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The culture of the Clarkson School Program is characterized by a strong sense of community in which every student plays a critical role. The Clarkson School Ambassador program was developed to introduce you to some of our alumni and current students. Our Ambassadors each year share their perspectives regarding admission, classes, faculty, and life as a Clarkson School student.

Below is a brief biography, including the educational background of our most recent Class of 2014 Ambassadors who completed our program in May 2014 and a few mentors who have successfully completed the Clarkson School program last year and now help guide the current class.


Sufia Bakshi

Hometown: Canton, NY

Pursuing a Major In: Biomolecular Science 

Career Goals: I am interested in scientific journalism and research in Biomolecular Science.

Why I chose TCS: I felt educationally prepared and mature enough to begin college. I was running out of courses to take at my high school and I wanted to avoid a lazy senior year. TCS was the perfect alternative – the program provides an academically and socially enriching environment.

Campus Involvement: The Clarkson University Outing Club (CUOC), The Clarkson Integrator, Doctors without Borders, Colleges Against Cancer, and undergraduate research.


Adam Cunningham

Rochester, NY

Pursuing a Major In: Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering and a concentration in Manufacturing

Career Goals: Find my niche in the world and find something I can call a true career.

Why I chose TCS: I chose TCS because it allowed me to expand my horizon as well as getting a jump start on my college life. I am a person who will hardly ever turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity because I know the experience will be rewarding. If I were to do it over again, I would do it all the same.

 Campus Involvement: High Dive, Ultimate Frisbee, and Ski Club


Peter Clark

Potsdam, NY

Pursuing a Major In:  Chemical Engineering

Career Goals: Create new chemicals for specific applications and innovate renewable energy technologies

Why I chose TCS: I chose TCS as a way to challenge myself and get ahead of peers in academics, as well as escape the immature environment of high school.

Campus Involvement: I am a member of the outing club and the investment club.


Samantha Crosby

Hometown: Peru, NY.

Major: Biomolecular Science/Biology, Pre-Med Concentration

Career Goals: I plan on pursuing my Ph.D. and going into BioMedical Research, specializing in Oncology

Why I chose TCS: I was in all of the accelerated and honors courses in High School but they just weren’t satisfying my curiosity.  During my campus visit, I was able to meet with Professors in the fields I was interested in, tour labs, talk with TCS students, and meet with admissions representatives.  I even scheduled an overnight visit and came back a few months later just to be sure! This solidified my decision.  I left knowing that this was an opportunity not to be missed.  The access – to people, to knowledge, to resources and facilities – that Clarkson provides is second to none. 

Campus Involvement: Logistics Chairperson for Colleges Against Cancer, Clarkson’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, Doctors Without Borders


Paige Hewlett

Brasher Falls, NY.

Pursuing a Major In: Biomolecular Science/Biology, Pre-Med Concentration

Career Goals: Become a Physician Assistant and eventually volunteer in third world countries.

Why I chose TCS: I was ready for a challenge that my high school couldn't offer me.  My school didn't offer AP  classes so I would have been taking only five classes this year, none of which would have been challenging.

Campus Involvement: Campus Scouts, Orchestra and Golden Knotes.


Lillian Hogle

Pulaski, NY

Pursuing a Major In: Biology

Career Goals: My goal is to become a doctor or medical researcher. My dream is to travel the world and help third world countries.

Why I chose TCS: I chose The Clarkson School because I was ready for more and it provided me with the unique opportunity of leaving high school early and begin my freshman year of college. On my first tour I knew it was where I wanted to be. I fell in love with the campus, the small town, and diverse student life. I can’t imagine being anywhere else and am so happy I chose to come to Clarkson through The Clarkson School 

Campus Involvement: Clarkson University Outing Club, Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX), Concrete Canoe, Doctors Without Borders


David Josephs

Hometown: Potsdam, NY

Pursuing a Major In: Electrical Engineering

Career Goals: Although I am not sure what I want to do, I know that I want to be working in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or a combination of the three.

Why I chose TCS: My reason for coming to The Clarkson School was that it was a family tradition. That slowly evolved to Clarkson is a great university that fits my interests. 

Campus Involvement: Greenhouse/Digester Club


Jacob Lyon

Hometown: Groveland, NY

Pursuing a Major in: Mechanical Engineering

Career Goals: A position in a medium-sized business involving aspects of design and execution with any mechanical engineering related task. A work environment of individual work, but outcomes result from a team.

Why I chose TCS: Clarkson University is a university that was in my top three initially; I decided to participate in The Clarkson School because my senior year for high school would mainly consist of classes that weren’t relevant to my life ambitions. Also, I believed that I was capable of the expectations of a college student.

Campus Involvement: Clarkson Union Board


Madeline Masi

Hometown: Greenville, NY

Pursuing a Major in: Chemical Engineering

Career Goals: PhD in Chemical Engineering; probably becoming a professor 

Why I chose TCS: I needed to start my life. I was ready.

Campus Involvement: CU Pep Band, ChemE Car, possibly other clubs


Nicole Seward

Hometown:  Hopewell Junction, NY

Pursuing a Major in:  Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy)

Career Goals:  Get my Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Clarkson University

Why I chose TCS:  I was ready to start moving towards my life goals and get a leg above everybody that I’d be competing with to do so.

Campus Involvement:  I’m on the Crew Club Team and the Concrete Canoe SPEED Team.


Siri Wilder

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Pursuing a Major in: Psychology

Career Goals: I would like to become a research psychologist focusing on developmental abnormalities in children.

Why I chose TCS: I chose The Clarkson School for a few reasons – it has great academics, a small, tight-knit community, and the area is beautiful. I was always striving to pursue my academic interests in high school and coming to Clarkson gave me a chance to be among other students who are really interested and invested in their education.

Campus Involvement: The Clarkson Integrator (writer), VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood), Gay/Straight Alliance, belly-dancing club.