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Meet the Teal Trailblazers


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Colton Aksomitus

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Bel Air, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Biology/Medical Humanities

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


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Allie Bearer

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Major/Minor:  Biology

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the incredible biology program, the small class sizes, and of course the close proximity to the beach!


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Ali Beatty

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.


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Justin Daniels

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Powhatan, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Chemistry

Best part about being a Chanticleer: That everyone here seems happy, it’s like a big family.


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Michelle Deberry

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Senior

Hometown:  Conway, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication/Journalism

Memorable experience at CCU: My sophomore year, in my COMM 410 class, we had to write a paper about a tragic event in our life.  I didn’t feel comfortable writing about it, but I knew I had to do it, so I threw my heart into it.  Dr. Breede read it and told me that it was one of the best things she’s ever read.


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Taylor Determan

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Ashburn, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science/Coastal Geology

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the amazing hospitality I experienced when I toured campus.  CCU has an amazing Marine Science program and I have made lifetime friends here.  Coastal is by far the best decision I have made in my life so far!


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Sean Edwards

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.


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Madison Eggenberger

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Jackson, Tennessee

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the wonderful Marine Science program offered.  I was attracted to the small classrooms and hands-on experience within the marine science field.  Plus, it’s great living nine miles from the beach!


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Matt Farrell

Trailblazer since Summer 2011

Senior

Hometown:  Aiken, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Biology & Exercise Sport Science

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? CINO Grille!  I love to eat and the amount of places to eat on campus keeps my stomach full and keeps me happy.


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Darryl Kelly

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Florence, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Management

Best part about being a Chanticleer: The best part is being a part of this great university which is steadily moving forward.  The friends I have met and the connections I have made have been life changing.  The best part is that I’m becoming somebody I had no clue I could be and I love it.

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Alexis Kemp

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.


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Patty Kramer

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.


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Alichia Leavy

Trailblazer since Spring 2014

Junior

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.


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Alan Lemons

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.

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Riley Norman

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Bloomington, Illinois

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Biology

Memorable experience: Getting certified in scuba diving.


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Mikayla Prioleau

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.

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Phillip Rast

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.


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Connor Romito

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Edgewood, Kentucky

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Best part about being a Chanticleer? My friends, coworkers, professors and peers all make me proud to be a Chanticleer.  We are all one big supportive community!


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Jake Rountree

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Hilton Head, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Finance

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? The HTC Center playing ping pong, the library studying, or just hanging with friends in Starbucks.


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Franasia Safayan-Greene

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Columbia, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Biology

Memorable experience: Being a part of CINO Quest.

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Korinny Sanchez

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Taylors, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  BFA Acting

Memorable experience: CINO Day.  I love all of the activities and free food and the fact that all students come out to have a good time!  I especially loved our Mardi Gras-themed year because of the people walking around on stilts.


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Grace Surrette

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.

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Chelsea Thomas

Trailblazer since Summer 2014

Senior

Hometown:  Conway, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Biology

Memorable experience: Being in charge of the Homecoming concert as an executive of the Coastal Activities Board.


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Jen VonSchondorf

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

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.

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Emily Weeks

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

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.