The Class of 2014 includes talented and accomplished people from all over the world. With 472 graduating students, there are 472 stories, but here are a handful that caught our attention.
Kathryn A. Moore (Vienna, Va.)
Kathryn Moore, a chemistry-environmental science major and a physics minor, graduated as valedictorian and class marshal. She published scientific articles, including one in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and presented her oceanography research at the American Geophysical Union. Moore was in the first group of students in residence at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in her junior year. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Next year she will be a research technician at University of California, San Diego/Scripps, in the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate.
Maeve McGovern (Stowe, Vt.)
Maeve McGovern is the recipient of a 2014 Fulbright research fellowship to study hyper-benthic food webs in Arctic marine ecology in Norway next year. She is a biology and art double major who graduated cum laude. She competed in cross country, Nordic skiing, and outdoor track. In 2012 she won the Leadville Silver Rush, a 50-mile race all more than two miles above sea level.
Gift Ntuli (Mutare, Zimbabwe)
In 2013 Gift Ntuli won the Colby Entrepreneurial Alliance Business Competition for a nonprofit social enterprise he started that helps mitigate the lack of reliable electric service in his native Zimbabwe. His business, Photons, sells affordable solar rechargeable lanterns in remote places in Zimbabwe through contracts with rural schools. He’s headed for a fully funded master’s program in geophysics at Baylor.
Omari G. Matthew (Bronx, N.Y.)
Omari Matthew was chosen by his class to give the student address at commencement. He is a Posse Scholar and was captain of the Colby Taiko club and a member of Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity. He participated in Colby Conversations on Race, and he won a campus-wide speech competition sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa. He publicly discussed challenges he faced majoring in biology major, but despite the struggles, he succeeded in the major, concentrating in ecology and evolution.
Katharine M. Lindquist (Woodland Park, Colo.)
Katy Lindquist ’14 is a Presidential Scholar who won the Oak Human Rights Champion prize and an award for outstanding performance in anthropology. She spent two Jan Plans in southern India, a summer in Tanzania, another summer in Ethiopia, and a semester in Rwanda studying post-genocide reconstruction and peace.
Kristen H. Starkowski (Marlborough, Conn.)
Kristen Starkowski, an English and sociology double major who studied at Oxford University as a junior, won one of 20 Beinecke Fellowships for Graduate Study. She completed the class’s only Senior Scholars thesis and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She maintained a blog for insideColby during her senior year.
Joshua M. Balk (Needham, Mass.)
Josh Balk co-led the Colby Volunteer Center in 2013-14 and, in addition to their own volunteer work, they were responsible for mobilizing hundreds of students to conduct thousands of hours of community service. Balk graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and is headed for the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Amanda H. Carbonneau (Hopkinton, Mass.)
Amanda Carbonneau co-led the Colby Volunteer Center in 2013-14 and, in addition to their own volunteer work, they were responsible for mobilizing hundreds of students to conduct thousands of hours of community service. Carbonneau graduated cum laude.
Uzoma K. Orchingwa (West Hartford, Conn.)
Uzoma Orchingwa received one of 62 highly selective 2013 Truman Scholarships from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He graduated magna cum laude and plans to attend law school.
Frances I. Onyilagha (Little Rock, Ark.)
Frances Onyilagha, a three-time All-American in the 1,600 relay, also set College records in both the indoor and outdoor 200-meter dash. She was a facilitator and trainer for Colby’s Campus Conversations on Race and volunteered through the Colby Volunteer Center. In addition she logged more than 700 hours in various community service activities in her home state of Arkansas.
Gabrielle S. Donahue (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
Since fall 2010 Gabe Donahue has worked as a Maine Aspirations guide, leading tours for high school students from underdeveloped or impoverished towns who aspire to attend a four-year college. She was also a two-year captain on the women’s basketball team.
Jonathan M. Kalin (Mendham, N.J.)
Jonathan Kalin was recently featured in Time magazine for Party With Consent, a sexual violence awareness movement he created at Colby in 2012 and that has expanded to other campuses. Kalin maintains that in affirming healthy sexual behavior and promoting authentic relationships, students stand the best chance of changing campus culture. He wrote an insideColby essay on organizing the first Colby Men’s Summit.
Matthew H. White (Wellesley, Mass.)
As a sophomore Matt White founded MulePrep, an SAT prep and college application program for the greater Waterville community. He has directed sessions for 175 high school students from 17 area high schools and received a Maine Philanthropy Award in recognition of his work. He was captain of the indoor and outdoor track teams.
Jonathan W. Sommer (Gauting, Germany)
Jonathan Sommer was a 2014 winner of the Entrepreneurial Alliance Business Competition. He won $5,000 for ENGAGE Now, a business that offers Chinese international students an online curriculum that will prepare them for a successful cultural and social integration into American college campus life. Sommer was captain of the men’s soccer team.
Kathryn A. Coe (Bedford, Mass.)
Kathryn Coe, a chemistry major with a cell and molecular biology/biochemistry concentration, was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in 2013. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and she will enroll in a Ph.D. program at Harvard next year.
Justin E. Owumi (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)
Justin Owumi won the Condon Medal, the only award announced at commencement. He’s headed for a career in medicine.