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries.  In Troy, Kennedy works every day at First United Methodist Church Daycare as a three and four-year-old teacher.  Upon graduation from Troy in May 2017, she plans to go to Occupational Therapy School.

Brittany Threats is a graduating senior with a Human Service major and a Leadership Development minor from Eufaula, Alabama. She began her journey to Troy in the fall of 2013 when she was awarded the Leadership Scholarship. Brittany’s family has a major impact on her goals, values, and morals. She has an amazing mother and phenomenal stepfather that paved the way for her to become an established leader. Brittany is a face well known on Troy’s campus and has the personality and tenacity to accomplish goals and dreams, and also push boundaries. She has a passion to work in all facets of her major, but intently wants to work in various leadership positions. Brittany has a fervent passion for family, friends, and her future to excel in every part of life to the best of her ability. Brittany Threats intends on working with her father after graduation at Liberty Learning Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that promotes civic leadership at young age to students all over Alabama.

Margaret Tomanovich is a Junior Social Work major at Troy University with ambition to pursue a masters in her field and become a certified counselor for children and families. Margaret was born in Rochester, New York in 1996 and graduated with honors as the Valedictorian from Lima Christian School in 2014. She was active in athletics and student government, serving as team captain and class representative respectively. Margaret was awarded the Ralph Dewey Award and the Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2014. She participated in her high school mentoring program as an upperclassman and as a counselor at a local summer sports camp. She tutored at Troy Public Library for four semesters, where she received the Tutor of the Year award in 2015. She is currently active as the Secretary of Troy University Spectrum Alliance. Margaret will graduate from Troy with honors in May of  2018 and is considering graduate programs in Boston and Philadelphia. 

Taylor Wilson is a senior at Troy University majoring in English Literature with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is from Upstate New York from a town called Honeoye Falls. She graduated from Lima Christian School as a member of the National Honors Society in 2013. Taylor accepted two scholarships coming into Troy University: the Chancellor's Scholarship and the Trojan Opportunity Scholarship. She is an active member of the Troy University Honors Program and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority chapter on campus. She works as a tutor in the Writing Center in Eldridge Hall, and she participated in Conversations Partners her freshman year at Troy University. Upon graduation in Spring 2018, Taylor plans on pursuing her interests while spending time with her family in New York.

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