Emily Chretien and Maria Sierra Rossi have been chosen as the Outstanding Members of the Class of 2018.
Each year, WPI recognizes first year students for excellence in their academic work with the designation Charles O. Thompson Scholars. These students are eligible to compete for a scholarship by submitting an essay that completes the picture of their contributions to the WPI community. Some 53 essays were submitted this year from 211 eligible students.
Emily Chretien, from Rhode Island, is majoring in aerospace engineering. In addition to achieving an outstanding academic record, she plays tuba in the Symphonic Band, the Brass Ensemble, and the Brass Quintet. Emily is active in Underwater Hockey and Women’s Rugby, and served as a PLA (peer learning assistant) for CAD (computer-aided design).
Maria Sierra Rossi, from Venezuela, is also an aerospace engineering major with an outstanding academic record. She is active in both the Rotaract Club and the Global Humanitarian Alliance, and was finishing her humanities and arts requirement in Germany.
The review committee also recognizes three more first year students: Stephanie Cappelli, Tyler McNeill, and Hary Teklegiorgis with an Honorable Mention. All have excelled in course work and made significant contributions to WPI and the broader community.