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The 2023 Prestigious Panthers and Spirit Court

At Spirit Weekend, Adelphi again announced the students chosen to be this year's Prestigious Panthers and members of the Spirit Court.

On October 13 to October 15, Adelphi celebrated its seventh annualSpirit Weekend. Among the many activities held, one that has become a beloved tradition in itself is the naming of the Prestigious Panthers and Spirit Court.

The Prestigious Panthers and Spirit Court designations officially debuted at Spirit Weekend in 2018. In 2016, Adelphi once again named a Homecoming King and a Queen to rule over the Homecoming Court. In 2017, the Homecoming Court became the Spirit Court, andin 2018, the more gender-inclusive Prestigious Panthers took the crown, so to speak (the crowns have been replaced with plaques and sashes), from the king and queen.

The names may have changed, but the principle has stayed the same: recognizing and celebrating students who represent the best of Adelphi in terms of academic excellence, creativity, global awareness, community involvement and Panther pride.

Prestigious Panther Khamkay Inthavong said, “Serving as a Prestigious Panther is about fostering a culture of open dialogue and improvement. It means being a beacon to those who aren’t seen or represented as much and providing an outlet where every voice can be heard and where we can work together to better our campus.”

“I believe applying for and competing for the Prestigious Panther Award help students develop essential career readiness skills such as self-presentation, communication and prioritization,” said R. Sentwali Bakari, PhD, vice president for student affairs. “It can also encourage students to reflect on their experiences and articulate the impact of their leadership experience on campus and within the greater community.”

After postponements due to rain—and much anticipation—the Prestigious Panthers and Spirit Court were finally announced on October 15.

Prestigious Panthers

  • Adam Ayrosois abiologymajor in theJoint Degree Programwith SUNY Upstate Norton College of Medicine and a member of the AdelphiHonors College. He is on the executive boards of the Honors College and the Biology Club, an Honors College Biology Summer Research Fellow, a peer academic tutor in the Center for Academic Support and Enrichment, and a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.
  • Sophie Breslowis asocial workmajor and in the Tri Delta sorority, aBridges to Adelphi peer mentor, a National Society of Collegiate Scholars inductee and a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society.
  • Khamkay Inthavongis majoring in managementԻ international studiesԻ minoring inSpanishԻhuman resource management. She is also the public relations officer forLevermore Global ScholarsԻ a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Her Campus.
  • Lucia Luis a biology major who is a resident assistant, chemistry lab teacher’s assistant, and Global Medical Brigades public relations officer.

Spirit Court

  • Kennie Dionisiois acomputer sciencemajor with a minor incommunications. He is president of the Class of 2024, co-features editor ofThe Delphian, aJaggar Community Fellowsintern at North Shore TV, a peer assistant leader and a commuter assistant, and president of the Asian Students Intercultural Alliance, among other activities.
  • Callum Fergusonis anethics and public policymajor and Levermore Global Scholar. He is a recipient of the 2023 Bhisé Global Learning Indiastudy trip and a resident assistant.
  • Melissa Garberis apsychologymajor in the Honors College with aminor in theatre tech and design. Her activities include serving as vice president of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, event coordinator of the Psychology Club and a peer assistant leader.
  • Jolisa John-Lynchis ahealth sciences majorwith a minor inAfrican, Black and Carribean studies. She is president of Black Students United, a peer assistant leader and a commuter assistant, an assistant in the Office of Residential Life and Housing, and a volunteer for the Panther Pantry.
  • Amanda Pincusis a psychology major in theScholar Teacher Education Program (STEP)Ի a minor in child and family studies. She is president of the Panhellenic Council, president of Omicron Delta Kappa and a National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • Michelle Sarkeris a health sciences major with a minor inmarketing. She is president of the South Asian Student Association, a peer assistant leader and a commuter assistant, a Leader of theFirst-Year Community Action Program, a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, and a Levermore Global Scholar.

“Serving as a Prestigious Panther is about fostering a culture of open dialogue and improvement,” said Inthavong. “It means being a beacon to those who aren’t seen or represented as much and providing an outlet where every voice can be heard and where we can work together to better our campus.”

Ferguson said, “Spirit Court to me means representing my communities and encouraging others to do what they desire.”

Bakari said both recognitions are important because they validate students’ leadership development and commitment to being involved and engaged in the vitality of campus life. “It acknowledges their contributions to the campus community, which elevates their visibility, reputation and academic and professional success, thus making them exceptional representatives of and the clubs, organizations and diverse communities they represent.”

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