My first visit to Michigan Tech happened in late winter during my senior year of high school. I remember driving through Houghton for the first time and looking at the remnants of snow statues. I wondered what I would be getting myself into if I chose to attend a university where students spent weeks every winter building statues of snow and ice. Winter Carnival has since become one of my favorite Michigan Tech traditions. I love playing broomball, competing in the human dogsled competition, acting in Stage Review, and enjoying the feeling of accomplishment that comes with putting the final touches on a snow statue. This is my fourth and final winter carnival as an undergraduate student at Michigan Tech. I’m excited to have the opportunity to become even more immersed in the experience as a Winter Carnival Queen candidate.

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and I chose Michigan Tech for the university’s academics and location. As a Wildlife Ecology and Management major, I can’t imagine a better place to learn. What I love most about Michigan Tech is that the learning is hands-on. I enjoy being able to spend time outside during classes. A highlight of my time at Michigan Tech was Fall Camp, a field-based semester for Ecology, Wildlife and Forestry majors. Following graduation in May, my plans include attending graduate school and eventually pursuing a career involving large mammal research.

Michigan Tech has provided me with countless opportunities for growth and leadership. I have worked as a coach at the Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center for nearly three years. As a coach, I edit papers, lead World Cultures study teams, work on resumes, practice conversational English with international students, and help with just about any other communications project a student can dream up. I am also a member of The Delta Zeta Sorority, and I am excited to be representing this group of women as a Queens Candidate. As a Delta Zeta, I have served as Sisterhood Chair and as Philanthropy Chair. I also serve as a mentor for middle school girls through Michigan Tech’s Young Women Leaders Program. When I am not in class or participating in campus organizations, I enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the Keweenaw.

I would like to thank the sisters of The Delta Zeta Sorority for nominating and sponsoring me as a Queens candidate. I would also like to thank Swift True Value Hardware for their support and sponsorship.