Aug. 15, 2018
Saint Vincent College will be welcoming 462 incoming students for the fall 2018 semester. Of the 462 total incoming students, 391 will be living on campus and 71 will be commuting. This year will see more new male students: 262 of the incoming freshmen are men, and 200 will be women.
The students coming in are prepared to start their new lives as Bearcats, with eight valedictorian students and 28 students coming in with AP credits - one with 24 credits, one with 23 credits and another with 20 credits.
Students will be hailing from a variety of states as well. Three hundred ten students are from Pennsylvania, but students will also be coming in from Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, there are also two new international students attending SVC in the coming semester.
By far, the most popular major among the incoming class is biology, which is claimed by 58 new students. Other popular majors include integrated science, chosen by 26 incoming students, and business undeclared, selected by 24.
Students are coming in from a variety of high schools as well. Both Greater Latrobe and Norwin have each contributed 14 of their former students to this year’s incoming class. Many students also come from area high schools, such as Greensburg Salem, Derry, Hempfield, Connellsville, Mount Pleasant, Bishop Carroll, Plum, Trinity, Washington, Greensburg Central Catholic, Serra Catholic and Ligonier.
Some notable incoming freshmen include:
- MacKenzie Jackson of New Castle, who observed an open-heart surgery at Allegheny Hospital, which convinced her to pursue a career in the health care field.
- Sarah Boyle of Glenwood, New York, who traveled to the New York state capital to discuss Catholic social justice issues with elected representatives. She acted as a youth representative for Diocesan Policy Day in Albany when she was in ninth grade and is a Youth Pro-Vita Award winner, which is given in recognition of ongoing work to raise awareness and increase support for pregnant and parenting women.
- Three incoming freshmen, Jake Skoloda of Greensburg, and John and Brendan Maher of Latrobe, who co-founded a marketing agency called Millennial Ad Network. They have worked alongside national brands and have given numerous panel talks alongside Facebook, IBM and The Atlantic. They have been featured in PR Week, The Gen Z Conference and Forbes.
- Christopher Maier of Memphis, New York, who is an officer in the Civil Air Patrol. His brother, John Paul Maier, also attends SVC.
- Three students who are coming from three different towns named “Woodstock:” Shakir Johnson from Woodstock, Georgia; Chris Fiorino from Woodstock, Maryland; and Miriam Hopp from Woodstock, Virginia.
- Five of the incoming freshmen who were sports team captains: Casey Moore of Havre de Grace, Maryland; Jordan Dykes of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Josephine Smith of Stevensville, Maryland; Samuel Wulff of Frederick, Maryland; Caleb Bouch of Mechanicsville, Maryland; and Jacqueline Guerra of Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Pierre Woods Jr. of Garfield Heights, Ohio, who is the son of NFL linebacker Pierre Woods, who has played for the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.
- Olivia Behanna and Alexander Bottino, who were co-valedictorians of Ringgold High School, each with a 4.0 weighted GPA.
- Wade Richard Rashilla, who was one of the top students and speakers at Ligonier Valley High School. He received many awards, including National Merit Scholarship Finalist Award, National FBLA Qualifier, Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen, Wimmer Scholarship from SVC and Outstanding Achievement Award from Carpenter Technology Corp. He was involved in several activities, including FBLA, NHS, Spanish National Honor Society, One Road Club, Track, Basketball, Alliance of Student Athletes, Math Team, Student Council, College NOW Program at WCCC and Relay for Life. He plans to attend Saint Vincent College and double major in accounting and finance.
- Shaye Beeman, who was the valedictorian at Somerset Area High School. She was involved in the cheerleading team as a captain and received awards such as Jaycees student of the month, Seton Hill Women and Science Scholarship Award and Voice of Democracy third place award. Beeman was also on the Maple Queen Court for the Meyersdale Maple Festival. She will be majoring in graphic design and marketing with a minor in education at SVC.
- Sarah Centore, who was valedictorian of Canon-McMillan High School and recipient of several scholarships, including the Harvard Book Prize, U.S. Marine Corps. Scholastic Excellence Award, First Commonwealth Bank Scholarship, Washington Financial Bank Scholarship, Dominick DiMatteo Academic Memorial Scholarship, and Chancellor’s Scholarship. She was named a Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Association Scholarship essay contest winner, AP Scholar with Honor, Carson Scholar and Fred Rogers Scholar. She was involved in the peer jury, ski club, chemistry club, Math League, National Honor Society, Students for Exceptional Citizen’s Club and the Canonettes as a squad leader for two years. She is also a LEAD CM Mentor. She plans to study biology at SVC.
- Abigail Yurga of New Kensington who was named Student of the Month by the New Kensington Lions Club. She also participated in marching band as a drum major, drama club, musical cast, show choir, concert choir, concert band and jazz band, along with the National Honor Society. She has earned several awards and scholarships, including the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Rob Sheetz band Booster Life Scholarship. Her volunteer work includes Autism Speaks, Relay for Life and Superheroes Believe in Miracles.
- Alexis Ellsworth of Carmichaels, who was honored by the Carmichaels Women’s Club as one of the 2017-2018 Girls of the Month during its annual spring dinner. Ellsworth plans to major in early childhood education.
- Megan Mascilli of Pittsburgh, who has completed two mission trips to the Dominican Republic and one mission trip to Merida, Mexico.
- Maximilian Schuler of Pittsburgh, who has also done mission work in the Dominican Republic.
- Joshua Secrist of Latrobe High School, who was the recipient of the April 2018 student of the month award from Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. Secrist is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at SVC.
- Kathleen Oxenreiter of Pittsburgh, who is the fourth member of her family to attend SVC, along with her parents Matt Oxenreiter (C’90), Mary Ellen (C’91), and her brother, Tim Oxenreiter (C’15).
- Devin McMahon of Lancaster Catholic High School, who will be playing men’s lacrosse during his freshman year at SVC. His father, Kieran McMahon (C’97) also played lacrosse during his time at Saint Vincent College.
- Lauren Krecota of Marion Center, who has received academic scholarships from Saint Vincent College, along with other scholarships from the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame and S&T Bank. She will be pursuing a degree in natural science.
- Bret Bowling of McKeesport, a Fred Rogers Scholarship recipient, who will join his brother Kyle Ward, who currently attends SVC.
- Caitlyn Chirdon of Pittsburgh, who is also a recipient of the Fred Rogers Scholarship, and is following in the footsteps of her parents Tim and Robin Chirdon, who graduated from SVC in 1998.
SVC will be welcoming the new students on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Written by Jason Walko, junior marketing major from Smithton
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