Pfeiffer's newest alumni are on their way to becoming leaders in fields from business to religion a few standouts are:
Arsena Todd Schroeder, Charlotte, N.C., Pfeiffer's first Knapp Scholar and Gates Millennium Scholar. Graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, Arsena will head to UNC Charlotte next fall to earn a master's degree in school counseling with extended support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, administered through the United Negro College Fund. The Knapp Scholars Program, funded by the Knapp Family Foundation, in particular Pfeiffer trustee Robert D. Knapp and his wife Marcia, supports deserving low-income students who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship and extra-curricular achievement. Arsena's career goals include opening a family counseling business with her husband, Stephen, who will graduate from Pfeiffer in December.
Zachary McMichael, Raleigh, N.C. and Ashley Zeek, Anthem, Ariz. Zachary will attend Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., on full scholarship to study patent law. A competitive swimmer at Pfeiffer, Zach, a chemistry major and Milton Rose Scholar, was introduced to St. Louis last summer during a paid internship with agricultural and biotechnology leader Monsanto, where he will work again this summer before classes begin. Committed to living in St. Louis for at least three years while he completes his studies, Zach will move there with his fianceÃ© Ashley Zeek, who will teach high school biology for Teach For America. A biology/chemistry major and basketball player who spent summer 2011 conducting research in Madagascar through Pfeiffer's biology department with Professor Luke Dollar, Ashley will fulfill her teaching commitment before applying to and completing medical school.
Several Pfeiffer graduates have been accepted to divinity school at prestigious seminaries. They are: Grady Wiley of Waynesville, N.C., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.; Rachel Ford of Concord, N.C. , Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tenn.; Laura Owens of Randleman, N.C., Boston School of Theology; Aaron Duncan of Valdese, N.C., Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.; and Stephen Weymouth of Houston, N.C., Pfeiffer University, M.A., Practical Theology, Charlotte, N.C.
Other exemplary students include:
|Justin and Paige Beard live and work in Albemarle and own Beard Bikes in downtown Albemarle. Owners of Beard Bikes, Justin earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science and Paige earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.||Lauren Kaminski, who majored in Business Administration, participated in commencement at Pfeiffer on Saturday. She is office manager for Robinson and Associates, a financial services consulting firm in Albemarle.
||Jenna Gulledge celebrates with her father, Jim Gulledge '79, director of academic support services for Pfeiffer.
|Bailey Kathryn Greene of Asheboro
received the Senior Scholastic Achievement Award for earning the highest grade point average among all graduates of the class of 2012. Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a double minor in chemistry and mathematics.
|Aaron Duncan of Valdese, N.C. received the Pearl Walton Fisher Citizenship Award. With a major in Religion and Practical Theology, Aaron will attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., to study missions.