CLASS OF 2020 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS
Chloe Backman is an education major from Broadview Heights, Ohio. She was a member of her cheerleading squad in high school, and will continue to cheer throughout her years at JCU. Chloe was involved with HUDDLE, which taught middle schoolers the value of making good decisions. She was also an oboist, historian for Tri-M National Music Honor Society, a grocery store employee, and an active member in her church youth group. Chloe plans on becoming an early childhood education major and will pursue to get her Master’s Degree after she graduates.
Cory Beam is a Finance and Economics major from Delaware, Ohio. In high school, Cory was elected as president of the student senate, an organization he helped create. He also played baseball for three years, receiving three letters. As an elected elder of his church, Cory organized fundraisers and participated in mission projects. Cory has also been employed by a US Senate campaign. He hopes to attend law school after graduating from John Carroll.
Maria Borowy is from Erie, PA, planning to major in Integrated Marketing Communications. In high school, she was a student government officer for four consecutive years, member of National Honor Society and was a part of a Peer Leadership program. Maria also performed in her school’s dance company and participated in a variety of service work, including heading a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless. She plans on continuing her involvement with the community at JCU, and hopes to join clubs surrounding her interests.
Jess DiSalvatore is an English major from Ashtabula, Ohio. In high school she played tennis, basketball and volleyball and was a member of the Philanthropy Board. She was Student Council President and the President of Key Club her senior year. She was a Eucharistic minister for two years and a lector over the summer at her parish. She would like to play intramural sports and write for the newspaper at JCU. She also wants to participate in service and ministry activities on campus.
Mae Eddir is a Biochemistry major. She is from Strongsville, Ohio and a volunteer for the Strongsville library and volunteered at Southwest General Hospital for three years. Mae’ hopes to go on to medical school after graduating from John Carroll University and become a doctor.
Matt Ferraro is from Elburn, IL and is a graduate of Marmion Academy. Matt plans to major in Business Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Matt will continue his athletic career at JCU both on the football field and the wrestling mat. He earned 7 varsity letters (4 wrestling, 3 football) and is a HS All-American wrestler. Matt was a leader on the Outreach Ministry Team and the Student Life Group Team. Matt participated in many community service projects and organizations including the Special Olympics and Crayola for kids. Matt is an Eagle Scout.
Marissa George is an incoming freshman from Medina, Ohio. She plans to double major in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology as well as double minor in Leadership Development and Pre-Health Professions. She is a part of the honors program, is active with swimming and instrumental music at John Carroll and devotes a lot of her free time to community service. Upon graduating, she hopes to attend medical school in order to become a cardiothoracic trauma surgeon.
Vinnie Giovannitti is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is majoring in Chemistry and Spanish with hopes of attending Dental School. Before JCU, Vinnie was Vice-President of his school’s National Honor Society, Barn Manager of a therapeutic horseback riding center, and an active member of clubs like Interact, SADD, and Spanish. In addition to being a weekly altar server, Vinnie also worked at a Recreation Center and as a construction laborer. His favorite memory is traveling to Costa Rica on a mission trip.
Michelle Glawitsch is a biochemistry major from Madison, Ohio. Michelle was involved in NHS, robotics club, academic challenge, key club, Lake County Suicide Prevention Coalition, and was president of Teen Institute/S.A.D.D. at her highschool. She was also a member of women’s choir for those four years, earned her varsity letter in dance, and participated in track. She was very involved with her local YMCA and was a member of their leader’s club. Wednesday night you could always find her at her youth group, Re:gen student ministry. She loves cats, even after dissecting one senior year in anatomy, and hopes to pursue a career in the health field one day.
Matt Hallgarth is a biology major from Hudson, Ohio. While in high school he ran cross country and track, as well as being a part of National Honors Society and participating in service work such as organizing a race for a coach with cancer to raise money for cancer research and treatment. Matt will be a part of the honors program along with the cross country and track teams.
Christian Hipsher is from Galena,Ohio, planning to major in Marketing. In high school,He was a 4 year varsity letter winner in wrestling,along with a coach at a local youth wrestling club, and a member of Younglife. He participated in multiple service projects including a mission trip to El Salvador. Along with achieving his Eagle Scout Award. Christian is currently a member of the JCU wrestling team.
Karlie Kehoe is a Biology major at JCU, with a focus in human anatomy as well as psychology. She is from Rochester, New York and participated in numerous clubs and activities throughout high school. She spent her four years as a freshmen mentor, captain of her local high school crew team, National Honor Society member and Big Brothers Big Sisters member. Karlie plans on joining Greek Life, attending mission trips, participating in women’s rowing and expanding her leadership experience. After she graduates, she plans on pursuing her career as a Pediatric Physician’s Assistant.
Kody Kidd is from Richmond, Kentucky who is planning to major in sports studies with a minor in leadership. In high school, he was President of Community service in his FBLA chapter (Future Bussiness Leaders of America), a member of the clubs DECA and together as one, a varsity football athlete for three years and a team captin his snior year, and a varsity track athlete his sophomore and senior year. Kody is currently a member on the JCU football team.
Mitch Kotheimer is an accounting major from Chesterland, Ohio. Mitch Attended Lake Catholic High School where he was captain of the soccer team and helped lead the team to the final four. Mitch was very much involved in the community at Lake Catholic. He was apart of spiritual life, Catholic School’s for Peace and Justice, emmaus ministry, and peer ministry. Mitch was also involved in performing arts his senior year as he was part of the spring musical, joined choir, and was part of LC singers. Mitch is honored to continue playing soccer at John Carroll University and is extremely excited to immerse himself in what John Carroll has to offer.
Olivia Krause is an Accounting major from Wexford, Pa. In high school, she was the Editor in Chief of Variations, her school’s literary magazine. She was a member of the Key Club, the school’s field hockey team, and National Honor Society. She also played the cello for her school orchestra and was a member of the Golden Strolling Strings.
Brady Kyle is a business finance major from Buffalo, New York. He attended a Military Academy during high school in Pennsylvania where he was immersed in military leadership and the importance of serving others. In high school, he was a member of student government, valedictorian of his class, led groups of people, and was a member of the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. He also volunteered at the local home for the elderly, an afterschool program, and led and organized a service learning project to help local elementary school students who were struggling with their peers learn vital social skills by pairing them with a mentor.
Noah Paulsen is an International Business, Language, and Culture Major from Brecksville, Ohio. In high school, Noah was the President of the Speech & Debate Team, President of the Photography Club, Head Officer of the Model UN Team, Producer of the Student Television Team, Social Media Chair and Squad Leader for the Marching Band, and the Treasurer for the Science Olympiad Team. He was also involved in the National Art Honors Society, Mock Trial, and the Yearbook Club. Outside of high school he is an Eagle Scout and a member of the OA (the Scouting Honor Society), volunteers for his church’s technical arts team, and runs a small photography business. At JCU he hopes to be in Student Government, participate on the Speech & Debate Team, produce Student Television, and be a part of the Photography Club.
Arika Quiñones is a biology major from Independence, Ohio. In high school, she was involved in student government, writing club, orchestra, and athletics such as softball and volleyball. She will be involved in John Carroll’s ensemble this fall.
Maureen (Mo) Reilly is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently undecided about her major. In high school she was involved in the Ohio Junior Classical League as a club leader, Academic Team, a dance team member, student ambassador, homeroom leader, and volunteer tutor. Mo is a part of the Honors Program at JCU as well and hopes to get involved in service organizations and campus ministry.
Olivia Shackleton is a Communications major from Parma, Ohio. In high school, Olivia was the President of Key Club as well as a dedicated member of the MockTrial Team, Peer Ministry Team, and Retreat Team. She also was involved in the National Honors Society and MedTrack program during her high school years. One of her biggest passions is theatre which she intends to participate in at JCU. She is also hoping to join the JCU newspaper and debate team.
Morgen Staggers is from North Canton, Ohio and an aspiring Business Management major. While in high school, Morgen was a four year letterman winner on the women’s lacrosse team and a three year varsity captain. She was actively involved in Hoover’s leadership interact club as a board member, planning and attending volunteering events. During her senior year, Morgen was elected to be the CEO of her business management class, taking their company to Washington DC to compete for Ohio at the JA National Summit.
Elizabeth Watson is from Allison Park, Pennsylvania, and she has not yet declared her major. Throughout high school, Elizabeth participated in the marching band and served as her section’s Captain for two years, performed regularly in musicals and plays, was a member of the National Honor Society, worked as a coach for her diocesan grade school’s forensics team, participated in her church’s music ministry, and chaired an annual parish father/daughter dance. She was awarded the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s St. Joan of Arc Medallion for community service, and she will participate in the honors program at JCU.
Julie Whitmore is an undecided major from Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, she was a member of the cross country and track teams. She also participated in several service projects, peace & justice programs, and was heavily involved in campus ministry retreats and activities including being a Kairos leader. At John Carroll, she plans to continue to be involved with campus ministry, service, and peace & justice in addition to exploring new leadership roles.