These five students represent the pinnacle of academic achievement.
This weekend, the class of 2013 will be represented by four valedictorians from Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies and one outstanding graduating senior from the Hamilton Holt School. Spanning biology, music, international relations, and economics majors, these five students represent the pinnacle of academic achievement.
Justine Falcone ’13
Four years ago, Justine Falcone ’13 was co-valedictorian with her identical twin sister Lauryn at their high school graduation in Somers, Connecticut. Since then, she has spent her college career in the lab as a biology major and on the track as a member of Rollins’ cross country team, all while maintaining a 4.0-grade-point-average. Additionally, she has served on the executive board of J.U.M.P. and traveled to Ghana on a service trip last summer. In the fall, she will be starting medical school, most likely at the University of Florida, to pursue a career in primary care.
Lauryn Falcone ’13
Lauryn, a competitive runner since fifth grade, is the first student-athlete at Rollins to qualify for the NCAA National Cross Country Championship race and be presented with the NCAA Elite 89 Award . Like her sister, she also pursued a degree in biology, served on the executive board of J.U.M.P., and traveled to Ghana on a service trip last summer. She will begin medical school in the fall at West Virginia University's MD/PhD dual degree program on a full scholarship.
Melissa Fussell ’13
Born in Altamonte Springs, Melissa Fussell ’13 participated in the Pre-Law Program at Rollins and will graduate with a degree in international affairs. Captain of the varsity debate team, she’s proud to have contributed to Rollins winning second place at the Parliamentary Debate National competition. She also held the position of executive chair of Sigma Iota Rho, the international relations honor society. In the fall, she will begin law school at the College of William and Mary on a graduate research fellowship and plans to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney.
Elin Marcsdottir ’13
Economics major Elin Marcsdottir ’13 was born in Germany and grew up in Sweden. She joined the Rollins women’s golf team as a freshman and has spent the last four years competing with her teammates at tournaments across the country. Marcsdottir and her team will compete in the NCAA Division II Championship on May 15 and then she will head back to her hometown of Gothesberg, Sweden for the summer before returning to Winter Park in August to begin a yearlong internship with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Her plan is to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014 with an aim of pursuing a career in sports law or sports management.
Adam Ravain ’13
Flagler Beach native Adam Ravain ’13 will graduate as a music major with a concentration in piano performance. A faithful Ravel and Rachmaninoff enthusiast, Ravain’s Rollins experience has been punctuated by collegiate piano competitions and the opportunity to accompany the Bach Festival Society. Independent research on piano pedagogue, conducted with Professor of Music Gloria Cook, has inspired Ravain to pursue his Masters of Music degree at Florida State University where he will continue to concentrate on piano pedagogue and a goal to pursue a career as a college music professor. Ravain is a founding father of the Rollins chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music.