Homecoming Royalty

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YSU Homecoming Royalty
Female royalty Male royalty
Mya Blanco
Francesca Byrne
Shreeya Manandhar
Kierston Richardson
Rachael Thomas

Mario Campalong
Noah Landry
Mark Pompeo
Connor Remington
Edward Sadler, Jr.

mya blanco

Mya Blanco

ORGANIZATIONS: Pre-Dental Society Biology Club, Muslim Student Association, Emerging Leader Program, Stem Leadership Society

MAJOR: Biology/Pre-Dental

MINOR: Chemistry

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: I hope to go to dental school and then continue my education to become an Orthodontist and start my own practice.

PERSONAL GOALS: I hope to become a successful orthodontist and start my own family. I am very committed to this goal, as I am on track to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in just 2 years!

NOMINATED BY: Pre-Dental Society

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Francesca Byrne

ORGANIZATIONS: YSU Marching Pride, Advertising Club, Honors College, Pi Sigma Epsilon -  Professional Fraternity in Marketing, Sales Management and Selling, American Chemical Society

MAJOR: Advertising and Public Relations

MINOR: French

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: I hope to pursue a career in the branding/design/advertising field, as I embrace my creativity and efforts to spread inspiration and connection to other people throughout the world. My plans after graduation are to pursue a Masters Degree in Design/Advertising. I hope to study and work abroad, as I follow my love for building relationships, exploring new places, meeting new people, and learning new languages, culture, and different ways of life around the world.

PERSONAL GOALS: As I follow my passions, I hope to always embody the qualities of hard work and ambition that my roots in Youngstown have instilled in me. I am so grateful to have made so many connections, experiences, and memories here at YSU, and I hope to inspire and stand alongside my fellow penguins to make a positive difference in our community. As always, I will continue to embrace each day with an open mind, big heart, and lots of YSU spirit.

NOMINATED BY: Dana Tuba Euphonium Society

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​shreeya manandharShreeya Manandhar

ORGANIZATIONS: Nepalese student Association, Honors College, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Knit Together Stitch Together, Pre-dental Society, Biology Club

MAJOR: Biological Science (Pre-dental)

MINOR: Chemistry

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: My immediate objective is to improve my time management skills and become a leader who can effectively communicate ideas and resolve problems. For the past four years, I've worked part-time as a sales representative and am the president of NSA, Pre-dental, Bio Club, and NSCS's pacemaker. I'm learning how to strike a healthy balance between my personal and professional lives, which will help me develop as a resilient person. Because I'll be graduating next year, my goal is to do well on the DAT, shadow more dentists, and perform better in future dental school interviews. My long-term aim after graduating from dentistry school is to open my own clinic and establish a team of people who are passionate about providing patients with the care they deserve.

PERSONAL GOALS: My personal goal is to make the best of any situation, to prioritize my health and family, to travel, and to live a life that I would be proud of as a kid. My personal mantra has always been to never be afraid of new challenges and to treat others with kindness.

NOMINATED BY: Nepalese Student Association

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kierston richardsonKierston Richardson

ORGANIZATIONS: Black Student Union, Gymnastics Club

MAJOR: Telecommunications

MINOR: Journalism

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: After, I graduate college next semester. I plan to go to Case Western Reserve University where I will be pursuing my Master’s Degree in Political Science. After obtaining my Degree from Case I plan to be a Political Commentator. My ultimate goal is to have my own talk show.

PERSONAL GOALS: My personal goal is to leave an impact on YSU, and make as many connections as I can. I want to meet so many new people and make so many new friends. I want YSU to remember my name. I look forward to finishing out my Senior Year here at YSU. I want to be a better leader in my community and at school. I can't wait to make more memories that will last a life time at YSU.

NOMINATED BY: Black Student Union

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rachael thomasRachael Thomas

ORGANIZATIONS: Association for Women in Mathematics, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society, Social Media Ambassador, Honors College, Presidential Mentors, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Youngstown Student Education Association

MAJOR: Integrated Mathematics Education


PROFESSIONAL GOALS: After graduation, I plan to obtain a job as a high school math teacher somewhere within the Mahoning Valley. I plan to receive my teaching license in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. After teaching for a year or two, I'd eventually like to earn my Master's in Mathematics so that I can teach college credit classes to high school students! Ultimately, I want to be a positive influence on young adults who may be intimidated by math. Math can be scary for so many young students. Many students show an interest in STEM-related career fields but may feel discouraged because of the challenging nature of these subjects. I hope to be an advocate for students interested in STEM, especially mathematics. I aspire to help students feel more confident in their abilities to pursue math.

PERSONAL GOALS: Not only do I wish to positively influence young adults intrigued by math, but especially women in math! I genuinely feel it is crucial for women to feel comfortable pursuing their dreams, even if they are the minority in a particular career field. I aspire to be a role model to young women in mathematics and mathematics-related fields. Outside of math and education, I hope to consistently work on myself, both physically and mentally, to become the best possible version of myself. I love being outdoors, going for walks, exercising, and discovering new things. I also hope to improve my abilities as a saxophonist in my spare time.

NOMINATED BY: Association for Women in Math

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mario campalong

Mario Campalong

ORGANIZATIONS: Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Criminal Justice Club, Forensic Science Club, Admission Ambassador, Social Media Ambassador, Greek Campus Life

MAJOR: Criminal Justice

MINOR: Forensic science

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: After I graduate I want to work towards employment in Federal Law Enforcement or anything related to working towards that goal!

PERSONAL GOALS: Graduate with my bachelor's in criminal justice and certificate in forensic science, then go back to school and get my masters in Criminal Justice.

NOMINATED BY: Sigma Tau Gamma

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Noah Landry

Noah Landry

ORGANIZATIONS: Presidential Residence Hall Leaders, Saxophone Society, Honors College

MAJOR: Music Performance


PROFESSIONAL GOALS: Continue making and sharing my love for music wherever life may take me. I also hope to be an activist for the LGBTQ+ community in creating a more accepting world.

PERSONAL GOALS: To continue to grow as a person and learn to love all parts of myself, including the things I was once afraid of.

NOMINATED BY: Presidential Residence Hall Leaders

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mark pompeoMark Pompeo

ORGANIZATIONS: Society for Human Resource Management, Order of Omega Greek Honors Society, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Italian Club, and Tennis Club

MAJOR: Human Resource Management

MINOR: Italian

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: Mark would like to pursue a career in HR at a corporate company.

PERSONAL GOALS: Mark would like to move to a big city to pursue his career in HR management.

NOMINATED BY: Society of Human Resource Managers

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connor remingtonConnor Remington

ORGANIZATIONS: Dana Tuba Euphonium Society

MAJOR: Music Education - Instrumental

PROFESSIONAL GOALS: I am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree in music education from YSU. After graduating, I plan to pursue my master's and doctoral in musical arts and plan to get a university teaching job to try and help shape the minds of the aspiring young musicians of tomorrow.

PERSONAL GOALS: I hope to one day have a job teaching tuba and euphonium students at a university and to potentially have some symphony orchestra performance jobs as well.

NOMINATED BY: Dana Tuba Euphonium Society

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edward sadler jrEdward Sadler, Jr


MAJOR: Biology Pre Med


PROFESSIONAL GOALS: My professional goal is becoming a strong African American leader in life, a role model that people can look up too in life. I want my younger family members looking at me and saying "wow I can do that also". I plan on studying for the MCAT so I can become a future Plastic Surgeon.

PERSONAL GOALS: My personal goal is to become successful and expand my travels throughout the world. I wouldn't mind being the next superstar in this generation. I also am into photography, currently signed with a model agency in New York. I want to become a top model. My main priority in life is to make my family extremely proud of me in the decisions that I pursue in life. Staying healthy and happy and surrounding myself around positive friends and family.

NOMINATED BY: Biology Club

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