Senior Adrienne DiRuzza of Alexandria, Ind. has been named the Saint Joseph's College Class of 2013 valedictorian. A Biology-Wildlife Ecology major and Mathematics minor, DiRuzza plans to attend Texas A&M University in two years to study Marine Biology. Her ultimate goal is to research sea turtles and participate in their conservation.
DiRuzza is the daughter of Nick and Mary Anne DiRuzza. She attended Alexandria Monroe High School in Alexandria, Ind. During her time at SJC, DiRuzza was a member of the volleyball and track and field teams, math tutor, campus gardener, teacher's aide, Indiana Space Grant Consortium Vernier LoggerPro Workshop Assistant, and a member of the Sustainability Coalition, Science Club, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
"My experience at SJC has been bittersweet," said DiRuzza. "I have met some great people and had inspiring professors along the way who made for a memorable four years. I had the opportunity to venture out of my regular coursework and participate in tutoring, plant vegetables in the College's hoophouse, and help prepare home-cooked meals for 50 guests in my Food and Society class."
DiRuzza said she chose to attend SJC because she favors small private schools over large public schools. Her brother, Mario DiRuzza '03, is an SJC alumnus, so she was familiar with the welcoming campus atmosphere and the involvement the faculty has with students.
"SJC has prepared me for the future through its curriculum and the religious values inherent in the campus culture. Not only have I enhanced my knowledge of biology and mathematics, but I have been enabled to challenge my personal values, religious views, and my understanding of other cultures."
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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