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Grads

The future's so bright

Within six months of graduation, Wofford expects more than 94 percent of the Class of 2015 to be employed or in graduate school. That’s been the trend for years, and this class is definitely equipped to carry on the tradition. Here’s a sampling of what the future looks like for these newly minted graduates.

Future bomb disposal officer in the Army Ordinance Corps - John Prevost
Hometown: Shelby, N.C.
Major: psychology

Prevost proposed to his wife, Erin McGaha Prevost ’15, a Wofford cheerleader planning to teach special education in the fall, during halftime of a Wofford home football game. The battalion commander and ranger challenge team leader for Wofford ROTC, Prevost was the number one cadet out of a group of 460 from all over the country last summer during basic training.

Future minister - Palmer Cantler
Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.
Major: religion with a minor in accounting

Cantler begins Duke University Divinity School in the fall with plans to pursue ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She has a full scholarship with paid internships. At Wofford she was involved in the college’s musical groups and was named Panhellenic Woman of the Year in 2015. She served on the Church-College Council and worked with the college’s athletics marketing office. She also worked as the youth coordinator at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. In 2013 she traveled during the summer to Israel to participate in an archaeological dig with Albert C. Outler Professor of Religion Dr. Byron McCane.

Future storm chaser - Justin Whitaker
Hometown: Free Home, Ga.
Majors: mathematics and physics with a minor in computer science and an emphasis in computational science

Whitaker will study hurricane development while pursuing a Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Colorado State University. He ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Wofford and was one of three honor graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He was on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and founded the McCarthy Teszler Committee, which puts student-athletes with children and adults with special needs for mentoring and service. He was the recipient of the John Wesley Scholarship, Dave Hart Southern Conference postgraduate scholarship and the 2014 Meteorological Society’s Guillermo Salazar Rodriguez Undergraduate Scholarship. He received honorable mention recognition from both the Barry Goldwater Foundation scholarship program and the National Science Foundation’s graduate fellowship program.

Future educator - Mary Kathryn Macklen
Hometown: Irmo, S.C.
Major: English with a concentration in African/African-American Studies and certification through the Teacher Education program

Macklen was awarded the Columbia University Teachers College Scholarship and will begin a master of education degree in social analysis at Columbia’s Teachers College in the fall. She plans to focus on the issues of urban education and social justice. Captain of the women’s soccer team, she was named to the SoCon All-Academic team all four years at Wofford. She served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and worked as a peer tutor in the Writing Center.

Future addiction researcher - Jake Wright
Hometown: Anderson, S.C.
Major: biology with a concentration in neuroscience

Wright will attend the Ph.D. program in neuroscience this fall at the University of Pittsburgh (full tuition paid with a stipend). He played on the Wofford men’s soccer team for three years, completed a summer research experience at the University of Kentucky and exhibited his pottery in the Roger Milliken Science Center this spring.

Future dentist - Haiwen Zhang
Hometown: Beijing, China
Major: biology

Only 19 years old, Zhang is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who will attend dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston in the fall. He graduated in three years and completed an internship at MUSC last summer. He volunteered during the academic year at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and was a Helmus Creative Writing Contest short story winner.

Future accountant - Shonté Campbell
Hometown: Paget, Bermuda
Major: accounting with a minor in business economics

A goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team, Campbell won the accounting departmental award during senior honors convocation. She was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll all four years. Campbell will work with KPMG in Bermuda while getting her master’s degree in accountancy.

Future physician - Mariya Mohammed
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Majors: biology and Spanish

A scholarship recipient planning to attend medical school at Wake Forest University, Mohammed completed three summer internships exploring various facets of health care, including an experience in computational science at Oakridge National Laboratories. She studied the health care industry in Santiago, Chile, during Interim and also spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. Mohammed has held leadership positions in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and in Beta Beta Beta biological honor society.

Future professor - Chad Sauvola
Hometown: Greer, S.C.
Majors: art history and biology

Sauvola will attend MIT in the fall, where he will study molecular biology (full tuition with stipend). He has completed research internships at MIT, the University of North Carolina and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Sauvola was one of the college’s honor graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA and was named the 2014 SCICU J. Lacy McLean Student of the Year.

Future artist, curator and teacher - Mills Brown
Hometown: Florence, S.C.
Majors: art history and English with a concentration in studio art

Brown has been awarded a scholarship at American University in Washington, D.C., where she will pursue an MFA in studio art. As a Wofford student, Brown curated The Johnson Collection, started a graphic design business and published a children’s book, “The Artist’s Alphabet.” She undertook significant research on a body of important Southern landscapes and presented that research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Future attorney - Joe Brook
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Majors: government and history

Brook will enter the University of North Carolina School of Law in the fall, where he plans to apply to write for the university’s law review. Brook won several South Carolina Press Association awards for his work as a senior writer on the Wofford Old Gold and Black student newspaper staff. He was vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity; a member of the Hardin Pre-Law Society; a runner for Harrison, Smith, White and Coggins attorneys at law; and an avid and very vocal Terrier fan.

Future CEO - Victoria DaSilva
Hometown: East Greenwich, R.I.
Majors: finance and mathematics with a concentration in applied math and a minor in studio art

After a trip to Portugal, Spain and Morocco, DaSilva will begin a job as a financial analyst with Wells Fargo Investment Bank in Charlotte, N.C. An accomplished painter and pianist who also competes nationally in sailing, DaSilva served as managing partner of the R. Michael James Student Managed Investment Fund. She was on the college’s winning CFA Institute Research Challenge team, the Math Research Group, the women’s tennis team, the Campus Union Financial Affairs Committee and the Chamber Music Trio.

More bright futures:
Katie Pellon - A financial services consultant with Ernst & Young in New York, N.Y.
Paul Cox - Student in the business management program at Wake Forest University
Conor McSherry - Software developer and project manager for the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Md.
Devan McCurry - Public affairs staff with Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, N.C.
Jordan Jenkins - Mathematics teacher at Chapman High School in Inman, S.C.
Mack Boyd - Business coordinator for Village Inc. Africa in Babati, Tanzania
Clare Moore - Pharmacy school student at Thomas Jefferson University
Pierce Verchick - Bank Advisory Group member with Live Oak Bank in Wilmington, N.C.
Ashlee Moody - Educational leadership consultant with Kappa Alpha Theta
Britt Flemming - Student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Trey Daly - Teaching assistant at Jiaoton University in Xi’an, China

by Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington ’89