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Student Stories

Students at the Glenn College are passionate about leading change. With passion for social justice and civic engagement, they have the desire to take on pressing policy problems facing society today, and make the world a better place. 

Read about our impressive students, and how Glenn College programs are helping them turn their passion into policy.

Maceda Berhanu — BA Student

Maceda Berhanu's BA in Public Management, Leadership and Policy, with a second major in Sociology, is preparing her to connect individuals to the resources they need to find success.

Morgan Spry — BA Student and WAIPer

Morgan Spry has leveraged her education and the Glenn College’s internship programs to gain unique opportunities on political campaigns and in the U.S. Senate.

Elizabeth Yirava - BS Student

Elizabeth Yirava uses data to understand the societal impact of policy and to create effective solutions for communities. Her studies in policy analysis and statistics are preparing her to address public challenges.


Courtney Moore — MPA Student

Courtney Moore is earning her MPA, which is preparing her to help communities solve their unique needs through fair and just decision-making.

Grant Plummer — BS Student

Grant Plummer’s double major in policy analysis and finance will help him launch a career in economic development where he hopes to provide underserved areas the tools they need for sustainable growth.


Abigail Geesling - Combined BA/MPA

Abigail Geesling is a combined Student earning her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration. Abigail recently served as NASPAA's Advocacy and Lobbyist Strategy intern.


Ryan Doucette - BS Student

Ryan Doucette is an honors student pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, specializing in education policy. Ryan served as the President of the John Glenn Civic Leadership Council (JGCLC) for the 2022-2023 year.

Abby Ordillas - MPA-DC Student

Abby Ordillas is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. As part of the MPA-DC program, she will spend the second year of her degree studying and working in Washington, DC. Abby graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College with majors in Anthropology (Honors) and Chinese Language & Literature,

Detective Blake Petty - MPAL Student

Blake Petty is a student in the Master of Public Administration and Leadership (Online MPAL) program. He is passionate about serving his community and working toward a leadership role in his department in the Rochester, NY police department where he can shape the future of public safety.

Alan Mathew - BS Student

Alan Mathew is a Morrill Scholar pursuing his Bachelor of Sciences in Policy Analysis. He works as a Research Assistant and Colloquium Coordinator for the Glenn College, and is passionate about reducing social inequities.

Kennedy Romeo - MPA Student

Kennedy Romeo is pursuing her Master of Public Administration (MPA) and is passionate about racial justice, food policy, community engagement and anti-human-trafficking work.

Dylan Page - MPA Student

Dylan Page is pursing his Master of Public Administration (MPA) while serving the Ohio Army National Guard, and he is passionate about civic engagement, national security and environmental justice. 


Casey Rife – MPA Student

Casey Rife is pursuing her Master of Public Administration (MPA) and is passionate about environmental justice, the layers of racial and socioeconomic inequality that underlie it, and comprehensive policy solutions that work toward a more equitable and just world. 

Kyla Hurns - BA with a specialization in education policy

Kyla Hurns is an honors student and Morrill Scholar pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership and Policy with a specialization in education policy.

Gabe Jackson – MPA-DC Student

Gabe Jackson is pursuing his Master of Public Administration through the Glenn College’s D.C. program. He is preparing to use his education and connections to connect hard-hit communities with important resources and nonprofits.

Sam Feudo - BS Pre-med

Sam Feudo is an honors, pre-med student working toward his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Feudo is pursuing a minor in global public health and is passionate about equitable, high-quality health care for all. He is also the founder and host of the Understanding Healthcare with Sam Feudo podcast.

Andrew Pierce – Combined BS/MPA Student

Andrew Pierce II is pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis, specializing in nonprofit management, and a master’s degree in public administration from the Glenn College.