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Volume 2, Fall 2020

This page contains all of the submissions from the second edition of Illuminate, which was published in Fall 2020. You will find all of the academic entries and creative entries listed below. Also archived on this page is the list of contributors to the 2020 edition. 


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Rosalie Anthony

Rosalie Anthony is currently attending Point Park University earning her Dance- B.F.A degree, Ballet concentration, with a minor in French. A few organizations she is a part of at Point Park are the Honors Program, Honors Student Organization, Dance Club, Pioneer Ambassador program, The Globe, and Point Closet. Previously, she attended and graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in dance. She is passionate about learning, teaching, and mentoring. Her dream job is to join a professional dance company after college and eventually teach in higher education. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, chatting with friends, and discovering new places.

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Prachi Bhandutia

Prachi Bhandutia is an international student from India, studies creative writing and philosophy at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to being an honors student at Uhart, she has edited and published in the university’s literary magazine, Aerie (Vol 25, 2020). Her poetry collection appears in the 2019 winter issue of Verse of Silence. She is also the winner of the Phyllis Award for short fiction (2019) and Nieditz Award for transcendental poetry (2020) in Uhart’s annual writing contest.

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Nicholas Bykov

Nicholas Bykov is a political science major and psychology minor at Ramapo College of New

Jersey. He serves as a member of the Honors Program executive board, as well as the Senate

Vice President of the Student Government Association.

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Amelia Chumney

Amelia Chumney is a third-year psychology and criminal justice major at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a member of her university's Honors Academy and of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society. After earning her BAs, she anticipates attending a graduate program and aspires to work internationally.

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Maeve Conlon

Maeve Conlon is a senior at St. Francis College. She is pursuing a degree in Adolescent Education with a concentration in History. She thoroughly enjoys photography, and her favorite subjects to shoot would be nature and landscapes.


Jernessa Cruickshank

Jernessa Cruickshank is a student at SUNY Old Westbury. Her creative piece "Transformation" is featured in this year's edition of the journal. 

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Mabintou Darboe

Mabintou Darboe recently graduated (in May) from the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is currently getting her master’s degree in public health from the University of New Haven. She intends to pursue a medical degree after completing her MPH degree. She is overly passionate about improving the healthcare system of her home country, The Gambia, and other developing countries alike. Apart from her educational endeavors and goals to provide quality and accessible healthcare to developing countries, she also aspires to provide free education to girls in her home country as well as other underprivileged youths. She also considers herself an advocate for women and young girls who experience violence.

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Catherine Dougherty

Catherine Dougherty attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree

in Biology with a concentration in Ecological and Environmental Science and minors in

Chemistry and Spanish. Through a combined-degree program she also earned her Master of Arts

in Teaching in Secondary Education focusing on biological sciences. Today she is a high school

Allied Health/Biology teacher and is piloting a 4-year Allied Health Academy in partnership

with Chilton Medical Center and Rutgers University.

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Sarah Dougherty 

Sarah Dougherty is an honors student at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is studying biology. She is also a member of the collegiate swim team at FDU. Sarah loves to read and write, but also has a passion for science and sustainability. Sarah hopes to attend graduate school to become a science researcher or doctor.

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Michael Ducker

Michael Ducker is a recent graduate of Adelphi University. There, he studied English literature and was part of the Adelphi Honors College. His academic interests include post-war American fiction, speculative fiction, the works of James Joyce, ecocriticism, and critical theory. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor.

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Lauren Fenner

Lauren Fenner is an honors student at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She is earning her BAs in History and International Studies with minors in English and Women and Gender Studies. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta and the treasurer of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Council of Social Studies.

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Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall is a recent graduate from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA in English Literature and Writing.  While at Lock Haven, Amanda was deeply involved in the Global Honors Program, Lock Haven University’s English Club, and the campus’ literary journal, The Crucible.  Amanda was the 2019 and 2020 recipient of the Isabel Miller Award for Creative Writing.

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Sapphire Hilton

Sapphire Hilton is a honors student at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. She serves as the President of the Honors Student Association. She is a senior pursing a BA in criminal justice with minors in psychology and pre-law.