Kiyla Cooper
Intended Major: Management

Kiyla Cooper comes from Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Mayfield High School, where she earned several academic and athletic awards. She is now in her third year at Case Western Reserve University and is pursuing both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Before her sophomore year, Kiyla spent the summer interning with MetLife insurance in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the customer communications team. Before her junior year, she interned in the Cleveland office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a START intern. On campus, Kiyla has received the Dean’s High Honors Award every semester, she is the President of the Class of 2020 in the Class Officer Collective, a Resident Assistant under the Second-Year Experience, and a campus tour guide.


Jonathan Hicks
Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering

Johnathan Hicks comes from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School with honors. While at Heights, Johnathan was involved in the REAL Early College Program, where he was able to earn 30+ college credits from John Carroll University and achieve sophomore standing in college by the time he graduated. He was also a student leader in the Minority Student Achievement Network, a member of the National Honor Society, and a Student Ambassador for his school. In addition to his academics, Johnathan was a captain on his cross country and track teams in his senior year, and he made it to Regionals in track for the 400-meter dash and the 4×400-meter dash. Johnathan plans on pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on biomechanics. He looks forward to studying abroad and having the chance to work in research labs. Eventually, he hopes to run his own company researching and developing prosthetics and other medical devices.


Diona James
Intended Major: Medical Anthropology

Diona James comes from the east side of Cleveland and graduated from Collinwood High School as valedictorian. During her high school years, she was a member of National Honor Society, and in her junior year, she went on a mission trip to Ometepe, Nicaragua. At Case Western Reserve University, Diona is majoring in medical anthropology and international studies, and plans to attend law school. The summer before her sophomore year, she earned her EMT certification from Tri-C Metro Campus and did her ride time with Cleveland EMS. She also completed Resident Assistant’s training and served as an RA in Cedar Residential College. She is treasurer of Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Upperclass Representative for the CWRU African American Society, and Greek Liaison to the CWRU Black Student Union.


Omar Mahmoud
Intended Major: Undecided




Raymon’ Malone
Intended Major: Undecided

Raymon’ Malone Jr., a third-year student at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management, is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in marketing and business management, with a concentration in entrepreneurial leadership. Born and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio, Raymon’ graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, where he helped launch the school’s first computer science program and served in several other leadership capacities. Raymon’ was an active member of National Honor Society and a research intern in CWRU’s Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department, an opportunity he obtained through the CLiPS Polymer Envoys Program. As an undergraduate, Raymon’ has participated in the Emerging Leaders Program, Weatherhead Marketing Club, and Case Firearms Club, where he promotes safety and personal awareness. In summer 2019, he will join the KeyBank-KeyCorps organization as a marketing intern while continuing other activities in the Greater Cleveland area: giving tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art, providing nonprofit assistance to the Great Lakes Science Center, mentoring local high school students, and leading a new technology venture.


Tevin McDowell
Intended Major: Undecided

Tevin McDowell was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from Horizon Science Academy–Cleveland High School as salutatorian. During high school, he was a member of National Honor Society and Concept Young Scholars Program, and he served as a tutor for ACT preparation. Tevin was awarded several college scholarships from his high school and the Cleveland Foundation. Here at Case Western Reserve University, he plans on majoring in chemistry with a minor in economics. Tevin is a member of the Spartan Running Club and the African American Society. After graduation, he wants to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sciences.


Brianna Moore
Intended Major: Theater

Brianna Moore graduated from Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio. At Shaw, she participated in various activities, including jazz band, student council, mock trial, National Honor Society and College Now. She was also a participant in the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp and traveled to China for two weeks on a full scholarship from Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. She was also a participant in the Provost Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve University. As a student at CWRU, she is planning on majoring in Spanish and minoring in theater. Brianna works for the National Youth Sports Program at CWRU. She plans to join the archery club and to study abroad in Spain. After graduation, Brianna hopes to travel the world as a Spanish interpreter or actress.


Obasi Ndukwe
Intended Major: Classics




Jessica Pham
Intended Major: Undecided

Jessica Pham is a graduate of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, across the street from the Case Western Reserve University campus. She has been awarded a Joan C. Edwards Scholarship, which will fund both her undergraduate and medical school studies. Motivated by her research experiences in the chemistry and otolaryngology departments at CWRU and University Hospitals, Jessica is an aspiring biochemistry major and a co-author on a forthcoming scientific paper. Once she begins medical school, Jessica plans to volunteer in clinical research in order to give back to her community.

Omar Sumrain
Intended Major: Undecided




Denasia Wagner
Intended Major: Nursing




Angela Whittsette
Intended Major: Biology

Angela (Angie) Whittsette is from Brooklyn, Ohio, where she graduated from Brooklyn High School as valedictorian of her class. At Case Western Reserve, Angie is majoring in nutritional biochemistry. After her first year, she was accepted into the Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program at the CWRU School of Medicine, where she joined the lab of Dr. Tingwei Mu in the Department of Biophysics and Physiology. There, she and her colleagues conducted research on idiopathic epilepsies, which are associated with protein aggregation and degradation and with neuronal defects such as seizures and convulsions. The following summer, Angie returned to the lab to work on developing drug treatment to correct these conditions. Angie is a member of the American Medical Student Association and the African American Society, and she has served on the executive boards of the African Students Association and the National Society for Black Engineers. She also participated in Collegiate Connections (a peer mentoring program) and conducted research in a cognitive science lab. Once she graduates, she wants to attend medical school and eventually travel to practice medicine in South America, Africa, China, and the Middle East.