Class Representatives

2016-2017 General Assembly

First-Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Bertram

Hometown- Campbellsville, KY

Major- undecided

Why did you want to join SGA? I am passionate about student government and love taking part in student leadership.

Would you rather have fingers as long as your legs, or legs as long as your fingers? why? Fingers as long as my legs

If you were abandoned on a desert island, what faculty/staff member would you want with you and why? John Kinkade. He was in charge of my GSP and is just a really cool guy.

Guilty pleasure song (don’t say you don’t have one, you’d be lying) That one time the Kardashians recorded a song

Favorite season (why?) Spring – track season, lake time, nice weather

 

Name- Alexander (Alex) Grove

Hometown- Louisville

Major- Politics (maybe)

Join SGA- Be a part of student government to make the school better.

Fingers or Legs- I would rather have fingers as long as my legs

Desert- Prof Paskewich because he’s hilarious and I don’t know any other staff members that are good at survival, so might as well have a laugh if I’m dying.

Guilty pleasure song- September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

Season- Fall because it’s cold but not too cold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Hooper

Hometown– Little Rock, AR

Major-– Sociology/Anthropology/Spanish?? (not sure)

Why did you want to join SGA? Never before have I felt so immediately at home in a new place and because of that I feel driven now more than ever to be an active, helpful, dynamic part of that place.

Would you rather have fingers as long as your legs, or legs as long as your fingers? why? definitely fingers as long as legs–I mean it’s no question, right?? Then maybe I wouldn’t be such a trash piano player.

If you were abandoned on a desert island, what faculty/staff member would you want with you and why? For sure Frank from Sodexo because he makes a mean iced chai and his demeanor is just downright delightful.

Guilty pleasure song (don’t say you don’t have one, you’d be lying) Honestly half the music I listen to should fall in the “guilty pleasure” category, but probably at my most embarrassing, I can be found feverishly screaming along to every word of Aaron’s Party by Aaron Carter, and I recognize that I may lose some friends for that, but so be it because this song is a true artistic masterpiece and if you disagree you’re wrong and I hate you.

Favorite season (why?) Summer because sunshine and sundresses!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Keller

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: Political Science or International Relations

Why did you want to join SGA? I wanted to join SGA because it is amazing to be at a school where the SGA matters and can still help improve the school based on what the students want. I also wanted to have a chance to meet other people who are interested in the same things as me and be able to form a community with my fellow classmates.

Would you rather have fingers as long as your legs, or legs as long as your fingers? why? I would rather have fingers as long as my legs because as a swimmer I can see that being very helpful in out touching people in races. Also, legs as long as my fingers would make it really difficult to leave my dorm 5 minutes before class and still make it on time.

If you were abandoned on a desert island, what faculty/staff member would you want with you and why? Dr. Anderson because he could swim to the next island to get help due to his experience completing four (?) Ironman.

Guilty pleasure song (don’t say you don’t have one, you’d be lying? Fergalicious

Favorite season (why?) Season 4 of The Office …. if you’ve seen it, you’ll know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Thome

Hometown: Murray, KY

Major: Pre-Med (possibly)

Why SGA? Orientation Week and my OL did such a great job firing me up for Centre that I want to be apart of all things Centre.

Would you rather have fingers as long as your legs, or legs as long as your fingers? why? I would like leg long fingers so that I can pick things up at great distances and reach long chords on the piano!

If you were abandoned on a desert island, what faculty/staff member would you want with you and why? Dr. Anne Lubbers; since she is an ecologist she would know which plants to eat!

Guilty pleasure song (don’t say you don’t have one, you’d be lying? Wildest Dreams-Taylor Swift

Favorite season (why?) My favorite season is Spring, because new life is growing and it rains a lot!

 

Second-Years

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Robel Abate

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: International Studies/Economics

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to ensure that the voice of the Class of 2019 is heard by actively representing all of my classmates.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows because I need knees to walk.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Morgan Freeman

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Gary Bugg. I could read all of the citations of ridiculous things that have happened on campus in the past.

What song best describes your life? “Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly

 

Abby Akrong

From: Louisville, KY

Major: Undecided

Why did you want to be on SGA? I want to make sure that I am able to make my mark at Centre, and I felt SGA would be a great way to do that. I also really like getting to meet new people, and this is a good way to do that as well.

Legs as long as fingers or fingers as long as legs? Definitely fingers as long as my legs, because then I would walk on my fingers when my legs get tired. Also, it would make it hard for a ref to call a handball on me in soccer because my fingers would basically be another pair of legs.

Who at Centre would you want to be stuck on an island with? I’m going to be pretty basic and say P. Roush. He’s smart, strong, and even if we couldn’t get off, he’d do whatever he had to do to make it more enjoyable. Also he would definitely have my name memorized by the time we got off, so I mean that would be cool too.

Guilty pleasure song? I actually have so many but to choose just one… Year 3000 by the Jonas Brothers.

Favorite Season? Summer, because I would rather deal with extreme heat than cold.  I really like running shorts, being able to just chill outside, getting to work at camps, and there are more concerts during the summer.

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Cyrus Dutton

Hometown: Shelbyville, KY

Major: Politics/Economics

What made you want to join SGA? My life has been devoted to public service. I wanted to be on SGA because I believed that it would have put me in the best position to make a difference on campus as a student.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I would rather be without elbows because if I didn’t have knees I wouldn’t be able to walk. I couldn’t imagine not being to walk.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Kevin Spacey

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would want to be in Steve Powell’s position, but I would have to be granted his abilities as well.

What song best describes your life? “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama

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John Paul Dyar

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: Mathematics/Economics

What made you want to join SGA? I joined SGA because I thought it would be a great way to get involved while supporting the college and meeting new people.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I would rather live without knees. It’s a good excuse to not walk or exercise.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Jane Krakowski would play me, obviously.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Of course it would be President Roush! Who else could I choose? He is the coolest guy on campus.

What song best describes your life? “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant. Just kidding, it’s “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.

EmKat Ford

Emkat Ford

Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky

Major: Economics

What made you want to join SGA? I want to work with others to make Centre an even better place to live and grow.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Amy Poehler

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? President Roush, so I could my bike around Danville with Susie.

What song best describes your life? “Good Day” by Nappy Roots

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Benjamin Hadlock

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Major: Politics

What made you want to join SGA?  I wanted to be involved and help better this community.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Knees

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Tom Brady

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? My humanities professor, so I could change the class starting time from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m..

What song best describes your life? “Gotta Make The NBA” by Lil B

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Ashley Hayes

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Chemistry

What made you want to join SGA? I want to make sure that everybody feels that their voice matters here at Centre and that they belong here. Centre’s SGA makes real, tangible changes to improve campus, and I want to be a part of that.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? The girl that plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family. I always found that character, the overachiever that is often stressed out, to be extremely relatable.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Sarah Scott Hall. Besides the fact that I admire her as a person, her job is to promote student leadership and help students grow as individuals.

What song best describes your life? “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten because even when life is rough, I am determined to overcome whatever obstacles are in my way.

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Mariama Minteh

Hometown:I am from Gambia, the small country in West Africa. In the United States, I call Louisville, KY home.

Major: International Studies with a concentration in Development or Biomedical and Molecular Biology

What made you want to join SGA? I joined SGA in the hopes of working with my fellow students to make Centre College a fun, friendly and conducive environment for all.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Lupin Wyong’o would be a good celebrity for my life story.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would choose Annie Murphy of the Admissions Office. She was my admissions counselor, and I really needed the love and care she showed me even before I attended Centre College. I want to be in Annie’s position to read the applications of prospective students and show them that someone cares. Maybe someday I might help in making a difference in the lives of those students.

What song best describes your life? “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Walker Morrell

Walker Morrell

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to be involved with outgoing and friendly people to help improve Centre.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees because I wouldn’t be able to whip without elbows.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? 90’s Justin Timberlake

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Ms. Vicky in Cowan because then I would know her delicious corn muffin recipe.

What song best describes your life? “Lip Gloss” by Lil’ Mama

 

Juniors:

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Drew Burns

Hometown: Alexandria, KY

Major: Undecided

What made you want to join SGA? Knowing the opinions of my peers well, it only seemed natural to express those many opinions as a collective in a setting that allows those opinions to be heard and used for change.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Matt Damon

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Any member of DPS because the way they care about the kids on campus and their desire to interact with them is inspiring.

What song best describes your life? “Stacy’s Mom” (not really). “Babel” by Mumford and Sons” (for real this time).

Olivia Kane

Olivia Kane

Hometown: Flemington, NJ

Major: Chemistry

What made you want to join SGA? I heard great things about it from friends, and I wanted to contribute to making improvements to Centre!

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows because I use my knees to dance a lot, and I wouldn’t be able to break it down if I didn’t have knees.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Anne Hathaway because I know they can make her hair look like mine — they did it in The Princess Diaries.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Dr. Dina Badie because I think she’s brilliant and fabulous. She and her husband are both professors here and that’s just such a cool life.

What song best describes your life? “Whatcha Say?” by Jason Derulo because a) I often can’t hear people when they speak, and b) I’m always trying to involve myself in conversations that don’t involve me.

Sepideh Karimi

Sepideh Karimi 

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Major: Computer Science/ Politics

What made you want to join SGA? I was ready to take initiative and make meaningful change at Centre.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without Elbows

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Ilana Glazer from Broad City

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? The lady who makes pizza in Cowan. She’s low key such a mastermind.

What song best describes your life? “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” from the Aristocats 

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Noah Martin

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Major: History and/ or English

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to be the students’ voice– having a hand in both proposing and implementing the changes that they desire for our campus.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Elbows are overrated. Plus, if I were to go no-knees, staircases would frustrate me after a very short while.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Kristoff from Frozen

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Dr. Lucas– I’d spend the entire day in his Thoreau cabin and end the evening with one of his famous “busk bonfires.”

What song best describes your life? “100 Years” by Five for Fighting– keeps everything in perspective

Braeden McNulty

Braeden McNulty

Hometown: Pikeville, KY, but I currently live in Lexington, KY where I moved after finishing high school

Major: Politics/ Economics

What made you want to join SGA? I saw the awesome people doing awesome things for our campus. I felt like I had plenty of potential to make great choices in our community. I love Centre, and I want to give back to a place that has given so much to me. I’ve also been genuinely interested in government at all levels, so I wanted to be part of one.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I’d go without knees. My cane serves as a pretty solid third leg anyway.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Christian Bale. That way my life would be narrated with his weird Batman voice.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I’d swap places with DPS. I’ve always wanted to go on a cross country road trip in one of their golf carts.

What song best describes your life? “Call My Name” by Third Day. It’s a Christian song that resembles hard country rock in its instrumentals. It describes how God has provided for me in my life and my natural disposition to help others.

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Henry Nguyen

Hometown: Vietnam and Singapore (I consider both my hometown)

Major: Financial Economics

What made you want to join SGA? It’s always been my desire to help others, and being in SGA maximizes my ability to do so through representing members of my class and advancing our interest in the student community.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I’d rather go without knees, hands are much more potent.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Leonardo DiCaprio, but since I’m Asian, maybe Jackie Chan would fit the bill better

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Obviously P. Roush, he’s the kind of man I aspire to be one day.

What song best describes your life? “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood

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Sarah Nisbet

Hometown: Cookeville, TN

Major: English

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to get involved with cool people to do cool things. Cool?

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Ellen Matthews

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would want to be Mark Lucas because he finds so much genuine joy in teaching. His house also has the best view.

What song best describes your life? “A Girl Worth Fighting For” from Mulan

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Zach Schmucker

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Psychology

What made you want to join SGA? I was tired of complaining and hearing my friends complain about issues on campus. I decided that I needed to take action and make a positive impact on campus by solving these issues.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I would rather be without elbows because I think I could still play basketball without them.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Jack Black

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Dr. Perry because he always has so much energy and enthusiasm everyday for class.

What song best describes your life? “Forever” by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem

 

Juniors:

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Emily Duerksen

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Major: Environmental Studies

What made you want to join SGA? I love the involvement SGA has with our school. Especially through my committee, Campus Improvements, I like to think that we’re in a position to reach out to our classmates and help their “ideal” Centre become a reality.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I would rather be without knees, I would hate having spaghetti arms!

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Khloe Kardashian would play me in a lifetime movie.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would be Dr. Wooten so I could read interesting biology textbooks and research snakes everyday.

What song best describes your life? If I were a song, I would be “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet

 

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Harrison Kirby

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Major: Environmental Studies and Economics and Finance

What made you want to join SGA? A desire to make positive change through leadership! Also, Regan Devlin printed out my petition and told me to do it.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Definitely without elbows because then hopefully I could never hit my funny bone

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Hopefully Chris Pratt, since then I might seem funny.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? When I grow up, I want to be Rick Axtell. He’s intelligent, inspiring, funny, oftentimes sassy, and he demonstrates a firm lifelong commitment to serving the world through social justice.

What song best describes your life? “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” often resembles my life at Centre.

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Andrea Marchyn

Hometown: Portsmouth, Ohio

Major: Anthropology and Sociology

What made you want to join SGA? I have always appreciated the work SGA has done to make Centre College a better place. I want to do my best to contribute to make Centre a positive environment for students in any possible way I can.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows!

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Amy Poehler

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would be President Roush because he gets to spend so much time with Susie!

What song best describes your life? “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”

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Kelsi Moran

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky– GO CATS

Major: Anthropology/Sociology

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to join SGA because I wanted to be a part of an organization on campus that focuses on the betterment of our community.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? I would rather be without knees because you don’t hear a lot of people say they have elbow problems, whereas the same cannot be said for knees.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? According to a “Buzzed” quiz, Katie Holmes would play me in a Lifetime movie.

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would probably be Dr. Link because he has a great sense of humor and we share a common love for music, even though he is way more talented than me.

What song best describes your life? The song that best describes my life would be “Sandstorm” by Darude.

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Austin Ryan

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Major: History

What made you want to join SGA? I really wanted a way to get involved and give myself and my peers a voice in student government.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees, of course.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Larry David (self-explanatory)

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Registrar Culhan so I could give myself a 4.0. If I was President Roush I think the power would go to my head too much.

What song best describes your life? “Like A Virgin” by Madonna or “Mambo No. 5” by, does anyone really know?

 

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Kiera Bowman

Hometown: Florence, Kentucky

Major: International Studies

What made you want to join SGA? Because I want to help better the Centre community.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Jennifer Aniston

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Randy Hayes because he is a wonderful person, and let’s be real Brodie and Pippa are just the cutest.

What song best describes your life? 

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Elle Enander

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Major: English and Environmental Studies

What made you want to join SGA? I joined SGA to promote sustainable initiatives as well as to serve on an active body that strives to utilize public student opinion to better Centre’s environment.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees– I don’t want to eat with my face.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Tim Gunn

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Susie Roush. Need I say more.

What song best describes your life? “Gold Digger.”

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Alex Ferrera

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Major: Politics and Religion

What made you want to join SGA? I enjoy representing my class and enacting positive change around campus.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without elbows, for sure.

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Robert Downey Jr. in a wig

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? I would like to be P. Roush, so I can have the monopoly of public adoration on campus. He also has a fantastic head of hair.

What song best describes your life? “BYE BYE BYE” (NSync, duh)

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Carly Jewell

Hometown: Loveland, Ohio

Major: Chemistry

What made you want to join SGA? I wanted to do my part to make Centre the best it could be and make sure I left it a better place than I found it.

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Without knees, I love eating too much!

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? Ice-T

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Dr. Reigelman because who knows what country I would wake up in!

What song best describes your life? “Fabulous” by Sharpay

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Nicole Pottinger

Hometown: Simpsonville, KY

Major: Politics

What made you want to join SGA? I want to give back to the amazing community that has provided me with so much!

Would you rather be without elbows are without knees? Probably knees– it would make walking very interesting!

What celebrity would play you in the Lifetime movie of your life? 

If you could be any member of the Centre faculty or staff for a day, who would it be and why? Dr. Stroup! I would love to be able to remember so much about U.S. History

What song best describes your life? “Work This Body” by Walk the Moon

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