A valedictorian who was born in Italy, a Hurricane Michael survivor who took online classes from a hotel room when she lost her home, and a German transplant pursuing a Master of Business Administration. What do they each have in common?  They will all be recognized on May 9th as the inaugural class of Baldrige Scholars, representing the top 5% of graduates from Post University’s Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, named in honor of the late former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Waterbury native.

“These are high-achieving and resilient students who bring a diverse set of ideas and backgrounds to Post,” said Malcom Baldrige School of Business Dean Jeremi Bauer. “As inaugural members of Baldrige scholars, each is a great ambassador of the university. They are going to be movers and shakers in business and in industry because they have a proven commitment to excel.”

Of particular note is Valedictorian Teresa Marangon, who is from Italy. In addition to being fluent in four languages — Italian, English, Spanish and French —  she completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as to a minor in legal studies and a certificate in forensic accounting.

The Baldrige Scholars include students from throughout Connecticut and the U.S., in addition to students in Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico. Of the 23 students, 14 will receive their Master of Business Administration. 

The 2019 scholars are:

Timothy Kay – St. Louis, MO

Coree Kinerson – Northwood, NH

Marisol Soto – Bridgeport, CT

Veronica Demarest – Prospect, CT

Alison Monore – Watertown, CT

Daron Callahan – Southington, CT

Rebeca Montanez  – Waterbury, CT

David Mwangi – Colorado Springs, CO

Joseph McDonald – Shrewsbury, MA

Karla Cordova – Germany

Katharina Justinger – Germany

Brittany Knutson – La Farge, WI

Benjamin Morris – Idaho Falls, ID

Carrie Spaulding – Jacksonville, NC

Emma Tracy – Waterbury, CT

Teresa Marangon – Italy/Newport News, VA

Tim Hartmann – Germany

Barbara Fritts – Collinsville, CT

Dennis Dumont – Brandenburg, KY

Guy Gaudiosi – Meriden, CT

Catherine Nesci – Rockfail, CT

MaryLynn Connelly-Sawicki – Wallingford, CT

About Post University

Based in Waterbury, Connecticut, since 1890, Post University® is known for its innovation and focus on providing every online and on-campus student an extraordinary educational experience with an unmatched level of personalized support. Among the first in the nation and the first in the State of Connecticut to offer full degrees online, Post fuels the personal aspirations and career goals of its students with inventive and robust learning technologies that deliver in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs, small class sizes, individual attention, and customizable degree concentrations.

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