BuckWild Training Class of 2016-17 Profiles

Class of 2020

Name: Kenzie Burns

Major: Environmental Engineer

Favorite outdoor activity: Hammocking and Paddling

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I can recite the entire periodic table, in order, from memory.

2.) I run half marathons and plan to run a full marathon soon.

3.) I speak fluent French.

Involvement: Buckwild, University Orchestra, Environmental club, and APO

Hometown: Rotterdam, New York

Favorite Quote: “I’d made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I’d always finished the race.” -Louis Zamperini, Olympic Athlete and WWII Veteran



Name: Matt Drescher

Major: Biology

Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) My favorite animal is an elephant.

2.) My favorite hydrated fruit is a nectarine and my favorite dehydrated fruit is mango.

3.) I still can’t believe it’s not butter.

Involvement: Buckwild, Ultimate frisbee, Students-Helping animals and Pre-vet society

Hometown: Scarsdale, New York

Favorite Quote: “Our first teacher is our own heart.”- Cheyenne proverb



Name: Peter Leary

Major: Environmental Engineer

Favorite outdoor activity: Paddling

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I have a dog with three legs.

2.) I’m a state champion.

3.) My snapchat score is 700,000.

Involvement: Buckwild, Club rugby, tour guiding, intramurals

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Favorite Quote:The best tea tastes delicious whether it comes in a porcelain pot or a tin cup.” -Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender



Name: Rachel Johnson

Major: Physics

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking with a dog

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I can juggle.

2.) I was a Harry Potter character for every Halloween party in elementary school.

3.) I prefer the jumbo Smarties to regular Smarties.

Involvement: I work a lot with the theater department building sets and other technical theater stuff.

Hometown: PA

Favorite Quote: “Perfection and power are overrated.” -Uncle Iroh
“Beware the groove.” -Rudy (old guy in Emperor’s New Groove)


Name: Savannah Waver

Major: Environmental Science & Biology

Favorite outdoor activity: Surfing, brah!

Three Fun Facts: 1.) My favorite food is sweet potatoes (any kind).

2.) I am addicted to the show Friends.

3.) I love animals, especially small and fuzzy ones!

Involvement: I’m on the Women’s Water Polo team, am a Presidential Fellow, a member of the Outing Club, and a Buckwild leader.

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Favorite Quote: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell



Name: Ryan Stanitski

Major: Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics

Favorite outdoor activity: Whitewater Kayaking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I have been kicked out of Walmart before.

2.) I can drink a 16 oz bottle of water in under 2 seconds.

3.) My favorite fruit that is indigenous to North America is the Pawpaw.

Involvement: Buckwild, Outing Club, Firefighting, and Club Lacrosse

Hometown: Spotsylvania, Va

Favorite Quote: “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” -Edward Abbey


Name: Brenna Prevelige

Major: Biology Pre-Med/Education Double Major

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking!!

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I love puns.

2.) I love doing headstands for unreasonably long periods of time.

3.) I love napping.

Involvement: BuckWild, ClimbBucknell, Outing Club, Environmental Res College, Students Helping Animals, and Club Field Hockey.

Hometown: Easton, Connecticut

Favorite Quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.” Tom Hodgkinson


Name: Faith Breen

Major: Biology

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking or Paddleboarding

Three Fun Facts:
1.) I went to boarding school.

2.)  I’m a coffee connoisseur.

3.) I have an obsession with Cat Stevens.

Involvement: Novice Crew Team

Hometown: Rhode Island

Favorite Quote: “Happiness is only real when shared.”


Name: Evan Filion

Major: Civil Engineering

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking amidst Mountains

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I was Shrek.

2.) I love making pottery and wire tree sculptures.

3.) I can recite the periodic table of the elements.

Involvement: Buckwild leader, work at Cowan as a facilitator, Moral Ground discussion group, Renewable Energy Scholars, theater set building

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Favorite Quote: “Every minute, you can choose to live the life you want to live.”


Name: Sam Soldatis

Major: Geology

Favorite outdoor activity: Backcountry Skiing

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I am a food enthusiast.

2.) I’ve traveled to 15 countries.
3.) I’m Hungarian.

Involvement: Bucknell University Geological Society

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”


Name: Julia Stevens

Major: French and History

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking

Three Fun Facts: 1) I believe in ghosts.
2) The most played song on my iPod is “Taro” by alt-J.
3) My favorite episode of Bob’s Burgers is “Bob Fires the Kids” (season 3, episode 3).

Involvement: Buckwild, Outing club

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Favorite Quote: “If you don’t like what’s being said–change the conversation.” -Don Draper, Mad Men


Name: Ali Reach

Major: Geology

Favorite outdoor activity: Caving

Three Fun Facts: 1) At any given time there are probably about 2-5 random rocks in my pocket.
2) I am a firm believer that the cup/container you drink something out of drastically affects the taste of the beverage.
3) My biggest pet peeve is condensation.

Involvement: BuckWild; Bucknell Outing Club; Bucknell University Geological Society; Do Random Acts of Kindness; Environmental Club

Hometown: Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

Favorite Quote: “Above all else, in order to be, never try to seem.”


Class of 2019

Name: Mackenzie Todd

Major: Chemical Engineering

Favorite outdoor activity: Canoeing

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I like to cook.

2.) I enjoy walking aimlessly.

3.) I can walk on my hands.

Involvement: AIChE, ChemE Car, SWE, Calvin and Hobbes, Outing Club, Buckwild, OEL Rental Center

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Favorite Quote: “Those who believe only sunshine brings happiness have never danced in the rain.” -unknown



Name: Ikmal Azman

Major: Math and Economics

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’m from a small country called Malaysia 9392 miles away.
2.) I like to wake up way early in the morning.
3.) I actually didn’t do pre-orientation Buckwild when I came Freshman year lol.

Involvement: Buckwild Leader, Work at Equipment Desk, Intramural Soccer

Hometown: Malaysia

Favorite Quote: “To live > to exist”



Name: Leah Chowenhill

Major: Electrical Engineering

Favorite outdoor activity: Wakeboarding

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I speak French.

2.) I’ve seen over 100 music artists live.

3.) I used to row competitively.

Involvement: Outing Club Executive Board, Activity Chair Makers and Robotics Club, Alpha Delta Pi

Hometown: Mount Kisco, New York

Favorite Quote: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi



Name: Abbie Winter

Major: Environmental Science

Favorite outdoor activity: Climbing Trees

Three Fun Facts:
1.) I’m a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

2.) I’m a self-proclaimed chair-traversing expert.

3.) I will do virtually anything if double dog dared to.

Involvement: Environmental club, botany club, Alpha Xi Delta sorority

Hometown: Easton, CT

Favorite Quote: “It’s never too early for ice cream, Jim.”



Name: Ziwei Chen

Major: Anthropology

Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking and Caving

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I play a traditional Chinese musical instrument called Guzheng.

2.) I love emoji and love making emoji faces.

3.) I’m very crafty; I can make leaf roses, ceramic African masks, simple jewelry (like rings and necklace).

Involvement: I used to be an International Orientation Assistant and I’m very involved in international student issue; I’m running the Chinese Culture and Student Association as the president; I’m part of the Diversity Retreat Team (calling and hosting potential students);
love all the concert&dance&opera in Weis/Campus Theatre;
I’m working in the craft center, come and have fun!

Hometown: Beijing, China

Favorite Quote:  在高处立 着平处坐 向阔处行
存上等心 结中等缘 享下等福

“Standing at a high level and standing at a high level
Save on the other end of the heart to enjoy the same blessing.”


Class of 2018

Name: Erin Clark

Major: Managing for Sustainability

Favorite outdoor activity: Long hikes with scenic views, eating sunbutter and jelly sandwiches in the great outdoors, NOT bushwhacking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) My right leg is slightly shorter than my left leg.

2.) I owned a fish named Nelson Mandela my first year of college.

3.)I’ll be studying abroad in Morocco in fall 2017!

Involvement: Common ground facilitator, member of Kappa Alpha Theta, I’m an RA

Hometown: Glenville, New York

Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”




Name: John O’Brien

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite outdoor activity: Backpacking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’ve been to 30% of the national parks (hope to make that 100%).
2.) I saw Cage the Elephant live last Summer and it was phenomenal.
3.) Yo puedo hablar un pocito de Espanol.

Involvement: Chi Phi, CLIMBucknell, Grand Challenge Scholars

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss



Name: Aleks Antonov

Major: Computer Science, B.S.

Favorite outdoor activity: Sleeping; Trail Running

Three (or in this case five) Fun Facts: 1.) Chip is my everything.

2.) I will one day live in a cabin with a dog.

3.)  Eat oatmeal too often.

4.) Gummy sharks are my favorite gummy.

5.) Avatar: The Last Airbender was a formative part of my childhood.

Involvement: University Innovation Fellows, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Common Ground, Chi Phi, Association for Computing Machinery – Women’s Chapter.

Hometown: Sopot, Bulgaria

Favorite Quote:Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.”
“Slow is steady, and steady is fast.”



Name: Zach Sisson

Major: Biology

Favorite outdoor activity: Mountain Biking

Three Fun Facts: 1.) I’m a transfer student.

2.) I was once taken on a flight (Cessna 172) where the pilot was drunk and unable to land (or operate!) the plane.

3.)For some reason, I’ve always wanted to experience swimming in a kiddie pool of angel hair pasta (yes, it has to be angel hair).

Involvement: I work in a biology research lab, I work at the Bucknell challenge course, and I am a member of the philosophy club.  

Hometown: New Tripoli, PA

Favorite Quote: “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan Watts




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