2019 Winter Graduates

Holly Anderson

Congratulations to Holly Anderson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A Marquette native, Holly is an accounting major.  She is most proud of teaching a math class in Cambodia.  Holly says, “Math was always my favorite subject in school, and it was enlightening to realize how universal math is, regardless of the language(s) you speak.  The entire experience was incredibly humanizing for me, and it completely shifted how I view my place in the world.”  After graduation, Holly will be working at an accounting firm.

  Congratulations to Sara Aqwa for completing the Real World Edge.
Susan Arnold Congratulations to Susan Arnold for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Clarkston, Michigan, Susan is a double major in English writing and photography.  Susan is most proud of being a resident adviser and studying abroad.  She says, “I am proud of being an RA because I was able to give back to the NMU community as much as it gave to me.  I was able to put on programs and help people grow, learn new skills, and develop relationships.  Housing has helped morph me into the person I am today and being able to give back a little bit is very rewarding.  I was also able to study abroad in London, England, where I was able to closely study literature and writing.  I was introduced to a new culture globally and metropolitan wise, I learned how to travel and navigate large cities by myself.”  After graduation, Susan will be attending Missouri State University to pursue a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education.
Jaque Barr

Congratulations to Jaque Barr for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  Jaque is a social work major who is most proud of participating in Make A Difference Day as well as helping out with the stuff swap with the student organization Ripple Effect.  He says, “It was amazing as I was able to really reach out and help the community within a one-on-one setting.”  After graduation, Jaque will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and will be pursuing a master's in social work.

Kristina Beethem

Congratulations to Kristina Beethem for completing the Diversity Edge!  Kristina is a double major in sociology and Spanish and is from Cheboygan, Michigan.  She is most proud of her study abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain where she took classes at the University of Salamanca learning about the local culture and history as well as meeting new people with new perspectives.  Kristina says, “The best part was that I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and as a result I grew into someone totally different.  I’ll never forget this experience.”  After graduation, Kristina will be attending Michigan State University’s doctoral program in sociology.  She hopes to pursue a career in research.

Maragaret Bohm

Congratulations to Margaret Bohm for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  She is a biochemistry major from Mount Clemens, Michigan, and is most proud of working in a research lab through the Honors Lundin Summer Research Fellowship.  Maggie says, “Working with Dr. Sharp in the Biology Department, I studied gene regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria species that is often involved in fatal lung infections for cystic fibrosis patients, and its sister species Pseudomonas entomphilia.  Since these bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics, my goal was to highlight a new antibiotic targets to clear up these infections before death occurs.  It was an amazing and humbling experience that will hopefully have a positive impact on others’ lives.”  After graduation, Maggie will attend graduate school where she will pursue a Ph.D. in immunology focusing on food allergy research.

Cole Brooks

Congratulations to Cole Brooks for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  A secondary education social studies major, Cole is from Highland, Michigan.  Cole is most proud of his student teaching experience.  He says, “It was a very rewarding experience that I will remember forever.  The students and faculty I worked with made the best possible placement for me.  I not only had the chance to teach but learned valuable life experiences from everyone.”  After graduation, Cole will get his master’s degree in education.

Logan Carrick

Congratulations to Logan Carrick for completing the Real World Edge!  From Brimley, Michigan, Logan is a sports science major.  She is most proud of job shadowing in a Radiography Department of a hospital.  Logan says, “It taught me a lot about the field and gave me experience that a classroom doesn’t.  It gave me an opportunity to observe the different modalities in radiography and be able to find which area best suits me.  It has prepared me to improve my social skills and become a better person.”  After graduation, Logan will be coming back to NMU for the radiography program.

Victoria Casal

Congratulations to Victoria Casal for completing all four edges for Superior Edge!  A psychology applied behavior analysis, Tory is from Orlando, Florida.  Tory is most proud of doing her practicum at the BEAR Center where she was able to provide behavioral assessment, consultation, and therapeutic services for children with autism, developmental disabilities, language deficits, and other behavioral concerns.  She says, “Not only was I able to get experience within my field, but I was able to help children improve their everyday lives.”  After graduation, Tory will be attending Western New England University to pursue a master’s in applied behavioral analysis while working for the New England Center for Children.

Rebecca Christy

Congratulations to Rebecca Christy for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Iron Mountain, Michigan, Rebecca is a biology/physiology major.  She is most proud of organizing the first-ever Mini Cat Skating Camp.  This was a weekend skating camp open to local children.  It was filled with learning, games, friendships, and even a performance for family and friends.  After graduation, Rebecca will be attend Midwestern University to pursue a doctorate of physical therapy.

Caroline Davis

Congratulations to Caroline Davis for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  An English major, Caroline is from Gaylord, Michigan.  She is most proud of volunteering for Make A Difference Day.  She says, “This is my favorite day of the year.  I love helping out the community, seeing the smile and gratitude on the faces of the people we help.  I think my favorite part is when the community realizes that we really mean it when we say we will show up rain or shine – even snow sometimes!  Most of the time we are all miserable, yet each of us tries our hardest to be positive.  We make the most of the situation through sharing laughter and passion for helping others.”  After graduation, Caroline will be a primary English literacy volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean departing in early July for 27 months.  After the Peace Corps, she will be pursuing a master’s degree in English.

Liesel Demeuse

Congratulations to Liesel Demeuse for completing the Leadership Edge!  A Marquette native, Liesel is a general biology major.  Liesel is most proud of volunteering with the after-school program at Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center.  She says, “I was able to meet so many amazing children and get more involved in my community in the process.  The employees have always been welcoming and supportive of my ideas for updates and new facets to their program.  I am forever grateful for the bonds I have formed through Lake Superior Village and cannot wait to continue volunteering and working with kids in my future.”  After graduation, Liesel will be attending Ferris State University’s doctor of pharmacy program.

Hailey Donohue

Congratulations to Hailey Donohue for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailey is an applied behavior analysis major from Marquette.  She is most proud of time she spent volunteering in a center for children with disabilities in Morocco.  Hailey says, “I brought novel and individualized teaching methods to their classrooms.  I developed a strong sense of empathy for this population from my first day with them.  I did not speak their languages, and after observing and working with the children in the center, I knew that my disability to communicate with the people of Morocco was the same disability those children faced to communicate and to be understood in everyday life.  I watched their enthusiasm to learn and grow, and I was inspired every day.”  After graduation, Hailey will be attending the University of Pacific in Stockton, California to pursue a master of arts in behavior analysis.

Meghan Flynn

Congratulations to Meghan Flynn for completing the Citizenship and Real World Edges!  From Shelby Township, Michigan, Meghan is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major.  Meghan says, “Being a volunteer for Camp STAR over the summer was my favorite activity because of the enriching activities on the topic of grief that I was able to do with my camper in the span of three days.”  In the fall, Meghan will be attending graduate school at St. Ambrose University for speech-language pathology.

Elle Gallagher

Congratulations to Elle Gallagher for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Ann Arbor, Elle is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major.  She is most proud of her Student Leader Fellowship Program community service internship with TEDxNMU.  Elle says, “I was the talent acquisition chair on the planning committee and had the opportunity to work closely with the speakers.  I chose to highlight this opportunity because I feel that I learned the most about myself during the process.  I was able to use all of the skills I have gained during my time at Northern and apply them in a real world setting.”  After graduation, Elle will be taking a gap year and then complete her master’s in communication disorders.  During her gap year, she will work and live on a catamaran in the Caribbean using her scuba certification that she received at NMU.

Sarah Gardner

Congratulations to Sarah Gardner for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From Livonia, Michigan, Sarah is a fisheries and wildlife management major.  Sarah’s favorite activity was the Mu Beta Psi’s National Convention.  She says, “I grew so much at the conference and learned various leadership techniques, how to connect with people from across the country, and professionalism.  I have amazing memories from each convention that I have attended and love the meetings I got a chance to attend.”  After graduation, Sarah will be working at the Grant Village Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.

Emma Goebel

Congratulations to Emma Goebel for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Emma is from Holt, Michigan, and is a graphic communications major.  Emma says, “While in Superior Edge, I decided to step up as a leader for my club, NMU Best Buddies, to help the group grow.  Through my volunteering in the club, I have been able to connect with people at NMU and within the wider Marquette community regarding the club, participate in the Polar Plunge for the first time, go to the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference this past summer, and help organize and promote club and campus-wide events.  Through our leadership efforts in our club, we were even able to become an official Best Buddies Chapter this past year.”  After graduation, Emma will look for a job where she can get more experience in marketing/public relations/graphic design.

Paige Govern

Congratulations to Paige Govern for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A sports science major, Paige is from Marquette.  She is most proud of her service learning trip to Belize.  She says, “We were able to take part in rural health clinics, visit local schools, and give short lessons to the students, experience the culture through culinary classes, and explore the towns and cities.  We ended our trip with a night on a tropical island, Caye Caluker, where we were able to roam and explore on our own before we headed back to the states.  I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and appreciation on this trip that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”  After graduation, Paige will be attending a physician assistant program.

Angeleah Gravedoni Congratulations to Angeleah Gravedoni for completing the Real World Edge!  From Negaunee, Angeleah is an entrepreneurship major.  Angeleah is most proud of taking on major job responsibilities at Ideal Auto Sales and Service.  She says, “I have had many great experiences with customers and fellow co-workers.  It was amazing being able to interact with so many different people and hear their stories.  I really enjoyed that and loved hearing how many people had pleasant experiences with my service.  That is something I find great happiness in.”  After graduation, Angeleah will be staying in the Negaunee area and working at Ideal Auto Sales and Service for a while.
Gwyneth Harrick

Congratulations to Gwyneth Harrick for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A Marquette native, Gwyneth is a public administration major.  She is most proud of her employment at the Harbor House domestic violence and sexual assault shelter.  She says, “This activity counted toward my social services minor.  It was an eye-opening experience in which I learned about social problems in my home community and how to be a better advocate.”  After graduation, Gwyneth will be attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adel Isaacson

Congratulations to Adel Isaacson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Crystal Falls, Michigan, Adel is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major.  She is most proud of working with international students on their English pronunciation.  Adel says, “Through this experience, I learned more about the different cultures and languages of the students I worked with all while being able to use and practice theory from my major.  Working as a pronunciation practice tutor developed my confidence in working as a clinician, which will help me in my future career as a speech-language pathologist.”  After graduation, Adel will be working as a counselor at Camp Batawagama in Crystal Falls, Michigan, before heading to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist.

Martha Jones

Congratulations to Martha Jones for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Martha is a social work major from Port Huron, Michigan.  Martha is most proud of her participation in Camp Star as a buddy.  She says, “Working with children who have experienced the loss of a loved one was very rewarding, and I took away a lot from it.  I am most proud of this experience because of the growth I achieved in such a short time and the bonds I formed that I will never forget.”  After graduation, Martha will be staying at NMU to be a part of the first Master of Social Work co-hort concentrating on co-occurring mental health and substance abuse counseling.

Alysa Kasen

Congratulations to Alysa Kasen for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biology major with a physiology concentration, Alysa is from Hudsonville, Michigan.  She is most proud of her work as a house president.  Alysa says, “During the time that I held this role, I was able to meet new people and work to plan fun activities for my house.  I enjoyed being able to work with other students to create a fun atmosphere to live in.”  After graduation Alysa will be pursuing a Ph.D. in cell and molecular genetics at Van Andel Research Institute.

Margo Keuler

Congratulations to Margo Keuler for completing the Diversity and Real World Edges!  From Wrightstown, Wisconsin, Margo is an international studies and Spanish double major.  She is most proud of volunteering at Literacy Green Bay.  Margo says, “I worked with individuals who were trying to learn English.  I assisted in both a beginner and advanced-level class creating homework assignments and activities as well as holding conversations with the students.  I also helped to create the curriculum for their newly-founded US citizenship class.  I created the documents that contained the pertinent information for both applying for and taking the examination.”  After graduation, Margo will be applying for grad school for Spanish linguistics.

Kyle Konkol

Congratulations to Kyle Konkol for completing the Diversity, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  Kyle is a forensic biochemistry major from Amherst, Wisconsin.  Kyle is most proud of working with the Michigan State Police as an intern at the Marquette forensic laboratory.  He says, “I have been given the unique opportunity to gain experience working in three disciplines of forensic science:  biology, controlled substances, and latent prints.  The experience has taught me a lot but has also allowed me to integrate what I have learned at NMU into a professional atmosphere.  As a whole, the experience has further cemented and fueled my passion for the field of forensic science.  There is no doubt in my mind that this experience will make me a more competitive candidate when applying for jobs.”  After graduation, Kyle hopes to work in a crime laboratory.

  Congratulations to Suzette LaCasse for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges

From Lake Linden, Suzette is a construction management who is most proud of Lake Superior Day 2018.  She says, “I am most proud of this event because it was such a down-to-earth, grassroots way to clean our shorelines on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation.  It was also a beautiful way to empower the community through ceremony and shared teaching.”  After graduation, she will get married and take a long road trip around the country with her wife.  Although school has been rewarding, she definitely needs some time to rest.  

Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner

Congratulations to Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner for completing al four edges for the Superior Edge!  A Marquette native, Shayla is a sports science major.  She is most proud of the McNair Research she completed because she accomplished the intricate components it required.  Shayla says, “I formulated a question, read literature, used equipment, and wrote a paper, in addition to working with graduate students, professors, and various personalities.  The goal of my research was to determine whether hiking boots or shoes were better.  I obtained muscle activity data from subjects, analyzed it, did statistics, and found no significant difference between footwear.  Research is challenging and emotionally taxing at times but extremely rewarding.  I expanded my network and horizons and gained confidence to excel in the future.”  After graduation, Shayla hopes to compete in the track and field national championship at the end of May.  After that, she will start the master's program in exercise science at NMU and finish her cross country eligibility.

Amanda Manninen

Congratulations to Amanda Manninen for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Hancock, Michigan, Amanda is a speech language and hearing sciences major.  She is most proud of her clinical work, including practicing phonological awareness activities at a preschool, performing a hearing, articulation, and language screening at a preschool, and practicing as an undergraduate clinical at NMU’s Speech and Language Clinic.  Amanda says, “These experiences have shown me how to be successful in my future career and are evidence of how much I have accomplished during my time at NMU.”  After graduation, Amanda will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to complete her master’s in communication sciences and disorders.

Maija Mattson

Congratulations to Maija Mattson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Pearl City, Illinois, Maija is a speech, language and hearing sciences major.  Maija is most proud of volunteering on an elephant reserve and built a home for a family in Cambodia during the Thailand and Cambodia International Service Project.  She says, “This was one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had with NMU as it reminded me to take a step back and appreciate all that we have.  We really connected with the people we met, and we felt that they may have made a greater impact on us than we did on them.  My perspective on life has been forever changed and wish to return to these areas and volunteer.”  After graduation, Maija will be attending graduate school in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire en route to become a speech and language pathologist.

Ashley McIntire

Congratulations to Ashley McIntire for completing the Diversity, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  A Marquette native, Ashley is a business management major.  Ashley really enjoyed her trip to Slovenia and Croatia.  She says, “I went with my mom to visit family that I had never met and that she hadn’t seen in over 20 years.  During this time, I did so much sight-seeing as well as tried so many new things that I otherwise wouldn’t have and I am so grateful I got the opportunity to do so.  And, if I’m being completely honest, the food was the best part!  It was amazing to see how different places in the world are compared to Marquette or even the United States.”  After graduation, Ashley will be continuing her internship with a full-time position at Invisible Fence of the UP.

  Congratulations to Regan McKay for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!
Brittney Moore

Congratulations to Brittney Moore for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Brittney is a biology major from Chatham, Michigan.  She is most proud of a large animal veterinary medicine course she took in Belize where she got to work closely with farmers and their livestock.  Brittney says, “I volunteered as a veterinary assistant in a free spay and neuter clinic which provided sterilization procedures and vaccinations in order to reduce overpopulation and disease spread in local pets.  This was a phenomenal experience in which I got to stay in a beautiful country while learning about cultures very different from my own, all while working in my career field.”  This summer Brittney will be attending a Midwest Equine Dental Academy to become a certified equine dental technician in order to provide dentistry to horses in the UP and then will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  She will then attend the Chi Institute to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and Veterinary Chiropractor.

  Congratulations to Christopher Moore for completing the Diversity Edge!
Shelby Nguyen

Congratulations to Shelby Nguyen for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge! Shelby is a nursing major from Ann Arbor.  Shelby is most proud of her time as a counselor at Bay Cliff Health Camp.  She says, “It pushed me outside of my comfort zone working with campers of various backgrounds.  I learned from every single person at camp including all of the staff, visitors, and campers!  I had so much fun making customized wheel-chair costumes for the 4th of July parade.  I learned about various medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, and I ultimately learned how to support a team and remember what it means to be a kid again.  I will always remember Bay Cliff!”  After graduation, Shelby will travel, maybe scuba dive, prior to hitting the books and passing the NCLEX so she can become a registered nurse, hopefully, working with children.

Elizabeth Noble

Congratulations to Elizabeth Noble for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Rochester, Minnesota, Elizabeth is a double major in clinical laboratory sciences and biology.  She is most proud of her internship in the laboratory at Aspirus Grand View Hospital.  Elizabeth says, “This experience let me gain hands-on experience in my field and confirmed why I wanted to pursue the majors I'm studying.  Working at the hospital let me apply the knowledge I learned at Northern and let me see that I could succeed in my chosen field.”  After graduation, Elizabeth will be attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Andrew Olson

Congratulations to Andrew Olson for completing the Citizenship, Diversity, and Leadership Edges!  Hailing from Tomahawk, Wisconsin, Andrew is a biochemistry major.  He is most proud of his Student Leader Fellowship Program community service internship with Cat Packs.  Andrew says, “Cat Packs packs weekend meals for hungry children at North Star Academy in Marquette.  It was very rewarding knowing that all the time I spent there was directly helping children in the area.  I spent most of my time packing meals and helping organize Cat Packs finances rather than working directly with the children, but I still felt like I made a difference in their lives.”  After graduation, he would like a job in a lab and then possibly go onto grad school sometime in the future.

Phoebe Osterhus Congratulations to Phoebe Osterhus for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Merrill, Wisconsin, Phoebe is an elementary math education major.  She is most proud of volunteering at an English school in Cambodia called Milk + Honey.  Phoebe says, “I taught English to students ages 3 years old to adult and I learned so much!  It was my first time traveling abroad by myself and the first time I was responsible for teaching for an extended period of time. I met so many amazing people. I am so thankful for the experiences that took me out of my comfort zone and gave me the opportunity to live in another culture!  My time in Cambodia is part of the reason I want to work abroad in the future.”  After graduation, Phoebe will be student teaching in Ecuador.  After student teaching, she will work with an Australian organization called Freedom International that focuses on the prevention of modern day slavery.  She isn’t sure what her role will be, but she will most likely be in Australia or Cambodia.
Megan Palacio

Congratulations to Megan Palacio for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biochemistry major, Meg is from Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Meg is most proud of spending three seasons as the captain of the women’s lacrosse team.  She says, “It has been difficult to help start a new team from scratch, but it is amazing how far we have come.  I am so incredibly proud of every girls on this team, including myself.  While this opportunity has allowed me to develop into a strong leader, it has also given me the chance to become a mentor.  This experience has given me sisters I will have for the rest of my life and the skills to be a leader in my future endeavor.”  After graduation, Meg will attend Colorado University-Boulder to work towards her Ph.D. in biochemistry. 

Kendra Palomaki

Congratulations to Kendra Palomaki for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A Marquette native, Kendra is a nursing major.  She is most proud of the time she spent in Belize practicing in pop-up rural health care clinics.  She says, “We were able to provide healthcare to those who wouldn’t otherwise receive it and make small changes that had a large impact on their overall health.”  After graduation, Kendra will be working as an RN in the ICU at UP Health System Marquette.

Morgan Peters

Congratulations to Morgan Peters for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  A general biology/pre-physician assistant major, Morgan is from Calumet.  She is most proud of her community service internship with the Girl Scouts for the Student Leader Fellowship Program.  Morgan says, “I enjoyed having meetings with the girls and watching them grow from the first meeting to the last.  They learned a lot about leadership and what it takes to be a Girl Scout, and I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with them every week.”  After graduation, Morgan will be applying to PA school and work as a medical assistant at her local hospital.

Madeline Rayner Congratulations to Madeline Rayner for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Marshall, Michigan, Madeline is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major.  She is most proud of her work with Summer “Fun” Playground as a camp counselor and cadet counselor supervisor.  She says, “I got to take the leadership qualities and skills I’ve developed through my college career, specifically through the Student Leader Fellowship Program, and teach young adolescents how to begin their leadership journeys.  I was also able to expand my personal exposure to diversity by having the opportunity to work with children from several different countries and children with various disabilities.”  After graduation, Madeline will have a full-time entertainment position with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts.  After a year or two at Disney, she plans to pursue her doctorate in audiology (AuD) and become a pediatric audiologist.
  Congratulations to Alyssa Rebensburg for completing the Citizenship and Real World Edges! 
Hailey Reimann

Congratulations to Hailey Reimann for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  A fish and wildlife management major, Hailey is from Cheboygan, Michigan.  She is most proud of being a teaching assistant for a criminal justice class.  Hailey says, “This was a very rewarding experience for me and allowed me to work on my communication skills as well as my ability to talk in front a large group of people.  I’m proud of this opportunity because I had stepped up and decided to do it, knowing that I wasn’t the best public speaker as well as not knowing if I really wanted to help teach.”  After graduation, Hailey will be trying different jobs until she figures out what she wants to do as a career. 

Jessica Resst

Congratulations to Jessica Resst for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Lincoln Park, Michigan, Jessica is an applied behavior analysis major.  She is most proud of being an intern for Star Children’s Bereavement Service, which is an organization that helps children who have lost a loved one.  Jessica says, “There is a yearly weekend summer camp and winter camp.  Then every month we hold an event with the children.  I was able to help these children know they have a support system, which getting to meet some really awesome kids.”  After graduation, Jessica is planning to sit for her board certified assistant behavior analyst exam and then work towards her master’s degree.

Chloe Rinkel Congratulations to Chloe Rinkel for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Royal Oak, Michigan, Chloe is a double major in biochemistry and criminal justice.  She is most proud of working at the Michigan State Police Forensics Lab because it solidified her passion for this career field, it was incredibly interesting, and has set her up to stand out as an applicant for future opportunities. After graduation, Chloe will head home to Royal Oak and will look for a job in forensic science.
  Congratulations to Maria Roell for completing the Real World Edge!
Tristan Ruiz

Congratulations to Tristan Ruiz for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biochemistry major, Tristan is from Savannah, Georgia.  He is most proud of being the ASNMU president.  Tristan says, “It was a great learning experience for me in leadership, community building, problem solving, and compromise.  While I was in ASNMU, I was able to be at the forefront of things happening around campus as well as advocate for students directly to faculty and administration.  Most significantly, I was able to help pass the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution through the General Assembly and the Academic Senate and the President’s Council.  Even though it failed at the Board of Trustee’s level, the student and faculty are not going to stop until Indigenous Peoples’ Day becomes a reality on campus.”  Tristan plans to attend medical school and will be a 2LT in the Army National Guard.

Teressa Savastano

Congratulations to Teressa Savastano for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Taylor, Michigan, Tera is a biology/zoology major.  She is most proud of leading the band as a drum major.  She says, “This position pushed me physically, mentally, and emotionally, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I got to help lead, guide, and push the band to create amazing music and halftime shows to show the crowds what we can really do.  I gained so much confidence in myself as well as made friendships I know will last a lifetime.  Overall, this experience made me a better musician, a better leader, and a better person, and I am so grateful for it.”  After graduation, Tera will be working at the Bird Center of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor doing song bird rehabilitation for the summer before moving to Ely, Minnesota to work as a bear educator at the North American Bear Center starting in August.

Emma Schroeder

Congratulations to Emma Schroeder for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Appleton, Wisconsin, Emma is a secondary French education and industrial technology major.  She is most proud of working with Teaching Family Homes.  Emma says, “Working in the Regional Treatment Center group home, I practiced valuable skills that would not only lead me to being a better teacher but a better human as a whole.  I grew in my ability to be empathetic, to search for greater understanding, to be patient, and to appreciate everybody's unique abilities.”  After graduation, Emma plans on teaching French and Industrial Technology around the Appleton area for her first “big girl” job. 

Michael Stamm

Congratulations to Michael Stamm for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Michael is from Almont, Michigan, and is a forensic biochemistry major.  He is most proud of his experiences with the Wildcat Marching Band where he served as president during his final season.  Michael says, “As a part of this organization, I was able to not only continue to develop my musical ability but build and strengthen relationships with a wide range of students.  I believe the Marching Band provides a welcoming environment for new students to come to Northern and join a family where they already have a group of over 100 new friends.  As a part of an amazing Band Council, I felt that we were able to push our members to be the best musicians they could be.”  After graduation, Michael will head back to Bay Cliff Health Camp for his third summer and will serve as the Unit V Unit Leader overseeing 13 counselors and about 20 campers.  After camp, he will be moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to attend Huntington University where he will be pursuing his Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

Marlo Stevens

Congratulations to Marlo Stevens for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A speech language and hearing sciences major, Marlo is from North Branch, Michigan.  Marlo is most proud of administering hearing screenings to individuals at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan.  She says, “This opportunity opened my eyes to a clinical setting for clients with mental and physical disabilities for younger clients.”  After graduation, Marlo will be attending graduate school at North Carolina Central University to achieve a master’s in speech language pathology.

Seton Trost Congratulations to Seton Trost for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Farmington Hills, Michigan, Seton is a biology major with a zoology concentration.  She is most proud of being a member of Best Buddies, a one-to-one friendship for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  She says, “I was able to be a part of establishing a friendship chapter on campus, which she was told probably wouldn’t be possible until 2020.”  After graduation, she plans on going into exotic animal care. 
Cassi Visintainer

Congratulations to Cassi Visintainer for completing all four edges for Superior Edge!  A social work major, Cassi is from Kingsford, Michigan.  She is most proud of working with the Teaching Family Homes high ropes course.  Cassi says, “This activity allowed me to take a step back from a typical leadership role and watch young minds develop strategies to solve problems they were presented with.  I wasn’t just a staff that day I was their teammate and their laughs from that day are unforgettable.”  After graduation, Cassi hopes to continue working at Department of Health and Human Services with the Child and Protective Services where she is an intern.  She would eventually like to attend Michigan State University to obtain her master’s degree in social work and then move on to work in individual counseling.

Ryan Watling Congratulations to Ryan Watling for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Ryan is from New London, Wisconsin, and is a double major in Neuroscience and Spanish.  Ryan is most proud of studying and living abroad in Valpariso, Chile for a semester.  He says, “I completed the Service-Learning program through my study abroad provider at Centro Bellavista, the only free, special education school in the region.  Because of this experience, I gained a deeper knowledge and appreciation for my host community, improved my Spanish language skills, and dismantled gender roles as I was the first male student to complete the Service-Learning program at the school.”  In May, Ryan will be working at Moon Beach Camp in Eagle River, as the assistant program director.  In August, he will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to serve as a youth development volunteer with the Peace Corps. 
Morgan Zoeller

Congratulations to Morgan Zoeller for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Midland, Michigan, Morgan is a speech language and hearing sciences major.  Morgan is most proud of studying abroad one semester.  She says, “This was a great learning experience for me both preparing for my semester in Newcastle, Australia, and traveling overseas along for the first time.  Additionally, my time spent in Australia helped me gain more knowledge and appreciation for different cultures as well as enhance both my independence and relationship building skills.”  After graduation, Morgan will be attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for her master’s in speech pathology.