Current Garfield Scholars

Shova Alemagar '14

Shova Ale Magar is a senior doubling majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. She is from Kathmandu, Nepal. Shova is a Teaching Assistant for freshman colloquium, International Peer Assistant, member of Co-op Stone soup and Intercultural Forum Club. After graduation, she hopes to work closely with communities to tackle environmental and social problems. 

Laila Almassri '14

Laila Almassri is a Senior majoring in Biomedical Humanities. Having lived in the Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, she speaks Russian, Arabic, and English fluently. Laila is a Teaching Assistant and Co-Captain of the Women's Cross Country team. She has made the Dean's list and is a member of the Alpha Society. Laila plans on attending medical school and volunteering with Doctors Without Borders.
• Read Laila's paper, Oil for Doctors.

Renee Bellis '15

Renee is a junior majoring in Political Science with a Math minor and an Economics minor. She graduated from Immaculate Academy near Buffalo, New York. Renee is involved in the Hiram Theatre Department as an actor and back stage. She is the treasurer of the American Sign Language club on campus, and she has been on the Ireland study abroad trip. After graduation, she plans to look for jobs dealing with logistics and travel often

Patricia Bohls '15

Patricia Bohls is a junior studying Neuroscience. She plans on minoring in Biology and Environmental Studies. She has made the Dean's list and is a member of the Alpha Society. Aside from participating in the Garfield Scholar program, she is a Teaching Assistant, a member of the cross country team, a member of the Stone Soup Cooperative, and President of Students Organized for Sustainability. After Hiram she hopes to receive a Ph.D. in animal behavior and wishes to conduct animal behavioral studies on wild populations.
• Read Patricia's paper,
  What should U.S. Foreign Policy be towards Cuba.

Rebecca Dyer '14

Becca Dyer is a History major, class of 2014. In 2010, she graduated salutatorian from McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio. In addition to being a Garfield Scholar, Becca is a member of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics. She is also a Hiram Service Leader, a tutor, and a student worker in the Financial Aid office. She has interned for the Ohio House of Representatives, and hopes to make a career in politics and law.
• Read Becca's paper, The Future of US-Cuban Relations.

Kaitlyn Hale '14

Kaitlyn Hale is a senior Management major and double minor in Art and Entrepreneurship. Kaitlyn has a passion for travel, and as such has participated in two study abroad trips, the first to Greece and Turkey her freshman year, and the second to Italy during her junior year. She has also completed several internships during her time at Hiram, including one with a local art gallery and another with an event planning company.

Jonathan Hall '15

Jon is a junior working on a degree in business management. He was born in Lima, Ohio and has lived and attended schools in various communities in central, northwest, and northeast Ohio. He graduated from Barberton High School and was part of numerous sports teams and other extracurricular activities. At Hiram he is a Garfield Student Scholar, part of the Alpha Society, a Peer Career Advisor, and a member of the golf team.

Molly Jukes '15

Molly Jukes is a junior sociology major minoring in history. She graduated from Mentor High School in 2011. She has made the Dean's list multiple times. Other than participating in the Garfield Scholars program, she is a member of the Circle K International service club, Intercultural Forum and the Stone Soup Cooperative. 

Megan McNulty '15

Megan McNulty is a junior studying management with a minor in communication. On campus, Megan is the General Manager of the Terrier Bakery, works at the Welcome Center and is actively involved in her sorority Delta Chi Lambda as treasurer. She plans on expanding her horizons through a study abroad trip to Australia in 2014. After graduating, she hopes to be a manager to clients in the entertainment industry.

Robert Partridge '15

Robert Partridge is a junior majoring in Political Science and Management. His leadership experiences include being the team captain and quarterback of Notre Dame College (2011) and high school alma mater Massillon Washington (2009-2010). Robert is currently the quarterback for the Hiram football team. His interest and hobbies include Music, traveling and writing. He hopes to attend law school and work in Public administration.

David Platt '16

David Platt is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in History and eventually Biology. In addition to his studies he is involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities at Hiram College including Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Ju-jitsu. After graduation, David hopes to work for the National Park Service while continuing his studies to the Master or PhD level.

Ann Riddle '16

Ann Elizabeth Riddle is a sophomore majoring in political science with a double minor in communication and public leadership. She was born in Mayfield, Ohio and was home-schooled throughout high school, receiving her GED in November 2011. She has made the Dean's list and is a member of the Alpha Society. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and work in political campaigns. 

Ronda Riggins '14

Ronda Riggins is a senior Sociology major with a minor in English. A native of Ozan, Arkansas, Ronda graduated from Blevins High School in Blevins, Arkansas. Prior to transferring to Hiram, she attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope where she was involved as a literacy aid for the America Reads program and peer tutor. At Hiram, Ronda serves as the Student Coordinator to the Impact Peer Mentoring program, Teaching and Writing Assistant, Commuter Student Senator, Welcome Center employee, and a board member of the Kennedy Center Programing Board. She is the Vice-President of the Sociology Club and an active member of several other campus clubs and organizations. After graduation, Ronda is considering studying law or attending graduate school. Her ultimate academic goal is to earn a PhD in Rural Sociology, focusing on the intersection of race, class and education in rural settings. Ronda is the 2012 recipient of the Diana Lynn Freeman Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service and 2013 Commuter Student of the Year.

Ellen Rochford '15

Elle Rochford is a senior art major and sociology minor. She is passionate about art, politics, social inequality, running and baking. She has been a vegetarian for eight years and a vegan for almost a year and a half. Elle values service work and often takes time out of her schedule to volunteer. She has participated in two alternative spring breaks and the Service Leaders program. In the future, she plans to pursue a masters in drawing and use her art to explore and discuss social problems.

Charles Bishop Sanders '17

Hi everyone. My name is Charles Sanders but I go by my middle name, Bishop. I am a freshman here at Hiram College and I am majoring in Political Science and History. I hope to use these two degrees together in the political field with the hopes of becoming a politician. Just a few things about me; I enjoy doing karate. I have been in the martial arts for 13 years now and have earned my third degree black belt. I am also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and am actively involved in my community through the Farmer's Market, the community gardens, or the coalition of business that meet every month to plan activities to be held in the town. On top of all that I am the first freshman to be accepted into the Garfield Institute and I am looking forward to an amazing four years here at Hiram!

Hannah Shrader '15

Hannah Shrader is a junior with a major in Nursing and a minor in Biomedical Humanities.  She graduated from Western Reserve High School in Berlin Center, Ohio. Hannah has participated in Habitat for Humanity in High Point, North Carolina. She volunteers about four hours per week at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She has been a tutor for chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Hannah is a student representative for the Nursing Department Committee. She has been accepted in the Alpha society for two years.  Her goal is to continue to make the Dean's List, take a study abroad trip, give back to her community and continue her education. 

Robin Singleton '15

Robin Singleton is a junior majoring in biology and history. She is a Resident Assistant and plays the flute in marching band. She also works for the Writing Center as a writing assistant and tutor. For more than a decade she has been an active part of her local 4-H Club, volunteering in a variety of groups — from Lego robotics to alpacas. After Hiram, she would like to go to graduate school and research the more biological aspects of archaeology. Until then though, she is working on taking classes in as wide a variety of subjects as she can.

Majdal Sobeh '16

Majdal Sobeh is a junior double majoring in communication and management. She is a Palestinian who graduated high school from Morocco. Majdal is a student manager at the Welcome Center desk, the vice president of the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta, and the secretary of the Intercultural Forum. Her interests include writing and music. After graduating from Hiram, Majdal is still unsure of what career to pursue. However, she is considering become a journalist. 

Abigail Staysa '15

Abby Staysa is a Junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. She is a member of the Alpha Society and has made the Dean's List. Aside from participating in the Garfield Institute, Abby is a Residential Assistant in Centennial Hall, a member of the Women's Cross Country team, and sits as the Student Chair on the committee for Hiram's Annual Run for Grace and Andy. After graduation, Abby hopes to pursue graduate studies in Political Philosophy.
• Read Abby's paper, Cuba-U.S. Policy.

Tyler Thomas '14

Tyler Thomas is a senior majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Philosophy. He plans on pursuing graduate studies in Political Science following his time at Hiram.

Jacob Vaughan '16

Jacob Vaughan is a sophomore majoring in Integrated Language Arts with a minor in Mathematics. He graduated from Windham High School in Windham, Ohio. Jacob is an EMT for Community EMS in Garrettsville, Ohio. Jacob is head organizer for the Friends of Melana 5K and 1 Mile Run for the Garrettsville Summerfest. Jacob has been involved in the Education Club at Hiram. After graduation, Jacob hopes to become a Peace Corps volunteer to teach Math and English overseas.

Courtney Wade '14

Courtney Wade is a Senior majoring in Communication and minoring in Management, Public Leadership, and Educational Studies. Courtney is very involved at Hiram, participating in a number of on-campus activities. She is currently the president of the Delta Chi Lambdas, president of Lambda Pi Eta (Hiram's chapter of the National Communication Honor Society), a student ambassador, a student worker in the Hiram College Admission Office, and a Garfield Scholar. Courtney's ambitions are broad, and thus, her career path is still being discovered.
• Read Courtney's paper,
  What should U.S. policy be towards Cuba?.

Ji Hyuk Yim (Esteban) '15

Esteban (Ji Hyuk) Yim is from Asunción, Paraguay. He is currently pursuing a major in French, with a tentative double major in Economics. Aside from being a Garfield Scholar, he is also a Student Ambassador and the office manager for the Kennedy Center Programming Board, as well as being an International Peer Assistant. Esteban is currently exploring his prospects after graduation, which includes his interests such as music, real estate, and international relations.

Shane Young '14

Shane Young is a Senior majoring in Political Science. He graduated from Bristol High School in Bristolville, Ohio. He is an active member of both the Student Senate and the Kennedy Center Programming Board. He also works at the Welcome Center. After graduation, Shane is deciding whether to attend graduate school or law school. His long-term goal is to become a United States Senator.
• Read Shane's paper,
  The American Grudge: Economic Nonsense.

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