Ross Leong

Bachelor of Arts: Economics

Minor

History

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

La Canada, California

My Greatest Supporters

My biggest supporters throughout my four years at Saint Mary's were my parents and the friends I made during my first year at Mitty Hall.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Attending basketball games in McKeon Pavilion with my friends.

My Next Chapter

After graduation, I would like to spend some time to relax and to do some traveling. I hope to find a job in finance or investments in the near future.

Clubs and Activities

Intramural Basketball
Intramural Flag Football
Club Baseball
Republican Club

Favorite Quote

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
— Robert Baden-Powell

Christopher Harris

Bachelor of Arts: Politics

Minor

History

Honors

Summa Cum Laude
Thurgood Marshall
Valedictorian

Hometown

Roseville, California

Award Bio

Christopher Harris was born in Roseville, California. At Saint Mary’s, he majored in Politics with a minor in History, developing a passion for foreign affairs. After interning on Capitol Hill, he narrowed that passion to counterterrorism and national security. Upon graduation, he plans to work for the federal government in Washington, D.C., as a counterterrorism intelligence officer.

My Greatest Supporters

My greatest supporters were my mom Dianne, my sister Caitlin, and my cousins Evan and Erin. I love you all and couldn't have done this without you! I also want to thank Andy, Patrick, Sophia, Madi, and Philip for always being there to help. And of course, I couldn't have done this last year without my wonderful girlfriend Ivett.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite memory was learning from Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta at his Institute for Public Policy. Hearing stories of his time in Congress, the OMB, the White House, CIA, and the DoD are all stories and lessons I will never forget. Our subsequent internship in D.C. during President Trump's first impeachment trial was also an experience I will never forget.

My Next Chapter

I have developed a passion for counterterrorism and national security, and I will be seeking positions in the Intelligence Community upon graduation. My dream job is to work at the White House on the National Security Council advising the President about terrorism and great power competition. Ultimately, I want to save lives and protect the country that has given me so much.

Clubs and Activities

Associated Student Government Executive Intern
Associated Student Government Senator
Colleges Against Cancer Club Mission Leader
Politics Tutor
Admissions Office Student Ambassador

Favorite Quote

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
— President Ronald Reagan

Benjamin Jewell

Bachelor of Science: Math: Applied Track

Minor

History

Honors

Cum Laude

Hometown

Davis

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Going to the Exploratorium and not checking the weather, so we ended up walking a mile in the rain. Once we were all back we all curled up under blankets and drank hot chocolate - I was never as happy to get back to Assumption as that January day.

Clubs and Activities

D20 Club
STEM Center Tutor

Favorite Quote

“I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
— J.R.R. Tolkein