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Fall 2023 Outstanding Scholars

Cleveland State University's College of Arts and Sciences Honors Exceptional Student Achievements at Fall 2023 Valedictorian and Outstanding Scholars Reception

Fall23_Val.jpgOn Thursday, December 7, 2023, the College of Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of its undergraduate students at a special reception. The event was dedicated to recognizing the Fall 2023 Valedictorian and Outstanding Scholars. To qualify for these honors, graduating students had to achieve a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average, as well as demonstrate their engagement in areas such as scholarly or creative activity, and campus or community involvement.

This year's Valedictorian is Isis Duncan, a major in English/Creative Writing. Dr. Jim Marino, Associate Professor in the Department of English, introduced Isis, highlighting her remarkable journey and achievements. Despite facing challenges, Isis demonstrated unwavering determination to excel in her passion for writing.

Isis's TRIO/SSS Academic Advisor, Randi Myers, commended her perseverance, saying, "Isis has known what she wanted to do with her life far before I met her and has never swayed from that goal. Isis is driven to change the lives of youth by helping them identify obstacles and work through them creatively with the power of words."

During her time at Cleveland State University, Isis engaged in impactful extracurricular activities. She served as a Literacy and Poetry Teaching Artist at the West Side Community House – Summer of Sisterhood, where she developed daily writing activities for young girls and mentored students. Additionally, Isis worked as a Writing Intern at Twelve Literacy Arts, contributing to workshops and coordinating program events and initiatives.

The College of Arts and Sciences is immensely proud of Ms. Duncan and all of the Outstanding Scholars for their exceptional contributions to the academic community. Cleveland State University congratulates them on their well-deserved honors.

Meet Fall 2023 Fall Valedictorian, ISIS DUNCAN
Outstanding Scholars
*Sierra Amatangelo, Major: Biology / Pre-Med, Minors: Psychology; Chemistry
Sydni Davila, Majors: Psychology; Health Sciences (Honors), Minor: Neuroscience
Alexandra Dent, Majors: Psychology; Criminology, Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Collin Douglas, Major: Physics (Honors), Minor: Mathematics
Kelly Dufour, Major: Art: Design, Minor: Psychology
Grace Eisele, Major: Psychology / Lorain Partnership
Lydia Hebebrand, Major: Political Science
Sydney Hulston, Major: Linguistics, Minors: Anthropology; Sociology
Makialani Kanewa-Mariano, Major: Art History, Minors: Asian Studies; Political Science
*Lauren Lewis, Major: Psychology
*Megan Mullaly, Major: Art: Design, Minors: Art History; Communication Studies; Marketing; Professional Selling
Trevor Ohmer, Major: Mathematics, Minors: Physics; Statistics 
Loden Paul, Major: Psychology
Campbell Pratt, Major: English
Brian Randall, Majors: Music Performance (Honors)
Lucie Vonau, Majors: Theatre Arts; Communication Studies

* Not able to attend reception.