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Scholar Holler

Each month the Center for Student Achievement recognizes an outstanding student for academic excellence. The student is highlighted on our website, in the CSA, and in the Flyer student newspaper as a way to encourage other students to achieve their academic potential.

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for Scholar Holler. The nomination form should describe the student's academic accomplishments.

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 Scholar Holler Winners!!! 

April 2017 - Nicholas Anthony Carlini

Nick Carlini April 2017 Scholar Holler Winner

Major: Exercise Science & Health Education

Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Words of Wisdom: Throughout my time here at Salisbury I have been blessed with many opportunities. Two phrases that I have lived by for most of my life are “two things define you, your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything” and “greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige, it is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character”. With my service in the Laboratory for Human Performance (LHP) under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Mazzetti it has taught me that change is inevitable and that growth is optional. Learning how to become self reflective and challenge yourself day in and day out leaves you with a self satisfaction that resembles a champion. Do not be afraid to fail, and when you do respect the process how it makes you stronger in the long run. Be yourself and be proud of who you are and even more excited of who you will become. Dream Big, Work Hard and Strive for Success. 

Dr. Mazzetti: Nicholas is an obvious and deserving nominee for the April 2017 SU Scholar Holler because of his role as the SUSRC worker/intern this spring as well as his accomplishments as a double major, demonstrated leadership skills over his time in the LHP, and persistence in serving others. Nick gave an outstanding research presentation at the SU Research conference in 2016. His most impressive accomplishment is that he was recently awarded a graduate research assistantship beginning Fall 2017 at Ball State University in the Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation Program."

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March 2017 - Juliet Vapsva

Juliet Vapsva March 2017 Scholar Holler Winner

Major: Psychology

Minor: Art

Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ

Words of Wisdom: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way!

Dr. Schlehofer: “Juliet is an exceptional student. She is one of the best undergraduate interviewers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. For her Honor's thesis she will be conducting an empirical study of her own design...her research idea is novel and important to both applied and theoretical contexts."

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February 2017 - Kristy Trojan

Kristy Trojan - February 2017 Scholar Holler Winner

Major: Accounting

Minor: Finance

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Words of Wisdom: Don't complain about things you're not willing to change. The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.

Dr. Robert Barber: “Kristy more than exemplifies the objectives of the Scholar Holler Program by setting an example for how a student can get involved in activities that have a broader outreach than the classroom and make a positive impression and influence others, particularly our elected officials. She personifies the Scholar Holler student…not because of any award or other accolades…but because she serves as an example of what is an important purpose of our university…the education and empowerment of our students.” (Kristy began to support the Honors math class project with our local and state elected officials before the semester started.)

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November 2016 - Brittany Bursa

Scholar Holler Winner November 2016

Major: English Secondary Education

Minor: Art

Hometown: Flemington, NJ

Words of Wisdom: Always try your best because if you look back, feel proud of your efforts, and know that you gave it your all then you can call yourself successful. Take advantage of your resources and use as much help as is offered.

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all - love what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele

Dr. Leasure: “Brittany always has insightful commentary, demonstrating she has read the material thoroughly. Her grades on all assignments are exceptional. She is diligent and conscientious.”

Dr. Walton: “Brittany's success and leadership across campus, her superior academic record, and her commitment to serving our community make her an excellent candidate for Scholar Holler.”

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October 2016 - Aaron Wall


Major: Finance - Investments Track

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Words of Wisdom: It is all about involvement. Join different groups across campus to meet new people and new experiences.

Dr. Arvi: “Aaron is the lead analyst of the Salisbury University Investment Fund. Aaron, as the lead analyst, has incorporated new risk management tool in the form of covered calls (derivatives) to protect any potential loss in the portfolio...To be able to execute such complex trades on a very sensitive financial portfolio requires good due diligence, fore sight, responsibility, and maturity.”

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September 2016 - Megan Newcomer

Megan Newcomer Scholar Holler September 2016

Majors: Management, Marketing, Art, and English

Minor: Film

Hometown: Mount Airy, MD

Dr. Walton: “Megan excels in every area she does things: community service, creative arts, academics, journalism, business…with her 4.0 in 4 majors, Megan’s academic qualifications are perfect. She may be the most accomplished student I have seen in my 15 years at Salisbury and I will encourage her to apply for a Rhodes and a Marshall Scholarship next year, if she is not in Australia on her Fulbright.”

Words of Wisdom: "Let us toast to...rain on the roof and instant coffee, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives, and to the 'good life', whatever it is and wherever it happens to be." 

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Past Recipients

April 2016 - Nicholas Carlini
March 2016 - Katherine Potvin
February 2016 - Aaron Wilson
December 2015 - Christy Bertolaccini
November 2015 - Alex Potocko
October 2015 - John Talbot
September 2015 - Megan Mahedy
May 2015 - Zach Grogan & Rachel Lisk
April 2015 - Kirsten Hawkins
March 2015 - Andrea Korell
February 2015 - Maryam Aboul-Enein

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