Undergraduate Class of 2020 Recognized for Academic Honors

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Photos

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The Undergraduate Program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business has announced its academic honors for the Class of 2020, including naming Katie Merola as valedictorian and Caprice Catalano as salutatorian.

Merola and her parents hear directly from Patricia Grant, senior associate dean for the Undergraduate Program, of her achievement.

“Our community is thrilled to celebrate these extraordinary women for their achievements,” said Patricia Grant, senior associate dean for the Undergraduate Program. “Katie and Caprice, we are so proud of your accomplishments in the classroom and beyond, and we look forward to all you have yet to offer the world.”

Merola majored in finance and international business at Georgetown McDonough with a minor in theology. She served as an intern in the Georgetown University Investment Office, as well as at Citi, where she was an investment banking summer analyst for two years. During her time on the Hilltop, Merola was a risk analyst for the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, the chief operating officer of Hilltop Consultants, and a middle school tutor with Hoya Helpers. She was honored at the school’s virtual Tropaia ceremony with the Center for Financial Markets and Policy Award for Achievement in Finance and the International Business Faculty Award for Academic Excellence. She also was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and served as the chapter vice president.

Catalano majored in both finance and operations and information management with a minor in mathematics. She was a McDonough Peer Tutor, a teaching assistant, and a student analyst for the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Catalano also was a summer intern at BlackRock. She completed research on the use of neural networks in social innovation to predict HIV prevalence across the globe as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program and wrote a senior honors thesis on the impact of different types of transparency information on consumer purchasing behavior in the fashion industry. Her other activities included UNICEF Georgetown, Hoya Helpers tutoring, Georgetown Club Tennis, DCivitas, and The Big Hunt. During Tropaia, she received the Operations and Information Management Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, and she has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu, Omega Rho, and Alpha Phi Omega.

The following students also were recognized for achieving academic honors:

Summa Cum Laude (3.899 GPA or above)

Katie Merola, Valedictorian
Caprice Izabella Catalano, Salutatorian
Nicholas Jerome Cramer 
Joseph A. Delaney 
Christopher Ellis Gay 
Patrick Thomas Haubert 
Scott D. Kelly 
Brandon Kim 
Se Hyun Kim 
Francesca Anne LaBianca 
Jacob Paul Mitchell 
Jaime Muguiro Lirón de Robles
Samantha Leigh Roggekamp 
Sarah Morgan Schmidt 
Sera Jillian Stevens 
Dong Yeun Sun 
Alex Viola

Magna Cum Laude (GPA between 3.775 and 3.898)

Ali Al-mubarak 
Shane Hulian Fejaran Arceo 
Edoardo Bertocco 
Anne Elizabeth Botos 
Sydney Rose Caplan 
Claudia Chen 
Michaela Grace Cornwall 
David Joseph D’Ambrisi 
Bryan Deneen 
Marc Andrew Constantin Devine 
Mark David DiPasquale 
Patrick Sullivan DiPasquale 
Mark Blackwell Dyer 
Filippo Maria Fabrini 
Andrew Christopher Filocoma 
Katelyn E. Focella 
Alexander James Gloth 
Tara Jane Halter 
William Arthur Healey 
Bethany C. Hou 
Brendan James Kelly 
Chia-Yi Liu
Christian Leo Mandrakos 
Jacob Noah Mathews 
Luiza Carolo Mizrahi 
Jackson Christopher Morris 
Stephen J. Peng 
Evan Julian Pham 
Kelly Moon Pysh 
Allison Mary Reagan 
Andrew Michael Rubino 
Peter N. Trahanas 
Joseph Eugene Tripodi 
Chloe Haldane Wallace 
Andrew Xu 
Brian Reed Yoffe 
Emily Jane Young Echeverría 
Andrew Jing Zhan

Cum Laude (GPA between 3.693 and 3.774)

Gustavo Amaral Gradowski Macedo 
Gillis Masters Baxter 
Timothy William Brown 
Patrick William Carroll 
Elaine Ziyan Chen 
Jack Foster Chrysler IV 
Mariana Y. Couttolenc 
Samuel Ryan Dern 
Katherine Grace Evanko 
Marshall Brent Feingold 
Katherine C. Glaser 
Heaven Lee Goodwin 
Jakub Lukasz Janiak 
Alexander Benjamin David Jaros 
Finnian Kinsella 
Carolyn Rebecca Kirshe 
Connor Ryan Kramer 
Mariya Kulyk 
Alejandro Lesmes 
Diana Hiu Fung Leung 
Kevin Benjamin Lim 
Connor Jacob Lindquist 
Elizabeth Bloom Loffredo 
Francis John Magill III 
Meg Riley Mathison 
Connor William Mick 
Christian William Milotte 
Lorenco Mosqueira Do Amaral 
Meaghan Elizabeth Nally 
Tan Loay Nazer 
Richard Christian Nickel 
Alessandro Redaelli 
Cody Michael Rorick 
Kunaal Inder Singh 
Chloe Alexandra Sofield 
Mara Therese Sylvia 
Mitchell S. Taylor 
Camilla Anna Wasiak 
Jennifer May Thorpe Yates 
Lin Yuan

Alpha Mu Alpha

An honorary society of the American Marketing Association for qualified undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, as well as marketing faculty. 

Timothy William Brown
Brittany Leigh Dargis
Patrick Sullivan DiPasquale
Mark Blackwood Dyer
Filippo Maria Fabrini
Scott D. Kelly 
Carolyn Rebecca Kirshe
Zachary Michael Lambraia
Chia-Yi Liu 
Luiza Carolo Mizrahi
Meaghan Elizabeth Nally
Madeline Julia Peloso
Meena Raman
Maxim Andrew Shmotolokha
Chloe Alexandra Sofield
Jordan Ann Sweeney
Joseph Eugene Tripodi
Evan J. Wall
Lin Yuan

Alpha Sigma Nu

An honor society of Jesuit universities that recognizes students who excel in scholarship, loyalty, and service, and promotes Ignatian values for life.

Caprice Izabella Catalano
Joseph A. Delaney
Patrick Sullivan DiPasquale
Katelyn E. Focella
Samantha Leigh Roggekamp

Beta Gamma Sigma

The international business honor society that recognizes the top 10% of undergraduate business students at AACSB-accredited schools.

Shane Hulian Fejaran Arceo 
Sydney Rose Caplan 
Caprice Izabella Catalano 
Claudia Chen 
Nicholas Jerome Cramer 
David Joseph D’Ambrisi 
Joseph A. Delaney 
Bryan Deneen 
Marc Andrew Constantin Devine 
Mark D. DiPasquale 
Mark Blackwell Dyer 
Andrew Christopher Filocoma 
Katelyn E. Focella 
Christopher Ellis Gay 
Tara Jane Halter 
Patrick Thomas Haubert 
Bethany C. Hou 
Brendan James Kelly 
Scott D. Kelly 
Brandon Kim 
Se Hyun Kim 
Francesca Anne LaBianca 
Jacob Noah Mathews 
Katie Merola 
Jacob Paul Mitchell 
Jaime Muguiro Lirón de Robles
Evan Julian Pham 
Samantha Leigh Roggekamp 
Sarah Morgan Schmidt 
Sera Jillian Stevens 
Dong Yeun Sun 
Peter N. Trahanas 
Alex Viola 
Brian Reed Yoffe

Omega Rho

A scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in the fields of operations research and management science.

Anne Elizabeth Botos
Sydney Rose Caplan
Caprice Izabella Catalano
Elaine Ziyan Chen
David Joseph D’Ambrisi
Mark David DiPasquale
Mark Blackwell Dyer
Andrew Christopher Filocoma
Tara Jane Halter
Carolyn Rebecca Kirshe
Mariya Kulyk
Alejandro Lesmes
Chia-Yi Liu
Gustavo Amaral Gradowski Macedo
Jacob Paul Mitchell
Luiza Carolo Mizrahi
Jaime Muguiro Lirón de Robles
Meaghan Elizabeth Nally
Kelly Moon Pysh
Kunaal Inder Singh
Chloe Alexandra Sofield
Andrew Jing Zhan