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

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Chapel Hill, N.C. – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor 322 seniors who dedicated themselves to service during their time at Carolina as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 12 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, led by the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect with others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and coursework designed to make their service more effective. More than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled in the BPSS program, representing 52 out of 77 majors on campus. The 2019 Buckley Public Service Scholars come from 53 North Carolina counties, 23 other states and three other countries. The 322 students graduating in the 2019 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 161,000 hours of service in partnership with more than 1,000 organizations such as the Campus Y, the Compass Center for Women and Families and Carolina For The Kids. The students being honored join the 2,720 past BPSS graduates since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 3,042.

“These outstanding graduates have made service an integral part of their college experience by engaging with communities in ways that both contribute to those communities and enhance their own learning,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “They have made a difference for untold individuals and organizations, and I have no doubt they will take their commitment and what they have learned and continue their contributions far beyond their time in Chapel Hill.”

To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum GPA, 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; 10 students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Alexandra Braccia, a graduating scholar majoring in health policy and management reflected on her experience, noting that “[t]hrough the BPSS program, I have realized the inequalities in my own community and have used it as a driving force to better the lives of those who are marginalized. I now see service as a long-term impact instead of a one-time event. My ambition to impact the lives of others led me to the BPSS program. My aspiration to be a thoughtful leader led me to my lifelong commitment to public service.”

BPSS is supported by the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. Learn more about each Buckley Public Service Scholar in the 2019 BPSS Bulletin.

About the Carolina Center for Public Service
The Center engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Lynn Blanchard, (919) 843-7568, blanchard@unc.edu

2019 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by North Carolina county, state and country:

Photos available by request.

Alamance – Evan Walker Davis, Angelica Maria Villanueva

Alexander – Cere Elizabeth Poovey

Beaufort – Taylor Jane Abele

Bertie – Emma Hughson

Brunswick – Callie O’Quinn Hucks

Buncombe – Casey Aurora DeMarco, Suhani Gupta, Briana Juanita Humes, Raquelle LeBlanc, Pooja Patel, Jacob Carter Richardson, Seth Jordyn Weir, Nicholas Wells, Anne Worth, Jane Jung-Ah Yang
Burke – Savannah Kate Putnam, Ciara Marie Smith, Lourdes Velasquez

Cabarrus – Austin Alpern, Evan Joshua Alpern, Mikayla Bowen, Anna Catherine Fowler, Amber M. Goodwin, Madison Brooke Jenkins, Taylor Janvier Medlock, Arnoluck Lucky Prachith, Lily Marie Schwartz, Anna Catherine Silver, Rachel Anne Silver, Katherine Anne Thayer, Lauren Avery West

Camden – Megan Shanell Griffin, Lydia Shiel

Caswell – Jonathan Rashad McCain

Chatham – Marissa Nicole Devine, Yeimi Tomas Garcia

Cleveland – Marian Gabrielle Knotts

Craven – Tala Hong Dunn

Cumberland – Krupa Kaneria, Farial Rahman, Stephen Xiao

Dare – Mary Alice Blackstock

Davidson – Mabry Joye Harrison, Spencer Waters Cooke, MaryKate Murray

Durham – Jordan Rose Bermudez, Laurina Bird, Kendall Conder, Hannah Factor, Mary Katherine Falgout, Alyson Jordan, Leah LeClair, Anna Lin, Sofia Ocegueda, Nadezhda Parashkevova, John Brent Roberson, Mitchell Slentz

Forsyth – Kendall Marie Anderson, Carly Bess Cannoy, Javier A. Chacon, Megan Cruz, Sarah Nicole Kelly, Stephanie Elizabeth Martin, Kelly McNeil, Richard Denton Ong, Corinne Nicole Spencer, Tess Everton Stogner, Anjali Venkat, Israa Wajih

Gaston – Derrick Kane Cooper, Kaelan Patrice Forbes, Adina Girmay

Guilford – Annie Chen, Susan Chen, Angelica Ford, Hannah Godat, Hannah Harrington Gray, Eric Seokjin Hong, Asia DaShay Moore, Pooja Parvathaneni, Ayashe Ramey, Mickaela Kenshe’ Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, Grace Stafford

Harnett – Andrea Doni Hawley, Madalyn Q. Marshall

Haywood – Madison Ryan Robinson

Henderson – Maliha Khan, Mary Claire McCarthy, Janki Patel

Iredell – Addison Elizabeth Troutman

Jackson – Kaitlyn Karcher, Samantha M. Zarnick

Johnston – Jessica Joyce Mencia, Neal MacKendrick Quinn, Kayli Watson

Lincoln – Finn Loendorf, Taylor Brooke Stamey

Martin – Bailey Nelson

Madison – Anna Lynne Zimmerman

Macon – Margaret McAllister

Mecklenburg – Sanah Ahmed, Savannah Jaye Barnwell, Alexandra L. Braccia, Emma Burri, Amy Christine Burton, Abigail Cmiel, Anna Rose DeGrauw, Grace Catherine DeSena, Aanini Dwivedi, Allison Jane Eidson, Laleh Emadi-Paramkouhi, Hope McCleese Gehle, Lauren Glaze, Ana Karen Guerrero De Lerma, Katherine Heffner, Erica Hennes, Jane Elizabeth Henriques, Hira Javed, Ashe Jones, Theresa Marie Jones, Esther Lee, Eleanor Grace Lewis, Christopher Anh Huy Ly, Jodi-Ann McDonald, Kathryn Otto, Asha Patel, Bryanna Patterson, Sonia Payerpaj, Elissa Scherer, Haley Schilly, Mary Selzer, Molina Shah, Sarah Lucille Thames, Jordan Thomas, Thi Vu, Kathryn Ann Wright, Aliyah Hadiya Young

Montgomery – Tania Vargas

Nash – Deshawn Dazevedo, Alexia Lucas

New Hanover – Victoria Drake, Aisling Spencer Henihan, Cecilia Ann King, Maura Lee Kitchens, Evan Linett, Mary Elizabeth Pasquariello

Northampton – Kayela Elizabeth Buffaloee

Onslow – Jerry Fung, Magdalene Christine Horzempa, Hannah Mae John

Orange – Christian Cook, Emma Deschene, Elizabeth Kendrick Essen, Micah Holzer, Grace Seeun Jung, Anna Knotek, Elspeth McWilliam-Grench, Quinn Soleil Osment, Vatsal Parikh, Austin Elizabeth Regnerus, Blaire Sobolewski, Maya Ziva Stang Weinberg

Pasquatonk – Herminio J. Nunez

Pender – Gladys Sanchez, Cole Dalton Smith

Person – Heather Ashley Victoria Swain

Pitt – S. Jessica Bolin, Alexis Hawk, Meghan Aileen Moloney, Amanda Elie Osta

Polk – Sarah Jean Phipps

Randolph – Hanan Raji Alazzam, Manuel Badillo, Miles Farlow, Faith Kidd, Matthew S. Queen, Anne Thomas Whitener

Robeson – Sara Lindsey Barfield

Rowan – Erin Kathleen Ansbro, Caroline Mae Billingsley

Rutherford – Assem Manoj Patel

Scotland – Katie Ashlyn Collins

Stanly – Cassie Briann Almond

Surry – Mackenzie Delaine Ammann, Mary Beth Browne, Jai Angeli Daniels

Union – Sierra Kay Dunne, Mariah Caroline Harrelson, Esther Youjin Lee, Jennifer Yijun Na, Meera Parikh, Lacey Frances Rowan

Vance – Dan’Tayia Kyanna Marable, Justin Lee Williford

Wake – Elijah Allen, Sarah Arney, Azraa Samin Ayesha, Alexander Paul Bianchi, Zachary Burk, Richard Chen, Amy Cohen, Adelaide Rosalie Cooke, Christiana Maria Cornea, Molly M. Crabb, Jonathan Michael Daw, Ashley Morgan Dibbert, Zareen Farooqui, Erin Nicole Floyd, Meghana Ganapathiraju, Katherine Nicole Gora Combs, Atiyah Javeé Hamilton, Kristina Massey Heyward, Isabelle Hirschy, Kylie Marie Hodge, Madison Hurst, Ebahi Ikharo, Vishal Iyer, Pooja Joshi, Muznah Khan, Hoon Kong, Milena Korobkina, Sean Michael Fassberg Kurz, Victoria Kwon, Brennan Lewis, Sabrina Corin Madrigal, Meghan Alyse Malone, Jordan Mareno, Kristin Elizabeth Olson, Kasie Omile, Arielle Patra, Madeline Ray, Robert Gabriel Richter, Ryan Rinehart, Zachary Ripberger, Carolena Robertson, Lyndee Yi Shi, Margaret Smith, Sumati Sridhar, Joanne Mary Thayil, Michael Ward, Shannon Wu, Luann C. Zhao, Xueqi Zhu

Wayne – Natalie Elyse Brown, Jessica Youngeun Lee

Wilson – Brianna Elizabeth Small

STATES:

Arizona – Srinithi Suresh

California – Anna Claire Boyce, Briana King

Colorado – Isabella Courtenay-Morris, Elizabeth Manguso, Courtney Elisabeth Oran, Nikola Yager

Connecticut – Jessica Grace Chen, Alexis K Hartigan, Olivia Ilse O’Malley, Allison Savino, Caitlin Young

Delaware – Derek Mann

District of Columbia – Cassandra Mason

Florida – Dhanesh Rishi Budhram, Erica Maria Garcia, Sarah Sinclair Green, Cassidy Hampton, Valeria Infante, Sancia Noriega, Molly Riesenberger, Eryn Upton

Georgia – Margaux Madison Johnson-Green, Esther Hyeyoung Kwon, Viviane Mao, Vishnu Ramachandran, Isabella Reiss, Rida Shams, Smriti Singh

Hawaii – Tianzhen Nie

Illinois – Zoe Ellyce Brown, Elizabeth Ann Clifford, Keely Ann Kriho, Carolyn Anne Niersbach

Kentucky – Nicole Moore

Maryland – Rachel Allen, Allison Blair, Angum Whitney Check, Lauren Demko, Cassidy Allyn Lynch, Genevieve India Victoria Molyneaux

Massachusetts – Elizabeth Doyle, Bianca Vanessa Rosato

Minnesota – Maureen Desmond, Polly Sjoberg

New Jersey – Ayana E. King, Adesh Ranganna

New York – Anish Bhatia, Mia Collins, Julia Corbett, Jacquelyn Rose Elizabeth Melinek, Olivia Sedita, Kat Tan

Ohio – Allison Anne Carter

Pennsylvania – Pragnya Dontu, Jamie Hutchison, Amanda Claire Simmons

South Carolina – Sarah Dunn Wade

Texas – Alexis Elder, Justin James Pacher

Virginia – Anita Bhavesh Amin, Sreya Atluri, Brandon Randolph Ivey, Sarah Victoria Modlin, Evan Myers, Caroline Elizabeth Taheri

West Virginia – Emilee Nicole Armstrong, Noah Mancuso

Wisconsin – Shivani Kumar

INTERNATIONAL:

China – Yirun Li, Jiacheng Liu, Zeyun Xue

United Kingdom – Constance Elizabeth Longmate, Beni Mathieu

South Africa – Michelle Hugo

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