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Claire Kitz Wins Award at Hamilton College Class & Charter Day
Clinton, N.Y. — Claire A. Kitz, daughter of Kristi Heft and Brian Kitz of Commerce Township, was named the recipient of The Curran Prize at Hamilton College’s annual Class & Charter Day, held on May 8.
The Curran Prize, established by relatives of Colonel Henry H. Curran, Class of 1862, provides a scholarship for a student enrolled in courses in the Classical Languages Department and who has achieved a distinguished record in those courses.
Kitz, a sophomore majoring in art history and classical studies, is a graduate of Everest Collegiate High School & Academy.
Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College occupies a 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, and in close proximity to the Adirondack Park. The College’s open curriculum gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at www.hamilton.edu.
Ben Bates ‘13
Ben attends Texas A&M University, seeking a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering. In the summer of 2016, he returned to Pioneer Natural Resources as a second year summer intern. For the 2016-17 school year, he will be serving as treasurer of the world’s second largest student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Ben and the other officers were featured in the SPE Connect-Gulf Coast Section magazine. He is also the president of the Texas A&M National Aggie Scholar Ambassadors organization, which recruits National Merit and National Hispanic Scholars from all over the United States. Ben will be heading to the United Arab Emirates in the fall of 2016 to attend the petroleum industry’s biggest annual technology conference in Dubai. He plans to graduate in May of 2017.
Sam Bellestri ‘12
Sam graduated summa cum laude with honors from The University of Alabama on May 6, 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering. He worked two summers at Oakland University as a research assistant in IREECE, an undergraduate research experience in electrical and computer engineering sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the program, he co-authored a paper, “Floating point CORDIC-based architecture for powering computation” that was presented at the 2015 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences at Michigan State University, the 2015 International Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs in Cancun, Mexico, and published by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. He will start at the University of Michigan in September 2016 as a candidate for a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering degree with an embedded systems concentration.
Ryan Bradley ‘14
Ryan attends Calvin College as an electrical and computer engineering major and is a member of the varsity hockey team as a defenseman. In 2015-16, he scored 7 goals and amassed 14 points in 32 games for the Knights. Ryan is working at Allegro MicroSystems in Auburn Hills, Michigan as a summer engineering intern in 2016.
Richard Cross ‘13
Rich attends Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a member of the varsity basketball team as a guard. He played in 16 games in 2015-16, averaging 4.8 points per game with 2.1 rebounds per game for the Barons.
Fabiana Diaz ‘12
Fabiana graduated from the University of Michigan on April 30, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations. At Michigan, she served as the LSA representative and communications chair for the central student government. She worked two summers as an intern at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills, Michigan and one summer as an intern at Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. She has worked as an activist to fight for freedom in her native Venezuela and has been volunteering as an advocate for sexual assault prevention and awareness. She has been published in the Huffington Post and We Believe You, was named student of the year by The Michigan Daily, and appeared on stage with Lady Gaga at the 88th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre as Gaga performed “Til It Happens to You” to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses.
Mitchell Lasceski ‘13
Mitch attends Albion College as an environmental studies major and is a member of the varsity baseball team as an outfielder. He owns a career .250 batting average with three home runs for the Britons. Mitch is working at A Raymond Tinnerman Manufacturing in Rochester Hills, Michigan as a summer intern in 2016.
Ashley Lowney ‘15
Ashley Lowney is studying biochemistry at Calvin College, looking at pursuing a major in the medical field. She was on the Dean’s list this past year (earned a 3.5 or higher) and played on the Calvin Junior Varsity basketball.
Patrick Nalepa ‘12
Patrick graduated cum laude with honors from Hillsdale College on May 14, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in financial management. He was one of the founding members of Hillsdale’s NCAA Division 2 varsity golf team and earned two varsity letters. In May 2015, he was selected to participate in Fullbridge’s two-week business skills development program in Boston, Massachusetts. Patrick is currently working as an operations specialist for Gainplan, a financial planning firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Steven Scott ‘14
Steven attends Albion College as a business major and is a member of the varsity baseball team, earning two varsity letters. In 2016, he combined as a starter and reliever for the Britons’ pitching staff. He posted a 1.80 ERA over 25 innings and earned the first win of his collegiate career against Waynesburg on March 8.
David Smith ‘13
David attends Kalamazoo College as a finance and psychology double major and is a member of the varsity golf team, earning three varsity letters. In 2014-15, he broke the school record for lowest single-season scoring average records with a 75.2 average overall and a 74.6 average in MIAA conference play. He also holds the school record for lowest score in a round, shooting a 70 four times in his career and is the current school record holder for career scoring with a 76 average overall and a 76 average in MIAA conference play. David earned All-MIAA first team honors in 2014-15 and 2013-14, All-MIAA second team honors in 2015-16 and was a member of the PING All-Great Lakes Region team in 2014-15.
Mary Clare Smith ‘12
Mary graduated from Hillsdale College on May 14, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. In summer 2015, she was a research assistant in biology at Hillsdale College. As a research assistant, she collected samples for entomology research and conducted field research on the Black River in Northern Michigan to study the effects of terrestrial habitat on fish assemblages. Mary was also a member of the equestrian team at Hillsdale College.
Jacob Stafford ‘12
Jacob graduated from Hope College on May 8, 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a biomedical-biomechanical emphasis. He was a member of Hope’s formula SAE team and designed a wireless lap timing system.
Mikayla Thibodeau ‘12
Mikayla graduated from Grand Valley State University on April 30, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in hospitality and tourism management and has been working as the manager of the Alumni House at Grand Valley State since January 2016. The Alumni House is a banquet center that holds events for the university and local community. Prior to her promotion, she was working as an intern for Grand Valley State’s conference and event planning department in downtown Grand Rapids. In August, Mikayla will serve a gap year working for the United Christian Organization (UCO) as a staff member.
Annie Toohey ‘12
Annie graduated from Hillsdale College on May 14, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and rhetoric. At Hillsdale, she was a member of the club cheerleading and club rowing teams.
Lucia Westrick ‘14
Lu attends Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a member of the varsity basketball team as a center. In 2015-16, she averaged 13.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game over 15 games.
Alumni NET Ministries Missionaries
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Thomas Lannen ‘13
Hannah Terbrack ‘12
Joseph Terbrack ‘15