SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Comprehensive Leadership Program recently selected its newest student cohort from the undergraduate class of 2016. After a selective admissions process that evaluated 120 applicants, the class was established with 42 students from around the country and world. This group, with its numerous talents and wealth of experiences, will continue the tradition of studying leadership imbued with an intellectual and ethical fervor for the common good in an interdisciplinary, academic setting.
The honors of the class of 2016 are extensive as musicians, athletes, student government leaders and academic scholars abound. These accomplished men and women went beyond personal achievements and served their communities with demonstrated time and commitment. The breadth of arenas served will allow for excellent connections within their leadership growth.
This class encompasses a wide geographic swath spanning from Southeast Asia to the Rocky Mountains as it includes students from Thailand and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.
Academically, the class boasts an average high school GPA of 3.89. Now, they seek to continue their academic endeavors in a diverse array of fields. The prospective majors represent Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences, and schools of business administration, education, and engineering and applied science. Those majors include art, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, computer science, engineering management, English, international relations, journalism, marketing, math, mechanical engineering, nursing, political science, psychology and public relations. The interplay between their academics and leadership development provides them with further insight and skills to utilize in their extracurricular endeavors at Gonzaga and their professional careers.
The backgrounds and leadership positions of this class are merely the starting point of their years at Gonzaga and their careers. Over the next three years in this leadership studies program, students will be challenged in new ways to understand themselves, their world, and their role in being leaders for others.
The Comprehensive Leadership Program at Gonzaga is a three-year initiative designed to offer students curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for leadership. For more information about the program, contact Josh Armstrong, CLP director, at (509) 313-6493, Katie Blackburn, program coordinator, at (509) 313-3579 or visit the program website.
Congratulations to the Following Students
Alaska: Michael Sedor, Anchorage.
Arizona: Morgan Marum, Paradise Valley; and Zoe Urcadez, Tucson.
California: Sarah David, Laguna Niguel; Christopher Frager, Ventura; Monica Lyons, La Canada; Matthew Pancoe, Irvine; Isamara Ramirez, San Jose; Grace Savinovich, Sacramento; and Ross Wiggins, Altadena.
Colorado: Matt Johnson, Boulder; Susie Lira-Gonzalez, Lamar; Om Neelay, Lafayette; and Carissa Thomas, Erie.
Hawaii: Corey Tanaka, Wailuku.
Idaho: Megan Morell, Boise.
Nebraska: Taylor Kratochvil, Omaha.
Nevada: Zac Chelini, Sparks; and Andrew Mercer, Carson City.
New Mexico: Mackenzie Pavlik, Farmington.
Oregon: Grace Altree, Portland; Rebecca Baglai, Forest Grove; Yachana Bhakta, Reedsport; Harrison Braaksma, Gresham; Matthew Clark, Damascus; Allie Reiling, Eugene.
Thailand (Nonthaburi): Putter Tiatragul.
Washington: Tessa Anton, Spokane; Jennifer Berlin, Richland; Grifynn Clay, Snohomish; Conor Garside, Mukilteo; Yusra Hamidani, Federal Way; Devon Isner, Issaquah; Michael Johnston, Snohomish; Christina Ramous, Buckley; Lili Ramos, Naches; Sean Richards, Wenatchee; Anna Romanovsky, Vancouver; Carson Schneider, Pullman; Vanessa Torjusen, Ridgefield; Connor Trimble, Snohomish; and Hannah Van Dinter, Vancouver.