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Meet Our Fall 2020 Incoming Students

Join us in welcoming our fall 2020 incoming students. They come from different backgrounds and will be working towards a variety of degrees. But no matter their path, these soccer players, singers, photographers and birders are brought together by the College of Natural Resources to Think and Do.

Regan Corey – Forest Management

Concord, North Carolina

  • Regan has a passion for forestry and is part of the CONNECT Program.
  • She loves to volunteer, hike and spend time with friends and family.
  • She is also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, which she calls “a local hero for people who are in need of the meals throughout the county.”

Megan McClaugherty – Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Gainesville, Florida

  • Initially, Megan studied psychology, but her passion for conservation brought her to NC State. She says, “I think what makes me unique in general, is that despite how grateful I am for all I’ve experienced in these past few years, I have never given up on pursuing my passion for conservation.” 
  • She is most excited for Summer Camp, as well as exploring Raleigh and NC State’s student organizations.
  • Her hero is Rachel Carson, who she admires for her pioneering spirit and passion for educating the public about our impact on the environment.

Patrick Lackey – Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Roxboro, North Carolina

  • Patrick has always wanted “to work outside in nature” and has “a desire to help others.”
  • He has over 10 years of vocal training and at one point wanted to be an opera singer.
  • His hero is his mother, who left France at the age of 16, got an education, and started a career working with children with disabilities.

Carisma Lynn – Sport Management

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Carisma has “always had a passion for sports and saw no other way to stay connected than to create a career around them.”
  • She played basketball at Guilford College, plays the violin and enjoys photography and traveling.
  • Her hero is her grandmother, who taught her to pave her own path in life. 

Luke Griffin – Paper Science and Engineering

Fort Mill, South Carolina

  • Luke is most excited to find “a new family in the Paper Science program.”
  • He is a cross country and track runner.
  • Luke is also a singer, and has sung in Carnegie Hall twice.

Martina Nordstrand – Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Indian Trail, North Carolina

  • Martina is most excited to meet new people, get involved in clubs and do research.
  • She is an avid wildlife photographer and her main passion is birds, which she can identify by just hearing their songs. 
  • Her hero is Steve Irwin, whose “enthusiasm, respect and love for the natural world” inspired her to get out into nature.

Lucy Huitt – Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Greensboro, North Carolina

  • Lucy says “I’ve always wanted to do something that combined my love for the outdoors and sustainability with STEM and engineering.”
  • She has done competitive robotics since middle school. In high school her team competed in the semifinals of the first competitive robotics world championship. 
  • Lucy enjoys river kayaking, hiking and sailing.

Kelvin Borges – Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Antwerp, Belgium

  • Kelvin chose the College of Natural Resources “because of the amazing Paper Science program and the very close knit and supportive environment.”
  • He plays tennis and soccer and has won two soccer state championships.
  • He also loves to cook.

This post was originally published in College of Natural Resources News.