Michaele Balch Dunne (Shelby)
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, Florida
High School: Gulf Breeze High School
Extracurricular Activities: Lacrosse, Cross-Country, dance, school newspaper
I am no stranger to military culture. My parents met in the Navy when they were both pilots, and they raised my siblings and me in Pensacola, better known as the “Home of the Blue Angels” and the “Cradle of Naval Aviation”. Applying for a Navy ROTC scholarship seemed like an obvious and exciting choice to me.
I am the youngest of three children. My brother is graduating from University of Texas in Austin in May with a degree in Biochemistry, and he plans on attending medical school. My sister is a junior at Auburn University, and she is double majoring in English Literature and Applied Mathematics.
Like my brother and sister, my favorite classes in high school were chemistry, biology, math, and government. I plan on studying Environmental Engineering because it is a combination of the first three. I have always been very involved in my school, but when I am not doing homework or extracurricular activities (which is very rare for me) I like reading, cooking, running, and going to the beach.
When I was 11 years old, my family took a Christmas vacation to Munich, Germany, where I saw snow for the first time in the life; since then, I have seen it one other time in Chicago on a drizzly, overcast day. As such, snow– and cold weather itself– are very novel ideas for me. When it came time to make plans for post-high school education, I exclusively looked in the north. I have lived in the same town in Florida my whole life, so I am very eager (and only slightly apprehensive) to experience a real winter in Ithaca.
Hometown: Carlisle, PA
High School: Boiling Springs High School
Extracurricular activities: Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Debate Team, Band/Jazz Band, Volunteering, Student Council, Math Honor Society
I have lived in Carlisle, Pennsylvania my entire life but I love to travel. Visiting countries in Europe, South America, and Central America opened my mind to diverse cultures and peoples around the globe. I have a passion for adventure, whether it can be found on remote wilderness backpacking trips or experimenting with new types of music. Cornell and Navy ROTC will allow me to continue to grow by exposing me to new adventures and exciting possibilities.
John McSorley (Jack)
Hometown: Richmond, VA
High School: Douglas Freeman High School
Extracurricular Activities: Swimming
Born to John and Catherine McSorley in June of 1998. Jack has lived in several cities including Roanoke, VA; Columbus, OH, and Richmond. He is very active in school as a member of NHS, Beta Club, French Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. He also swims over 20 hours a week and wakes up at 4:30 every morning for practice. In the summer, he works as a swim instructor. He has also been a longtime volunteer for the Central Virginia Food Bank.
Hometown: Indialantic, FL
High School: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School
Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country, Track & Field, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta
My name is Christian Hayes and I am from Indialantic, Florida. I am excited to be a member or Cornell’s NROTC unit, and plan on majoring in either electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering. In high school I ran cross country and track, and was part of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. I really enjoy running, working out and calisthenics, and eating a variety of foods. I have never been outside the United States, but hope to do so in the Navy, experiencing different cultures and gaining a perspective different from what I’m used to. I can’t wait to be a part of the Cornell and NROTC community!