CLASS OF 2020 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Chloe Backman is an education major from Broadview Heights, Ohio. She is a member of her cheerleading squad in  at John Carroll University. Along with cheerleading and the Leadership Scholars Program, she is involved with many other activities on campus. Chloe is a member of her sorority, Chi Omega, where she participates in events that help with their philanthropy- Make a Wish. She is also an employee at the University Bookstore and a scorekeeper for Intramural Sports on Campus. She is also an oboist in JCU’s wind ensemble program as well. Chloe plans on becoming an early childhood education major and will pursue to get her Master’s Degree after she graduates. 

Cory Beam currently lives in Scott Depot, WV, but graduated from Hayes High School in Delaware, OH. Cory will be majoring in a business related program, while working toward a minor in history. At Carroll, Cory is the President of the class of 2020, a Boler School Ambassador, serves on the student budget board, was a WJCU Heights DJ, and will start participating in John Carroll’s ROTC program among other things.

Maria Borowy is an Integrated Marketing Communications major with a Leadership minor from Erie, Pa. At JCU she is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, is a part of several on campus clubs such as Awws for Paws, pursues her passion of service through activities like Danie’s Day, and will be a SWAT leader in the fall. Maria hopes to spend her next three years continuing to grow in her on campus involvement and, of course, strive to excel academically.

Jess DiSalvatore is from Ashtabula, Ohio and is double majoring in English and Communications. In her senior year of high school, she was Student Council President. Last year she was secretary of the English club at JCU and was involved in campus ministry service activities, including Building Hope in the City, and retreats such as the Manresa retreat. During this past summer, she interned at the week-long John Carroll Young Writers Workshop and plans to do so again next summer. She aspires to become a published writer or a journalist after college.

Mae Eddir is working towards a biochemistry major and a minor in literature. She is a commuter from Strongsville, Ohio. She is a devoted volunteer for her local Strongsville library and to Southwest General Hospital. She is also a member of JCU EMS and the pre-med club. She hopes to go to medical school after her time at John Carroll and become a doctor.

Matt Ferraro is from Elburn, IL and is a graduate of Marmion Academy. Matt in majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Matt is a member of the JCU wrestling team.

 Marissa George is from Medina, Ohio. She plans on majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and double minor in Pre-Health Professions and Leadership Development. She is also a part of the honors program, where she serves as an honors mentor. She serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Kappa Alpha Theta and is an active member of John Carroll’s Immersion Program where she participated in a domestic immersion to Pine Ridge, South Dakota last March. She hopes to attend medical school upon graduating John Carroll.

Vinnie Giovannitti is a Biology and Spanish double major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the honors program on the pre-dental track. On campus, he is a Resident Assistant for Campion Hall and Social Chairman and Finance Chairman of the Honors Student Association. Vinnie has participated in service on and off campus, including the afterschool program at the Fatima Family Center Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland and an immersion trip in Ecuador. Vinnie’s interests include hiking, camping, swimming, pizza, animals, and friends. His work experience includes construction, dental shadowing, and recreation leader. Upon graduation, he plans to go to dental school to become an orthodontist.

Michelle Glawitsch is a biochemistry major from Madison, Ohio. As a freshman, she was involved with many commuter programs, took part in Carroll Faith Communities, and sang in the intergenerational choir. At school between classes there is a good chance you’ll find her playing the piano in Dolan if she’s not taking a nap on the bean bags in the library.

Matt Hallgarth is a Cell and Molecular Biology major with an intended concentration in neuroscience from Hudson, Ohio. He is currently a part of the cross country and track teams at John Carroll University, as well as a part of CRU.

Christian Hipsher is a Marketing and Supply Chain Management Major from Galena,Ohio. Christian is a member of the John Carroll University wrestling team.

 Karlie Kehoe is an Exercise Science major from Rochester, New York. On campus, she is a member of Chi Omega and is also in the Pre-Health club. During her time at John Carroll, she has become very involved in numerous service activities working with the children and young adults of the Cleveland community. In the future, she plans to be a Pediatric Physician’s Assistant, where she can utilize her leadership and biological skills in a clinical setting.

Kody Kidd is from Richmond, Kentucky who is planning to major in sports studies with a minor in leadership. Kody is currently a member on the JCU football team as well as a campus tour guide.

 Mitch Kotheimer is a finance major from Chesterland, Ohio. On campus, Mitch plays soccer for John Carroll and is excited for the upcoming year as the team hopes to make it back to the NCAA tournament. Mitch is also involved in Rhapsody Blue and the Investment Banking Club. Mitch is excited to further his leadership skills and knowledge this upcoming year as he plans to work towards the leadership minor.

Olivia Krause is an Accounting major and Leadership Development minor from Wexford, Pa. Olivia is a proud member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and Student Union Programing Board.

Brady Kyle is a business finance major from Buffalo, New York.

 Noah Paulsen is an International Business with Language and Culture (IBLC) Major from Brecksville, Ohio. At JCU, he is an Executive Board member of the IBLC Association serving as the Marketing Officer, member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity serving as their Secretary, and a photographer for the Carroll News. In high school, Noah was the President of the Speech & Debate team and the Photography Club among several organizations. In his spare time Noah is also a freelance graphic designer and photographer. After his four years at Carroll, Noah hopes to work for a multi-national company in marketing.

Arika Quiñones is a Biology Major with a Minor in Spanish, and is from Independence, Ohio.During her freshman year on campus, Arika joined the John Carroll Crew Team and performed research under the chair of the Biology Department, Dr. Rebecca Drenovsky. Arika is continuing her research into her sophomore year, and is also joining clubs such as LASA and the Pre Med Club. After completing her undergraduate years at John Carroll, she hopes to attend medical school.

Maureen (Mo) Reilly is a History and Classics double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the JCU Club Rowing Team and Honors Program, as well as an Orientation Leader and Tour Guide on campus. She also likes to stay busy by serving as a class Senator on Student Union on several committees and as a co-mentor for a freshman Honors advising cohort. She loves being at John Carroll and can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Olivia Shackleton is an incoming sophomore, and she is double majoring in journalism and political science. Olivia loved her first year at JCU, and was very involved on campus. Her favorite activity was writing and editing for The Carroll News. She wrote articles on a weekly basis last year, and she is currently the editor for the Campus section of the paper. Another activity that Olivia enjoyed last year was being in theatrical productions, which she participated in both semesters. She is excited to begin her second year at JCU so that she can continue to express her passions through writing and theatre.

Morgen Staggers is from North Canton, Ohio and an aspiring Human Resource Management major. Morgen is involved with the Leadership program and also works as an RA on campus. She is currently an intern at Towlift, inc working in their HR department under the Director of HR.

 Elizabeth Watson is an English Literature and Psychology double major from Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth is a student in the JCU Honors Program, and she has participated in two theatrical productions on the stages of John Carroll. She also lends a passionate voice to suicide prevention programs, spreading affirming messages to everyone she meets. A member of a national non-profit group called Project Semicolon, whose symbol indicates that “Your story isn’t over yet,” Elizabeth hopes to establish a campus-based arm of the movement. Elizabeth enjoys working with children at her part-time job, and she plans to study abroad in London next year.

Julie Whitmore is an undecided major from Cleveland, Ohio. As an incoming sophomore, she is a member of Students for Social Justice, Carroll Faith Communities, and Students Empowering Women. She participates in many service activities both on and off campus, including an upcoming immersion trip to Nicaragua. She loves to run, read, drink fair trade coffee, and participate in leadership activities.