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The Bearcat Band’s Accent Twirlers competed at the “TwirlMania” International Championships in Orlando, Florida at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. of sports complex February 12th-14th 2016 . The Accent Twirlers competed as a team in the Collegiate Classic Team event qualifying for finals respectively placing 2nd in prelims and 3rd in finals.

Angela Lawrence competed in the Collegiate Classic Solo Event and qualified for finals, where she took 8th place. She also placed 3rd in advanced 3-baton and 2nd in intermediate 2-baton.

Allyson Merkle placed 2nd in beginner 3-baton and 1st place in beginner 2-baton. Krissie Livesay placed 3rd in intermediate solo. 

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Suzy Carter

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Graduation year: 2018

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Krissie Livesay

Exploratory

Graduation year: 2018

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Allyson Merkle

Sociology

Graduation year: 2016

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Angela Lawrence

Nursing

Graduation year: 2018

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Priya Chawla is from Dayton, Ohio and attended Centerville high school. As a member of the ACCEND program, Chawla will graduate this spring with a simultaneous B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

As an ambassador in the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program she took it upon herself to not only lead within her major, but to create opportunities for women in computer science on campus and throughout the region.

As one of the only women majoring in computer science, she took the experience of founding the “UC Invents Idea Competition” in 2013 and just one year later launched Association for Computing Machinery––Committee on Women chapter (ACM-W at UC). In two short years under Chawla’s leadership, that group has garnered attention, and funding, from local and outside supporters, notably Microsoft and Google. As a result her chapter received 

the “Excellence Award for Outstanding Community Service” by their national organization last year, enhancing her college’s diversity and encouraging other women to take leadership positions in the organization.

This fall, Microsoft brought the wildly successful Digigirlz coding and networking event for high-school females to campus thanks to Chawla’s tireless work. Her efforts brought to campus dozens of young women who might otherwise never have considered a career in computing.

Priya has received the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence (PLME),

C-ring Award, Annie Fitzgerald Award and James Rankin Award to recognize her service and commitment to creating a better UC community.

According to Beverly Davenport, Chawla’s fluency in four languages and extensive study abroad and co-op experience has helped her earn a full-time position in the very competitive Future Technical Leaders program with Northrop Grumman Corporation after graduation, where only 25 spots are offered to new graduates from universities across the entire nation.