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Fourteen Senior Class Marshals Selected for Class of 2020

Eric and Angelina
Eric J. Cheng ’20 and Angelina Ye ’20

Fourteen members of the class of 2020 were named as Senior Class Marshals Tuesday following two rounds of elections.

The Marshals collectively make up the Senior Class Committee — a student group responsible for organizing class-wide events leading up to Commencement in May. The committee also plans post-graduation reunion events and leads the fundraising effort for the Senior Gift.

The class of 2020 elected Eric J. Cheng ’20 and Angelina Ye ’20 as the First and Second Marshals, respectively.

Cheng said his primary focus in his new role will be planning inclusive events for his class in addition to traditional senior events such as Senior Soirée.

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“In the process I really want to emphasize our sense of community before we all head out into our separate paths,” Cheng said. “We want more intimate conversations and reflective experiences that go beyond what we see everywhere, where people can sit down and look back at their last four or four plus years and think about what their Harvard experience means.”

Ye said she is “really excited” for her new role and to work with this year’s class committee.

“The people on class committee this year are awesome in that we all have so much energy — that’s going to be so valuable,” she said. “This year’s class committee is really diverse. I think that’s something that will play to our advantage a lot.”

Kyle A. Sanok ’20, one of the six elected Program Marshals, said he will prioritize the execution of the traditional senior class events in his role. The Program Marshals are those who place third through eighth in the election process.

“I want to execute [the old events] really well, because I know that people get excited about the boat cruise, about Last Chance Dance,” Sanok said.

In addition to the eight marshals, six seniors were appointed Gift Marshals by the Harvard College Fund after an application and interview process.

Sruthi Palaniappan ’20 — one of the elected gift marshals — said she would like to dedicate the senior class donations to bolstering financial aid, mental health resources, and undergraduate house life.

“There are a lot of things that happen in the day-to-day life here that are easy to take for granted, and we can encourage people to take a step back and see how important all those aspects are to our day-to-day here,” Palaniappan said.

The full list of seniors selected for the Senior Class Committee is below:

First Marshal

Eric J. Cheng ’20 (Quincy)

Second Marshal

Angelina Ye ’20 (Lowell)

Program Marshals

Urshella N. Hishaam ’20 (Leverett)

Jungyeon Park ’20 (Lowell)

Rameen A. Rana ’20 (Quincy)

Kyle A. Sanok ’20 (Lowell)

Maureen Tang ’20 (Cabot)

Carrington D. Walsh ’20 (Lowell)

Gift Marshals

Sahana Bail ’20 (Quincy)

Lily B. Ge ’20 (Adams)

Cameron K. Gornet ’20 (Dunster)

Anna C. Henricks ’20 (Quincy)

Sruthi Palaniappan ’20 (Winthrop)

Benjamin I. Sorkin ’20 (Leverett)

—Staff writer Luke A. Williams can be reached at luke.williams@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukeAWilliams22.

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