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Senior Class Scholars

2010 Senior Class Scholars Alissa Guarnaccia, Joanna Reinhold, Julian Backus, Maura Connolly, and Justin Conniff.

2010 Senior Class Scholars Alissa Guarnaccia, Joanna Reinhold, Julian Backus, Maura Connolly, and Justin Conniff.

The Senior Class Scholars program, part of the 1834 Student Giving Campaign, works to provide partial scholarships to members of the incoming freshmen class from funds raised by graduating seniors. With their contributions, seniors can help ensure deserving applicants are able to attend Wake Forest, regardless of their financial circumstances. For every $2,500 the senior class donates towards the Wake Forest Fund for Student Aid, a new senior scholar is named. In the inaugural year of the challenge, more than 450 members of the Class of 2010 raised $12,500 to sponsor five 2010 Senior Class Scholars.

Joanna Reinhold

Joanna Reinhold

Joanna Reinhold

My name is Joanna Reinhold, and I am from Charleston, South Carolina. Coming to Wake Forest has been my dream since I was seven years old when my family came up so that my mom could show my brother and me her alma mater, and I fell in love. I told my mom that day that I was going to go to college at Wake Forest, and she just smiled and told me to work hard, so I did. I’m so glad I did too, because I don’t think I could be happier. I currently plan to major in Biology and to go to veterinary school after graduation. I participated in a pre-orientation service program before school started, and I am now pledging Alpha Phi Omega service co-ed fraternity. I am a Screamin’ Demon, and I love participating in many other events on campus. Wake Forest is an amazing place filled with amazing people, and I love it!

Justin Conniff

Justin Conniff

Justin Conniff

Hi, my name is Justin Conniff and I am from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Longmeadow is a small suburb in western Massachusetts where very few people have heard of Wake Forest. I first found out about Wake Forest by looking up college rankings and then doing some more extensive research. I found out that Wake is a top thirty school and has a strong undergraduate business program. I immediately added Wake to my application list, but at the time I had no intention of going to school anywhere outside of the northeast. As college letters started to come back, I found out that I had been accepted to Wake Forest. I knew that making the decision of where to go to college was one of the biggest I’d make in my life so decided to visit Wake on accepted student’s day to weigh my options. After listening to a panel of faculty and students speak and touring the campus, I knew that I wanted to attend Wake. Since school started in August, I have been focused on adjusting to college life so I have held off on participating in too many extra-curricular activities. However, I’ve still been very active in intramurals and getting to know everyone in my hall.

Alissa Guarnaccia

 Alissa Guarnaccia

Alissa Guarnaccia

I’m from Robbinsville in central New Jersey where I attended a small Catholic school for high school. I knew that I wanted to go south for college and was drawn to Wake Forest because of the liberal arts education and the dance program. Ballet is something that I spent a lot of time doing in high school, and, while not planning on majoring or minoring in dance, I did not want to give it up at college. Wake was actually a last minute application, and I didn’t visit until after I had been accepted, but once I stepped onto campus, I loved it. Some of my favorite things about Wake so far are the wonderful people everywhere, the ideal size of the school, and the beauty of the campus. I am currently involved in the Dance Company and the Catholic Community and having a lot of fun. I am undecided about my major, but am leaning toward some area in math or science. From studying and making friends to CookOut runs and football games, I am so glad I’m at Wake!

Maura Connolly

 Maura Connolly

Maura Connolly

My name is Maura Connolly and I’m from Woburn, Massachusetts, a small city just outside of Boston. The majority of my high school goes to college in Massachusetts; almost the entirety stays in New England. Not me. I was eager to get out of there and try living in a different part of the country. Wake was simply one of the most beautiful campuses I saw and fit all of my qualifications: medium sized, good athletics, prominent reputation, and of course, warm weather and southern gentlemen.

On campus I am a proud member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Most recently I raked a stranger’s yard through Rake Forest. Now I am looking forward to Project Pumpkin, which is run through the Volunteer Service Corps. As an extremely indecisive person, both my major and my minor are completely undecided. I used to like math, am pretty good at English, have a passion for sports journalism, am interested in psychology, and always considered teaching. I am relying on the next four years to reveal my true calling.

Julian Backus

Julian Backus

Julian Backus

Hello, my name is Julian Backus and I am thankfully one of the recipients of the Senior Class Scholarship. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida, but most of my family is from South or North Carolina. While in Jacksonville I attended Paxon SAS High School and applied to Wake for its academics, size, location, and the fact that my cousin attended Wake and told me how great it was. Since arriving on campus I have become active doing a few things. I work at the library as part of the work-study program and I’ve joined the organization Building Tomorrow, where we raise money to help build a school for children in Uganda. One of my hobbies is playing basketball, so I also plan on trying to walk-on to the men’s basketball team. While all of these activities are going on I plan on majoring in physics, but am not quite certain as I still have to fill many divisionals and might change my mind. Thanks again for the scholarship and GO DEACS!!!