On May 18, the Class of 2014 turned their tassels and joined the greater King's College alumni family. They are an impressive array of bright men and women whose stories, backgrounds and interests are varied; yet each has been changed by their King's College experience and each will positively impact the world in their own way.
Four members of the class were chosen by King's College President, Rev. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D., to be honored at the 42nd Annual President's Dinner for their outstanding accomplishments while students here and because they embody the ideals of a King's College education in the Holy Cross tradition: transformation, zeal, community and hope. Click here or anywhere on the image above to watch a video about these four amazing seniors.
Four years ago, Patricia Manning was a talented but shy and introverted freshman trying to find her way. In true King's fashion, Patricia has been transformed. Today, she is the most decorated female swimmer in King's College history. Her many academic accolades have earned her a job right out of college at one of the finest accounting firms in the world. Talk to her for only a few minutes and you will soon realize she credits much of her success to the King's College faculty and coaches who saw her potential and pushed her out of her comfort zone. By embracing their challenges and through hard work and dedication, she transformed to become a leader on the swim team and in the classroom.
A youthful entrepreneur who started a business at age nine, Kyle Hammonds understands zeal. He understands it because of the way our faculty have challenged and encouraged him. He understands it because Prof. Mark Leffler demonstrated for him how to open doors to jobs and opportunities that others said were closed. He understands it because his basketball coach, J.P. Andrejko, realized his potential and challenged him to become the standout on the court he has become. The Middle Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Scholar of the Year. An Academic All-American. He was also a star in the classroom as a finance major with an economics minor. Kyle has earned a job with Campbell Soup Company, where he will work in financial planning and analysis.
A learner and an educator, Sara Potteiger's dream job is teaching at a college, as a member of a community. Her commitment to community is embodied by her varied volunteer experiences including multiple service trips that have opened her eyes to the needs of others. When Sara talks about about the King's community she glows. Faculty like Dr. Julie Belanger who are generous with their time and support made her want to be generous and supportive as well. Sara, a chemistry and secondary education double major with a minor in mathematics, will be pursuing a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Virginia. Someday, she hopes to improve a community as an educator. She is proud to be a member of the King's College community and an alumna of this fine institution.
Hope is an important part of Robert Yanik's life experience and an absolute necessity for his future vocation. A political science and theology double major, Rob's life has been changed in large part because of his immersion into campus ministry and student government at King's. His life perspective has been molded through service work locally and in Virginia, Arizona, and Texas, and through his study-abroad experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A commuter who found an on-campus home in the Chapel of Christ the King, Rob originally planned to join the Peace Corps. But his time at King's has helped him to decide to pursue religious life as a Holy Cross priest. He embarks on that journey when he leaves for the Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame this fall.
Transformation, Zeal, Community and Hope. These are but four stories from a class of nearly 500 that King's College has prepared for a lifetime of learning, professional success, responsible citizenship, and spiritual growth. Help us support the next class behind them by making a donation in their honor today!