UD Senior Works with Cyber Professor to Launch WildChain

By Megan Wagner, MH ’16

Computer science major Clarissa Skipworth, BA ’22, interned with Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Renita Murimi, Ph.D., CISSP, as they launched the blockchain company WildChain. Using blockchain technology, they are aiding global conservation efforts. We wanted to learn more about Skipworth’s unique opportunity and what she’s learned on the job.   

How did you choose computer science as a major? What are your other academic areas of interest? 

I remained undeclared for my first year at UD while I took a lot of Core and some upper-level STEM classes to help me discern my major. I was torn between my passion for languages and the appeal of mathematical logic. I tried out computer science in my second year, and proceeded to adopt it as my major when I realized it was the intersection of these two passions: a way of communicating logic through programming languages.

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Liberty High School senior Greer is dedicated to her education

Madison Greer made it a point throughout her time in high school to make sure she leaves without any regrets.

That’s part of the reason the 18-year-old – a three-sport athlete who’s played in the school band since she was in seventh grade – took part in so many activities through her time at Liberty High School in the Spangle area.

“I want to be involved in everything I can because I don’t want to look back and think, ‘Well what if I had done this,’ because there have been times where that’s happened already,” Greer said. “I don’t want that to happen way in the future when I really can’t do anything about it.”

Greer is a National Honor Society member, was involved with National FFA Organization events for three years and was nominated a 2021 Spokane Scholar in world languages by the Spokane Scholars Foundation.

She said she’s

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Livingston High School Seniors Kick Off Final Weeks with Spirit Week and Senior Games

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In the days leading up to their final holiday weekend as Livingston High School (LHS) students, members of the Class of 2021 expressed their Lancers pride through Spirit Week events that culminated with the annual LHS Senior Games on Thursday night and a “Green Out” on Friday.

With proper COVID-19 protocols in place, Spirit Week provided seniors with an opportunity to gather safely as a class to kick off the beginning of the end of their high school careers.

“With the voting of our grade, we decided on appropriate themes throughout the week that included Pajama Day, Superhero Day, 80’s Day, Senior Games and Green Out,” said senior class officer Ronni Agmoni. “On Thursday, we had Senior Games, and that was a huge success. Many students came and participated. Hopefully, next time, we can have an even greater turn out.”

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Quabbin senior Julia Hamel to enroll at Worcester State, join women’s basketball program

BARRE — Living the dream.

That’s how Quabbin Regional senior Julia Hamel feels these days, having signed a commitment letter last month to attend Worcester State University, where the 18-year-old will enroll as an early childhood education major and become a member of the Lancers’ women’s basketball program.

“Worcester State has actually been my dream school, my No. 1 school since I was in the sixth grade,” Hamel said during a phone interview recently. “It’s always been where I wanted to go. But, it also helped that the basketball program is amazing and the school’s early childhood education major is considered one of the top programs of its kind in New England.”

Hamel, a senior captain for the Panthers this season, averaged 8.2 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game while helping to lead Quabbin to an 11-1 record and the Pod 6 championship. After starting 1-1, the Panthers

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