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Curb Scholars

Caroline Badagliacca

Sophomore

Caroline is a Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major from North Salem, New York. She plans on using her passion for music to curate musical enrichment programs for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, taking an interdisciplinary approach to make music therapy more accessible and structured through novel business models. Caroline also enjoys playing piano, photography, hiking, and painting.

Connor Campbell

First Year

Connor is a potential Communications major from Staten Island, New York. After years of playing sports and performing, Connor found his home behind the camera by creating and directing films. Connor is the 2020 national award winner in the Greatest Save Teen PSA Contest for his film, “Domino,” and just released his first individual short film, “Park Bench,” to YouTube. Connor loves to entertain because “nothing feels better than putting a smile on someone else’s face,” and he hopes that his films and other creative endeavors can continue to entertain for years to come.

Christiana Gatbunton

Junior

Christiana is a Political Science major and Vocal Jazz minor from Itasca, IL. She is excited to explore how music can be used to make an impact on politics and education. Christiana can be seen performing on campus with Voce A Cappella, RUF worship band, and Blair Jazz Choir. In her free time, she enjoys songwriting with other Nashville peers. If you give her ice cream, she will definitely be your friend.

Susanna Harpold

Junior

Susanna is a Human and Organizational Development major (HOD) from Fredericksburg, TX. Her keen intelligence drives her to explore a broad range of ever-changing interests, including film, cooking, and writing.  She brings her passion for learning and exploring to all scholar activities. Susanna enjoys playing sports, going to concerts, and taking road trips with friends.

Lark Harrington

First Year

Lark is an intended English major from St. Augustine, Florida. She loves creativity of every kind, but is perhaps most passionate about her Etsy shop, AlouettesNest, through which she sells doll clothes she designs, sews, and knits. She is particularly drawn to historical fashions and thus is also a huge Jane Austen and period drama fan. On campus, she intends to participate in the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra to continue her education as a violinist. In the future, Lark hopes to develop a line of sensory-friendly fashion for people with tactile sensitivities.

Christopher Hugh

Junior

Christopher is an Economics and History major from Oak Park, IL. While his studies typically consist of reading and writing, he loves to use his voice for creative purposes. Building upon his start as a successful YouTuber, he hopes to venture into new forms of broadcast media, sharing his energy and passions with others. He loves playing and following sports, eating ice cream year-round, and taking long drives while blasting country music.

Berkeley Kendrick

Senior

Berkeley Kendrick is a Medicine, Health and Society major from Carmel, California. She is a lifelong athlete intrigued by creative dexterity. She blends both right and left brain thinking with her natural optimism to public policy issues. Berkeley is most interested in leveraging her education and creativity in the health arena, where she hopes to shift the healthy lifestyle paradigm in diverse populations.

Kirsten Koehler

Sophomore

Kirsten plans to major in Biology and is from Bloomington, Illinois. She is a dinosaur-lover who enjoys creative and intellectual pursuits of all shapes and sizes, including classical ballet, visual art, playing violin, and creative writing. She utilizes the arts in volunteer activities at her high school and in her community.  Kirsten possesses a Renaissance spirit, constantly seeking a deeper understanding of the world and the connection of knowledge and concepts through comparison. She is passionate about using the arts as a tool for enrichment and self-discovery in everyday life.

Nicholas Ma

Senior

Nick is a Computer Science major from Franklin, Tennessee. He is adept at many computer languages, including C++, Java, and React, using this knowledge for his front-end web development work. He is a true STEAM student, exploring his artistic side through painting, sketching, playing piano, and editing videos. Ma is unsure where the road will take him but he does know that he has a passion for cats.

Lia Okenkova

Junior

Lia is a Cognitive Studies major from Naples, Florida. She hopes to use her background in theatrical and vocal performance as well as her passion for education to explore how the arts can be used to enhance learning.

Ardelan Oray

Sophomore

Ardelan is a Medicine, Health, and Society major who enjoys making films about his endeavors in the suburbs of Nashville while also dabbling in photography and clothing design. Ardelan is excited to be able to collaborate with other creative-minded individuals. He hopes to continue creating films and content to inspire people and grow his personal brand.

Grace Quinn

First Year

Grace is an intended Cognitive Studies and Public Policy major from Norwell, Massachusetts. She is fascinated by a variety of media, but primarily creates architecture acrylic paintings in hopes of effectively capturing the essence of a location for people to experience a city without physically being there. Besides painting, she also enjoys creating collages, going to concerts, and traveling.

Jacob Schroeder

Senior

Jacob is a History and Economics major and Spanish minor from Hillsboro, Oregon. He is an intrepid entrepreneur and avid creative thinker.  He is always dreaming of new business ventures and establishing connections near and far to make his dreams a reality.  He started his first business at the age of 9, using his talents for twisting balloons to start his own entertainment company and becoming the youngest member of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at the same time. He loves cartooning, graphic design, and film editing. Jacob is passionate about creating equal opportunities for students in education and is interested in financing community building projects after graduation.

Anthony Tang

First Year

Anthony is an intended Economics major from Short Hills, NJ. He has a passion for political advocacy which he has pursued through many avenues: researching public policy with local professors, working with a congressional campaign, and creating change through his non-profit organization, the Advocates for Civic Engagement. Through his organization, Anthony and his team have helped young students become more active in their government in numerous chapters across the east coast. While on campus, Anthony is always looking for new opportunities to combine entrepreneurship and activism.

Michael Weirich

Junior

Michael is a Chemical Engineering major, minoring in business, chemistry, and nanotechnology. and on a PreMed track. He strives to apply his creativity and willingness to push the boundaries of what is possible to allow innovation and novel solutions to the world’s most complex problems. Michael has a deep interest in consulting and studying how businesses and financial markets function, and this year has co-founded Restaurant Confluence LLC and SEMA Capital Investments to gain real-work experience in market research, valuation, business fundamentals, tax strategy, and the behind-the-scenes work required to start a business.  Michael is a licensed private pilot, and loves to explore all facets of the culinary arts.

Sophia Yan

Junior

Sophia is from Shenzhen, China majoring in Human and Organizational Development and Public Policy Studies. She has been a freelance photographer since 2015 and is passionate about the impact of visual arts on individual and societal advancement. She values all forms of artistic expression and civic engagement. In her free time, she likes to scout locations for photoshoots, pat cats at local cat cafes, and watch critically acclaimed movies and shows.

 

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