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Colton Aksomitus Colton Aksomitus

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Bel Air, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Biology/Medical Humanities

Best part about being a Chanticleer: It's easy to get involved in the community.

Advice to prospective students: Get Involved!

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  RA in Sandhills & a Member of Doctors of Coastal


Ben AndersonBen Anderson

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Vernon, New Jersey

Major/Minor:  Political Science

Best part about being a Chanticleer:  The strong bond the whole school shares. Becoming a Chanticleer is like joining the world's largest family.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Easily the Dead Dog Saloon, they have the hands down best hush puppies in the South.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Aqua League (Scuba Diving Club) and the College Republicans


Ali BeattyAli Beatty

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Sandwich, Illinois

Major/Minor:  Elementary Education

Best part about being a Chanticleer: The best thing was meeting new people from all different parts of the country. I’ve made some new friends and met a great amount of people. The school spirit around campus and the friendly people.

Advice to prospective dtudents:  Be open to new friends and new people.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie


Ella-Chanel BentonElla-Chanel Benton

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Woodbridge, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Biology

Best part about being a Chanticleer:  Being a part of a growing campus and growing student body that is excited about Coastal.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Flying Fish Market

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Women of Color, photography and playing volleyball and basketball


Kennedi BrunstadKennedi Brunstad

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Junior

Hometown:  Greenville, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Theatre

Why CCU:  I chose to come to CCU because of our amazing BFA theatre program and because of our beautiful campus.

Memorable Experience:  My favorite memory of CCU so far is move in week my freshman year. Some friends and I went to a hypnotist session in Wall and I got hypnotized, which was a lot of fun.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Upstage (theatre club), Alpha Psi Omega (honors fraternity) and photography


‌‌Sydney Copeland-Goodman

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Junior

Hometown:  Sicklerville, New Jersey

Major/Minor:  Physical Theatre

Memorable Experience:  My favorite memory is Relay for Life 2014 because it was an all night experience that I got to spend with the most wonderful people.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? I am usually either in Edwards talking with my professors and friends or in the Edwards courtyard either reading or doing homework.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie!

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Singing, dancing, acting, gymnastics, playing instruments, inclusive theatre, Alpha Psi Omega, upstage theatre group


‌‌Tessa Croce

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Junior

Hometown:  Woodbridge, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Memorable Experience:  My favorite memory at CCU is camping out on Waties Island, Coastal's island used for research, to watch baby sea turtles hatch.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? When I’m not in class, you can find me in Edwards courtyard working on homework or hanging out with friends.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  King Kong Sushi in Carolina Forest

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Coastal Carolina Catholics President, Aqua League (Scuba Club), Miss Coastal Carolina Pageant


Justin DanielsJustin Daniels

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Powhatan, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Chemistry

Why CCU: The large marine science program and the opportunity that it offers.

Advice to prospective students:  Every class matters, so always give it your all.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Scuba Club aqua league, Greek life & Outdoor Adventure Club


Madison DickmanMadison Dickman

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Coldwater, Ohio

Major/Minor:  Accounting

Memorable Experience:  Standing in the front row at the Lee Brice concert in the HTC Center.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? Wall College of Business. The bay windows on the 3rd floor is my favorite study spot on campus.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Nacho Hippo

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Accounting Club, Community Council


Abbie DixonAbbie Dixon

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Senior

Hometown:  Richmond, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Communication

Why CCU:  I chose Coastal because of the beautiful campus, the small class sizes and of course the short distance to the beach is a major plus!

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Eggs Up Grill

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  CCU Women's Club Soccer, hiking and paddle boarding


Sean EdwardsSean Edwards

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Florence, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Marketing/PGA Golf Management Program

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? PGA Golf Management office or Hackler golf course.

Memorable Experience:  "Rushing" the HTC Center basketball court after winning the Big South Championship.

Advice to prospective students:  Study Hard, and then have fun! Complete in that order, and CCU will be some of the best years of your life.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Ping Pong, Basketball, Soccer & Comedic Writing


Mike FordMichael Ford

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Rochester, New York

Major/Minor:  Accounting

Why CCU:  Good business program, great weather, close to the beach, all that good stuff.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? In the HTC Center, getting super ripped.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Sole Italian Restaurant

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Intramural Sports


Franasia Safayan-GreeneFran Greene

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Columbia, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Sociology/Criminology

Memorable Experience: Being a part of CINO Quest.


Kae HuangKae Huang

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

Major/Minor:  Communication

Advice to prospective students:  TIME MANAGEMENT. Plan your time wisely and always know that there will be time for fun once your work is completed.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek Life, Coastal Carolina Honors Program


Mary-Morgan HunterMary-Morgan Hunter

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Anderson, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication


Alexis Kemp

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Salisbury, North Carolina

Major/Minor:  Marketing/Spanish

Memorable Experience: My favorite memory at CCU is the miniature CINO Day we had on move-in day. It made me excited to experience real CINO Day.


Patty Kramer

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Elementary Education

Why CCU: The size of the campus was perfect; not too big, but not a small school either. Also the beautiful campus and the amount of scholarships I received helped in the decision.

Advice to prospective students:  Don't be afraid to join clubs and other organizations! Make the most of your four years.  Meet new people and go out of your comfort zone.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  King Kong Sushi

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life & Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity


Rachael LarsenRachael Larsen

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Kinnelon, New Jersey

Major/Minor:  Marketing

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Jade Hibachi

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Colleges Against Cancer, Outdoors Club, joining the Hammock Club in the near future


Alichia LeavyAlichia Leavy

Trailblazer since Spring 2014

Senior

Hometown:  Charleston, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Early Childhood Education

Memorable Experience: Getting a job as a tour guide. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve had so far.

Advice to prospective students:  Work hard, stay positive. Don't forget why you came to CCU and GET INVOLVED!

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Simply Southern Smokehouse

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Playing piano and singing, Leadership Challenge, VP of African American Association, SNAP Mentor, Cooking & TEAL Mentor


Alan LemonsAlan Lemons

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Major/Minor:  Marketing & Management/PGA Golf Management Specialization

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the great staff of the PGA Golf Management program, the much improved weather, the overall feel of campus, and how well the students and faculty treated me.

Advice to prospective students:  Use your resources! Go to tutoring labs, it's a great place to get the help you need and meet others.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Midtown Bistro, North Myrtle Beach

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  PGM Club & Campus Intramural Official


Darrius McClain

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Senior

Hometown:  Mullins, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management

Why CCU: The campus wasn't too small, or too big, but just right and a family oriented campus. School colors are awesome!

Advice to prospective students:  It is okay to stand out and be different, be a leader, don't follow the crowd.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Moe's

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Sigma Alpha Pi Honors Fraternity, Student Assistant in the Student Union & C.I.A.


Karlyn McCrayKarlyn McCray

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Georgetown, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Early Childhood Education

Advice to prospective students:  Don't be afraid to talk to your professors!

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  GROUCHO'S!

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Playing the flute, playing soccer, SNAP Mentoring Program, Leadership Challenge, Student Government Association


Becca-Lyn McRobbieBecca-Lyn McRobbie

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Junior

Hometown:  Union, New Jersey

Major/Minor:  Special Education

Memorable Experience: My favorite memory at CCU was CINO day my freshman year. It was really stress-relieving and a very fun environment to be in. It was cool to relax and enjoy a day with my friends during finals.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Phi Sigma Pi (Honor fraternity), Coastal Greeters, Field Hockey, & Softball


Rachel MinnickRachel Minnick

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Germantown, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Marketing

Memorable Experience:  My favorite memory at CCU would be when I travelled to Florida with the club soccer team for a tournament one weekend. It was a great team bonding opportunity as well as a great experience to have as an athlete.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Honors Program & Member of the Women's Club Soccer


Riley NormanRiley Norman

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Bloomington, Illinois

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Biology

Memorable Experience: Getting certified in scuba diving.

Advice to prospective students:  Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life & Scuba Club


Kyla PowellKyla Powell

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Columbia, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication


Mikayla PrioleauMikayla Prioleau

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Chapin, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? I can be found in the library, Student Government meetings, or the multicultural student office.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Landry's Seafood at Broadway

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  SNAP Mentor, Leadership Challenge, Women of Color, Student Government, Sophomore Senator of Edwards, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity & Sigma Alpha Pi Honors Fraternity


Phillip RastPhillip Rast

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Effingham, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  BFA Musical Theatre

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? The Edwards building, probably working on a show or assignment.

Advice to prospective students:  Stay focused, but enjoy yourself and take advantage of all the opportunities you are given to learn.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Sea Captain's House

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Acting, singing, playing piano, and dancing


Jake Rountree

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Senior

Hometown:  Hilton Head, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Finance

Best part about being a Chanticleer: Being on the best campus and representing Teal on Tuesday's #bleedteal

Advice to prospective students:  Get involved, be a leader, and have fun.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  River City Cafe in Surfside.


Kenidy SpringerKenidy Springer

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Edgewater, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Communication

Best part about being a Chanticleer:  The best part about being a Chanticleer is truly feeling that the fellow Chanticleers around you are your second family.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie Café

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life


Sydney SteinmillerSydney Steinmiller

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Senior

Hometown:  Bel Air, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Memorable Experience:  Meeting the football team’s bus at 2:00 a.m. to ring the victory bell after their big win against the University of Montana in the playoffs!

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  River City Cafe in Surfside

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Club Lacrosse, Residence Hall Association & Running


Luna SullivanLuna Sullivan

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Williston Park, New York

Major/Minor:  Undecided

Memorable Experience:  The memory that has impacted my experience the most would be on the first two days here we had a mini CINO-Tie and the next day was actual CINO-Tie. The first event brought me to my best friend here and the next event, I bonded with my roommates and then met so many awesome people that have truly shaped me.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? My favorite place to be is the wooden bridge between Edwards and Britain. It’s in a little forest and it’s so peaceful. I love nature so I go there and meditate. It’s an escape.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Meditation, art, guitar, steel drums, volleyball, wandering, fire-fighting, surf club, climbing club, rotaract club


Grace SuretteGrace Surette

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Manning, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Early Childhood Education

Why CCU: It’s close to home, but not too close; it is 15 minutes from the beach; the size of campus and the great education program.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  River City Cafe in Surfside

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Dancing, Relay for Life & Greek life


Jen VonSchondorfJen VonSchondorf

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Major/Minor:  Psychology

Best part about being a Chanticleer: It’s like being part of a family away from my actual family – it helped the transition a lot.

Advice to prospective students:  If you are the slightest bit unsure of something, ask! Everyone is more than happy to help.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Fat Cat Cafe

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  LIFE Mentor Program, CCU Psychology & Fitness Club


ArRone WashingtonArRone Washington

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Junior

Hometown:  Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Political Science

Why CCU:  As a transfer student I wanted a school that was bigger than my previous institution, but not too big that I was seen just as a number. So Coastal became my first choice. The environment is friendly, professors know you by first and last name, and you can meet new and different people every day while walking to class.

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Big Mikes. If you love soul food then this is the place to eat.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Member of AAIM and NAACP, singer and love listening to music


Emily WeeksEmily Weeks

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Senior

Hometown:  Fort Mill, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Exercise Sport Science

Memorable Experience: My favorite memories at CCU have been performing with the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band as a baton twirler.

Advice to prospective students:  Get Involved!

Favorite place to eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life


Zach ZahnZach Zahn

Trailblazer since Spring 2016

Sophomore

Hometown:  Glen Gardner, New Jersey

Major/Minor:  Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management

Memorable Experience:  Going on an unplanned road trip to Florida on Labor Day weekend during my freshman year.

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? Somewhere in my hammock.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Community Council & Residence Hall Association