Omicron Delta Kappa Top Ten Freshmen
The Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society recognizes the Top Ten Freshmen of the University of Maryland. These individuals have demonstrated a high level of achievement in leadership and campus involvement in their first year at College Park. The award is given in anticipation of the recipients’ continued involvement with the University in years to come.
Biology and Environmental Science and Technology
Akshaya is a Biology and Environmental Science and Technology dual degree ILS student from Clarksburg, Maryland. She founded MaryPIRG's Antibiotics Campaign, is Freshman Representative of the BK Community Council and Speaker Lead for TedXUMD. She works on environmental research at UMD and is a Help Center Trainee.
Government and Politics and Computer Science
Steven is a Government and Politics and Computer Science double major with a concentration in data science from Newtown, Pennsylvania. He is part of the FIRE program working on the Global Development and Design stream. He also serves as an Undergraduate Studies Representative in SGA, is a member of Hack4Impact, works on the Undergraduate Studies’ Dean Student Advisory Committee, and is an ambassador for the Terps Vote Coalition.
Business Management and Technology Entrepreneurship
Sara is a Business Management and Technology Entrepreneurship major from Brookville, New York. She is a member of the College Park Scholars community in the International Studies Track and a Hinman CEO Fellow. Sara sits on the executive board of the Real Estate Club, is a member of the Hillel Freshman Leadership Summit and is an Investment Analyst for Gold Ventures Investment through the TAMID Group.
Pooja is a Biology major from Silver Spring, Maryland. This Dean Scholar is enrolled in the Honors College. She is volunteering with the organizations Amnesty International as a Student Activist Coordinator for Maryland and College Mentors for Success as a Mentor high school Juniors.
Lei Danielle Escobal
Sociology major and Asian American studies minor
Lei Danielle Escobal is a Sociology major and Asian American studies minor from Glen Arm, Maryland. This Honors Humanities student is an active member of Filipino Cultural Association and commits her time on committee of FCArts. She is also a writer for Monumental Magazine and co-founder of a small business, Handmade.4.aid, which has donated over $1,500 to various organizations.
Njikem (Jayda) Fomengia
Physiology and Neurobiology
Jayda is a Physiology and Neurobiology major from Beltsville, Maryland. This Banneker/Key Scholar serves on Recruitment Committee for Terp Thon and Big-Little Committee for CRD Minority Pre-Health Society. She volunteers with Maryland Mentor Corps and Lean on Me and is a member of Kesem and Prima Dolls Dance Team.
Khalil is a Public Policy major from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. On-campus, he is involved with Army ROTC, Student Alumni Leadership Council, and the Dean's Student Advisory Board. He is an Ambassador for the School of Public Policy and an Academic Peer Mentor.
Julia is a Finance major from Baltimore County, Maryland. This Design Cultures & Creativity Honors College student serves as the VP of Events for Smith Investment Fund. Julia is also an Honors Ambassador and member of the Executive Board of the Honors Student Programming Council.
Rowan is a Public Policy and prospective Journalism major from Potomac, Maryland. This Public Leadership Scholar serves as UMD Help Center's Public Relations Director and as an SALC ambassador. She loves her work at Terpzone and is training to be an Adventure Leader through RecWell. She is looking forward to serving as a Federal Fellow during her sophomore year.
Information Systems and Finance major
Karthik is an Information Systems and Finance major from Germantown, Maryland. This QUEST Honors student serves as the CMNS representative on the SGA legislative staff. He also serves on the Finance committee of SGA as well as a delegate of the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee. Karthik is currently leading an initiative for a push on affordable housing prices in College Park.