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Who Are Your Leaders?

Sean Akene

Class of 2019
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Lanham, Maryland

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is World History.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is staying focused and staying organized.
  • My favorite place on campus is Marillac Hall Cafeteria.
  • My favorite places in NYC are Central Park and SoHo.
  • A fun fact about me is I speak French.
Kyle Alverez

Class of 2018
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Business Management
Minor: Social Justice and International Studies
Hometown: St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is International Business.
  • The key to success at St. John’s becoming involved on campus.
  • My favorite place on campus is DaSilva Field.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Times Square.
  • A fun fact about me is I’m an international student from Trinidad and Tobago.
John Black

Class of 2018
Resident
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Homeland Security
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Financial Management.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is making connections with peers and professors.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Fitness Center.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Harlem.
  • Some fun facts about me are I’m left-handed and can say the alphabet backwards.
Ameria Brown

Class of 2020
Resident
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Hometown: Sewell, NJ

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Sociology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is planning ahead.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Highest Point in Queens Overlook.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Williamsburg.
  • A fun fact about me is I enjoy painting and writing.
Melanie Butron

Class of 2018
Commuter
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Marketing
Minor: Fashion
Hometown: Middle Village, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is International Business.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is to get involved and keep an open mind.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Bent Hall Patio.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • A fun fact about me is that lacrosse is my favorite sport.
Isabella Calogero

Class of 2019
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Lagrangeville, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Anatomy and Physiology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is reaching out and making connections.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Highest Point in Queens Overlook.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Columbus Circle’s Central Park.
  • A fun fact about me is I tap dance.
Mary Serene Carino

Class of 2019
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Government and Politics
Minor: Economics
Hometown: Jamaica, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is History.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is getting involved in something you’re passionate about.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Highest Point in Queens Overlook.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Long Island City.
  • A fun fact about me is I hold dual citizenship for the Philippines and the United States.
Celina Chapman

Class of 2020
Resident
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: English and French
Hometown: Shelton, CT

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is French.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is organization and time management.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Brennan Memorial Fountain.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
  • A fun fact about me is I play five instruments.
Celeste Daniel

Class of 2020
Commuter
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Finance
Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Discover New York.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is networking and meeting new people.
  • My favorite place on campus is Bent Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Williamsburg.
  • A fun fact about me is my horoscope fluctuates between Leo and Virgo.
Nicole Duran

Class of 2020
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Hometown: Woodside, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Theology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is dedication.
  • My favorite place on campus is St. Augustine Hall’s, 3rd Floor Window Seat.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Quickly’s Bubble Tea.
  • A fun fact about me is my left hand is my dominant hand, but I write with my right hand.
Monica Duro

Class of 2019
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Communication Arts
Minor: French
Hometown: Odenton, MD

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Public Speaking.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is networking.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Law School Cafeteria.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Union Square.
  • A fun fact about me is I’ve lived in Ghana, Africa.
Tyler Finn

Class of 2020
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Economics
Hometown: Northford, CT

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is History.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is organization.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Great Lawn.
  • My favorite place in NYC is SoHo.
  • A fun fact about me is I enjoy snowboarding.
Ryan Fredericks

Class of 2020
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Business
Hometown: Flushing, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Japanese.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is organization.
  • My favorite place on campus is Taffner Field House.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Williamsburg.
  • A fun fact about me is I can fly planes.
Tamara Garcia

Class of 2020
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: English
Hometown: Trinidad

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is English.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is networking.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Bent Hall Patio.
  • My favorite place in NYC is the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • A fun fact about me is I started a poetry club on campus.
Irene Gorosave

Class of 2020
Resident
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Government and Politics
Hometown: La Jolla, CA

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Ecology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is getting involved and managing your time wisely.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Great Lawn.
  • My favorite place in NYC is The Queen’s Botanical Gardens.
  • A fun fact about me is I run half marathons with my father.
Daniel Haynes

Class of 2020
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Journalism
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Guyana

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Multimedia and Communication.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is networking and applying yourself.
  • My favorite place on campus is Marillac Hall Cafeteria.
  • My favorite place in NYC is the Brooklyn Bridge Pier.
  • A fun fact about me is I’ve lived in Trinidad, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Guyana.
Gabriella Klengler

Class of 2021
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Baldwin, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is History.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is exploring and making friends.
  • My favorite place on campus is Sodano Coffee House.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Harlem.
  • A fun fact about me is I love to write.
Derek Klingel

Class of 2019
Resident
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Communication Arts
Minor: Business
Hometown: Bohemia, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Discover New York.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is time management and staying focused.
  • My favorite place on campus is the Fitness Center.
  • My favorite place in NYC is the Freedom Tower.
  • A fun fact about me is I enjoy running and cardio.
Alexandria Kohls

Class of 2018
Resident
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: San Jose, CA

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Victimology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is getting involved.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Great Lawn.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Bryant Park.
  • A fun fact about me is I like to go hiking.
Nicolas Kuo

Class of 2019
Resident
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: English
Minor: Music
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

  • My favorite classes at St. John’s are all of my English classes.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is making connections.
  • My favorite place on campus is the D’Angelo Center 3rd Floor.
  • My favorite place in NYC is DUMBO.
  • A fun fact about me is I started my own club, Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), freshman year.
Alejandro Martinez

Class of 2019
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Finance
Hometown: Bronx, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Management.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is time management.
  • My favorite place on campus is Montgoris Dining Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Emilio’s Pizzeria in the Bronx.
  • A fun fact about me is I have six older brothers and one younger sister.
Ashton Meertins

Class of 2019
Resident
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Abnormal Psychology.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is making connections.
  • My favorite place on campus is Montgoris Dining Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Times Square.
  • A fun fact about me is I work in the gym on campus as a personal trainer.
Thomas Moore

Class of 2020
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Biology
Hometown: Middle Village, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Biology 3000.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is getting involved on campus.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Great Lawn.
  • My favorite place in NYC is the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • A fun fact about me is I know how to juggle.
Bonam Om

Class of 2019
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Biology
Hometown: Jericho, NY

  • My favorite classe at St. John’s Biology 3000.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is pacing yourself and getting involved.
  • My favorite place on campus is The D’Angelo Center.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Broadway.
  • A fun fact about me is I interviewed Marlon Wayans on TV.
Brandon Persaud

Class of 2018
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Jamaica, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Introduction to Operations Research.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is finding your passion in your studies and organizations.
  • My favorite place on campus is St. Augustine Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is The High Line.
  • A fun fact about me is I was Johnny Thunderbird during New Student Convocation.
Sean Scarabino

Class of 2020
Commuter
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Finance
Hometown: Middle Village, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Law in a Business Environment.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is time management.
  • My favorite place on campus is The Learning Commons.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Juniper Valley Park.
  • A fun fact about me is I’m multi-racial.
Jenna Shea

Class of 2020
Resident
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Major: Finance
Hometown: Wood-Ridge, NJ

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Public Speaking.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is not procrastinating.
  • My favorite place on campus is Bent Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Battery Park.
  • A fun fact about me is I like country music.
Alexandra Simon

Class of 2019
Commuter
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Major: Toxicology
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Sign Language.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is surrounding yourself with genuine, driven people.
  • My favorite places on campus are the empty classes in Marillac Hall.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Havanna Cuban Restaurant.
  • A fun fact about me is I was a competitive dancer for nine years.
Robert Sluka

Class of 2018
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Theology
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Public Speaking.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is doing what you want, not what your friends want.
  • My favorite place on campus is Carnesecca Arena.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Little Italy.
  • A fun fact about me is I have 4 younger brothers.
Genesis Torres

Class of 2019
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Hometown: Amityville, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Penal Law.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is networking.
  • My favorite place on campus is the D’Angelo Center.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Gantry State Plaza.
  • A fun fact about me is I was born in the Dominican Republic.
Emelybel Vasquez

Class of 2020
Commuter
The College of Professional Studies

Major: Legal Studies
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ozone Park, NY

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Legal Writing Communications.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is staying involved.
  • My favorite place on campus is the D’Angelo Center Living Room.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Times Square.
  • A fun fact about me is I love cooking.
Ashli Wade

Class of 2018
Commuter
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Chicago, IL

  • My favorite class at St. John’s is Victimization.
  • The key to success at St. John’s is to make St. John’s your home.
  • My favorite place on campus is The D’Angelo Center Overlook.
  • My favorite place in NYC is Brooklyn.
  • A fun fact about me is I met R-Kelly around my neighborhood.