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"Class Of 2019" - Strong Stories


La'Na Holden

La’Na Holden

La’Na Holden, ’19 M.Ed., strongly believes in practicing what you preach. So much that she returned to school to obtain her M.Ed. because she often tells her students to always be willing to grow and learn.


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Sandra Taranhike

At Meredith, psychology and social work major Sandra Taranhike, ’19, built on her strengths and prepared for a post-grad role as a research assistant for a national non-profit.


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Christina Cowperthwait

At Meredith, Christina Cowperthwait, ’19, moved steadily toward her goal of one day owning her own business. Next step: finish earning her MBA that she started senior year.


Sheila Thomas

Sheila Thomas

As a United States Marine Corps veteran Sheila Thomas, ’19, knows what it means to be strong. Through StrongPoints and a supportive Meredith community, she grew even stronger and more determined.


Leslie Castro

Leslie Castro

For four years at Meredith, Leslie Castro, ’19, studied in an English classroom that featured a poster from the Shakespeare Theatre Company. After graduation, she found herself a part of that company. 


Pinaky Patel

Pinaky Patel

From the moment Pinaky Patel, ’19, returned to the United States at the age of 17, she had a dream of earning a degree in computer science. Almost 20 years later, that dream is a reality.


Sydney Spadaro

Sydney Spadaro

When Sydney Spadaro, ’19, sets a goal, she does all she can to make sure she reaches it. Having completed her undergraduate degree, her next goal brings her right back to Meredith where she is already pursuing an MBA.


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Stephanie Ott

After completing her Dietetic Internship at Meredith, Stephanie Ott, ’19, decided to pursue her Master of Science in nutrition in order to better serve her patients. A practicing licensed registered dietitian at Duke Raleigh Hospital, Stephanie will serve as the main DI clinical preceptor at Duke Raleigh after graduation.


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Rana Oueijan

At Meredith, Rana Oueijan, ’19, pursued a focused academic path and enjoyed a variety of powerful hands-on learning experiences. Next up: the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Campbell University.


Kristin Foster

Kristin Foster

After moving from Texas to attend Meredith, Kristin Foster, ’19, built her own community of friends while strengthening her talents in music.


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