Maile Shelley

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Minor

Sociology

Honors

Cum Laude
Sister Clare Wagstaff, CHS, Ph.D., AFSC Ministry

Hometown

Sacramento, California

Award Bio

Maile Shelley graduates with a BA in Justice, Community, and Leadership, and a minor in Sociology, and will pursue her master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Development. Maile has been a model of inclusive community, first as a member of the Lasallian Community, then as its Resident Advisor, and in her work as Lasallian Peer Minister for GaelPantry and Retreats.

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my parents, my brothers, and friends! I would like to thank the JCL and Sociology departments for guiding me through my education at Saint Mary's. Thank you to the Mission and Ministry Center and Residential Experience allowing me to grow as a leader.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memories at Saint Mary's have all been with the Lasallian Community including the fall retreat and community nights... Oh, and taking my duty partner Melissa to the ER.

My Next Chapter

Complete my Masters in Leadership and Organizational Development 4+1 at Saint Marys! Then hopefully join the Lasallian Volunteers!

Clubs and Activities

Lasallian Community member and mentor
Resident Advisor
Lasallian Peer Minister for GaelPantry
Lasallian Peer Minister for Retreats

Favorite Quote

"They say the best blaze burns brightest when circumstances are at their worst"
— Hayao Miyazaki

Malia Allison

Bachelor of Arts: History & Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Honors

Summa Cum Laude
James L. Hagerty
Professor Ben Frankel

Hometown

Bellevue

Award Bio

Malia Allison is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Justice, Community, and Leadership. Malia played for four years on the Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team and captained the team her senior year. This upcoming fall, she plans on playing her fifth year of college soccer before attending law school at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.

My Greatest Supporters

My biggest supporters are my parents, Austin, Kylie, Connor, Monika, all my adopted brothers, and my friends. Thank you to all my family, friends, coaches, and teammates who have always pushed me to follow my dreams.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

One of my favorite Saint Mary's memories is playing pick up soccer with my closest friends since freshmen year as seniors.

My Next Chapter

I will be finishing my last year of eligibility as a Saint Mary's Gael for the Women's Soccer team before attending Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in the Fall of 2022.

Clubs and Activities

Women's Soccer

Mia Toracca

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Minor

Italian Studies

Hometown

San Francisco, California

My Greatest Supporters

My mother, Yvonne
My father, Giovanni
My Nonna, Janette
My Vovo, Manuel
My brother, Nico
My sister, Nina
My boyfriend, Marino
My aunt, Mariolina
My Nonna in heaven, Lina

Favorite Quote

“If you are proud of where you come from, you’ll always know where you’re going, and you’ll take pride in everything you do.”
— Dante Benedetti
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Mariam Pashayan

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Hometown

Fresno, California
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Katrina Pantell

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Hometown

Antioch, California

Kristina Galan

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Hayward

My Greatest Supporters

Thank you to my mom and dad for always supporting me and believing in me. I am so thankful for your love. Thank you to my brother for always being a shoulder to lean on. Thank you to my boyfriend who has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. Thank you to my Abuelita who has always supported me. Lastly, thank you to my village, I would not be here without you.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My involvement in the LatinX clubs will always hold a special place in my heart. I will never forget move in day and meeting my roommate Imelda! We talked about being first generation college students and our life goals. I will never forget meeting my best friend, Ale and the long nights and fun adventures! Lastly, I will never forget the experience of being a Resident Advisor.

My Next Chapter

I will fulfill my lifelong dream and become an elementary school teacher! I am so excited to finally be an educator and start living the life I've always dreamed of.

Clubs and Activities

Resident Advisor of Aquinas Hall
Orientation Leader
Weekend of Welcome Leader
Baile Folkclorico Club Member
Las Hermanas Club Member
High Potential Program Member

Favorite Quote

"When life gives you lemons, make orange juice, and leave the world wondering how you did it."
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Kindlelon Respicio

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Hometown

Yuba City California

My Greatest Supporters

The greatest supporters within my life would be my parents, Mrs. Brooken my second grade teacher, Mrs Patton my 3rd grade teacher. And lastly Speacial olympic who have supported my throughout my time at St. Marys

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memory would going abroad to Jan term and learning about the history of the church and praying a lot of the holy sites in Rome such as Saint Peters Basilica.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter of my life would be to attend the masters in leadership at st.marys college of california and to continue my senior thesis in the masters program.

Clubs and Activities

Republican Club, Diversability Club,

Favorite Quote

If I give you one message to hold today treat the word impossible as nothing then motivation, relish in the opportunity to be an outsider because its the outsider who change the world and will make real at lasting difference. The more that a broken system tells you that your wrong, the more certain you should be that you must keep going"
— One of our President

Jessica Pollard

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: General

Minor

Anthropology

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Seattle, Washington

My Greatest Supporters

Family and friends!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Doing homework at the pool

My Next Chapter

I am planning on going to graduate school for speech-language pathology

Clubs and Activities

Gael Force
Meditation Club

Favorite Quote

Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who you are - so you can more wisely build the future.
— Paulo Freire

Juaqlyne Garza

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Hometown

Merced, California

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters are my family, friends, professors, pets, and myself. They have gotten me through so many challenges that have truly made me into a better person.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite Saint Mary's memory would be being in the dorm rooms with my roommates while singing and cooking cakes together trying to make it through finals weeks.

My Next Chapter

The next chapter of my life would consist of getting my teaching credential and then becoming a teacher. Also I will be working towards my PhD in child development in the classroom.

Favorite Quote

Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.
— Lilly Singh
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Jayni Abraham

Bachelor of Arts: Justice, Community, and Leadership: Multiple Subject Teacher Education

Hometown

Martinez, California