Senior Hall of Fame Inductees
Christina Miro’s time at Florida State University has been primarily spent growing Order of Omega, where she served as president, while fighting for diverse representation throughout all councils. Beyond her work with Order of Omega and involvement in her sorority Delta Delta Delta, she has invested herself into the Dance Marathon community, working endlessly to stand for those that cannot. When asked about her legacy, the recipient had this to say: "I want my legacy to live on through those that I've believed and done my best to help, rather than through the positions that I have held during my time at Florida State".
Wesley Sapp came to Florida State with a love for our university. Student Government Association was his opportunity to effect change, first getting involved with Senate, then The Office of Servant Leadership and finally concluding his time as Chief of Staff. During his time, beyond his positional leadership, this individual strived to challenge his peers to think critically and match their on campus involvement with professional aspirations. He is quoted in saying “In my time at Florida State University, I've learned three things: Don't be afraid to shoot your shot, work hard and love with all you have, and never underestimate a Seminole.”
James Rhoden’s accomplishments include winning the 2015 ACC Championship with his team, receiving the Byron Kenneth Armstrong award from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., among many other things. However, his openness about his failures and how they shaped him is most striking. Through his failures, this individual developed a stronger work ethic that helped shaped him, but also every environment that he has inhabited since. When asked what his FSU legacy would be, this individual stated: “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful.”
Joseph Brown’s time at Florida State University began by getting involved with Freshman Leadership Institute, the Student Senate, and Student Alumni Association, and then taking a semester off from Florida State to intern in former Vice President Joe Biden’s office. This intentional move for his career and to represent Florida State University on a national scale went on to inspire others. Joseph later served as the Vice President of the Student Alumni Association, where he specifically facilitated the growth of the Leadership Council. Joseph puts kindness and compassion forward and matches it with diligence and resolve. When asked what his FSU legacy would be, this individual responded: “I hope my legacy will be one of helping at least 1 person realize his or her potential as a student at Florida State University and, because of that realization, do something he or she did not think was possible.”
Sasha AbrishamiSasha Abrishami is light, laughter and love in every space she inhabits. Sasha came to Florida State with a mission to make this a space where people felt comfortable, confident and able to be themselves. In every positional role, she acted as the invisible hand, enacting immeasurable change in each organization she was a part of. She did this through her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, Dance Marathon, and Garnet and Gold Key. A true testament to her impact is that after she transitioned out of these roles, she still played an advisory position -- helping assist the next generation of student leaders as they rise up. Valuing investing emotionally and mentally into others, this recipient shared with us that, “at Florida State, investing in one another is the most powerful thing we can do.”
Madison LaniusMadison Lanius was immediately entranced by the tradition at our university from the very beginning of her time here. It was this love for tradition and her incredible organization skills that led to her excelling in several positions, including Assistant Director of Homecoming, an event that as well know is responsible for bringing back so many Seminoles home. When asked her legacy, she had the following to say: “My legacy is that I provided a platform to celebrate the accomplishments and traditions of Florida State University through thoughtful, inclusive, and quality entertainment that unified Seminoles past, present, and future.”
Scarlett SinghScarlett Singh was tirelessly available to aid in the deeply rooted problems within the Panhellenic community, which propelled her to take on the role of chapter president of Kappa Alpha Theta. As chapter president, she worked with her sisters to bring her chapter back to the standard that she knew they were capable of achieving. Not resting with just her chapter, she was intentional about fighting for legislation that would make Panhellenic recruitment more values-based and also served as a Peer Leader for the Emerging Leaders course, paying it forward for the next wave of student leaders. Scarlett said, “During my time at Florida State University, I was able to leave a unique imprint on the value of Fraternity and Sorority life. I enabled my chapter, Kappa Alpha Theta, to be stronger, to learn from others, and to be innovative and traditional in their approach to lead by example. I was able to help develop the Panhellenic community and help lead us to a stronger future.”
Tara RooneyTara Rooney tremendously increased her ability to perform and execute at every stage of her Florida State University career. Growing up, she loved track and field and worked extremely hard to join Florida State’s team, where Tara continued to push herself beyond physical limits. Outside of her time spent running miles around her peers, Tara deeply invested herself into her sorority, finding an immense amount of beauty and meaning within her chapter, Chi Omega. As chapter president, she stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion. This manifested itself during the ACC Student Leadership Symposium when she represented Florida State University and facilitated opportunities for mental health awareness campaigns with staff members. She said, “from races at Mike Long track, to leading chapter meetings at the Chi Omega house, I have learned to embrace my strengths, skills and character through Garnet and Gold Key, always remembering to uphold the Garnet and Gold and to keep FSU ever at heart no matter where life takes me.”
Megan FedericoMegan Federico lived out the idea of service before self during her time at Florida State, where she invested herself into her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, and the Service Scholars program. Megan ultimately challenged herself to be more intentional about her service and to foster a deeper understanding of philanthropy and service within Greek Life, but also became an external advocate for Greek Life within other spaces. Although a visionary and capable of inspiring grand visions for the future of her organizations, this individual’s impact was personally felt, being someone who deeply invests in others in hopes of sustaining the macro-level change. When asked about her legacy at Florida State University, she quoted Hamilton: "Legacy. What is a legacy? It's planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”
Ben HurleyBen Hurley looked around at Florida State University and felt that there was a lack of community within the Interfraternity Council. At other schools, guys would attend each other's events and supported others, but that level of camaraderie was not felt at Florida State. Sensing that, Ben primarily used his role within his fraternity Pi Kappa Phi to do just that. Being intentional about fraternal relations, a term arguably coined by this recipient, he worked with other chapters to bring a sense of community to College Ave and beyond. Beyond his involvement within the Interfraternity Council, this individual also devoted countless hours to the Advance Party, and displayed an extreme love for his major. Beyond his time at Florida State University, this individual wants to be known as an IFC man who spearheaded the renewal of the fraternal relations through networking and reconstructing the new-member process.
Drew WalkowiczDrew’s deep love of Florida State drove him to involve himself in various organizations, including political parties for the Student Government Association, such as the Advance Party, which he Chaired his senior year. He served as the President of the Seminole Student Boosters. When asked about his FSU legacy, he said “my FSU legacy is one of taking opportunities that were presented to me, and creating more for [opportunities] for others.”
Courtney KantorCourtney Kantor has a deep love of and appreciation for the history of Florida State and spent countless hours working for Heritage Protocol. She selflessly served our campus in a multitude of ways, but particularly focused on women’s education in her roles within the Panhellenic Association as the Vice President of New Member Education and President. When asked about her legacy, she had these words to say: “I believe my legacy stands as a bridge that connects our past with our present - while I physically live in the FSU of today, I dedicate and invest so much of my time to learning about the FSU and FSCW of the past. We have to understand what's happened in the past to know where we want to go in the future. In order to better the FSU of tomorrow, we have to understand the FSU of yesterday.”
W. Chase BowmanChase Bowman has given back to our Florida State community in his roles within Student Government, the professional sales team, and his IFC chapter. His why is based around the simple fact that if he is able to identify a problem, it is also up to him to be a part of the solution to solve it. He is an individual that did his best to live up to the values of Vires, Artes, and Mores while also offering a fresh and unique perspective to his organizations and their members.
Valerie ShallowValerie Shallow spent her time at Florida State not only selflessly serving the campus via a plethora of leadership roles, but also (as she would likely say is more significant to her), investing in her fellow Seminoles. She taught her peers the power of forming meaningful relationships, and keeping others at the center of everything you do. Her involvement reached all areas of campus--from her sorority, Chi Omega, to Dance Marathon, FLI, and many other organizations. As the Vice President of the Student Government Association, she approached her role with empathy and grace, and gained the love and trust of those around her. When asked for a favorite quote, she offered one very telling of her person: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit - Nelson Henderson”
Amanda SchellAmanda Schell is a well-rounded student-leader, having excelled in the classroom, in on-campus involvement, and in her professional life. Amanda helped found the Academic Recruitment Organization, which she now serves as President, and has championed the Presidential Scholar program as its first ever chair. While she has distinguished herself as a leader, what truly sets Amanda apart is her success off campus as a Rangel summer fellow and the youngest Florida Gubernatorial Fellow in her class. When asked about her legacy, Amanda emphasized her investment in other students through Presidential Scholars, ARO, and the Office of National Fellowships. The return on that investment has already positively impacted Florida State, with several of her mentees going on to compete for highly competitive awards such as the Gubernatorial Fellowship.