2016-2017 Seed Class

    Will DeVito

    Will DeVito, 2020 – Marketing Chair

    Year:

    Sophomore

    Hometown:

    Greenlawn, New York

    Major:

    Television, Radio, and Film

    Interests:

    Guitar, Skiing, Acting, Movies, Fireworks, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pixar, Family Parties, Montauk, Chilling with Friends, Buying things I don’t actually need on Amazon, Good Uncle

    Organizations:

    OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, Ottonomous Productions, Newhouse Peer Mentor

    Favorite Quote:

    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

    OrangeSeeds is truly a one-of-a-kind program that I am so happy to be a part of. It allows for students to truly make whatever they want out of their experience. Seeds has not only allowed for me to meet a group of amazing people and gain new experiences, but it has also helped me learn more about myself and the kind of person I aim to be.

     

        Tianna Sellers

        Year:

        Sophomore

        Hometown:

        West Hills, California

        Major:

        Chemistry

        Interests:

        Singing, Dancing, Acting, Cooking, Baking, Playing Just Dance

        Organizations:

        OrangeSeeds and CRU

        Favorite Quote:

        “Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” – Master Oogway

        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

        OrangeSeeds is an extremely welcoming and beneficial group. I have met a whole bunch of amazing people with the same personality as me which is a huge plus, but the volunteer work is what really makes me proud to call myself a Seed. We are changing the lives of others for the better, and as a result my life is being changed for the better.

         

            Taylor Williams

            Taylor Williams, 2020 – Mentorship and Membership Chair

            Year:

            Sophomore

            Hometown:

            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

            Major:

            Television, Radio, and Film

            Interests:

            Dancing, pretending like I can sing, watching Netflix, trying out recipes from Facebook, and SYRACUSE SPORTS

            Organizations:

            OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, CitrusTV, Mixtape Magazine

            Favorite Quote:

            “Keep on keeping on.” (I love it so much I have it tattooed on my back)

            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

            I have never been surrounded by such a genuine group of people before. Everybody cares about each other’s well-being and taking care of the community. OrangeSeeds truly becomes a family the moment that you join.

                Michael DiNardo

                Michael DiNardo, 2020 – Finance Chair

                Year:

                Sophomore

                Hometown:

                Thornwood, New York

                Major:

                Accounting and Finance

                Interests:

                Community service, baseball (Mets), basketball, (Knicks), and football (Giants)

                Organizations:

                OrangeSeeds, Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, Student Association, ottoTHON, Whitman Peer Mentor, Honors Peer Mentor, and LIE Learning Community Peer Mentor

                Favorite Quote:

                “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.” – Derek Jeter

                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                I believe OrangeSeeds is an amazing opportunity that students must take advantage of. I look forward to working with each and every one of my fellow Seeds every week and I think it is great how we have already seemed to come together as a family so far. I cannot wait to see all of the memories we create down the road.

                    McKinley Vrees

                    Year:

                    Freshman

                    Hometown:

                    Holliston, Massachusetts

                    Major:

                    Spanish, Pre-Med track

                    Interests:

                    Photography, service, traveling everywhere and anywhere, hiking, music, learning about people’s life stories

                    Organizations:

                    OrangeSeeds, Z89, UNICEF, Red Cross, OttoTHON, SU Outing Club

                    Favorite Quote:

                    “I love bread.” – Oprah Winfrey

                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                    It is 116% the best thing I’ve been part of. I’m so proud to be a a member of a community like this. Honestly, Seeds already feels like a family and I couldn’t be happier. Everyone in Seeds puts their heart and soul into everything that they do and it makes me feel so welcome and loved whenever I’m with any one of the Seeds. I cannot wait for what the rest of the year has in store for all of us!

                        Marielle Brunelle

                        Year:

                        Freshman

                        Hometown:

                        Auburn, New Hampshire

                        Major:

                        Public Relations

                        Interests:

                        Any food related activities, reading, hot yoga, the great outdoors, Game of Thrones, hugging, traveling, tea

                        Organizations:

                        OrangeSeeds, TEDx

                        Favorite Quote:

                        “We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                        OrangeSeeds is exactly the organization I was hoping to find at Syracuse, and I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to be a part of it. I am provided not only with amazing community service opportunities and connections to a whole network of other clubs and administration, but with a community of like-minded individuals who are full of love and welcome you with open arms.

                         

                            Maddie Peck

                            Year:

                            Freshman

                            Hometown:

                            Beverly, Massachusetts

                            Major:

                            Nutrition

                            Interests:

                            Running, art, reading, coffee

                            Organizations:

                            OrangeSeeds

                            Favorite Quote:

                            “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                            I am thrilled to be part of such an eclectic group of leaders who share a common passion for making our world a better place!

                             

                                Kyle Rosenblum

                                Kyle Rosenblum, 2020 – Programming Chair

                                Year:

                                Sophomore

                                Hometown:

                                Limerick, Pennsylvania

                                Major:

                                Psychology

                                Interests:

                                Soccer, The Office, The Killers, Wawa, going on adventures, and Cheeseburgers

                                Organizations:

                                OrangeSeeds, Ottonomous Productions, Pre-Health Society

                                Favorite Quote:

                                “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                OrangeSeeds is an amazing first-year leadership and community service program which allows the rare opportunity for a small group of first-year students to build incredible bonds by helping the community. OrangeSeeds strives to make Syracuse University and the greater Syracuse area into a better place by working together to affect meaningful change.

                                 

                                    Justin Boone

                                    Justin Boone, 2020 – Internal Development Chair

                                    Year:

                                    Sophomore

                                    Hometown:

                                    Fort Washington, Maryland

                                    Major:

                                    Undecided in Whitman & Policy Studies

                                    Interests:

                                    Current events, soccer (Manchester United), basketball (Wizards), music, fashion, food, business, dancing, singing, diversity, The Office, Game of Thrones, positivity, people, dogs, penguins, Facebook, LinkedIn, photos, team bonding exercises, service, the color blue, the number 2, Disney Pixar, and Obama

                                    Organizations:

                                    OrangeSeeds, Orientation Leader, University 100, Phi Sigma Pi, OttoThon

                                    Favorite Quote:

                                    “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                    OrangeSeeds is an amazing organization!  It allows you to create a mini family within the University while you get out and help the broader Syracuse community.

                                        Jackson Barnes

                                        Year:

                                        Freshman

                                        Hometown:

                                        Montclair, New Jersey

                                        Major:

                                        Exercise Science

                                        Interests:

                                        Talking, pictures of dogs, soccer, competition, small children, whole foods

                                        Organizations:

                                        OrangeSeeds, Sadler Residence Hall Association (President), WHEEL Club, FIT Families

                                        Favorite Quote:

                                        “If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce.”

                                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                        It makes me happy that people love service as much as I do. Everything that we do in OrangeSeeds makes me smile and feel warm and excited inside!

                                         

                                            Isabella Falcione

                                            Isabella Falcione, 2020 – Internal Development Chair

                                            Year:

                                            Sophomore

                                            Hometown:

                                            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                                            Major:

                                            Communication and Rhetorical Studies

                                            Interests:

                                            Cooking, doing crafty things, watching The Office, fashion, The Food Network, Pittsburgh Penguins

                                            Organizations:

                                            OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, University 100

                                            Favorite Quote:

                                            “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”

                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                            OrangeSeeds is such an incredible family on the SU campus, and I am forever grateful to be a member of this organization.  It is a place that allowed me to grow professionally, as well as opened me up to other organizations on campus. OrangeSeeds gave me the opportunity to meet the BEST people. I love being able to go out into the community each week, doing various tasks to help better the city of Syracuse! I am thrilled to see what this school year brings! YAY SEEDS

                                                Greg Mytelka

                                                Greg Mytelka, 2020 – Community Relations Chair

                                                Year:

                                                Sophomore

                                                Hometown:

                                                Gloversville, NY

                                                Major:

                                                Theatre Management (Minors in Nutrition & Policy Studies)

                                                Interests:

                                                Food, musical theatre, hiking, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, yoga, traveling, watching Chopped, Humans of New York, Rachael Ray, and a quality Instagram picture

                                                Organizations:

                                                OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, University 100, Get FRUVED

                                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                I am genuinely unable to imagine my college experience thus far without OrangeSeeds. Yes, OrangeSeeds allowed me to get off campus, do some community service, and grow as a leader, but the program has truly done so much more for me than that. OrangeSeeds gave me my best friends, my family, and my home-away-from-home. OrangeSeeds has opened countless doors for me on this campus and has provided me with opportunities that I never dreamed possible. I’m truly ecstatic to be able to serve the organization that has done so much for me and to welcome a new seed class to our family.

                                                 

                                                    Gillian Pelkonen

                                                    Year:

                                                    Freshman

                                                    Hometown:

                                                    Northport, New York

                                                    Major:

                                                    Undecided in Newhouse

                                                    Interests:

                                                    Drinking coffee, playing guitar (or ukulele), watching sunrises, driving aimlessly, musical theatre, bookstores, shopping, and finding cute places that serve good food (preferably bagels, pizza, sushi, and acai bowls)

                                                    Organizations:

                                                    OrangeSeeds, MESH, Orange Pulse, Residence Hall Association

                                                    Favorite Quote:

                                                    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

                                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                    It has been approximately 0.5 seconds since I joined, but I am obsessed with OrangeSeeds. Somehow they have selected a group of people that are exactly like me but have such different and interesting lives that somehow brought us all to the same place. Also, I love doing community service and school-sponsored events, and OrangeSeeds gives me a place to go where I can do that while also having tons of fun (and singing lots of great throwback songs).

                                                        Gabriella Hughes

                                                        Gabriella Hughes, 2020 – Marketing Chair

                                                        Year:

                                                        Sophomore

                                                        Hometown:

                                                        Tampa, Florida

                                                        Major:

                                                        Film

                                                        Interests:

                                                        Going to music festivals/concerts, taking long road trips, Spotify playlists, canoeing, instagramming everything, camping, movie nights, collecting denim jackets, and obsessing over free two-day shipping

                                                        Organizations:

                                                        Loud and Clear, WERW Radio, OrangeSeeds

                                                        Favorite Quote:

                                                        “Listen, if you’re not going to be a nun or something, you might as well laugh.” – J.D. Salinger

                                                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                        To be given the opportunity to be surrounded by a wonderful group of individuals that share the same passion for leadership and service that I do simply sounds like the perfect home away from home to me. I truly cannot wait to spend this next year with my new family as we take on our first year at Syracuse University together!

                                                            Erin King

                                                            Year:

                                                            Freshman

                                                            Hometown:

                                                            Avon, Ohio

                                                            Major:

                                                            Biomedical Engineering

                                                            Interests:

                                                            Playing soccer, reading, watching netflix specifically criminal minds, disney movies, my Harry Potter board on Pinterest, photography, watching ice hockey, napping, being with family and friends

                                                            Organizations:

                                                            Women’s Club Soccer, Peer to Peer, OrangeSeeds

                                                            Favorite Quote:

                                                            “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

                                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                            OrangeSeeds is an organization that shows student leaders the importance of compassion, humility, tolerance, and acceptance through service opportunities in the outer Syracuse community. OrangeSeeds is unique because it a group of like-minded determined individuals that share the same drive and mindset about their respective passions and interests, while developing leadership skills and giving back to the community. I believe what makes OrangeSeeds especially great is that this group of people become your support system, best friends, and family.

                                                             

                                                                Corinne Baker

                                                                Year:

                                                                Freshman

                                                                Hometown:

                                                                Cleveland, Ohio

                                                                Major:

                                                                Undecided in Newhouse

                                                                Interests:

                                                                Cooking, photography, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, service, traveling

                                                                Organizations:

                                                                OrangeSeeds

                                                                Favorite Quote:

                                                                “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

                                                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                I am so excited to be part of such an amazing program! I can’t wait to get to know my fellow seeds and make amazing memories!

                                                                 

                                                                    Brianna Yates

                                                                    Year:

                                                                    Freshman

                                                                    Hometown:

                                                                    Woodstock, Georgia

                                                                    Major:

                                                                    Broadcast and Digital Journalism

                                                                    Interests:

                                                                    Traveling, Disney, cooking, eating, The Office, reading, writing, Chipotle, lacrosse, Frank Sinatra, family, friends, coffee, Netflix, community service, the news, shopping

                                                                    Organizations:

                                                                    OttoTHON, Honors Learning Community Advisory Board

                                                                    Favorite Quote:

                                                                    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

                                                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                    OrangeSeeds has provided me with an amazing community, where I’m surrounded by students who share similar interests in service and leadership. I feel extremely honored and excited about the opportunity to gain lifelong friends, serve my local community, and have a family and support system at SU.

                                                                        Andrew Regalado

                                                                        Year:

                                                                        Freshman

                                                                        Hometown:

                                                                        Chino Hills, California

                                                                        Major:

                                                                        Political Science

                                                                        Interests:

                                                                        Meeting New People, Dancing, Music, Adrenaline-Pumping Activities, Being Outdoors

                                                                        Organizations:

                                                                        OrangeSeeds, Student Association (Assembly Representative), Lawrinson Hall Residence Hall Association (President), Student Affairs Advisory Board

                                                                        Favorite Quote:

                                                                        “Just Do You” – Pop Culture/Millenials

                                                                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                        Being surrounded by such empowering, passionate, and like-minded individuals has already impacted my college experience more than words can describe. I cannot wait to continue serving both the SU and greater Syracuse community, while making life long friendships along the way.

                                                                         

                                                                            Andrea Garberding

                                                                            Year:

                                                                            Freshman

                                                                            Hometown:

                                                                            Detroit, Michigan

                                                                            Major:

                                                                            Biology

                                                                            Interests:

                                                                            Reading, playing guitar, ice hockey, writing bad poetry, making bad puns, snowboarding, waving to strangers, listening to hipster music, making the worlds best grilled cheese, and driving with no destination

                                                                            Organizations:

                                                                            OrangeSeeds

                                                                            Favorite Quote:

                                                                            “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” – Babe Ruth

                                                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                            I feel so incredibly honored to be a part of this energetic and caring group of people who always put others before themselves. I am excited to further my leadership skills, provide service to my community, and grow as a Seed here at SU.

                                                                                Alyson Weber

                                                                                Year: 

                                                                                Freshman

                                                                                Hometown: 

                                                                                Glencoe, Illinois

                                                                                Major: 

                                                                                Marketing, Undecided in Newhouse

                                                                                Interests: 

                                                                                Cooking, acting, singing, meeting new people, peanut butter, and spending time with friends & family

                                                                                Organizations:

                                                                                OrangeSeeds, Writer for Baked Magazine

                                                                                Favorite quote:

                                                                                “Be someone’s sunshine when their skies are grey” -Unknown

                                                                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                I am beyond thrilled to be a part of club with such passionate, kind, and wonderful people! OrangeSeeds is the supportive community that I was looking for when I came to Syracuse and I can already tell that it will be my home away from home. I can’t wait to make a positive impact on the Syracuse community while making life-long friendships along the way!

                                                                                    Kevin O’Donnell

                                                                                    Year:

                                                                                    Freshman

                                                                                    Hometown:

                                                                                    Stevens Point, Wisconsin

                                                                                    Major:

                                                                                    Television, Radio, and Film and Marketing

                                                                                    Interests:

                                                                                    Talking to people, Music, Netflix, Being crazy

                                                                                    Organizations:

                                                                                    OrangeSeeds, University Union, Sadler Senate

                                                                                    Favorite Quote:

                                                                                    “Is mayonnaise an instrument?” – Patrick Star

                                                                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                    I already feel like I am part of a strong, connected, loving family.  Everyone is so friendly and I literally see at least 5 other seeds a day by just walking around campus so that’s always the highlight of my day.  Not to mention, we get to strengthen our friendships with each other all while making a big impact in the community around us!  Applying for this organization was easily the best decision I have made thus far in college and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

                                                                                     

                                                                                        Tyler Smith

                                                                                        Year:

                                                                                        Freshman

                                                                                        Hometown:

                                                                                        Greenwood Village, Colorado

                                                                                        Major:

                                                                                        Writing and Rhetoric

                                                                                        Interests:

                                                                                        Working with kids, Dance, Photography, and Adventuring around the world

                                                                                        Organizations:

                                                                                        OrangeSeeds, Danceworks, Unicef, Z89

                                                                                        Favorite Quote:

                                                                                        “Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – Looking for Alaska

                                                                                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                        I have never felt so lucky to be a part of such an inclusive group of people. We all love each other – we really do. And it makes me so stoked to know that there are plenty of lovely people looking to help and make the world a happier place. When the seeds go out and volunteer, it’s not the amount of trash we pick up or cribs we clean that matters. It’s the smiles we see when we pass the people that we’re helping. It’s seeing the happiness that we helped create – that’s the good stuff. Every service trip we take is a huge step for building a better tomorrow, and we are well on our way.

                                                                                            Angelika Zelko

                                                                                            Year:

                                                                                            Freshman

                                                                                            Hometown:

                                                                                            Chapel Hill, North Carolina

                                                                                            Major:

                                                                                            Management

                                                                                            Interests:

                                                                                            Event planning, organizing, reading, writing, comedy, acting, baking, eating, cooking (as soon as I learn how to cook), pinterest, making new friends, being positive

                                                                                            Organizations:

                                                                                            OrangeSeeds, Entrepreneurship Club

                                                                                            Favorite Quote:

                                                                                            “Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched.” –Mindy Kaling

                                                                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                            OrangeSeeds seems to attract the most unique, kind, motivated, and intelligent people on campus. I always feel so good after spending time with these people.

                                                                                             

                                                                                                Courtney Heritage

                                                                                                Year:

                                                                                                Freshman

                                                                                                Hometown:

                                                                                                Saratoga Springs, New York

                                                                                                Major:

                                                                                                English Education

                                                                                                Interests:

                                                                                                Skiing, softball, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, volunteering, reading, and long boarding

                                                                                                Organizations:

                                                                                                OrangeSeeds, Residence Hall Association, Ottothon, Sibley Pool Lifeguard

                                                                                                Favorite Quote:

                                                                                                “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

                                                                                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                                I am very excited to be a part of OrangeSeeds! I am looking forward to the opportunities it gives me with volunteer projects and with building on my leadership skills. Being part of the OrangeSeeds family is such an honor and a privilege. Go Seeds!!

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