2016 Student Pinnacle Winners
The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University is honored. Winners will address their fellow graduates and the assembled audience.
Katelyn Arathoon, of Ontario, Canada, will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry.
She served as captain of the FDU women’s soccer team, was named the Woman of the Year for 2016 by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, was a voting member on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a co-president of the Class Gift Committee, the Metropolitan Campus Student Representative on the Alumni Board of Governors and a member of the University Honors Program. Athletically, in April 2015, Arathoon was selected to represent FDU and the Northeast Conference at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla. Later that year, she was awarded the FDU Women’s Soccer Team Knight award. After graduation she plans to continue her education in medical school.
Shi Yang, from Taiwan and educated in Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, will graduate with a bachelor of arts in three majors — political science, criminology and sociology — in just three years.
Yang was very active on campus and served as the president of the Student Government Association, member of the Campus Standards Committee, student leader of the Becton College Student Leader Network and as an orientation leader for international students. He was involved in numerous clubs including the Mock Trial Club and the Campus Life Diversity Committee. Additionally he held positions in the Office of Global Learning and Office of Campus Life. Yang plans to take a year to explore the world before applying to law school.
Laura Rodriguez Romero
Laura Rodriguez Romero, born in Colombia and educated in El Salvador, will graduate from the International Business Program with a bachelor of science in business administration.
During her time at the Vancouver Campus, she has been active as a Global Scholar; as a member of the Model United Nations Association, where she represented the Vancouver Campus in the World Model United Nations Association in South Korea; and as an active member of the Toastmasters Club. After graduation, Romero hopes to enter the international trade industry by working with an import and export firm in Vancouver. She has plans to attend graduate school for an MBA in international business.