Abby Davis — the class of 2016 valedictorian — said during her time at Notre Dame, she has learned how to “maintain a balance” between the different aspects of her life.“Personally, I think that’s been the biggest challenge of college — just finding balance,” Davis said. “I think that’s something that took me until this year to figure out.”Davis, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio, earned a 3.99 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in her four years at Notre Dame and will graduate with a degree in political science and minors in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and Russian. She was also a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar.The University’s selection committee invites students with GPAs above a certain cutoff to submit a valedictory address and an invocation, Davis said. From there, the committee selects students to deliver the speech in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, where it is recorded, and submit a resume and letter of recommendation.Davis said she was shocked and excited when she found out she had been named this year’s valedictorian.“Honestly, there were a few moments where I wasn’t really breathing. It seemed very unreal,” she said. “I’m not sure it’s completely sunk in yet, but after the moment of initial not breathing, I just felt excitement and gratitude.”Davis said one of the most defining parts of her time at Notre Dame was the opportunity to form relationships with professors.“One of the things I’ve loved most about studying at Notre Dame and in small classes is just the ability to regularly go to professors’ office hours and get to know them, get to talk about things outside of class,” she said. “I feel like professors have really helped me get the most out of Notre Dame.”One class in particular, Davis said, helped change the trajectory of her academic career.“I took sophomore year, kind of on a whim, a class called ‘Post-Soviet Russian [Cinema]’ for my fine arts requirement,” she said. “I knew nothing about film, not so much about post-Soviet Russia, even less about post-Soviet Russian film.”Davis spent the summer of 2014 studying abroad in Latvia and the fall semester of the same year in Chile. Then, in the summer of 2015, she took courses and conducted research in Russia.“I just got really into it. The politics, the history — all of it was so interesting to me,” she said. “That’s actually what got me into Russian in the first place, that spur-of-the-moment decision.”The day after graduation, Davis will return to Russia as a student aid on a University-sponsored trip before moving to Washington D.C. to start her job at Avascent, a consulting firm for companies in government-driven industries.Outside the classroom, Davis served as co-chair of the University’s Code of Honor Committee and has been involved in various music ensembles and in community service at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. She was a resident of Ryan Hall.“I think joining musical ensembles helped me because it’s very much a team effort, coming together to work on something as one. It’s a huge stress reliever and, for me, helps create that balance,” she said.Davis said as a freshman, she could not have imagined being where she is today — she entered the University as a chemistry major.“I’m just thinking about how grateful I am for the whole Notre Dame experience and everyone I’ve met here — all the amazing friends, all the professors who have been such important mentors to me,” she said.Ultimately, Davis said, it seems “unreal” that she will be a Notre Dame graduate in a few days time.“I’ve met some of the most incredible people I’ve ever known here at Notre Dame, who are also incredibly hard-working, incredibly supportive — just incredibly wonderful people,” she said.“I’m making lists of people I need to stop by and say goodbye to. And you know when you have a lot of really hard goodbyes to say that you’ve had something really special.”Tags: Abby Davis, Commencement 2016, valedictorian, valedictory address
Ian Wright criticises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wayward finishing against Burnley Arsenal are languishing down in tenth in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty(Mikel Arteta bizarrely blamed the length of the grass following Arsenal’s stalemate at Turf Moor.The Spaniard said: ‘The conditions were difficult‘The grass was long, they didn’t put any water on it.‘Obviously, that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether he expected Burnley not to water the pitch, Arteta replied: ‘Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday in the training ground.‘I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play. ‘But it’s their game, they do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, you have to adapt.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We adapted well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass it was the quality.‘What they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way.’MORE: Tottenham fans love Harry Winks’ reaction to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s red card Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Feb 2020 9:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed three big chances for Arsenal at Burnley (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright claimed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was struggling with ‘a little bit of rustiness’ after the striker’s ‘very poor’ finishing cost Arsenal in their goalless draw away to Burnley.Aubameyang failed to add to his tally of 14 goals in the Premier League this season as he spurned three big chances for the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope didn’t even have to make a save as Aubameyang dragged the first of his opportunities wide of the post from close range.Pope then denied an attempted lob from Aubameyang just before half-time and the latter’s frustrations continued in the second half as he missed the target with a header ten yards out from goal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aubameyang’s first chance was arguably the easiest (Picture: Sky Sports)On Aubameyang’s wayward finishing, ex-Arsenal striker Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘You can only put it down to a little bit of rustiness.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It seems like a very poor finish, a rushed finish. You would have thought a side-foot from where he was would have sufficed.‘This one [second big chance], could he have done it first time? It’s very hard to get that touch and then get it over a ‘keeper of that size as well so that was a difficult chance.‘When you look at this chance [header in the second half]… it’s unfortunate. It’s unlucky. You want to hit the target. That’s the main thing you do there. You don’t try and be too precise with that header because it’s such a good ball, he’s made a good move off the defender and you just want to make the goalkeeper make save. But hit the target.’ Comment Advertisement Jay Rodriguez struck the bar from close range in the second half (Picture: Getty)Wright added: ‘Mikel Arteta now realises the enormous task he has.‘The way they started, it looked like something was going to happen but then after that they slowly went further and further into their shell.‘It’s something he has to address because in terms of the calibre of player we’ve got – and you have to give Burnley credit for where they are – but we should be performing a lot better.‘We’ve got a lot of young players coming through that you hope can step up to the mark but we’ve got a lot of players there that aren’t playing to a level where Arsenal should be.‘That’s the job that Arteta has got, to get them back to that level. Whether or not he can do that with the funds that he’s got, which isn’t much, is going to be a massive, massive ask.’
Odell Beckham Jr. turned heads at the 2019 ESPYS with his new look and his outfit. Vested at the #ESPYs. ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/guW4QimPsE— NFL (@NFL) July 11, 2019ESPYS AWARD WINNERS 2019: Full results, highlights, best moments from the ESPYsHere’s how Twitter reacted to his fashion choice:Odell Beckham Jr. decided to dress up like an NFL photographer for the ESPYs? pic.twitter.com/CBkTviN594— Jordan Dajani (@JDajani247) July 11, 2019Odell Beckham, now available as a Jansport backpack. pic.twitter.com/E3HykBTmN6— Anna Celia Gallegos (@anna_gallegos) July 11, 2019Odell Beckham Jr. looking like a girl scout troop leader tonight: pic.twitter.com/Ek78I4xADU— Jared Christopher (@JaredLChris) July 11, 2019odell beckham jr ESPY inspo pic.twitter.com/RjiDFVDPAt— Avery North (@Averynorthh) July 11, 2019Same energy.Odell Beckham Jr the football player or the fisherman? #ESPYS #espys2019 pic.twitter.com/smwlORLZ1q— Madelyn ✨ (@MaddiL0VESyoux) July 11, 2019I need Odell Beckham’s vest to help me carry my groceries in the house pic.twitter.com/nP0MTc66KC— CJ (@CJMcGonagle) July 11, 2019 The Cleveland Browns wide receiver was without his trademark blonde locks and appeared to be wearing a giant vest with a kangaroo pouch in front of it.
4. Iowa City, West11-2585 Others receiving votes: Des Moines, North 6. Ames 6. Indianola 6. Johnston 1. Others receiving votes: Marion 13. Glenwood 6. Denison-Schleswig 3. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 2. Spencer 1. Class 4A RecordPtsPrv 1. Grand View Christian (6)16-1871 RecordPtsPrv 8. Dubuque, Senior10-2399 1. Clear Lake (4)15-0822 10. Gilbert13-3157 8. Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton14-1318 2. Montezuma (3)16-0742 2. North Scott, Eldridge (4)15-0842 9. Prairie, Cedar Rapids11-310NR 1. North Linn, Troy Mills (7)15-0881 6. South Hamilton, Jewell15-1466 Class 3A 8. Camanche14-225T9 1. Waukee (5)13-0861 2. Norwalk (4)12-3784 3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton12-3628 5. George-Little Rock15-2503 10. Western Christian, Hull10-4117 6. Oskaloosa9-4465 3. Bettendorf13-1654 2. Boyden-Hull (2)16-0722 5. Davenport, Central12-2446 AP-BKH–Iowa Boys Basketball Prep PollJan 28, 2019 3:19PM (GMT 21:19) – 433 wordsBy The Associated Press Others receiving votes: Regina, Iowa City 9. OA-BCIG 6. West Branch 5. Sioux Center 3. Mount Ayr 1. Unity Christian, Orange City 1. 4. Ankeny Christian Academy14-0525 9. Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids15-2109 7. South Central Calhoun15-1328 RecordPtsPrv 7. Carroll11-2316 3. Van Meter14-0663 Others receiving votes: Easton Valley 7. South O’Brien, Paullina 3. Notre Dame, Burlington 3. Bishop Garrigan, Algona 2. Newman Catholic, Mason City 2. Lynnville-Sully 2. 6. Stanton17-0486 (tie) Sioux City, East13-1403 6. Cedar Falls11-2407 8. West Delaware, Manchester11-42910 3. New London15-0694 RecordPtsPrv Class 1A The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: 5. Pella11-3483 4. Maquoketa (1)14-1591 (tie) Valley, West Des Moines13-3108 9. Dike-New Hartford13-112T9 7. Ar-We-Va, Westside17-0467 5. Treynor14-1585 10. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton15-29NR 4. West Sioux, Hawarden17-0604 Class 2A Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll 9. Fairfield12-320NR