STAR Alumni Stories

Our High School graduates have carried their passion for social justice to their colleges and universities! Learn about the impacts they are making in their communities below...

EliAnna Bermudez

EliAnna is a student co-founder of STAR and is a prominent leader in STAR discussions, programs, and events. After graduating from Oley Valley High School (2022) she is now pursuing a degree in Nursing at Messiah University, where she continues to advocate for social justice. In her first semester she joined the Multicultural Diversity Club, the La Alianza Latina Cabinet, and participates in activities with the Caribbean Association and Black Student Union. She is currently working with university administration on creating a “STAR Convention” for students from several local colleges to engage in social justice activities during STAR on Campus Week this April. In October of 2022, EliAnna received the Mujer de Mujer Young Changemaker Award for her dedication to the fight for justice and leadership amoung her peers to make great impacts.

Morgan Welliver

Morgan is a student co-founder of STAR and Wyomissing High School graduate (2021). Currently a sophomore at the University of Miami, Morgan is a Music Therapy major and Spanish/Psychology double minor. Outside her academics, Morgan joined the DEI and the Multicultural Societies, volunteering to facilitate diversity initiatives on campus, educate others, facilitate dialogue, and increase voter registration. She is working to develop student DEI activities for STAR on Campus Week to be celebrated this April.

Karleigh Patton

Karleigh graduated from Exeter High School in 2021 and now carries her passion of fighting for social justice to Kutztown University. Karleigh is currently a sophomore majoring in Communication Design and dual minoring in Business and Social Media Theory & Strategy. Outside of academics, she serves as a member of Diversity Council advocating for positive representation of all multicultural-associated clubs through KU’s Multicultural Center. Additionally, she serves as one of five student representatives on the Commission for Human Diversity and is currently working with her fellow representatives to plan the annual Human Diversity Conference at Kutztown.

Katie Schadler

Wyomissing High School graduate (2022) and STAR co-founder, Katie Schadler has made great strides in her first year at Bucknell University. Katie is an English major with a concentration of race in literature so she can better advocate for the campus issues within her community. She plans to conduct research on the works of Black female authors and become a mentor for first year students of marginalized groups to help foster a strong community for students of color.

Maddy Fratis

Maddy graduated from Wilson in the class of 2022 and is continuing her education at Elizabethtown College, majoring in Public Relations. She has become involved in Student Senate and the Peace and Global Scholars group, where she uses her voice to advocate for an inclusive campus community. Recently, through STAR's connection with Born This Way Foundation's Kindness in Community Fund, Maddy has become Born This Way Foundation's Comms/Digital Intern. She is excited to continue her activism by building a kinder, braver world!!