Spreading the Word

Honors Ambassadors are responsible for sharing the honors experience with prospective students at information sessions, admitted student days and other admissions recruiting events.

Ambassadors must be at least in the second semester of their first year. Applications are made available at various times throughout the year, but interested students may also express their desire to become an ambassador to the honors program staff. 

2019-20 Honors Ambassadors

Nathanial Cataldo ’20, Ambassador Coordinator

Major: Civil Engineering

School: School of Science and Engineering

Hometown: Dedham, MA

Involvements: Peer Tutor in the Tutoring & Math Center, Orientation Leader, Club Cross Country

Dream Job: Construction Manager

Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury

Hobbies: Running

Alicia Collins ’21, Ambassador Coordinator

Major: Communication and Media/ Political Science

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Hudson, MA

Involvements: Resident Advisor, Figure Skating Team, Honors Office Assistant 

Dream Job: Broadcast News Anchor

Favorite Book: The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Hoppel

Hobbies: Yoga, Figure Skating, Lacrosse, Drawing

Shannon Bedard ’22,  Ambassador Coordinator

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Data Science and Operations Management 

School: School of Science & Engineering

Hometown: Boston, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassador Coordinator, Peer Tutor in the Tutoring & Math Center, Math Fellow for MTH1000 Class, Honors Social Media Coordinator 

Dream Job: Data Analyst 

Favorite Book: The Handmaid’s Tale

Hobbies: Drinking Coffee, Hanging out with Friends

Miranda Belanger ’20

Major: Criminology and Social Justice 

Minor: Pre-law and Law, Ethics, And Society 

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Barnstable, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassadors, Honors Academic Advice-ing

Dream Job: Victim Advocate

Favorite book: Tuesdays With Morrie

Hobbies: Painting, Ceramics, Playing board games

Christina Capone
Christina Capone ’20

Major: Health Science

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Milford, MA

Involvements: Health Science Club, Club Field Hockey, Relay for Life

Dream Job: Physical Therapist

Favorite Book: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Hobbies: Hanging with Friends, Hiking

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Marissa Eastwood ’20

Major: Criminal Justice

Minor: Psychology 

School: Education and Social Policy, Liberal Arts

Hometown: Tyngsborough, MA

Involvements: Club Track & Field, Criminology Student Tutor, Criminology Club, Commuter Student Association, Honors Ambassador, Honors Program, Intramurals

Dream Job: Law Enforcement/Detective

Favorite book: The Hobbit

Hobbies: Running, Coaching, Traveling, Spending time with Friends

Arpi Parseghian ’20

Major: Human Development and Human Services, Sociology

Minor: Health Science, Psychology, Women & Gender studies 

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Arlington, MA

Involvements: Lead Wellness Peer Educator, Relay for Life Finance Director, Active Minds Vice President, Campus Ministry SEND Trips, Honors Ambassador

Dream Job: Event Planner of Make-A-Wish Foundation

Favorite book: The Last Song

Hobbies: Spending time with Friends and Family, Paint Nights, Traveling

Ryan Whelpley
Ryan Whelpley ’20

Major: Business Management / Communication and Media

School: Girard School of Business

Hometown: Athol, MA

Involvements: Relay For Life, Love Your Melon, Active Minds, Honors Program

Dream Job: CEO at Direct TV

Favorite Book: Night - Elie Wiesel

Hobbies: Watching Netflix, Hiking, Four-wheeling

Alexandra Wolf
Alexandra Wolf ’20

Major: Business Administration concentration in Marketing

School: Girard School of Business

Hometown: Bourne, MA

Involvements: Zeta Tau Alpha Academic Achievement Chairman, Honors Program Social Media Coordinator, The Odyssey at Merrimack College Social Media Director, American Marketing Association Secretary, Honors Program Journalist.

Dream Job: Marketing or PR Executive

Favorite Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hobbies: Writing, Singing, Playing Ukulele, Dancing

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Olivia Beauregard ’21

Major: Human Development and Education

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Chelmsford, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassador, Honors Peer Mentor,  Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, writer for The Odyssey, Art Warriors

Dream Job: Elementary School Teacher - I would love to work in one of my hometown’s elementary schools.

Favorite Book: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, Eleanor, and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hobbies: Art, Writing, Reading, Cooking, & Spending time with Family and Friends

Allison Beauchesne ’21

Major: Public Health 

Minor: Psychology 

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts

Involvements: Assistant Captain Women’s Club Hockey, Library Student Assistant, Honors Peer Mentor, Honors Ambassador, FYE Mentor, National Society of Leadership and Success, Omicron Delta Kappa, Orientation Leader, Women’s Basketball Volunteer Manager

Dream Job: Firefighter

Favorite Book: The Glass Castle

Hobbies: Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Spending time with Friends, Watching Friends, and Petting dogs!

Olivia Beauchesne ’21

Major: Human Development & Human Services

School: School of Education & Social Policy

Hometown: Lawrence, MA

Involvements: Student Worker at Library Help Desk, Women’s Basketball Team Assistant, Honors Peer Mentor, FYE Mentor, Active Minds Club, Club Softball 

Dream Job: Unsure

Favorite Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Hobbies: Sports, Watching Netflix, Being with Friends and Family 

Brianna Bennett ’21

Major: Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Political Science

Minor: Social Justice 

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Hull, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassadors, Pre-Law Society, Green Team, Onstagers Dramatic Society, Take Note A Capella, Democrats Club, Gender Equality at Merrimack

Dream Job: An environmental lawyer and sustainable farm owner.

Favorite Book: “The Animals” by Richard Grossman 

Hobbies: Watching Netflix, Eating, Writing, Singing, and Always laughing

Shai Bigelow
Shai Bigelow ’21

Major: Psychology and Criminology

School: School of Liberal Arts

Involvements: Honors student council

Dream Job: Detective

Favorite Book: Beautiful Boy

Hobbies: Art, Music, Writing

Amanda Carey ’21

Major: Business Administration-Accounting and Corporate Finance & Investments 

School: Girard School of Business

Hometown: Westford, MA

Involvements: Vice President of Accounting Club, CO-Chair of Student Involvement on Honors Student Council, Honors Academic Mentor, Get Hired Up, Career Center Office Coordinator at the O’Brien Center, Front Desk Assistant at the Lucey Center 

Dream Job: CFO

Favorite Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Hobbies: Softball, Baton Twirling, Dance

Brianna Caron-DiPietro ’21

Major: English & Psychology

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Methuen, MA

Involvements: Student Worker at McQuade Library

Dream Job: Librarian

Favorite Book: The Monk 

Hobbies: Knitting, Listening to music, Watching Netflix, Eating, Watching YouTube

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Maggie DeParde ’21

Major: Criminal Justice and Social Justice

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Manlius, NY

Involvements: Merrimack’s Concert Choir, Young Athletes Program,  and Honor’s Resident Advisor 

Dream Job: Prison Reform

Favorite Book: 1984

Hobbies: Reading, Drawing, Playing my Instrument, and Swimming

Samantha Frey ’21

Major: Psychology, Social Justice, and Women & Gender Studies

School: School of Liberal Arts 

Hometown: Medway, MA

Involvements: President of the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Vice President of Gender Equality at Merrimack, Vice President of Green Team, Unity House Council, Honors Student Council Wellness Officer, Active Minds, Merrimack Culture Diversity Alliance, Honors Peer Mentor, First-Year Experience Mentor, Post Office Student Worker, Honors Ambassador, Club Volleyball 

Dream Job: Psychotherapist

Favorite Book: Blink

Hobbies: Spending time with Friends and Playing sports

Leslie Lima
Leslie Lima ’21

Major: Civil Engineering 

School: School of Science and Engineering

Hometown: Lawrence, MA

Involvements: Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Alpha Iota Sigma, Campus Ministry SEND

Dream Job: Project Engineer in the Drinking Water practice

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give

Hobbies: Cheerleading, Spin, and Traveling

Sofia Quinci ’21

Major: Criminology and Sociology

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Melrose, MA

Involvements: Merrimack Chamber Ensembles,  Secretary of DREAM, Student Worker at McQuade Library

Dream Job: Incarceration Sociologist

Favorite Book: Let the great world spin By Colum McCann

Hobbies: Playing/Listening to music, Reading, and Writing

Erika Tokildsen
Erika Torkildsen ’21

Major: Mechanical Engineering

School: School of Science and Engineering

Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts

Involvements: Math Center Tutor, Society of Women Engineers, Student Government Association, Relay for Life Committee, Book Club

Dream Job: Astrobiologist

Favorite Book: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

Hobbies: Reading, Singing, Traveling

Angela Walukevich ’21

Major: Criminology and Psychology

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Involvements: Active Minds, Campus Ministry, Criminology Club Communications Director, Honors Program, Onstagers, Psychology Club, Take Note, WMCK

Dream Job: Forensic Psychologist

Favorite Book: Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Hobbies: Writing, Singing, Playing Ukulele, Dancing

Andrew Augusto ’22

Major: Business Administration- Financial Planning

Minor: Communications

School: Girard School of Business

Hometown: Ludlow, MA

Involvements: Intramural Sports, Honors Ambassadors, Admissions Assistant, Investment Club 

Dream Job: CFO

Favorite Book: The Hunger Games

Hobbies: Going to the Beach, Hanging with friends, Sports, Traveling, Boating

Tess Collins ’22

Major: Criminology and Political Science

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Involvements: Zeta Tau Alpha - Academic Chairman 

Dream Job: Lawyer

Favorite Book: Tuck Everlasting

Hobbies: Watching Criminal Minds, spending time with my friends, skiing, going to the beach

Sarah Dobbin ’22

Major: English and Psychology

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Bedford, NH

Involvements: Onstagers, Orientations

Dream Job: Child Psychopathologist

Favorite Book: Bell Jar

Hobbies: Playing Ukulele, Eating Cheese Quesadillas

Katie Halloran ’22

Major: Health Science

School: School of Health Science

Hometown: Canton, MA

Involvements: Honors Program, Honors Ambassador

Dream Job: Physician Assistant 

Favorite Book: Shuttler Island

Hobbies: Working out, Watching Netflix, Listening to music

Corey Kilroy ’22

Major: Health Science

School: School of Health Science

Hometown: Dedham, MA

Involvements: Club Soccer, Young Athletes: Special Olympics

Dream Job: Professional Athlete 

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby 

Hobbies: Basketball, Listening to music, Going to the gym

Samantha Mathews ’22

Major: Human Development and Human Services 

Minors: Education and Human Resources Management 

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Involvements: Greek Life-Theta Phi Alpha, Merrimack Women’s Varsity Soccer, Honors Ambassador, Chair of Campus Infrastructure Committee in Student Government Association, Active Minds

Dream Job: Guidance Counselor

Favorite Book: The Crucible

Hobbies: Playing soccer, Hanging with Friends and Family, Painting

Kylie Patten ’22

Major: Biology

Minors: Psychology and Spanish 

School: School of Science and Engineering

Hometown: Lynnfield, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassador, National Society of Leadership and Success, Send Program Alternative Spring Break Trips (San Diego/Mexico & Peru), Honors Program Bahamas Service Trip

Dream Job: Neurosurgeon

Favorite Book: Dear Martin 

Hobbies: Running, Photography 

Meghan Smith ’22

Major: English and Women and Gender Studies

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Loudon, NH

Involvements: Honors Peer Mentors, “The Northview” newsletter, Women’s Varsity Rowing

Dream Job: College English Professor  (Backup: Puppy Bowl Referee)

Favorite Book: Frankenstein

Hobbies: Writing, Coffee Drinking, Travel

Eliza Whitfield ’22

Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Clifton Park, NY

Involvements: Pep Band

Dream Job: I’m still trying to figure that out, but probably working for a nonprofit organization

Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Hobbies: Listening to music, Running, Reading, Hanging out with Friends, Cooking, and Binge-Watching Netflix

Samantha Grenier ’23

Major: Undeclared

School: School of Liberal Arts

Hometown: Danvers, MA

Involvements: Student Government Association, Young Athletes Program

Dream Job: TV and Movie Reviewer

Favorite Book: Great Gatsby 

Hobbies: Sleeping, Eating, Watching TV

Gabrielle Hanley ’23

Major: Elementary Education and Human Development

School: School of Education and Social Policy

Hometown: Belmont, MA

Involvements: SEAM club, Intramural sports, Honors Ambassadors

Dream Job: Elementary School Teacher

Favorite Book: I Am The Messenger

Hobbies: Going to the beach, Hanging out with Friends, Being outside

Vanni Morello ’23

Major: Biology

School: School of Science & Engineering

Hometown: Agawam, MA

Involvements: Theta Phi Alpha, Honors Ambassadors

Dream Job: Orthodontist

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird 

Hobbies: Dancing, Going to the Gym, Shopping

Isabella Ozga ’23

Major: Athletic Training

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Miami, FL

Involvements: Honors Student Council, Honors Ambassadors

Dream Job: Team Doctor for an NBA Team

Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye 

Hobbies: Working out, Drawing, Hanging out with Friends, Community Service, and Listening to music

Gianna Sciarappa ’23

Major: Athletic Training

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Dedham, MA

Involvements: Club Softball, Honors Ambassadors 

Dream Job: Physical Therapist 

Favorite Book: If He Had Been With Me

Hobbies: Watching Netflix, Reading, Playing Sports

Kaitlyn Seeley ’23

Major: Athletic Training

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Somerville, MA

Involvements: Club Lacrosse, Love Your Melon, Best Buddies, WMCK Radio, Financial and Health Coaching Program, Big Friends Little Friends, Lawrence STEM Partnership, Advocacy Chair for Relay for Life, and Co-President for the Sports Management Club

Dream Job: High school Athletic Trainer and Managing a Pro Sports Team in Boston

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby 

Hobbies: Watching sports, Playing sports, Dancing, Making dad jokes, Watching TV, Laughing, and Petting dogs!

Abigail Sleeper ’23

Major: Exercise Science and Athletic Training

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Andover, MA

Involvements: Intramural Sports

Dream Job: Boston Celtics Athletic Trainer

Favorite Book: The Kite Runner

Hobbies: Painting, Surfing, Tennis, Indoor Cycling

Michelle Sohegian ’23

Major: Health Science

School: School of Health Science

Hometown: Peabody, MA

Involvements: Honors Ambassador, Alpha Iota Sigma, Honors Peer Mentor

Dream Job: Pharmacist

Favorite Book: Americanah

Hobbies: Photography, Listening to music, Spending time with Friends

Kylie Soter ’23

Major: Nursing

School: School of Health Sciences

Hometown: Spencer, MA

Involvements: Nursing Club, Honors Ambassador, Merrimack Athletics Complex Staff

Dream Job: Surgical Nurse

Favorite Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Hobbies: Hanging out with Friends, Exercising