Thirteenth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

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Chapel Hill, N.C. – Two hundred and fifty seniors, all who dedicated themselves to service during their time at UNC, will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 12 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 14 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, more than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants, representing 49 out of 65 majors on campus. The 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 33 North Carolina counties, 22 other states and five other countries. The students being honored join the 2,167 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,418.

Madeline Pliska 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar“The Buckley Public Service Scholars program gave me an outlet for my love and passion for service,” said Madeline Pliska, a member of the 2017 graduating class. “It gave me a community of like-minded individuals to share my journey through Carolina with, and helped me continue to chase my personal belief that we, as humans, exist to help others.”

The 250 students graduating in the 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 109,000 hours of service. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; three students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Since its inception, 8,902 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.8 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like Community Empowerment Fund, Refugee Support Center, Farmer FoodShare, Global Health Connections International and Carolina For The Kids. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 70 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 19 percent other states and 11 percent other countries.

“The 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars play an important role in strengthening the culture of service and engagement at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These students uphold UNC’s commitment to campus-community partnership. I am certain they will carry these civic values with them after graduation and will continue to affect positive change in their communities.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, see the 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars graduation bulletin.

2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country:

Alamance County – Halie Ellinger, Grace Elizabeth Gunter, Elgin Yalin

Beaufort County – Hallie Jo French

Buncombe County – Marissa Brooke Cranford, Jeeun Noelle Lee, Abel Lomeli-Garcia, Oliana Luke, Nirja SutariaBurke County

Burke County – Sarah Katherine Long

Cabarrus County – Leah Baker, Priyenka Khatiwada, Leslie Moen, Gray Rodgers

Chatham County – Gloria Ashley Gaines, Kathryn Elisabeth Thomann

Cumberland County – Ashley Nicole Jenkins, Adrienne Lynn Than Maung, Ching Yi Ng, Rashiidah Richardson, Samantha Michelle G. Ty

Durham County – Vanessa Canuto, Jacqueline Ceron Hernandez, Elizabeth Ann Ferguson, Robin Lowe-Skillern, Esther Oluwatoni Madugu

Forsyth County – Leona Aisha Amosah, Hannah Angle, Akanksha Arora, Anna Davis Caudill, Achsah Renee Nicole Coleman, McKenzie Sean Folan, Hannah Kathryn Forbes, Kevin Davis Giff, Austin Dean Gragson, Lauren Grace Kent, Maleeha Mahmood Khan, Gustell A. Preston, Mishana Sturdivant*, Madison Elizabeth Watts, Mikala Ashlyn Whitaker

Granville County – Erin Nicole Welsh

Guilford County – Abena Adu-Nyako, Ronnie Armstrong Jr., Timber Grey Beeninga, Shira Pauline Chandler, Obinna Lucky Ejimofor, Amina Lawal Garba, Joshua Frazier Hanover, Matthew William Harris, Paige Hines, Sarah Carter Jessup, Kathleen Grace Kilmartin, Samantha Elise Link, Amy Katherine Lyon, Oscar August Menzer, Sydney Mitchell, Dhara Shah, Sarah Bethany Spiker*, Jason Urbano

Halifax County – Jaime Catherine DiLauro, Veronica Edmonds, Whitney Kay Edmonds

Haywood County – Kayla Joe Campbell

Henderson County – Luis Cristian Acosta, Kaitlyn Maddox

Hertford County – Casey D. Grant

Iredell County – Olivia Elizabeth Andretti*, Mary Kate Crawford, Lauren Rokavec Fotsch

Jackson County – Rose-Helen Xiuqing Graham

Johnston County – Nicholas James Gray Britt, Jonathan Taylor Wall

Lincoln County – Leslie Leung, Jade Loendorf

Mecklenburg County – Tia Andrade, Madison Ann Barnhart, Jacquelyn Beatty, Michael F. Caragher, Graham Collins, Elizabeth Anne Fleischer, Laura Wells Gill, Francesca Elena Maddy Gines, Kajal Rosy Grover, Phillip Montgomery Jester, HueyShan Lin, Elizabeth Matulis, Lucas Nielsen, Katherine Laine Nuccio, Jessica Rose O’Hara, Janki Rajendra Patel, Sarah Savannah Peters, Emily Reckard, Srilekhya Sure, Jayasri Vijay, Colleen J. Watson, Julia Elaine Whitfield, Morgan Zemaitis

Nash County – Carrie Lewis*

New Hanover County – Tirthna Savajibhai Badhiwala, Addie Humphrey, Audra Rose Killian, Emily Yvonne Milkes, Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Alexis Worthington Shiro*, Katherine Marie Vaughn, Matthew Gray Wilson

Onslow County – Stephanie Nicole Wangerin

Orange County – Ranjitha Ananthan, Sarah Brooks, Carly Marie Collette, Hannah Stein Eichner, Anthony Kan, Amy Lee, Mary Eloise Pate, Kendell A. Silveira, Brooke Mackenzie Sobolewski, Enrique Toloza, Juliana Rae Wulforst, Maria Yao, Garrett Young-Wright, Lilly Alice Yuan

Pitt County – Kimberly Mewborn Keiter, Caitlin Mateer Seyfried, Jared Douglas Williams

Randolph County – Gemma Guadalupe Herrera, Abigail Martinez Jaimes, Jordan Caroline Jarrett

Robeson County – Sajan Y. Amin

Rowan County – Kaylyn Beatrice Pogson

Rutherford County – Lindsay Denise Barth

Stanly County – Lea Nicole Efird*

Union County – Jacqlyn Grilli, Vickie Erin Poulimenos

Vance County – Morgan Elizabeth Noel

Wake County – Kesha Acharya, Mahnoor Baloch, Morgan Lindsey Bush, Stephanie Ann-wei Chien, Kristen M. Chung, Youmna Elkamhawy*, Daniel Andrew Farrell,
Jessica Maria Ferrall, Taylor McKenly Fleming, Rachel Leigh Floyd, Dana Gentry, Nicole Gonzalez, Sara Heikal, Lauren Elizabeth Hitchings, Lindsey Holbrook, Taylor Rena Howard, Christopher Thomas Jadelis, Wendy Kally Ji, Hannah Louise Johnson, Benjamin Laird Hutton Jones, Sydney Grace Kalin, Colleen Kane, Isabella Hye Eun Kim, Maria Hye-Jin Kim*, Bryan Brinton Lester, Sian Li, Sydney Rowan Mark, Cherise Drusilla McManus, Caroline Nagy, Christine Keeyoon Nam, Meaghan Nazareth, Abigail Neal, Lauren Norris, Jordan Peterkin, Sarah Elizabeth Pupa, Pranavi Sanka, Aribah Masood Shah, Julia Shen, Rithi Sridhar, Elizabeth Stine, Christina Antonia Stone, Laurel Anne Sykes, Kiera Brigh Turner, Christopher Bin Wang, Caroline Aunspaugh Woronoff, June Grace Yang

Warren County – Selina Jaime Lopez

Wilson County – Christopher Tyler Sharp, Joseph Blake Wall

Alabama – Margaret Alice Williams

Arizona – Anjani Patel

California – Grace Busby, Giulia Raffaella Curcelli, Abigail Deborah Kinnaman, Kenneth Lee

Colorado – Madison Sarah Stark

Florida – Pamela Brody, Natalie Marie Cabo, Snigdha Das, Raina Danielle Enrique, Emily Isabel Shipley Granados, Virginia Keaton Green, Leah Francesca Jimenez, Samantha Kerker, Morgan Ashley McLaughlin, Jessica Caitlin Porter, Sofia A. Soto Sugar, Catherine Diana Wilsnack

Georgia – Sahar Alimohamadi, Sarah Ellyn Boland, Dory Julia Gellins MacMillan

Hawaii – Khin Oo

Illinois – April A. Hamer, Hannah Yayoi Saggau, John Charles Von Drasek

Kansas – Manuela Nivia

Louisiana – Katherine Anna Henning

Maryland – Morgan Focas, Martha Isaacs, Amara Gabrielle Jordan, Brooke Jacqueline Kilker, Jenn Morrison

Massachusetts – Jonathan C. S. Lynn

Minnesota – Madeline Jean Pliska

New Jersey – Sarah Belle Hart, Brianna Nichelle Moody, Ambika Paulson

New Mexico – Ana Cutts Dougherty

New York – Jessica Feeley, Amrithaa Mangala Gunabalan, Kelly Lynn Jasiura, Ryan Lupo, Hailey Amanda Orgass, Brian Christopher Riefler, Caitlin Schwagerl, Reyanne Nichole Strong, Exornam Angela Tettey

Ohio – Maggie Brownrigg, Claire Elizabeth Poindexter, Thomas E. Shockley III

Pennsylvania – Billie Rainley Patterson

South Carolina – Harrison Lancaster

Tennessee – Winston Arthur Bell, Townes Bouchard-Dean

Virginia – Brittany Anderson, Nicole Marie Brown, Sarah Henderson, Sheng-Shin Christina Lee, Veronica Sever

West Virginia – Austin Michael Mueller

Colombia – Daniela Lopez

Scotland – Alexander Clayton

Vietnam – Phuong Dinh Truc Nguyen

China – Ting Zhang

Peru – Maria Luisa Loo Deng*

*Indicates December 2016 graduates.