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Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program Welcomes Class of 2017

Posted on February 4, 2014 in: Academics, Leadership, Service, Spotlight, Students
. Forty-three talented students with a wealth of experiences were selected from a pool of 153 applicants.

Forty-three talented students with a wealth of experiences were selected from a pool of 153 applicants for Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Comprehensive Leadership Program has selected its newest student cohort from the undergraduate class of 2017 for its leadership studies program. Forty-three talented students with a wealth of experiences were selected from a pool of 153 applicants.

“This group of students from around the country and the world will continue the tradition of studying leadership imbued with an intellectual and ethical fervor for the common good in an interdisciplinary, academic setting,” said CLP Director Josh Armstrong, Ph.D. “The honors of the class of 2017 are extensive as musicians, athletes, student government leaders and academic scholars. These accomplished men and women have gone beyond personal achievements to serve their communities. Their breadth of experience will facilitate so many connections to foster their leadership growth.”

Geographically, the students hail from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and Amman, Jordan.

Academically, the class has an average high school grade-point average of 3.85 as they pursue a wide range of scholarly endeavors in a diverse array of disciplines. Students’ prospective majors represent the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of Nursing and Human Physiology. Their planned majors include art, biochemistry, biology, broadcast journalism, business administration, chemistry, civil engineering, communications, computer science, engineering management, English, human physiology, international relations, journalism, marketing, math, mechanical engineering, nursing, political science, psychology, public relations and Spanish. The interplay between the students’ academics and leadership development provides insight and skills in their extracurricular endeavors at Gonzaga and in their professional careers.

“During the next three years, this leadership program will challenge these students in new ways to understand themselves, their world, and their role in being leaders for others,” Armstrong said.

The three-year program is designed to offer students curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for leadership.

For more information about the Comprehensive Leadership Program, please contact CLP Director Josh Armstrong at (509) 313-6493 or Program Coordinator Rachelle Strawther at (509) 313-3579 or visit its website:

Congratulations to Gonzaga’s CLP Class of 2017

Alaska: Royal Henderson, Haines; and Britta Pihl, Ketchikan.

Arizona: Keaton Leander, Phoenix; and Megan O’Malley, Scottsdale.

California: Eli Ashenafi, San Diego; Bridget Chau, San Francisco; Christopher Dinunzio, Yorba Linda; Venezia Hyland, Los Angeles: Julia Jacques, Arcadia; and Anne Shambaugh, Bakersfield.

Colorado: Thomas Durnford, Denver; Andria Kelly, Loveland; Daniel Padrnos, Monument; and Peter Sherman, Centennial.

Hawaii: John Van Scoy, Kula.

Idaho: Paige Leonnig, Eagle.

Illinois: William Stephan, Glen Ellyn.

Amman, Jordan: Sandy Barakat.

Montana: Luke Wilde, Butte.

Nebraska: Max Kinney, Omaha.

Oregon: Aaron Danowski and Richard Pfluger, Portland; and Kesler Sumner, McMinnville.

Utah: Amelia Wright, Salt Lake City.

Washington: Hannah Abebe, Vancouver; Katherine Ballew, Kent; Alexandra Cumings, Olympia; Caleb Dawson, Federal Way; Margaret Douglas, Almira; Bree Fealy, Sumner; Tyler Hamke and Kenji Linane-Booey, Spokane; Joel Hanson, Snohomish; Kailee Haong, Maple Valley; Christopher Hines, Edmonds; Patrick Holcomb, Tacoma; Grace Johnson, Seattle; Eileen Maiocco, Selah; Kennedy McGahan, Bellevue; Riley Ramage, Seattle; Paxton Richardson, Fall City; Gladys Suarez, Toppenish; and Emma Turgeon, Mukilteo.      

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