Abby Davis named class of 2016 valedictorian

first_imgAbby 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 addresslast_img read more

Cricket News On this Day – Shubman Gill slams glorious ton in Under-19 World Cup semi-final vs Pakistan

first_imghighlights Shubman hit two fifties and a century in the 2018 U-19 World Cup.Shubman is in the Indian cricket team squad for the New Zealand series.Shubman made a good impression for KKR in IPL and for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India lost wickets at regular intervals but Shubman, along with Anukul Roy shared a 67-run stand. Shubman and Roy’s partnership boosted India and Roy was the more aggressive batsman in the partnership, finding the gaps at regular intervals. Shubman was on 98 when the final over began but India lost two quick wickets and the last man Ishan Porel, had the task of ensuring Shubman reached his century. The right-hander pounced on a no-ball from Mohammad Musa as he lofted a full ball to long off but the fielder spilled the chance. Shubman reached his century and the powerful celebrations showed how much it meant to him as India ended on 272/9.In response, Porel ripped the Pakistan batting to shreds by picking up 4/17 and he was given good support from Shiva Singh (2/20) and Riyan Parag (2/6) helped India bowl out Pakistan for 69 to crush their arch-rivals by 203 runs. Shubman ended the tournament as the leading run-getter for the Indian cricket team.Shubman’s glorious knock put him in the league of big names and with the fourth ODI tomorrow, a debut for Shubman could complete a remarkable journey for a cricketer who is touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. New Delhi: January 30 is a special for a cricketer who has made giant strides and is on the cusp of making an international debut. Shubman Gill, the star of India’s victorious Under-19 World Cup in 2018, could make his debut in the fourth ODI against New Zealand after Indian skipper Virat Kohli was rested for the last two games. The fact that he is making his debut in New Zealand is wonderful, considering that it was in the same country where he made a big name for himself during his exploits in the U-19 World Cup. On this day, he blasted a special century that made him a household name. The fact that it was against arch-rivals Pakistan made it even more special.Shubman started the tournament on a high with a brilliant 63 against Australia which gave India a brilliant 100-run win. He followed it up with 86 against Bangladesh as India built momentum with a solid 131-run win and the stage was set for a brilliant match against Pakistan. In the semi-final at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, India A won the toss and chose to bat and they made a good start with Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra sharing an 89-run opening stand. However, both fell in quick succession and it was left to Shubman to steady the innings.last_img read more