Student Success

Sarah Voorhees ’15 ~ Educator in the Making

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:45pm

St. Louis native Sarah Voorhees has always loved working with kids. Since the 5th grade, the Spring Hill College senior has cared for children through hospital volunteer work, fundraising, and as a babysitter.

Voorhees, who at first considered studying occupational therapy in college, didn’t find her true calling until she enrolled at SHC.

SHC SWEETHEARTS ~ Ashley Adams '14 & Joseph Webster '13

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:45pm

Spring Hill College’s Joseph Webster ’13 calls it his “genius idea.” His sophomore year, Webster enrolled in a beginning Spanish class with the hopes of meeting a very special someone.

“I actually signed up for the harder Spanish class knowing that all the other sophomores would choose the easier class,” says Webster. “I figured that I would get mixed in with a lot of freshmen and maybe even find a girl. I’m happy to say that my plan worked!”

Webster’s fiancée, Ashley Adams ’14, recalls sitting in Professor Fabian Balmori’s class on the first day.

Chelsea Audibert ’13 ~ Italy Center Experience Leads to International Career

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:45pm

Since her May 2013 graduation, Chelsea Audibert ’13 hasn’t wasted a moment of time putting her international relations degree to proper use.

Alexis Esneault ’15: On Internships, Italy, and Integrity

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 2:30pm

Tenacity and determination best describe Spring Hill College junior Alexis Esneault, a philosophy major from Huntsville, Ala. Esneault, who also studies pre-law and political science, is following her dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney.

Light of the Village

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 1:00pm

Once a working crack house, and situated in a neighborhood fraught with crime, gangs, and poverty, Light of the Village school has survived and thrived for 12 years as a beacon of hope for many of Prichard, Ala.’s at-risk youth.

Najgee Gatson ’14: Athlete, Coach, and Leader

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 10:00am

After recommendations from his basketball coach, a French teacher, and the vice principal of Our Lady of Mercy High School in Fayetteville, Ga., Najgee Gatson knew he had to visit Spring Hill College. After making the trip, meeting students, and talking to faculty, Gatson knew that SHC was the right fit for his college career.

Severin Chambers ’14: Rugby Star Mentors Special-Needs Children

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 8:45am

Severin Chambers can most often be found scrumming on the rugby field, showing off Spring Hill College to prospective students, and leading campus events as president of Sigma Chi fraternity.

The psychology major from Boston, Mass., at first, hadn’t considered Spring Hill as a choice for college, but decided to stop on campus while visiting other schools in the Deep South. Chambers enjoyed his tour of SHC, but made his final decision about moving to Mobile, Ala., after receiving a phone call from Spring Hill’s president.

Ashley Sanders ’13: Parlez-vous français?

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 4:00pm

As part of a rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina, Ashley Sanders accompanied her high school’s Habitat for Humanity club in 2008 on a trip to volunteer in Mobile, Ala. During her stay in the Port City, Sanders fell in love with the area and returned a few months later to look at colleges.

Kiva Talty ’17: Inglés Como Segunda Lengua

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 9:15am

If life wasn’t busy enough for Kiva Talty, the Spring Hill freshman recently added another dimension to her college experience. On Thursday evenings, Talty, a rugby player and freelance photographer for The Springhillian, also spends her time talking with ESL (English as a Second Language) students from Columbia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Cuba.

Michelle Léana Perez ‘14: On Immersion, Justice, and Jewelry-Making

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:00am

On the Spring Hill campus, it would be difficult to find a faculty member or student who hasn’t met, shared class time, or worked with Michelle Perez. Known for her winning smile and positive attitude, Perez exudes joy, enthusiasm, and excitement for everything she does. The pre-med student is most passionate, however, when talking about her volunteer work and SHC immersion trips.

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