Political Science Recognition Results

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Mackendrie PiperPolitical Science concentration in pre-law
Javier LimonGraduating as a Brinkley-Lane Scholar in the Honors College, Javier has spent the past year serving as the Student Body President and a member of ECU's Board of Trustees. While at ECU, Javier worked on a successful campaign for Congress, interned for the Bipartisan Policy Center, and served as a legislative intern in the United States Senate. He will begin attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next fall to earn a Master of Public Administration.
Brooklyn PachecoPlans to begin working in the legal field and going back to school to pursue a Juris Doctor.
LaToya Charmaine StallingsLaToya would like to share this degree with her son, Kylan who has attended classes with her during this time.
Aimee C. HerouxAimee is graduating with dual degrees in political science and criminal justice and dual minors in French and security studies. During her time at ECU she has participated in the Pi Delta Phi French honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, and was a tutor at the Pirate Academic Success Center. She would like to thank her friends, family, scholarship donors, and Department of Political Science faculty. After graduation she will be working in geo-social data at the US Department of Justice.
Zakkai Damon WilsonZakkai Wilson graduates as a member of the Black Student Union, African Student Organization, Caribbean Student Organization, and the Pre-Law Society. He has played four years of East Carolina football. He plans on attending Law School to receive his Juris Doctor and MBA, as well as becoming a Barred attorney in the state of North Carolina.
Kennedy Smith I am a political science major with and criminal justice minor and concentration in pre-law. Thanking my parents and the wonderful professor that have helped me get this far.
Elisabeth BelliaEllie Bellia is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. Upon graduating, she hopes to enter a field working to uphold international relations in the best interest of the US Government.
Mary Elizabeth CoxMary Cox is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She is beginning her studies at Wake Technical Community College through the Paralegal Technology program to follow her passion for the legal field. Mary is eager to deepen her knowledge of legal principles and practices. This opportunity marks an essential step towards realizing her love for the legal field and advancing her career aspirations.
Emily Logan DanielsConcentration of Pre-Law
Minor in Business Administration
Minor in Philosophy
Aaron M. Abrams"Medically-retired police officer turned senior-level intelligence community professional. Committed to ongoing education and dedicated to service in the public sector."
Brandi Rose Edmonds She is planning on going to law school.
She wants to become a family lawyer and open her own law firm.
Valerie Danielle CrowellValerie Crowell is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and will be commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Army Reserves. She aspires to work for CBP or TSA as a full-time job after graduating. She would like to thank her amazing family and friends for helping her get to where she is at today, as well as her professors.
Xavier WilliamsXavier continuously served in the Air Force as an augmented in the European theater, while working as a full-time student. Following graduation, Xavier intends to take on a contracting position as a DCGS intelligence analyst in support of Air Combat Command.
Katherine E. WagnerKatherine is graduating with dual Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Multidisciplinary Studies, specifically International Studies with a concentration in Global Conflict Resolution and a minor in German Studies. She will continue her academic pursuits at ECU through the Masters in Public Administration Program this fall.
Ariella Gerrig At my four years attending East Carolina University I have been apart of the Mock Trial Team and the ECU Club Tennis Team. I have been able to intern and work at various law firms in Greenville which has led me to attend law school this upcoming fall!
Michael F EverettMichael is happy to be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Michael is very thankful for everyone who has supported him throughout this journey and for the memories he has made during his time at ECU. Michael is excited to begin the next chapter of his life to see where the future leads him.

Alexander G. GrahamSeargent in the North Carolina National Guard.
Rachel Elise MathersRachel Mathers is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political science, concentration in Pre-Law, and a double minor in Philosophy and Criminal Law and Legal Process. This past academic year, Rachel has served as ECU's Student Body Secretary for the Student Government Association. Rachel has also been a part of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Tau, Pre-Law Society, ECU Mock Trial Association, the Student Code of Conduct Review Committee, the Student Academic Appellate Committee, and the Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy. After graduation, Rachel will be attending law school in the fall.
Joshua UrbachJoshua enjoyed his time as a pirate participating in on-campus clubs and Greek life through the OLDEST social fraternity in the nation Chi Phi! He is now looking forward to pursuing a career in marketing. Go Pirates!
Kennedy Simone Smith I am thankful to my parents who have been the biggest supporters throughout my college career. I am also thankful for the professors, mentors, and friends that I have made along the way. Roll Pirates Forever.
Hannah Elle BrownDuring her time at East Carolina University, Hannah Brown double majored in political science and philosophy. She will be attending North Carolina Central University's School of Law in the fall.
Amanda Baldramina Crespo Graduating Double Major in Political Science and Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Law and Legal Process and pursuing Law School for the Fall of 2024.
Colin Raleigh CorbittI hope to step into the next chapter of my journey after my time at ECU. I am unsure of my plans after graduation yet, but I hope to do good things in the world.
Taylor Xavier Smith Minor in criminal justice and bachelors in political science with a concentration in international relations
Aida Isatta-Gladys Deen Throughout my four years of undergrad, I have gained the opportunity to build lifelong friendships and memories. I have also been able to become extremely involved on campus through numerous organizations. Coming out of a lonely but inspiring COVID-19 year, I was able to join the ECU Ambassadors where I have enjoyed giving tours and serving as one of the friendly-outgoing faces of our campus. I have also been able to be apart of a like-minded community of minority women through my involvement as a member, volunteer chair, and now current President of East Carolina's chapter of Queen In You, an organization founded on the principles of scholarship, service, and empowerment of young minority collegiate females. Additionally, I have been able to grow a further and deeper interest in my chosen career field of law and politics through my internship at Ashley-Nicole Russell Law Firm in Greenville throughout this past year. East Carolina University has not only allowed me to grow my professional and leadership skills, but also given me ample opportunities to meet new people, network, and build lifelong friendships.
Mehak RathoreMehak Rathore has helped revive the ICMA chapter at ECU and served as the President of that chapter. She is also the recipient of the Roger Sharpe Political Science Scholarship. Ms. Rathore would like to thank her family, friends, and faculty for helping her reach the finish line. Ms. Rathore's future plans entail working for the US local government.
Acacia BonkenaAcacia has shown perseverance throughout her Academic journey, despite the obstacles she had to overcome, she continued and still pursued her academic goals with determination. She will continue her passion for diplomacy and International Relations and She believes Change begins within.
Cassidy Fitz-RandolphCassidy Fitz-Randolph is a Brinkley-Lane Scholar graduating with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. On campus, Cassidy was the vice president of Philosophy Club, a member of Phi Sigma Tau and Phi Kappa Phi, and worked at the University Writing Center as well as the Pirate Academic Success Center. Upon graduation, Cassidy plans to take a gap year working in DC before attending law school.
Meadow LongI want to thank my family and friends for their support over the past four years, as well as all my professors who have helped me along this journey. After graduation, I plan to become a paralegal and then go to law school.
Justin Galhier GuthrieJustin is a 20-plus-year veteran of the law enforcement profession and is currently the captain of the Pinehurst police department.  he received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from ECU back in 2000 and is ECU through and through.  He couldn't have done it without the love and support from his coworkers, friends, family, and most importantly, his girlfriend, who is also working on her master's at NC State, but that hasn't caused any fights yet (joke). He plans on working towards a chief of police position and possibly in public leadership post-retirement. 
Emily Logan DanielsEmily Daniels is from Midlothian, Virginia. In her time at ECU, along with her major, Emily minored in Philosophy as well as Business Administration. She will continue her education at Charleston School of Law in the fall and pursue a career in the law.
Edward Pacheco Ruiz Will be attending Appalachian state in the fall of 2024 pursing a masters in political science with a concentration in comparative politics and international relations.
Brandi Rose Edmonds She is going to law school. She wants to become a family lawyer and open her own law firm.
Anna Nicole JohnsonAnna plans on continuing her education and obtaining a criminal justice certificate. Anna plans to stay in the 911 Communications field and serving her community as well as sharing her knowledge with others.
Delaney Elizabeth Smith
Hayden ClarkThanks to the Poli Sci Department and everyone who helped me along the journey to graduation.
Joshua Paul CrockettGraduating as a Chancellor's Fellow in the Honors College, Joshua has spent the past two years serving as the Student Body Attorney General and the Student Representative on Staff Senate. While at ECU, Joshua clerked for a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and interned at the 13th Prosecutorial District. He will begin attending the Campbell University School of Law to earn his Juris Doctorate.
Jaime Leanne RizzutoCurrently employed by the Moore County Sheriff's Office as a Forensic Specialist while obtaining my degree online. My future goals are to pursue a job related to counterterrorism working at a federal agency.
Allysa CombsAllysa is graduating summa cum Laude, and is planning on attending Campbell Law in the fall.
Christine Alexandria SmithDuring her time in the program Alexandria served as Vice- President of the ECU ICMA chapter and worked as a graduate research assistant. She would like to thank her family, friends and faculty for helping her to achieve this accomplishment. Ms. Smith's future plans include working in policy at the state or federal level.
Justin CreechMember of Beta Theta Pi, Raised over 5 thousand dollars for different charities and plans to continue to higher education.
Trinity Faith BrownTrinity extends heartfelt gratitude to her partner Ethan, her amazing family, supportive friends, and Malibu, the paws-itively incredible dog, for their unwavering encouragement throughout her Master's in Public Administration journey. Without their constant support and tail-wagging enthusiasm, none of her achievements would have been possible! Cheers to teamwork and dogged determination in reaching new heights!
Meredith WilsonAs Meredith accepts her Master of Public Administration, she extends heartfelt gratitude to her family, including her ever supportive parents and siblings who have been her rock. She also raises a figurative cup to caffeine, her faithful companion through countless late night study sessions truly the unsung hero of her academic journey. With determination and just the right amount of caffeine induced motivation, Meredith has triumphed. Now, armed with her diploma and a caffeine addiction, she's ready to tackle the world with energy and enthusiasm, one cup at a time. Congratulations, Meredith, on this remarkable achievement, and to caffeine, for always being there to perk her up!
Jacqueline Grace Craver Jacqueline made the Dean’s List every semester and will be graduating Magna Cum Laude. She will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall to get her Masters in public administration.
Katherine ProcakThank you to my family and friends for being my support system during this journey. As for my future plans, those are still in the works.
Claire McKinley CavanaughClaire is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Following graduation Claire plans to take the rest of the year off with the intention of returning to school in January of 2025 to pursue her Masters of Public Administration.
Aaliyah Brizá KnightAs a political science major, I've submerged myself in the workings of government systems, international relations, and the dynamics of power. My studies have given me analytical skills to understand and navigate complex political situations, shaping my perspective on global issues and governments. Graduating with a deep understanding of policy debates, historical precedents, and political movements, I feel secure enough to contribute meaningfully to shaping the future of society and governance.
Haley Dawn GriffinI have learned so much from my time here at ECU and know that my experiences here have shaped who I am. Graduating from ECU has been my greatest achievement and I can not wait to see what else I can achieve with everything I've learned here.
Taylor Xavier SmithMinor in Criminal Justice
Alayna MullisLayney Mullis is an excited graduate of East Carolina, with hopes of pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree and having a career in local government. She is honored to be here today in front of her family, who without, this achievement would be impossible. She is proud to say -- just as her mother did -- go pirates!
Zackary StubbinsI can't wait to explain Fukuyama's end of history to my battle buddy while sitting in a foxhole in the Middle East.
Breanna SappBreanna Sapp is a Brinkley-Lane Scholar graduating with a double major in English and International Studies with a minor in Political Science. She has spent her years at ECU as a reporter and editor for the university's campus newspaper The East Carolinian, as well as an intern for local newspaper The Daily Reflector. Sapp plans to attend graduate school for political science before pursuing a career in international journalism.
Tanner J. WittigTanner is the first person in his family to receive a masters degree. He plans to pursue a career in law enforcement at the local or state level. Tanner will forever cherish his time at East Carolina because of the friendships and memories that were made during his time as an undergraduate and graduate student. Go Pirates!
Tucker Stephenson DavisI plan on continuing my education and getting a masters in public administration
Michael Perez-SantiagoMeet Michael, a graduating student who not only excelled as a Resident Advisor (RA) for 3 years, but also distinguished himself by earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant supported by an Army ROTC scholarship. Beyond his military and academic commitments. Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit shines as a highly successful digital entrepreneur/consultant scaling numerous seven figure ventures all in the comfort of his dorm room.
Leslie Florido-RuizDuring her time at East Carolina University she has been a member of the Pre-Law Society, Amexcan, and PPCW. Leslie hopes to one day be a family law attorney.
Janelle Wagler
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Aurora Lizet VenegasAurora will be continuing her education at ECU, in hopes of pursuing a second Master’s degree in Library Science.
Emily AlligoodEmily is graduating with honors Summa Cum Laude. She will attend Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in the fall, hoping to graduate in the Spring of 2027. She was a Philanthropist for her service sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and a Dance Abilities member.
Samuel Dickerson Samuel Dickerson is graduating with a bachelors in political science, minor in history, with a concentration in pre-law. After receiving his diploma, he plans to move back home and use his amazing personality and new found political understanding to start a career in politics. Samuel hopes that the advice and guidance that many professors have given will help lead him, because in the words of James Madison "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own Governours, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
Johnathan McCauleyJohnathan McCauley came to ECU in 2020 majoring in Political Science. He is a proud member of the phi sigma pi fraternity. He seeks to continue his education by taking the LSAT this summer.
Janelle Diane Evelyne WaglerI would like to thank my professors, family, and everyone else who made this possible.
Walker B RichWalker served as Vice President of the ECU Shotgun sports Club. Walker plans to continue his education and attend a masters program here at ECU.
Michael Craig Hill IIMichael is a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He will be moving to Raleigh this summer to pursue his career.
Ariella GerrigI majored in Political Science and also minored in Business. I will be attending Law School this upcoming fall and excited for the new adventures to come!
Laya AliLaya plans on beginning an impactful career in foreign relations within the federal government. Her journey to this milestone has been guided by the unwavering support of her family and professors, to whom she extends heartfelt gratitude. Special recognition is reserved for the invaluable mentorship and dedication of Dr. Kassab and Dr. Olsen, whose guidance has been instrumental in shaping her path to success.