2016 Senior Spotlights

As you prepare to graduate from high school, check out where you may be four years from now.

Courtney Banker

During her four years at Rollins, Courtney participated in the Rollins Sustainability Program; performed month-long field research in Vietnam and Ecuador; served as president of EcoRollins; helped manage the Rollins Urban Farm; and was the Immersion planning team’s student coordinator.

Five years from now, Courtney hopes to be buried in PhD work, conducting research in remote communities, bustling urban spaces, and the various places between to understand people's relationship with public land.

Alexandria Mickler

Alex’s #RollinsLife was full of fun activities and character-building responsibilities, including serving as a resident assistant; being a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority; studying abroad in Chile, Morocco, and Costa Rica her freshman year; and serving as an Immersion facilitator, Emerging Leadership Institute student coordinator, admissions diplomat, and wellness ambassador.

Freshman year, Alex went to Morocco on a field study trip where she learned so much about herself and what she wanted to study at Rollins. The two professors who led that trip became two of Alex’s greatest mentors and that experience ultimately helped shape how she saw the world.

Avani Mooljee

During her time at Rollins, Avani participated in the inaugural Bonner Leaders Program, a scholarship focused on community engagement and civil service. She served as president of the Rollins chapter of Amnesty International and was an avid member of Model United Nations. She interned at American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., and helped fix a primary school and sponsor dentist procedures during a trip to Nepal with the Making Lives Better Philanthropy Group. She mentored orphans with Multihelp Trust Fund in Harare, Zimbabwe, and volunteered in the slums of Pune, India, in a local Rotary Club. She also worked at The Paragon School, an institution for autistic children.

After graduation, Avani hopes to join the Peace Corps, working with HIV-positive children in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, or Cambodia. Her ambition is to one day work as a U.S. Ambassador in a developing country.

Bonnie Pierson

A biochemistry/molecular biology major at Rollins, Bonnier served as a resident assistant and admissions diplomat; worked as a TJs tutor and an organic chemistry, biochemistry, and biology tutor; and was a student employee for the chemistry department.

Bonnie’s favorite Rollins memory happened during her sophomore year after a four-hour biology lab in which she'd struggled to grasp the concept of the lab technique. After all of her classmates left, she sat down on the floor of the lab out of complete frustration. Her two professors sat down with her on the floor, and they all stayed in the lab for another three hours to make sure Bonnie completely understood the material. Bonnie said she will never forget that day, and she thinks it’s a great representation of the Rollins educational experience, a tribute to how much our professors want us to succeed.

After graduation, Bonnie will be attending the University of Pittsburgh's Accelerated Bachelor's of Science in Nursing program as the next step in her pursuit of obtaining a doctorate in nursing.

MiKayla Phillips

You may have seen MiKayla during her four years at Rollins performing in six plays and musicals; working as an assistant in the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement; volunteering with the Winter Park Day Nursery; serving as Pinehurst Cottage's house manager and PR and recruitment chair; and participating in the Women’s Choir, Rollins Choir and the Rollins singers.

After graduation, MiKayla will begin rehearsals and performances with the Orlando Fringe Festival. After that, she plans to travel Europe, including London, Paris, and various parts of Germany, to explore the places that served as the original locations for the development of music and theatre.

MiKayla will always remember the people of Rollins that made an impact on her journey with their neverending generosity and kindness.

Nikki Rodgers

Nikki’s Rollins experience included doing biophysics research for three years in the Department of Physics; serving as secretary for the Society of Physics and as a JUMP Student Coordinator; working as an Immersion ASB facilitator and participating in seven immersion experiences; studying abroad in Sydney, Australia; performing with the Rollins Dancers and Rollins Choir; working with the Leadership Ally Program; and serving as a peer mentor in the Order of Omega, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, NSLS, and ODK honor societies.

Nikki will continue her education at Vanderbilt University’s PhD program this Fall.