2023-2024 Scholar Profiles


 Emily Bruschi


emily bruschi

biology - environmental biology
  • Hometown: Manahawkin, NJ
  • High School: Southern Regional High School
  • Interests: Crocheting, working out, painting
  • Favorite quote: "I’m going to make a very beautiful life for myself no matter what it takes" - unknown
 Gleidy German

gleidy german

  • Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
  • High School: John Harris High School
  • Interests: Drawing, digital Art, reading, and writing
  • Favorite quote: "Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded." - Buddha
 Elyssia Good  

elyssia good

biology - environmental biology
  • Hometown: Lancaster, PA
  • High School: Reach Cyber Charter School
  • Interests: Learning French, photography, and sewing
  • Favorite quote: "If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.” - Winnie the Pooh
 Samantha Houtz  

samantha houtz

  • Hometown: Auburn, PA
  • High School: Schuylkill Haven Area High School
  • Interests/Extracurriculars: Volleyball, track/field, biology club, German club, outreach club, National Honor Society, and Veteran's committee
 Ryan Jetter  

ryan jetter

Chemistry - Engineering Instrumentation Automation
  • Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
  • High School: Liberty High School
  • Interests: Read/write/play video games, and learning coding/programming
  • Favorite quote: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" - Thomas Edison
 Melanie Jones  

melanie jones

  • Hometown: Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
  • High School: Central Cambria High School
  • Interests: Hiking, traveling, soccer, and track/field 
 Luke Leopold  

luke leopold

computer science 
  • Hometown: Womelsdorf, PA
  • High School: Conrad Weiser High School
  • Interests: Bowling, reading, video games
 Sloane O'Malley

sloane o'malley 

chemistry - Environmental Chemistry
  • Hometown: Newville, Pennsylvania
  • High School: Big Spring High School
  • Interests: Running, crocheting, drawing/painting, and theatre tech.
  • Favorite Quote: “We’re all different, but there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?” - "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
  Kaelyn Schollenberger  

kaelyn schollenberger

biology - Marine Biology 
  • Hometown: Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • High School: Boyertown Area High School
  • Interests: Cheer, tumbling, gymnastics, racing, and snowboarding

 Zacaria Tawfick


zacaria tawfick

computer science
  • Hometown:Alexandria, Egypt
  • High School: Penn Manor High School
  • Interests: MMA club, coding club, and cyber defense organization
  • Favorite quote: "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58



Alex Bermejo


Alex Bermejo

Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology: Robotics & Control Systems
  • Hometown: New Oxford, PA
  • High School: New Oxford High School
  • Interests/Hobby: cars, paintball, weightlifting music
  • Extracurriculars: Millersville boys lacrosse and intramural soccer
  • Favorite class last year: power conversion and control
  • Favorite quote: “whether you think you can or can not — you are right” - Henry Ford
Brendan Calv

Brendan Calv

Emergency Management
  • Minor: Business
  • Hometown: Asbury, New Jersey
  • High School: North Hunterdon High School
  • Interests: Baking, Making Playlists, Running, Yoga, Origami, Dancing, Singing, Theatre, Tennis, Reading, and Outdoors.
  • Extracurriculars: IAEM, ASSP, Marauder Fund, Conestoga Outdoors Club
  • Favorite classes last year: Atmosphere, Macroeconomics
  • Favorite quote: "Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, then it's not the end." -Unknown
 Nyckoli Green  

Nyckoli Green

Biology - Marine Biology
  • Hometown: Lincoln University, PA
  • High School: Avon Grove Charter School
  • Interests:
    • Career: Carcinology, Animal Conservation
    • Personal: Videogames, Boardgames, Movies and Reading
  • Extracurriculars: Boardgame Club and Work
  • Favorite class last year: CHEM111
  • Favorite quote: "Many fall in the face of chaos, but not this one; not today."
 Jennifer Juarez  

Jennifer Juarez

Biology - Animal Behavior
  • Hometown: Clifton, New Jersey
  • High School: Clifton High School
  • Interests: Dancing, baking, playing video games, and hiking!
  • Extracurriculars: Biology Mentorship Program (BMP), Entomology Club, and MU Smash Club
  • Favorite classes last year: Zoology and Chemistry!
  • Favorite quote: "If you have a dream, then you shouldn't give up no matter what. You can't be successful if you don't fail."
 Ashton Kunkle  

Ashton Kunkle

Computer Science
  • Hometown: Ephrata, PA
  • High School: Ephrata Senior High School
  • Interests: Robotics, Programming, Music Production, Video Production, Wood Working, Wilderness Survival, Gymnastics/Parkour, Weightlifting, Track & Field, Writing
  • Extracurriculars: Robotics Club, Marauder Music Club, Conestoga Outdoor Club
  • Favorite class last year: English Composition
  • Favorite quote: "One day you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember." – Avicii (Tim Bergling)
 Dai Ma  

Dai Ma

Computer Science 
  • Hometown: Vietnam
  • High School: Manheim Township High School
  • Interests: Soccer, build gundam, games
  • Extracurriculars: outdoor club and robotic club
  • Favorite class last year: CSCI 161
  • Favorite Quote: "It's not the load that breaks you, it's the way you carry it."
 Sarah Murphy  

Sarah Murphy

biology - environmental biology
  • Hometown: York, PA
  • High School: Dallastown High School 
  • Interests: Rock climbing, hiking 
  • Extracurriculars: Conestoga outdoors club, Ocean science club 
  • Favorite class last year: Biology 
 Paige Scott

Paige Scott 

Meteorology and Emergency Management 
  • Hometown: Mountain Top, PA
  • High School: Crestwood High School
  • Interests: Traveling, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends, Disney, cooking, volunteering, swimming, and painting
  • Extracurriculars: IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers), AMS (American Meteorological Society), and COC (Conestoga Outdoors Club)
  • Favorite Class last year: Intro to Emergency Management
  • Favorite Quote: "You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams
 Kayla Tracey

Kayla Tracey

Biology - animal behavior
  • Hometown: Red Lion, Pennsylvania
  • High School: Red Lion Area Senior High School
  • Interests: Animals, reading, hiking, biking, and music
  • Extracurriculars: Biology Club, Marauder Marching Band, All Campus Musical Organization, Student Government Association, Honors College Student Association
 Skyler Woodley ______________  

Skyler Woodley

Biology - Marine Biology 
  • Minor: Oceanography 
  • Hometown: Milford, PA
  • High School: Delaware Valley High School
  • Interests: Snorkeling, Rock Climbing, Hiking
  • Extracurriculars: Conestoga Outdoors Club, Ocean Science Club
  • Favorite class this year: Zoology

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