2019 Student Inductees

The following members of the Class of 2019 were inducted into the College Key on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Olin Concert Hall.


Zofia B. Ahmad ’19 | Palo Alto, Calif. | Classical and Medieval Studies & Economics

Zofia Ahmad’s outstanding work as a student manager for the Academic Resource Commons is a model for creating space on campus where students can be welcomed and supported. As one faculty member writes, Zofia has the rare knack for making difficult concepts that are easy for her, easier and more accessible to her fellow students.” A Dana Scholar and double major in economics and classical and medieval studies, she has been the driving force behind the creation of the group, Women in Economics. This group aims to empower women within the major and create a supportive network of women post-graduation. A clarinet player for the Bates Orchestra, copy editor for the Student, and tour guide for the Office of Admission, Zofia has been an impactful member of the Bates community. After graduation, she will move to the UK to begin a master’s degree in global and comparative history at the University of Warwick.

Zachary L. Anderson ’19 | Rochester, N.Y. | Sociology

Zachary Anderson has impacted the lives of Lewiston/Auburn youth through hundreds of hours of tutoring and mentoring over the last four years. This volunteer work culminated in a full-time student teaching stint at Lewiston High School where he taught chemistry. Zach’s sociology thesis researched parental engagement at Longley Elementary School, and his important research will help to inform school officials as they merge Longley with another Lewiston school next year, bringing together different families and diverse perspectives. One faculty member remarks that he is a “can-do young man who is willing to roll up his sleeves to get to work on real-world challenges.” Zach is a Dana Scholar, two time AESOP leader, member of the Bates Outing Club, Civic Action Team member and an Orientation week leader. He graduates as a certified high school science teacher and is headed to Malaysia on a Fulbright grant to teach English after graduation.

Victoria C. Arjoon ’19 | Georgetown, Guyana | Rhetoric

Victoria Arjoon led the women’s squash team to four consecutive winning seasons and three Walker Cup Trophies, while achieving second team All-Nescac honors all four years in her career with Bates squash. Vicky’s coach describes her as the consummate captain, consistently putting the needs and desires of her teammates before her own. She embodies the “bobcat spirit” and has become a “go-to” student-athlete for both her peers and the College administration. She has served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and worked as the Athletic Business Office manager. A rhetoric, film and screen studies major, Vicky has been a board member of the Bates Film Festival and looks forward to a career in media and advertising after graduation.

Emily M. Bowen ’19 | Pasadena, Calif. | Psychology

Emily Bowen has brought optimism and community building to her roles as Residence Life junior advisor and residence coordinator. One faculty member notes her knack for helping others find a sense of place at Bates, both through creative programming and connecting one-on-one with her peers. Highly respected within the Bates community, Emily has engaged faculty, staff and peers in important conversations about racial equity and social justice. Emily was a two year high and triple jumper for the track team, helped create a new psychology course and has been a core member of the Take Note A cappella group. This summer, Emily will be working at a camp in Vermont that specializes in programs for kids with Aspergers and Autism. A Fulbright Award winner, she will travel in February to Brazil to teach English to college students.

Henry R. Buckley ’19 | Chappaqua, N.Y. | English

Henry Buckley is described as a thoughtful and humble leader who has shown a deep commitment to serving community. He has worked on the Prevention Action Response Team engaging the campus community in conversations about sexual violence prevention and as a peer health educator implementing student-led wellness programs focused on mental health. For his role in increasing awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse and providing creative chem-free alternatives, Henry was awarded the Jessie Withrow Chem-Free Leadership Award. Musically gifted, he has been president of the TakeNote A cappella group. He has also been a residence coordinator, Social Learning Center volunteer and AESOP leader. Henry has volunteered as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor and will continue to serve kids as an elementary school teacher in Memphis with Teach for America.

Zackary K. Campbell ’19 | Brooklyn, N.Y. | Mathematics

Zackary Campbell has contributed to the Bates community in many impactful ways. As a hammer throw specialist for varsity track and field, he has shown himself to be both a fierce competitor and consummate teammate. He has served as a junior advisor, summer residence coordinator, and a residence coordinator team leader. His outgoing and thoughtful demeanor has made him a mentor to both Residence Life staff and students within the residence halls. Zack has shared his passion for math as a TA for calculus and linear algebra and also as a peer tutor for math and statistics courses. His role as a senior fellow in Admission is yet another example of how he has given back to Bates. As one faculty member puts it, Zack “seeks to share, include and uplift with positivity,” in all that he undertakes. Starting in the fall, Zack will be teaching at Blair Academy in New Jersey.

Michael F. Driscal Jr. ’19 | Cleveland, O.H. | Psychology

Michael Driscal has shown his deep commitment to the Bates community as an integral part of the Residence Life team for three years, both as a junior advisor and residence coordinator team leader. A proven leader who many students look up to and go to for advice, he has directly served over 300 of his fellow students in his residence life roles. As one faculty member notes, “few students care more about the Bates community or are more proud to be part of it than Michael.” He is also a talented thespian who represented Bates earlier this year at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Michael has been a member of track and field and served as a junior and senior class marshal. After graduation, he will continue to give back through his work at a mental health center in his hometown of Cleveland.

Lauren J. Drumgold ’19 | New York, N.Y. | Biology

Lauren Drumgold has dedicated herself to both the Bates community as well as the youth of Lewiston-Auburn. As president of the Women of Color Club, she has supported important conversations on campus and connected Bates women of color as mentors to girls of color in the Lewiston/Auburn community. Most impactful has been Lauren’s work with Tree Street Youth where she has been a valued mentor. A recipient of the Outstanding Volunteerism and Student Leadership Award from the Harward Center, she also served on the search committee for the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Bates. Lauren has worked tirelessly on the MLK Day planning committee as well. After graduation, she will move back to her hometown of NYC to work for City Year, a non-profit partnership with public schools dedicated to supporting students’ academic and social success.

Adelae H. Durand ’19 | Cumberland, R.I. | Neuroscience

Adelae Durand is a four year veteran of the varsity field hockey team who is known throughout the athletic community as the consummate teammate and valued mentor. She is a member of the College Orchestra, a peer tutor and a volunteer with Bates EMS. Adelae has also worked to build community in her roles as junior advisor and residence coordinator. As co-president of the Special Olympics Club, she worked with local elementary schools to sponsor a field day at Bates. One faculty member remarks that “Adelae is a remarkable student with eclectic interests, skills and talents who has taken full advantage of all Bates has offered and has given back to the Bates community in equal measure.” After graduation, Adelae will head to the University of California, San Francisco, to work in research studying respiratory drive and diseases that impede breathing.

Elijah G. Frater ’19 | Brooklyn, N.Y. | Politics

Elijah Frater has been a key member of the varsity basketball team for four years showing the same hustle in the classroom and in pursuit of professional goals as he has shown on the court. Eli has served as both a junior advisor as well as a residence coordinator community leader with the added important responsibility of supervising a team of residence coordinators. He has also been a valued member of the Prevention Action Response Team steering committee, working on sexual violence prevention initiatives. One faculty member writes that Eli is widely respected by faculty, staff and peers for his strong character as well as his dedication and focus in pursuit of his long-term career goals. He is on his way to reaching his goal of working for the NBA as a recent hire by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Trevor H. Fry ’19 | Groton, Mass. | Politics

Trevor Fry is an exceptional leader and scholar-athlete. A four year letter winner for the men’s rowing team, he was elected captain his senior year. Winning an impressive two NESCAC championships, he also earned a berth on the team that in 2018 qualified for the prestigious IRA National championships, becoming the first NESCAC team to do so in over 100 years. He has made the dean’s list every semester of his four years at Bates and finishes his college career tied for the highest GPA on the men’s rowing team. Trevor has co-chaired the Student Affairs Committee and served as an Admission Office senior fellow as well as a volunteer legal translator at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. Following graduation, he will be working as a paralegal at a law firm in Boston.

Kenneth C. Hale ’19 | Cleveland, OH | Biological Chemistry

Kenneth Hale has proved to be a kind and patient young man dedicated to supporting the Bates community. Through his work as a three year Residence Life staff member, he created engaging programming for first-year students. Ken helped first generation to college students transition to campus life as the lead summer fellow for the Bobcat First! program. A four year member of the Help Desk staff, his patience and positive attitude has impacted countless students and faculty members. Ken has shared his intelligence as a teaching assistant in numerous biology courses. One faculty member describes him as a curious hard worker who carries out excellent lab work and can think through complex ideas. After graduation, he plans to be a medical technician at the Cleveland Clinic.

Kayla K. Jackson ’19 | Metuchen, N.J. | Philosophy & Women and Gender Studies

Kayla Jackson is an inspiring young philosopher, debater and activist. A member of the debate team for three years, she also served as its novice director. She has presented twice at the C3 Summit on pre-graduate research in the humanities, at UC Berkeley and at the University of Chicago. In her roles as a peer writing tutor and as a teaching assistant in philosophy, Kayla’s service and leadership to other students is exemplary. Her philosophy paper was accepted to the Northern New England Philosophy Association Annual Conference earlier this year. Next year, she will follow her academic passion to the University of Michigan where she will pursue a Ph.D in philosophy.

Anna E. Kreitzer ’19 | Ellsworth, ME | Psychology

Anna Kreitzer has been an impactful mentor on campus through her work in both Residence Life and the Office of Admission. A responsible leader, she was elected to be a residence coordinator team leader for two years. One faculty member highlights her empathetic nature and genuine desire to make each student feel included, comfortable and involved in the Bates community. For the Office of Admission, Anna has been a tour guide, two time summer intern, tour guide coordinator and senior fellow. Anna’s warm personality puts prospective students and their parents at ease. With a special gift for connecting with others, it’s no surprise that Anna will pursue a career in secondary school admission or residence life after leaving Bates.

Miles G. Lamberson ’19 | Hinesburg, Vt. | Sociology

Miles Lamberson leaves his mark on Bates as the Outing Club president who has worked tirelessly to address outreach, inclusivity and organizational systems to improve this popular campus club. One faculty member notes how he models outstanding leadership and influences other student-led clubs to follow his example. Miles has coordinated Wilderness First Responder classes and brought a mountain bike program to Bates, both open to all students. He has also served as chief of EMS and shift supervisor and oversaw the HeartSafe accreditation process. After Bates, Miles plans to work in emergency medical services in a hospital setting and take an advanced EMT course before applying to medical school.

Britiny C. Lee ’19 | Cleveland, OH | Biology

Britiny Lee has been an impactful volunteer, activist and performance artist during her 4 years at Bates. She was the Director of the 2017 Sankofa performance and co-planner of the 2019 MLK Day events, which included the creation of multiple video features. She also co-facilitated a workshop at the 2017 Maine Youth Summit and Queer Trans Conference, where she shared her poetic talent with a spoken word performance. Brit has dedicated her time to community outreach serving children at Pal’s Center and Tree Street Youth. On campus, she was elected as a junior advisor for three consecutive years and has been involved with the Women of Color group and Amandala! Black Student Union. After Bates, Brit will work in a microbiology lab prior to applying to graduate school.

Owen L. Lewis ’19 | Newcastle, ME | Biological Chemistry

Owen Lewis has served the Bates community as secretary, treasurer and vice president of the Bates Health Sciences Society, ClubMed, over the past four years. A committed musician, he has also been a member of the Manic Optimists A cappella group. As a Dana Scholar and dean’s list recipient for seven semesters, Owen has been awarded for his exceptional achievement in organic chemistry and biochemical research. For his thesis, he researched a bacteria with the potential to help clean up marine petroleum spills. Owen has volunteered as a crew member of the Bates Emergency Medical Services team and worked two jobs at the college. This gifted young scientist will be joining the Oettgen Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital as a research assistant for clinical trials related to childhood allergies.

Shelbie L. McCormack ’19 | Tynsboro, Mass. | Art and Visual Culture & Classical and Medieval Studies

Shelbie McCormack received the Bauer Grant which allowed her to travel to Siena, Italy to conduct more detailed research on her thesis about urban development and infrastructure in thirteenth and fourteenth century Siena. A four year starter and two year captain on the varsity field hockey team, Shelbie has exemplified exceptional sportsmanship and leadership. She has served as chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as a Bates NESCAC representative. In this role, she has worked to engage student-athletes with the Lewiston/Auburn community though organizing fundraisers and collecting donations for needy residents. Shelbie has also worked to create a larger Green Dot influence within athletics and in partnership with other campus groups. She is co-president of the Special Olympics Club and has served as junior advisor and residence coordinator. After Bates, and prior to applying to graduate school for architecture, Shelbie will work for a real estate development firm specializing in sustainable living.

Dylan P. Metsch-Ampel ’19 | Montclair, N.J. | Environmental Studies

Dylan Metsch-Ampel has been an impactful contributor to the Bates community and beyond, most notably through the Bonner Leadership Program. As a Bonner leader, he has logged over 520 hours of community-engaged work and served as a senior intern. His year long thesis focused on Kennedy Park and its impact on the neighborhood’s sense of place. This project has worked toward downtown Lewiston revitalization, and local organizations will continue to learn from his research long after he has graduated. A Dana Scholar, Dylan has also been a Community Engaged Research Fellow, class representative, Communications intern, Admission tour guide, Le Ronj server, and Downtown Walkabout Leader. Additionally, he has served the community through the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Boys and Girls Club. After graduation, Dylan will work as a paralegal at a law firm in New York City.

L. Sophia Rintell ’19 | Chestnut Hill, Mass. | Sociology

Sophia Rintell is an outstanding scholar-athlete. She was the only freshman on the women’s first varsity eight rowing team and ever since, has anchored the boat as the stroke, helping win two Division III National Championships while earning a host of other athletic awards. On land, she is equally as impressive as an exceptional student, earning Phi Beta Kappa and a spot on the dean’s list all four years at Bates. An impactful community leader, she has served as a peer writing and speaking assistant and worked as a junior advisor and residence coordinator. Sophia was elected captain of the rowing team and also appointed manager of the Ronj coffeehouse where she ran a staff of thirty peers. After graduation, she will be working as a research assistant at Wellesley College conducting research on depression prevention for adolescents.

Eleanor L. Ross ’19 | New Hartford, Conn. | Psychology

Eleanor Ross has made extraordinary contributions to the Bates and Lewiston communities. A Bonner Leader for four years, she has volunteered at Auburn Middle school as a tutor for English language learning students and at New Beginnings, a transitional living program for homeless youth. Last summer, she assisted in the development of an herbal products business with the Center for Wisdom’s Women, a Lewiston non-profit serving low-income women. Ella is a Dana Scholar and a highly-regarded research and teaching assistant who, with one of her professors, is submitting a paper for publication. As a campus leader, she has served as a Mediation and Restorative Justice Fellow. After graduation, Ella will stay on at Bates as the Post-Baccalaureate Civic Engagement Fellow.

Marcus A. Ross ’19 | Arlington, TX | Biology

Marcus Ross is described by his football coach as a great athlete but an even better person. On and off the field, he has modeled discipline, hard work and dedication. His influence is reflected not only in the team’s technical and athletic performance, but also in their academic performance and positive attitude. A community liaison for the team, Marcus has facilitated communication between the team, parents and fans and organized team volunteer efforts in the Lewiston/Auburn community. In biology labs, Marcus is known for his high-quality research and for being a strong peer mentor. He has volunteered as a biology teacher at Lewiston High School and as a mentor for boys through the Aspirations Program. One faculty member highlighted his impressive presentation at the Mt. David Summit, noting that Marcus is intelligent, well-spoken and an outstanding representative of the college.

Zahio Alexia Sahue ’19 | Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire | Economics

Alexia Sahue is an impressive double major in economics and Chinese with a concentration in dance. She completed a language intensive program while studying abroad in China and returned to Bates to write her thesis entirely in Chinese. She received the Albion Morse Stevens Award given to the student who has done excellent work in a foreign language. Multi-talented and broadly engaged, Alexia has been a core member of the Dance Club and co-president of the Africana Club. She has also been a Purposeful Work Fellow and member of the Residence Staff in the role of residence coordinator. After graduation, she will be an analyst for the Analysis Group, an economics consulting firm in Boston.

Anna C. Setzer ’19 | Chapel Hill, NC | Politics

Anna Setzer is an impactful student activist and organizer dedicated to the betterment of the Bates community. Highlights of her accomplishments include student representative on the Trustees Advisory Committee, two year track and field athlete, peer tutor, stewardship intern for the Office of Advancement, senior fellow for the Office of Admission, MLK Day program leader and Bates Builds member and president. One faculty member describes Anna as responsible, reliable and able to remain calm and composed even when balancing multiple projects at the same time. An exemplary student, she is the recipient of the Strangle Research Grant which provided funding for her to conduct more in-depth research for her thesis exploring citizenship in the age of climate change. As a Fulbright Scholar, Anna will be teaching English at a University in Tunja, Colombia.

Gabriella F. Shpilsky ’19 | New York, N.Y. | Biological Chemistry

Gabriella Shpilsky has been an impactful leader in many realms of student life at Bates. She has been captain of the Bates EMS and also a peer health educator, working to increase awareness about sexual health on campus. Noteworthy is her role in developing a program which prompted impactful conversations about religious faith and sexuality. As president of the Bates Hillel, she has worked collaboratively with the Multifaith Chaplaincy and other groups to better support programs for Jewish students while promoting inclusivity and justice for all Bates students. One faculty member writes that “Gaby lives out her holistic vision of wellness and consistently empowers her peers to do the same.” Following graduation, Gaby will work at the Massachusetts General Hospital researching a vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes prior to applying to medical school.

Helene R. Sudac ’19 | Lake Forest, IL | Interdisciplinary Studies

Helene Sudac leaves her mark at Bates as a student leader working to reduce sexual violence on campus. Serving on the Green Dot steering committee and the Prevention Action Response Team, she has been instrumental in creating and implementing a new curriculum based on sexual assault prevention and awareness. She is also a founder of Gen Action, a student group focused on sexual health and reproductive freedom. One faculty member writes that Helene takes these roles seriously and “advocates for those identities that may not be present in the room, in an attempt to make the work as inclusive and accessible as possible.” Helene is also involved in the Lewiston community, helping to cook brunch Sunday mornings at the Blake Street Towers and volunteering at the Girls Aspiration Club at Hillview. Helene has accepted a Fulbright Grant to be an English teacher in Spain.

Mary Buford Turnage ’19 | Denver, Colo. | Biology

Mary Buford Turnage has helped to ensure the safety of her peers through her involvement with the Bates EMS, where she has served as captain and crew chief. She is also a four-year member of the women’s club ice hockey team and an active participant in the Bates Outing Club. With the support of the Barlow Enrichment Grant, she challenged herself by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro while studying abroad in Tanzania. Mary Buford has contributed to residence life both as a junior advisor and residence coordinator team leader. One faculty member notes her aptitude and interest in scientific research which culminated in her honors biology thesis. After graduation, Mary Buford will further pursue her passion for science with an internship at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doing manatee research and rescue.