Meet the 2015 Summer Orientation Leaders
Victoria Paulino 16, Head Orientation Leader
Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Students for Life, SABER, and Admissions Greeter
Who Am I:
I am a rising senior from the great city of Worcester and am currently studying abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Although I have called Worcester my home for so long, leaving this place of comfort and exploring somewhere new has been an amazing experience. From traveling from place to place to meeting new friends from all over the world the abroad experience that Holy Cross has allowed me to have has been life changing. As my adventure abroad draws to a close, I cannot wait to head back to Mount St James to welcome the class of 2019!
John Milligan, 17, Program Coordinator
Hometown: Sandwich, Massachusetts
Major: History and Political Science
Campus Involvement: First Year Resident Assistant (RA), Retreat Leader, Mock Trial, Student Government Association (SGA) Senator
Who Am I ?:
I'm a native Cape Codder who has been transplanted to Worcester while loving every second of it. Next year I'll be uprooted again as I travel to Scotland to spend a year studying Medieval English History at St. Andrews. Who would want to do that? Me, the history geek. Besides history I love hanging out in Coolbeans, Mulledy Hall, “Living the Mission”, and trying to make the most of my time here on the Hill.
Emily Breakell, 17, Student Coordinator for the Student Program
Hometown: Harwinton, Connecticut
Major: Political Science and Spanish, Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration, College Honors Program
Campus Involvement: Student Coordinator Gateways Summer Orientation, Resident Assistant in Mulledy Hall (RA), Student Government Association Cabinet (SGA), Food Recovery Network Coordinator, Agape Latte Director, Political Science Work Study, Vagina Monologues, Interfaith Council, Mission & Identity Committee, Spring Break Immersion Program, Guatemala International Immersion Program, Summer Internship Program (SIP), Non-Profit Careers Conference
Who Am I?:
I come from a cozy house on a dirt road in the tiny town of Harwinton, CT, which is spelled incorrectly more often than it is visited by non-locals. Although I sometimes miss my quiet hometown, I couldn't be more grateful to be spending my college years at an institution as beautiful as Holy Cross in a bustling and developing city. I am all about co-curricular activities, but in particular, I love being involved in creating experiences for other students through my involvement with Orientation, Residence Life, and an initiative near and dear to my heart, Agape Latte. When I'm not hopping from classes to work to meetings, you can find me listening to NPR, going to talks in Rehm Library, debating any number of topics with my other hyper-political friends, caffeinating in a variety of ways, and jamming to records with residents or anyone else willing to make the climb to the 4th floor.
Jessica Vozella, 17, Student Coordinator for the Parent Program
Hometown: Wakefield, Massachusetts
Major: Religious Studies, French Minor, College Honors Program
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant (RA), Liturgical Ministry, and Spring Break Immersion, Manresa Retreat Leader
Whho Am I?":
I am a sophomore student at Holy Cross still trying to figure it all out. I am a devout Catholic, friend, and student originally from Wakefield, Massachusetts. Since coming to Holy Cross, I have thrived in an environment that supports and encourages me as a student, employee, and friend. Learning about and helping other people, both on campus and through service, are my biggest passions. When I'm not working or studying, I love getting outside, talking with friends, and reading a good book.
Jeenn Barreiro, 18
Hometown: West Haven, Connecticut
Campus Involvement: : Latin American Student Organization (LASO) Executive Board, Advocating Student Interest in Asia (ASIA), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Intramural Sports, AME Zion Tutoring, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD)
I am a rising sophomore here at Holy Cross. My hometown is West Haven, Connecticut, but I am originally from El Empalme, Ecuador. People say that I add the Latin spice to things with my energy, smile, and warmth. Honestly, you can never find me in one spot because I am always on the go. So, do not be surprised if you see me fifteen or more times in one day. Never be afraid to stop me to have a conversation, or ask me to hang-out.
Yvesh'a Bellevue, 16
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Major: Religious Studies with concentrations in Africana Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant (RA), Rhythm Nation Steppaz, Black Student Union Executive Board (BSU), and Vice President for Class of 2016
WhoAm I ?:
Strolling unto the Hill for the first time I was nervous beyond belief. However, coming from Boston, I was also excited to tackle a new adventure. I turned my feelings of nervousness into my passions as a Resident Assistant, Rhythm Nation Stepper, Black Student Union Executive Board Member, and Vice President for the Class of 2016. When I am not handling my busy schedule you can see me laughing with my friends, dancing, and joking around on campus.
Meaghan Body, 17
Hometown: Dover, Massachusetts
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Student Government Association (SGA), Chaplain’s Office Escape
Retreat, Mulledy House Council, Holy Cross Dance Marathon, Off the Record Acapella Group, Admissions Tour Guide, Spring Break Immersion, Gateways Fall Orientation, Office of Student
Involvement Student Worker
Who Am I ?:
When I chose to attend Holy Cross, I knew that I wanted to be an active member of the campus community. However, I never thought that I would feel so comfortable, supported, and at-home as I do on this dynamic campus. As a member of Student Government, I am able to connect with other student leaders in the quest to advocate for our campus community and to help my classmates thrive in college life. While I’m not too sure of “who I am” yet, I am sure that Holy Cross, as my home away from home, has afforded me incredible opportunities to grow personally, spiritually, and academically.
Karla Burns, 16
Hometown: Manchester, Vermont
Campus Involvement: Dance Ensemble, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), The Crusader Student Newspaper
Who Am I ?: After moving in from my hometown of Manchester, VT, Holy Cross quickly became my second home. I am a hip-hop choreographer on Dance Ensemble and a photographer for The Crusader newspaper on campus. My favorite study spot is the table in front of Cool Beans and I am always up for a good coffee date!
Rob Chevalier, 18
Hometown: Southbridge, Massachusetts
Major: Chemistry, Pre Med
Campus Involvement: Varsity Swimming & Diving, Ballroom Dance Team, and Science Ambassadors
Who Am I ?:
Hey Class of 2019, I hope you are all excited as I am for this upcoming year! As a rising senior, I can’t help but reflect on what great experiences I have had on Mt. St. James. I dive for the Holy Cross Varsity Swimming & Diving team and will be a captain for this upcoming season. When I’m not busy flipping in the air, I spend most of my time ballroom dancing, helping with science outreach in Worcester with the Science Ambassadors, and running reactions in my research lab.
Elizabeth Cohn, 16
Hometown: Middlebury, Connecticut
Major: International Studies, French Minor
Campus Involvement: Campus Activities Board (CAB), Admissions Office, Ballroom Dance Team, Junior Year Abroad, Washington, D.C. Semester Program
Who Am I ?:
From Worcester, MA, to Strasbourg, France, to Washington, D.C. and back again. This has been my journey over the
last year of my life. I decided to leave the nest of Holy
Cross to study abroad in Strasbourg, France and to pursue an internship at the State Department as part of the Washington Semester Program. Despite the fact that I have now been away from the campus for a year, I still consider myself a Crusader at heart and I still feel at home at Holy Cross. When I am not traveling across Europe or
interning at the U.S. Department of State, I can be found working in the CAB office, tangoing in with the Ballroom Dance Team or giving tours to prospective students and their families for the Admissions Office.
Natalie Czelusniak, 18
Hometown: Medfield, Massachusetts
Major: Spanish and Math
Campus Involvement: Holy Cross Women’s Basketball Manager, Food Recovery Network Leader, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), Community Based Learning (CBL)
Who Am I ?:
Before starting my college experience here at Holy Cross, one thing I definitely was not expecting was to have such great legs after my first year. Thankfully, just like everyone else, I got used to the hills and stairs and now love being able to call Mount Saint James home! I am studying both Math and Spanish and hope to study abroad in Spain during my junior year. Outside of class you can find me with a group of really tall girls (a.k.a. the women’s basketball team) or in Coolbeans grabbing my favorite late night snack: ice cream.
Eddy DeLuca, 17
Hometown: Weymouth, Massachusetts
Major: Philosophy, Peace and Conflicts Studies concentration
Campus Involvement: Men’s Track & Field, Student Government Association
Who Am I ?: While I spend many nights writing papers in the Dinand Library, I also dedicate time to the Men’s Track & Field team as well as the Student Government Association. I love doing homework and hanging out with friends in Stein, and I always read on the Hoval during the fall and spring.
Michael DeSantis, 18
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Campus Involvement: Wheeler Hall House Council, First-Year Student Blog Writer, Admissions Outreach
Who Am I ?:
I come from a close-knit large Irish family, and I have a twin brother. Moving away from my home, family, and twin last fall was intimidating, but I found a new home and family on campus in Wheeler Hall. In Wheeler, I help coordinate hall events as a member of House Council, spend time with friends during weekly resident assistant resource hours, and pass most of each evening studying in the common area. On the rare occasions when I am not working or socializing in Wheeler, I enjoy attending musical performances, writing reflections on my experiences at Holy Cross for my student blog, and grabbing late night sweet treats in the Hogan Campus Center.
Amanda Gibson, 17
Hometown: Mechanic Falls, Maine
Major:Anthropology major, Food Studies minor
Campus Involvement: Women’s Varsity Rowing, Delilahs Acapella, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD)
Who Am I ?: An avid lover of hiking, rock-climbing, the ocean, and “all things Maine,” I have a great deal of home state pride. As an anthropology major I enjoy studying different cultures and backgrounds—especially food cultures and food studies. Aside from studying and completing homework, I enjoy journaling, spending time with my teammates and friends, and singing.
Aidan Hone, 18
Hometown: Crestwood, New York
Campus Involvement: Club Baseball, Pre-Business Program, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), Community Based Learning (CBL), Intramural Sports
Who Am I ?:Coming from a Jesuit high school, I wanted to attend a college that not only stressed hard work
in the classroom but also service to the surrounding community. In my first year on the hill, I have absolutely found that Holy Cross is this type of place. I enjoy taking advantage of the many community outreach programs, and in my free time I love to play baseball and basketball.
Katelyn Lyons, 18
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Major: Undeclared – considering Biology or Anthropology major with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies
Campus Involvement: College Choir, Off The Record acapella group, Needles and Threads
Who Am I?:
When I came to Holy Cross last fall, I was nervous about making the adjustment from living in a
small town in Maine to living in the city of Worcester. Now in my second semester here on the hill, I enjoy taking advantage of all Worcester has to offer — outdoor ice skating in the winter, the many Shrewsbury Street restaurants, and the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley.
On campus, however, you can almost always find me singing, (if not with College Choir, then with my all-
female acapella group, Off The Record) drinking copious amounts of Cool Beans coffee, or engaging in lively discussions about feminism.
Mike McCaffrey, 18
Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts
Campus Involvement: Varsity Football Team
Who Am I ?:
I’m currently in my first year here at Holy Cross. Growing up, I always thought I’d have a tough time adjusting to college because I’m a home-body. However, I quickly found out that Holy Cross is a community where I fit right in. When I’m not studying or at practice I enjoy playing NHL and listening to summer hits of the 90’s.
Sara E. McLean, 17
Hometown: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Major: Undeclared- considering Global Health, Architectural Studies minor, Health Professions Advisory Program
Campus Involvement: Admissions Tour Guide, Women’s Spirituality Group, Clark House Council, Science Ambassadors Club, Student Programming for Urban Development (SPUD)
Who Am I ?: Welcome to Holy Cross, Class of 2019! My name is Sara McLean and I’m a rising junior from
outside of Philadelphia. Aside from my campus involvements, I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, and playing tennis. I hope to help make your Summer Gateways experience and transition to Holy Cross a great one!
Ben Nicholson 17
Campus Involvement: Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), Gateways Orientation Leader, Mens Club Rugby Team, Cures For Kids, Admissions Greeter, College Honors Program
Who Am I ?: As a dual legacy student, I take the utmost pride in being a Holy Cross Crusader. As a biology major in the pre-health track and also a member of the College Honors program, I am greatly committed to my studies. However, I have also immersed myself in a variety of campus and community activities that Holy Cross has to offer. I love taking study breaks at Crossroads, playing pool with my friends, and admiring the campus. I am proud to call Mount St. James my home away from home, and I look forward to welcoming you all into our Holy Cross family.
Caitlin Pollard, 17
Hometown: Newbury, Massachusetts
Major: Global Health Studies
Campus Involvement:Gateways Orientation, Dance Marathon, Arrupe International Immersion, Spring Break Immersion, Food Recovery Network, Psychology Lab Assistant, Admissions Tour Guide, Club Field Hockey
Who Am I ?:
Leaving my home of eighteen years on Plum Island, coming to Holy Cross was the first time I have called another part of the world "home". As a Global Health Studies major, I have enjoyed taking part in both international and domestic immersion trips with many wonderful Holy Cross students. Through these programs, I have left a piece of myself at home in Suffolk, VA, Grand Goave, Haiti, and Fries, VA. I look forward to making Costa Rica my home for the second semester of my third year, and hopefully many more places as I progress through my exciting time at Holy Cross.
Abigail Ray, 17
Hometown: Macungie, Pennsylvania
Major: International Studies and Spanish double major
Campus Involvement: Multicultural Peer Educator (MPE), Fusion hip hop dancer, Community Based Learning (CBL), Purple Key Society, Student Worker, Knitting Club
Who Am I ?:
I came to Holy Cross thinking I would be an English Major; well, boy was I wrong! I am a student who created their own major, will be studying abroad next year in El Salvador and Peru, and is completely absorbed in learning about different cultures. I am passionate about social justice, languages, and a large iced chai with soy milk from Cool Beans. Although I can be found making coffee at CB2 by day, by night you can find me socializing with friends in my residence hall!
Andrew Rhodes, 16
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Economics / Catholic Studies
Campus Involvement: Football Team, Performer at 10-Spots (weekly musical performances on campus)
Who Am I ?:
As a student-athlete at Holy Cross, I orient myself towards success both in and out of the classroom, and on and off the field. I enjoy giving back to the Worcester community
throughout the year, whether it is with school visits, Holy Cross Cares Day, or Working
for Worcester. In my down time I hang out with my friends, sing, and support the other
sports teams on campus.
Anthony Saltarelli, 18
Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut
Major: Computer Science
Campus Involvement: Mulledy House Council, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Goodtime Marching Band
Who Am I ?:
I am a first-year Computer Science major here at the College. I live in Southwestern CT with my twin sister, older sister, and parents. I play the trumpet in our Goodtime Marching Band, am part of the Campus Activities Board, which is the group on campus that plans most of the Friday night events. When I am not designing flyers for CAB, I love working on my iPhone application, hanging out with close friends, or traveling off campus to eat at my favorite restaurant, the Flying Rhino.
Gabriella Smith, 17
Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Campus Involvement: Varsity Field hockey, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Who Am I ?:
I committed to play varsity field hockey 2 years ago at the College of the Holy Cross, excited to see where my collegiate adventure would take me. I am part of the Teacher Education Program and hope to teach middle school English someday because I absolutely love kids, and want to make a positive impact on others’ lives as a living. Having a mom born in Peru, and a father born in the United States, I am grateful to be able to say I have experienced the best of both worlds in having both American and Hispanic family members and being very close with them. Although I am not part of any musical groups at school, I love to “jam” and sing and play guitar during
my free time with friends and consider music as a very important part of my life.
Kate Spitler, 18
Major: Mathematics, Pre-Health Program
Campus Involvement: Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Team, Communion Minister, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), American Medical Students Association (AMSA)
Who Am I?:
I came to Holy Cross this past August as a first-year student, and I fell immediately in love with the campus, the people, and the classes. I didn’t believe people when they said that I would consider Holy Cross my home so quickly, but I was wrong. I am a math major who is taking classes to fulfill the Pre-Health Program requirements. When I am not running, studying, or volunteering, I am spending time with friends, checking out all the places to eat on Shrewsbury
Street (I highly suggest VIA, The Flying Rhino, and Brew City), or having movie nights with my two roommates.
Thomas Vignati, 17
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
Major: English and French
Minor and/or Concentration: N/A
Campus Involvement: Montserrat Writing Fellow, Food Recovery Network, Philosophy Club, Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD)
Who Am I ?:
Coming to Holy Cross two years ago, I thought I had the perfect plan for my education; I was going to major in a natural science while following the pre-medical route. However, through the support and encouragement of my professors and friends, I left my plan behind and found my true passions for both English and French. When I'm not writing a paper, I enjoy going to Kimball with my friends, playing racquetball in Hart, cooking dinner in Healy basement, and an occasional peanut butter cup cookie from Coolbeans 2.
Shayan (Shay-Z) Zaheer, 18
Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
Campus Involvement: Holy Cross Ambassadors, Running Club, House Council
Who Am I ?:
I am rising sophomore from Groton, MA. My Pakistani heritage has afforded me many unique experiences. When I first arrived at Holy Cross I was unsure about what I should major in but
thanks to the great faculty, I was able to discover my passion for Psychology. When I am not studying, I enjoy running in Worcester, attending plays on campus, and hanging out with friends.
Connor Zanini, 17
Hometown: Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Major:Chemistry and Teacher Education Program
Campus Involvement: Sophomore Resident Assistant (RA), Noyce Tutor, Club Golf, Food Recovery Network, Purple Key Society, Spring Break Immersion Program
Who Am I ?:
I bleed purple. I love Holy Cross for the opportunities it has provided me and have grown in character through many of my academic and co-curricular involvements. I value my family the most and strive to make relationships with students, staff, and faculty at the college that embody this core value. I live an active life, bustling through campus to arrive at meetings on time, but think it is equally important to stop, slow down, and make conversation with anyone nearby.