Maura Schaefer Bellingham, WA #whitworthsenior Major/s: Music Education, Secondary Education, Voice Performance • Plans for after graduation: “This summer, I am going to work in the Spokane area and prepare for my student teaching in the Fall (in the choir classroom of University High School). After I finish student teaching in December, I plan on working as a substitute teacher for the Spring semester while either applying for teaching jobs or to grad schools.” • Most meaningful Whitworth memory: “The Whitworth Choir went on tour in Spain my sophomore year at Whitworth. During our concert in Bilbao, the audience of locals stood up without a prior plan to do so and sang Agur Jaunak, a song sung in Euskara, the language of Basque Country to welcome and honor guests. By singing this to us, they were thanking us for the music we had just performed for them and I felt so honored to be there in that moment; it reminded me how even though we were in another country where another language was spoken, we all understood the universal language of music”.
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Marissa Mount San Jose, CA Major/s: Accounting and Finance Minor/s: Mathematics #whitworthsenior • Plans for after graduation: Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Seattle • Most meaningful Whitworth memory: “Having the privilege of participating in the Freshman Honors program to Hawaii with Terry McGonigal and Ron Pyle. Not only did I get to grow in relationships with my fellow peers and professors, I had the change to study the theme of Shalom in the Bible and experience it through lasting friendships and enjoyment of God's gift of nature. Also: having the opportunity to run at Whitworth and participate at the regional and national level. In particular, going to my first national championship race with my cross country TEAM was an experience I will never forget. It brings me so much joy to not only represent Whitworth, but to use my talents to glorify God.” • Honors or awards received in college: President's Award, All-American (and All-Academic American) in XC and Track
Campus in the summer ☀️
Jeriah Bankson Camano Island, WA Major: Physics Major Minor: Chemistry • Post-graduation plans: “Immediately after graduation I will travel to Thailand for a couple weeks. I will also be working during the summer at Lululemon. Then in the fall I will start my Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York”. • Most meaningful memory: “Freshman year in Physics I class, Ong showed a video of a math professor at Harvey Mudd College giving a sermon about the reality that people are not defined by their actions-either mistakes or successes. The math professor had a student who had cheated on an exam, but the professor responded to them first with grace, rather than anger, and also conviction to rise above their momentary falling; the professor articulated that he has grace because he knows God sees us as His beloved children who are capable of much more than temporary mistakes. This two part message has stuck with me throughout all the successes and failures throughout my time at Whitworth: 1, that we strive to do our best/succeed not for own selves or to gain the respect of peers but rather to glorify our maker who gave us the gifts and talents, and 2, that our identity is not a sum of our works, good or bad, but a definition that states we are chosen children of God and there is nothing that we can do to diminish or increase God’s steadfast love.” #seniorsofwhitworth