Boyd Scholars 2019-2020

hannah Bowie

Hannah Bowie

Hello! My name is Hannah Bowie. I have lived in Athens, OH my entire life (some may consider me a “townie”). I am currently a Communication Studies major, this is subject to change further down the line in my college career. Both of my parents graduated from Ohio University, and have been employed at OU for over 20 years. I am also the oldest of three kids.

I love traveling and hiking which I was introduced to at a young age. Aside from that, I devoted 12 years of my life playing soccer. Whether it was recreational, club, or playing high school ball I enjoyed every second of it. Another thing I am passionate about is art. I have a deep respect for people expressing themselves through art. In my free time I like to paint canvases and do crafty little art projects.

I’m excited about being a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and I look forward to the journey ahead! Feel free to contact me at hb592718@ohio.edu

Luvina Cooley

Luvina Cooley

My name is Luvina Cooley, and what they say is true. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl. Milk and cheese practically flow through my veins and Kwik Trip is the superior gas station (if you know, you know). I grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River, in a small town called Potosi. While I appreciated the opportunities that a small school provided me with, I couldn’t wait to get away and explore the world. When I visited Ohio University for my HTC interview, I instantly fell in love with the campus and the community of Athens itself. And so, I found myself traveling over 600 miles from home to attend college.

I have a passion for learning, and more often than not, my interests were focused on history, archaeology, and people’s stories. Unsurprisingly, I am majoring in Anthropology through the Honors Tutorial College, with a minor in Spanish and an emphasis on women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. I found my career path while participating in a competition called National History Day during high school. Though this, I fell in love with documentary creation and telling the little-known stories hidden in archives. There is nothing that compares to the earthy smell of an old manuscript and the knowledge that somebody who is now part of history wrote it.

Outside of academia, my nose is almost always buried in a book. I’ve read everything from Shakespeare to sci-fi and I’m always adding more titles to my wish list. If I’m not toting around a stack of books, you can usually find me playing my clarinet or peering through a camera lens. I travel a lot and photography helps me record the memories I make while I’m exploring the world.

I’m looking forward to seeing where the next four years will take me and feel so blessed for Margaret Boyd to be part of it. I can’t wait to meet so many new people. If you’re ever looking for a book recommendation, or a (highly caffeinated) new friend, feel free to reach out to me at lc963818@ohio.edu.

audrey crowl

Audrey Crowl

Hello! My name is Audrey Crowl, and I am a Social Work major in the Honors Tutorial College. I grew up in a big blue house which sits just 7 blocks away from my current dorm room (my mom and I counted the streets as one of our final pre move-in activities). I am a born and bred Athenian; flat cities are unwelcoming to me, local food seems to always taste better, and my favorite place to boogie is on bricks. I went into my senior year of high school thinking I’d end up far away from the place I’ve called home for my entire life, but the Athens magic somehow worked its way into the college application process and I ended up sticking around for another four years. 

Growing up in Athens made me appreciate many things, but most prominently brought me to understand the poverty and hidden struggles which exist everywhere. I went to school with kids who didn’t know where their next meal was going to come from, and who had parents with drug addictions and unstable jobs. I worked in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at my high school to mentor some of the kids who dealt with these issues, and also started a charity organization called The Appalachian Food Project with three of my best friends to help support those struggling with food insecurity in the area. My passion for helping others has only grown in my time studying social work at OHIO, and I’m excited to continue to make a difference in my hometown throughout college. 

In my free time I love to play soccer, listen to music (preferably live), read a good book, watch a good movie or spend time outside. I am also a vegan, speak Spanish, and have a very cute dog named Juno. I’m extremely grateful and excited to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and join this wonderful group of impressive females. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! ac849918@ohio.edu

lizzy daly

Lizzy Daly

Hi, my name is Lizzy Daly, and I am a HTC Communication Studies major and Sociology minor. I grew up on Tybee Island, a tiny beach town only a few miles outside of Savannah, Georgia. The beach was only a four-block walk from my house, and the marsh was right across from my front door. Because of this, I was lucky enough to be able to spend most of my days outdoors exploring the marine sanctuaries that surrounded my home, curating a passion and appreciation for the nature that surrounds me.

I was trained in ballet from the age of three, and from that moment, ballet became a large part of my life. It taught me how to hold myself, taught me discipline, and gave me an outlet to express myself through movement, movement which often stood in place of my words. I attended both performing arts, middle, and high school, which meant modern and ballet classes filled my schedule right beside English and math. Some other things about me; my favorite piece of clothing is pants, and it's hard for me not to at least sway when I'm listening to music and often catch myself dancing by myself on the walk to class. 

My mother is a teacher, and education has always played a significant role in my life. I feel very passionately about the power that education, from a young age, holds upon not only one's mind but also mindset. I believe there are numerous issues in the educational system, especially in the realm of educational inequality and hope to work towards a path that would allow these issues to be discussed and eventually hopefully improved.

I am very excited to enter into a group filled with amazing women, and I am looking forward to what is to come. Feel free to contact me ld121118@ohio.edu!

jade dutiel

Jade Dutiel

Hi! My name is Jade Dutiel and I'm a first-generation student from New Lexington, Ohio. My major is Communications Sciences and Disorders, I wish to further my education as a Doctor of Audiology.  I also hope to minor in History or Greek Archaeology. I choose this career by chance actually. At the very last minute, I switched into an American Sign Language course and fell in love with the language and the deaf community. My grandfather was deaf since the age of 13, so at first, it was a tribute to him, however, it has become much more. 

A little about myself. My favorite color is baby blue. My favorite animals are cats. My favorite flowers are daisies and sunflowers. My favorite movie is About Time. I don't necessarily have a favorite book, but my favorite author is Nicholas Sparks, hands down. I absolutely love music. However, the genre depends on my mood. Typically its 90's '00's rock, but pop and country have a place in my heart as well. I love to paint, not that I'm any good at it. I mainly just paint things I see on Pinterest. Pinterest is my best friend. I'm from a family of five, I'm the middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. 

I was very busy in high School. I bowled varsity for three years. In my senior year, I was co-captain, I also advanced to districts after placing 4th out of 200 girls at sectionals. For three years I did drama as both crew and cast. I was the secretary for the Class of 2019 for all four years. I was in our chapter of the National Honor Society. I was also on the Student Council for four years as well as Prom Committee for one. I graduated top 6th in my class and with honors. Currently, at OU, I am involved with the ASL Club. I am also a LINKS student. I'm a secretary for Ryors Hall Council. I'm hoping to get more involved with the American Red Cross Club next semester. 

I am excited to spend the next four years at Ohio University and with the women in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program! If you ever need anything my email is jd775918@ohio.edu, feel free to email me at any time!

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Iana Fields

Hi! My name is Iana Fields, and I am from Haymarket, Virginia, a small town about 45 minutes from Washington D.C. I am the oldest and only girl of three siblings, one 15 and the other four. I also have a pet turtle named Daniella, who I enjoy caring for very much. I am a military dependent or brat as called in the military. I was born in North Carolina and from there, I have lived all over the east coast: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. Being exposed to so many cultures has positively shaped me into being the compassionate, open-minded person I am today.

I decided to come to Ohio University because I loved living in Ohio when I was younger. I am currently pursuing a degree in English- Creative Writing, a minor in Marketing, and a certificate in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. With my degree, I plan on becoming a book publisher and authoring some books of my own on the side. In college, I am currently involved in the Intersectional Feminist Alliance, Active Minds, F-Word Performers, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I also write opinion articles for The Post and poems for The Odyssey.

During my free time I enjoy writing (obviously!), reading, and listening to music. I prefer to write poetry, but I will draft the occasional short story. My favorite poet is Maya Angelou because her poems are impactful and speak to me as a black woman. It is exceedingly difficult for me to choose one book as my favorite book, but a few books that I will read repeatedly are: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. In terms of music, I listen to anything that makes me feel good and dance or that relates to what I am feeling. 

I am excited to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program because the program will help me grow as a strong, independent woman. I am also thrilled to be part of this wonderful group of women and learn from each of them. I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

emma harter

Emma Harter

Hello! My name is Emma Harter and I’m an aspiring social studies high school teacher.  Fortunately, I have spent a majority of my life in Athens. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to grow up in Athens because it shaped my deep passion for food, the outdoors, and teaching. I am an only child, but consider my two dogs, Jasper and Cleo, my siblings. The three of us have travelled all over Ohio in search of hiking paths, good dog parks, and everything in between. I grew up in a teaching household, where both of my parents taught in higher education. From an early age I recognized my deep passion for education and coaching. I took my love of athletics and shifted my role to coaching basketball. I look forward to completing my degree in AYA Integrated Social Studies Education, with a minor in coaching and sociology. I am also fortunate enough to be a member of the Connavino Honors Program 2019 cohort. 

I have a deep urge to travel and expand my perspective on the world. I have been fortunate enough to travel coast to coast in the United States, as well as, outside of America. In my free time I love reading, meditation, hammocking, listening to music, and watching the sunsets. Meaningful relationships, between family and friends (and my doggies), are the main focus points in my life. Many of the activities I indulge myself into are centered around developing the relationships around me. I look forward to seeing where the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and Ohio University, take me and my fellow cohort. I’m always looking for new mindsets to bounce ideas off of – if you would be interested in chatting, my email is eh992918@ohio.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!

jillian hern

Jillian Hern

Hello there, my name is Jillian! I was born and raised in Pickerington, Ohio. I am proud to call myself a member of the Bobcat family, alongside my brother who is currently a junior, and my mother who graduated from OU back in ‘93! I visited my brother for Sibs Weekend my senior year of high school and absolutely fell in love. I knew instantly that this is where I belong, and it’s my home away from home (I just wish I could bring my two dogs with me). I am so beyond thankful for the amazing people I’ve met here, as well as the incredible opportunities I’ve been presented with such as the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program!

I attended Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, Ohio, where I graduated third in a class of approximately 120. It was a fairly small rural school, and yes we even had drive your tractor to school day. I was very involved during high school with clubs, sports, and volunteering. I played percussion in the marching band, and became field commander my senior year. My senior year I also took on the position of Student Body Vice President through Student Council. I held various leadership roles and participated in many other activities including Ohio Model United Nations, Foreign Language Club, Knowledge Bowl, Varsity Golf, National Honor Society, Math Club, stage management for school productions, and Chorale. I had many exciting opportunities outside of my school as well such as attending Buckeye Girls State and becoming Co-Director of the Arnold SportsWorld!

Here at Ohio University, I am majoring in Mathematical Statistics and I’m planning to pick up a minor in Business Analytics. I partake in the OHIO Honors Program, as well as sing in Women’s Ensemble, volunteer with Bobcats of the Shelter Dogs, and puppy-sit for 4 Paws for Ability! Ohio University is without a doubt my second home, and I am beyond excited to get to explore more alongside these beautiful and talented women! If you ever want to connect with me, feel free to email me at jh119116@ohio.edu, I would love to chat about anything that’s on your mind! I am an AVID dog lover (if you asked my friends to use one thing to describe me, they would all say I’m obsessed with dogs), a sucker for oldies music, and I possess a cringe-worthy sense of humor. I would be honored if you would like to share pictures of your dogs with me!

ray johnson

Aurelia “Ray” Johnson

Hi All! My name is Aurelia Johnson, but everyone calls me Ray. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this program and with meeting all the new and existing members of the Margaret Boyd Scholars program. I have a lot to learn and share and am ready to get started! 

About myself, I am in the Ohio Honors Program as a Templeton Scholar. I am majoring in Biological Sciences as a Pre-Med focus, with goals of being a surgeon. I am minoring in Chemistry and completing a Global Leadership Certificate. I am a member of a few clubs already: TriBeta, OU Biological Sciences Honor Society, AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and Medical Mentors. Can you tell I want to be a doctor yet? 

I was born in Portland, OR but moved to Galena, OH when I was 6. Galena is a small town about 20 minutes outside of Columbus. I grew up loving and playing sports with my two younger siblings, who are my best friends. I played soccer and basketball at the high school and club level, and was originally offered a scholarship to play soccer in college. However, as a Junior, I had a pretty invasive surgery done on my knee to keep my patella in place. I still thought that I would play soccer, but I applied for the Templeton Scholarship and won it, so my plans obviously changed. I wouldn’t change my course for anything. Ohio University is my dream school and I love being here and exploring all my opportunities. 

I truly can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. I enjoy all the new found friends OU has brought me and am looking forward to meeting new friends in the future!

heather johnson

Heather Johnson

Hello, my name is Heather Johnson! I was born in Ewing, New Jersey but spent the last 9 years of my life in the small town of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania. Here at OU, I am double majoring in Field Ecology and Outdoor Recreation and Education and am hoping to receive my certificate in Geographic Information Science.

During my free time, I enjoy reading a good book, hanging with friends, or doing pretty much any outdoor activity. I have spent the past two summers working and living outside in different National Forests across the country and plan to continue doing that for as long as I can. My favorite activity is long-distance backpacking, but I also enjoy biking, skiing, and kayaking. I am beyond grateful to be able to attend a University that has so many spaces for outdoor activities in such close proximity.

All that being said, I am incredibly excited to be a part of this year’s cohort of Margaret Boyd Scholars. I look forward to getting to know all the other amazing women in this program! If you ever want to say hi, don’t hesitate to email me at hj752018@ohio.edu.

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Belvia Ofosu-Frimpong

Hi! My name is Belvia Ofosu-Frimpong! I am 18 years old and turn 19 this coming May! When I have time to waste, I love dancing to any kind of music, cooking, and journaling! I am a Ghanaian American, and, being Ghanaian has defiantly come with some advantages and disadvantages. I have the advantage of knowing another language and in the process of learning another home language. The biggest disadvantage that came with being Ghanaian was the constant bullying but with this, I always had the joy in educating some of the close-minded people I have run across in my lifetime. 

I was born in Alexandria, Virginia but I grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio for the majority of my life. I went to Reynoldsburg High school and attended the Health and Human Services Academy. In my 4 years of being in High school, I was involved in nearly everything. Freshman year I got involved in the Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition (RYHTC), during the four years in this amazing coalition I got the opportunity to educate my fellow peers and teachers on Human trafficking, meet survivors, help create a bill, and meet people like Congresswomen Joyce Beatty, being recognized by Mike Dewine, and many more people who are very important in Ohio and Washington D.C. 

I also joined the student council during my freshman year and throughout the four years, I was able to join the finance team I was able to put together a committee called culture committee (a committee to educate the students and teachers of the different cultures that surround them). I joined the prom committee for junior and senior year and I played a big part in bringing back our yearly parade that hadn’t happened in about 10 or so years. Being in the student council helped me gain a voice and I was able to use that voice to be on the announcements my sophomore and junior year and also advocate for the black students and during February I was able to tell the whole school facts about important black people during black history month!  

Transitioning from high school to college was a little tough but college has taught me a lot of things that I would have never been able to discover if I didn’t take the opportunity to come to college. I have grown in many ways that I didn’t think I could, and I can’t wait to continue to grow and see what the future holds for me.

I am so grateful that I am in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and I can’t wait to meet new friends, create new connections, continue to and see where the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program takes me in these next four years!

Leslie Ostronic

Leslie Ostronic

Hello! My name is Leslie Ostronic. 

I am from Lawrence, KS. Yes, it is quite flat and there are “real” cowboys, but it is not boring! I came to Ohio to pursue a photojournalism degree in Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. I also plan to minor in either environmental science or global health to satisfy my love for science. 

My curiosity drives me to learn about anything and everything. I believe that choosing a career in photojournalism encourages my curiosity by exposing me to all types of people, pathways, and places. Outside of photography, my passions include backpacking, running, traveling, poetry, books, horseback riding, movies, snow skiing, impulsive adventures, and cancer support. In summer 2020, I will be spending 49 days running from coast to coast with the Ulman 4K for Cancer to raise awareness and support for those affected by cancer.

In high school, I was a nerd, athlete, and artist. I participated in National Honors Society, geography club, bike club, cross country, basketball, soccer, track, journalism, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Photo Scholars Program. I was fortunate to be a part of teams in high school that encouraged women empowerment and leadership. I was worried I would no longer have a community like that in college, but I was lucky to find the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and I am deeply humbled to be a part of it. 

Feel free to contact me at lo970518@ohio.edu

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Jade Pettey

Hi! My name is Jade Pettey. I am majoring in HTC Sociology with an interest in Political Science. I was drawn to sociology because it is a field in which many topics intertwine and overlap. History, culture, social change, politics, and more all impact each other. To understand one aspect of your studies, you must look for context in another. 

Sociology also has a strong tie to activism. I’m currently involved in the state, regional, and local levels of an advocacy organization called YouthMOVE. We aim to bring youth voices into the decision-making processes of the systems that affect us: mental health, juvenile justice, foster care, etc. I highly recommend getting involved in any advocacy or activism group because you’ll build a support network while working for positive change!

Having grown up in Athens, I believed I would leave my hometown for college. But as I visited other universities and sought out their community connections, I realized the uniqueness of Ohio University’s integration with the wider Athens’ community. Remaining here has been great! I appreciate the local collaborative opportunities I have already experienced from my new perspective as a college student.

Last semester I joined Student Senate and College Dems, and in my spare time I enjoy relaxing with art and music. I’m excited for my experiences with the MBSP!

Jane Roche

Jane Roche

Hello! My name is Jane Roche (yes like roach) and I’m from Cleveland Ohio but I’m now happy to also call Athens my home. I’m a Political Science Pre-Law major and I’m hoping to minor in Anthropology and receive certificates in Political Communications and Law, Justice and Culture. I’m currently a member of the Ohio University Mock Trial Team and Ohio University College Democrats. Before I made my way to Athens I lived with my mom, dad, sister, and dog. My family has had a long tradition with law. With my grandpa, dad, and uncle being lawyers I grew up with law all around me so my family was a huge influence in my decision to pursue law. Also a quick fun fact: I attended an all-girls high school in Cleveland so being a part of a program that engages and empowers young women is so incredibly special to me.

Looking to the future, I would say ideal career would be permanent host on Saturday Night Live or Norweigan sheep herder, but in terms of practicality I’d love to be a strategist or legislative policy advisor for campaigns, politicians, or local governments. I’ve been passionate about politics for as long as I can remember. When I was eight years old I canvassed for president Obama and when I was 17 I was an organizer for the Cleveland March For Our Lives. I firmly believe in the power of our generation and I’m so excited to see how we shape history.

Beyond politics I have other interests. I’m a huge John Mulaney fan and I just love comedy in general. I love listening to music and my current favorites are The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beach Boys. I also just finished reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new book. Oh! I can also play the piano upside-down! 

So, with all of that being said, I am so excited to be a part of this program. I’m always looking for new friends and opportunities so feel free to reach out to me! I’d love to answer any questions regarding Margaret Boyd or Ohio University Life at any time! jr785418@ohio.edu

katelyn rousch

Katelyn Rousch

Knock knock. Who’s there? It’s me, Katelyn Rousch from Hamilton, Ohio! 

No joke, this is the Hamilton, home of both the best tasting water in the world and the famous donut trail of Butler County. 

While attending Ross High School, I enjoyed marching flute for the band, playing on the Varsity Tennis team, tutoring through NHS, hitting the buzzer in academic team, and playing witness for Mock Trial. I love reading, writing, climbing, biking, hiking, and traveling with my family. 

At Ohio University, I am an Honors Tutorial College student double majoring in Environmental Studies and Astrophysics. So far, I have joined University Concert Band, Meteorology Club, Society of Physics Students, and The Athens Effect, a science publication on campus. I hope to become involved in the Athens community through tutoring and other volunteering opportunities. 

I am grateful to be selected as a member of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, and am excited to learn alongside so many amazing women. 

Feel free to knock on my door with any questions, jokes, or anything else by contacting me through my email  kr918518@ohio.edu .

Molly sanders

Molly Sanders

Hello! My name is Molly Sanders and I am extremely honored to have been chosen as a new Margaret Boyd Scholar. I am in the OHIO Honors Program majoring in Biological Sciences and pursuing a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with hopes to attend med school and become an OB/GYN. I am from a small town called Troy, Ohio where I grew up with the most amazing family that has supported me from the start. My parents raised my four older brothers and me to show kindness to all and to lead with generosity.

The one thing that my brothers instilled in me, besides how to do all the WWE moves, was a great taste in music. Going to concerts is my favorite past-time and I try to go to as many as possible. Top concerts of 2019: Travis Scott, Ariana Grande, Iron Maiden, and Gregory Alan Isakov. So, yes, my music taste is quite diverse. Throughout high school, I was always involved with the arts, especially theatre. My senior year I was able to serve as one of five State Thespian Officers for Ohio. I gained so much leadership experience that I will carry with me forever. I am excited to be a leader at Ohio University through this program.

Transitioning into college life was not difficult whatsoever, and I joined some amazing groups that made my first semester even better. I am singing with Women’s Ensemble and the all-female a cappella group, Title IX. I am doing service with Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed community service fraternity that I was recently initiated into. I am doing fun scientific activities with TriBeta, the honors biology society on campus. Ohio University is a dream and I am grateful for every day that I am here.

Some fun facts to finish this off: hot sauce is a necessity for all foods, my first tattoo was the female symbol, I enjoy organizing closets using the ROYGBIV system, the only fruit I do not like is honeydew, I am a full-time nanny in the summer, I have been a vegetarian for six years, and my favorite movie is anything scary.

These next four years will be filled with knowledge, experiences, and friends to last a lifetime. I cannot wait to see the role that the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program plays in my journey.

olivia tenoglia

Olivia Tenoglia

Hello all! My name is Olivia Tenoglia, but feel free to call me Liv!

I am an Environmental Studies major through the Honors Tutorial College. I am minoring in French as well as working towards a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I discovered my passion for the environment during my first year of high school and believed that I wanted to work towards the development of new methods of “green energy.” After taking chemistry my junior year of high school and finding that it wasn’t exactly my strong suit, I soon realized that my passion lies in the social and political aspects of climate change. I am interested in the intersection between feminism and environmental degradation and the specific ways in which women are affected by our ever-changing world. I also hope to be able to use my French studies in my career after studying it for the past six years. 

I have lived in Athens my whole life and I’m a third generation Ohio University student on both my mom’s and dad’s sides. Having lived in Appalachia my whole life, I have developed a great sense of pride of this region and I hope to continue to better it throughout my career. In my free time, I enjoy baking (but not cooking), watching dog agility competitions, and playing softball. I have a small obsession with dogs and I am well versed in the tendencies of many dog breeds after working at a vet clinic for over a year. 

I can’t describe how thrilled I am to be a part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars! I believe that this program will be invaluable to my development as a young woman in the workforce, not to mention the many other fantastic women I will now have the opportunity to meet. 

If you would like to talk dogs, feminism, or the environment, my email is ot189717@ohio.edu, please feel free to reach out!

sophia thomas

Sophia Thomas

Hi! My name is Sophia Thomas. I was born in Akron, Ohio, and I’ve lived there my whole life. You may know of Akron because of Lebron (go Cavs!!) but I attended his rival high school. At Archbishop Hoban High School, I participated in the fundraising committee on student council, student ambassadors, peer mentoring, National Honors Society, varsity lacrosse, and was the president of my school’s section of students against destructive decisions. I took full advantage of what my school had to offer, and I hope to do so again here at Ohio University. The Margaret Boyd Scholars Program is the first extracurricular program I have been invited to at OU, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I am grateful for the chance to learn and grow alongside so many strong women. 

I am currently a psychology major in the Ohio Honors Program, however I am also exploring other paths such as child and family studies and social work. In the end, I just want to help people in the best way that I can. In my future time at OU, I am hoping to study abroad. I am so thankful for every opportunity provided to me by OU, and as a first generation college student I cherish each one. 

And now, a little bit about me outside of school! I am the youngest of four, and one of my brothers also attends Ohio University. I come from a big family. My parents each have eleven siblings, so I’m blessed to have 64 first cousins. As you can imagine, my family is the most important part of my life. In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction novels, hanging out with close friends, and trying new things.

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Alex Thompson

Hello! My name is Alex Thompson. I am a first-generation student from Logan, Ohio. I grew up about thirty minutes from campus and I have a lot of family that lives in the Athens area. I have one younger brother and one younger sister. This past spring, I graduated from both Logan High School and Tri-County Career Center (located in Nelsonville, Ohio). My parents are both vocational school graduates. My mother is a licensed practical nurse at a nursing home in Athens and my father is a custodian for the school district in Logan. I would not be where I am today without their support.

At Tri-County, I was a student in the Nursing Technology program and very active in SkillsUSA, a student organization for vocational trades. I competed and placed in regional and state competitions for Medical Terminology and on a Health Knowledge Bowl team. I started at Ohio University as a Pre-Nursing major with hopes of obtaining my B.S.N. but became interested in Community and Public Health and made the decision to change my major in November.

I am very excited to be in the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program and am looking forward to being a part of something that brings together and empowers women to be leaders. Growing up, I was not exposed to very much diversity and I have learned a lot this past year. I am looking forward to utilizing my time at Ohio University and in this program to learn as much as I can and become the best version of myself I can be.

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Lucy Thompson

My name is Lucy and I hail from wild and wonderful West Virginia. I am incredibly honored and excited to be part of the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program; my first semester here at Ohio University has been spectacular, and I know that my participation in this program will augment my experience the next four years. Besides the Margaret Boyd Scholars Program, my time on campus is occupied by majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies in the Honors Tutorial College, singing with the Women’s Ensemble, working on the women’s affairs commission in Student Senate, and going to my club meetings for the College Democrats and Student Sierra Coalition. 

My interests include obsessive list writing, backpacking, reading, crying in public places, and singing (my RA would say screaming) to Lizzo with my roommate for life, Jane Roche (Listed above! She’s awesome!). I am passionate about the outdoors, Star Wars, sweet potatoes, and getting funky with it.

If you would like to contact me my email is lt540218@ohio.edu; I love to meet new people!