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Senior Profiles


Congratulations seniors! Your impact on Beloit and those around you has been extraordinary. See all profiles. →

Thanks to the Office for Student Success, Equity, and Community for leading the effort to highlight the class of 2020.

  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-6 senior-image"><img src="/live/image/gid/124/width/600/height/600/crop/1/src_region/684,51,2355,1723/4527_LivePhoto144.rev.1588370616.jpg" alt=""/><p><strong> Julia Dirkes-Jacks</strong><br/> Hometown: <strong>Hoffman Estates, Illinois</strong></p></div><div class="col senior-detail"><h2 class="senior-name py-2 m-0"> Julia Dirkes-Jacks </h2><div class="senior-info"><div><em>cum laude</em></div><strong> Creative Writing</strong><br/><strong>Literary Studies</strong><br/><strong>Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies (Performance and Production) </strong> with Departmental <span><ul class="multi_value"><li>Honors</li></ul></span><p class="hometown">Hometown: <strong>Hoffman Estates, Illinois</strong></p></div><div class="senior-awards"><a href="/commencement/prizes-awards/?name= Julia Dirkes-Jacks"><ul><li>White-Howells English Prize–Prose </li><li>Department of Theatre and Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production </li></ul></a></div><div class="senior-quote"><em><p> “Julia has been such a creative, inspiring, and energizing presence through her work in English and Theatre! Who has FOUR majors? Who acts, writes, and participates in theatre productions and creative/ critical work all the time and with tremendous verve, passion, brilliance and humor? And, also, who else is such a buoying, supporting, and invigorating presence for her many friends and peers!! Kudos to Julia!”</p><p> “Julia has been one of my best friends throughout my time at Beloit. She has also contributed immensely to the Theatre and English departments. She was my roomate for a year and I liked her so much I’m dating her now.”</p><p> “Here’s why Julia is impressive: she has like a gazillion majors, and her fingers are in all the pies, but she still has time to be kind to everyone who deserves it. (And probably a few people who don’t.) One time, I showed up to a party a little dressed up, and she said, very casually, “Geneva, you look hot.” I wish more women told each other stuff like that. When a woman says something brilliant in class, Julia always makes sure they know it. I’ve been trying to follow her example and do the same.”</p><p> “Julia Dirkes-Jacks goes above and beyond in all that she does. This year she is graduating with four majors (in four years!). She works in both the scene shop and the costumes shop in the theatre. In both spaces she is a supervisor. She regularly acts, directs, writes, stage manages, and designs for both theatre and dance shows. When one of our actors had to drop out of a play with 10 days until opening, Julia stepped into the role fearlessly in order to not let the cast and crew down. She is known for being a reliable person, the one that everyone seeks out, as well as an advocate for other students. She volunteers at a local elementary school, was on executive board for BITE and funding board, is an active member of Theta, and was an actor/writer in the student sketch comedy group Adult Themes for several years. Through BITE, Julia created Beloit’s 24 hour play fest and an arts showcase fundraiser. Pre-pandemic, Julia was in the process of writing an American Girl Doll play that was set to tour local elementary schools and girl scout troupes. When I think of a liberal arts student, I think of Julia.”</p><p> “Julia embodies the Theatre and Dance department. If she’s not acting, she’s directing or designing or building or crewing or stage managing or dancing! What hasn’t she done? NOTHING! It’s been amazing to watch her grow into a confident and strong actor, director, and writer. Her role in The Moors required her to empathize deeply with a character she found morally-challenged, but she took the reigns and created a complex and interesting character the audience both loved and hated!”</p><p> Photo Credit: Katherine Jossi</p></em><div class="m-3 clearfix"><a href="/commencement/senior-profiles/index.php" class="d-inline-block pull-right"><i class="fa fa-refresh fa-2x"/></a></div></div></div></div>

 

The Beloit College Class of 2020

Katrina Acebedo
Beatriz Aguilera-Tenorio
Yaira Aich
Matthew Alvero
Jackson Amodeo
Morgan Bren Anderson
Victoria Angeles
Alexa Arakelian
Cory Arnett
Tyler Assiff
Dontrell Ausley
Bob Avery
Patrick Azar
Daniel Babb
Xinrui Bai
Amanda Baran
Twyla Barkakoty
Daniel Belling
Andrea Block
Parker Blunt
Kay Bolin
Michael Bradley, Jr.
Emeline Brady
Olivia Brimacombe
Victor Brooks
Blaine Burgess
Cinthia Cadet
Eleanor Carpenter
Coco Charles
Jack Chelsky
Chance Christian
Madisson Christine
Sarah Christner
Charles Clay
Julian Cole
Chelsea Coleman
Andrew Collins
Abigail Condon
Kathleen Connell
Rachel Cook
Jordan Counihan
Terrence Cribbs, Jr.
Brendan Crosby
Anton Cross
Thomas Cullinan
Alexander Cullison
Jacob Cunningham
Elizabeth DeBruyn
Gray Denney
Paige Densmore
Alexander DePillis
Moussa Diarra
Julia Dirkes-Jacks
Nicole Dolcimascolo
Jonathan Dudley
Geneva Duren
Benjamin Ebbs
Clare Eigenbrode
Darin Empereur
Griffin Engel
Sheila Evans
Zhiyuan Fan
Haley Ferru
McKensie Finan
Hannah Fisher
Chloe Fleming
Zowie Fox
Yanna Fritz
Samantha Funk
Joanna Furlan
Amanda Gaal
Ian Gillespie
Lauren Glaser
Jonathan Glinsey
Michael Goecks
Lu Going
Sami Gonfiantini
Gabriel Gonzalez
Kyle Gravit
Ruby Green
Tobin Greenwald
Kaija Groom
Kat Grzeszkiewicz
Sara Guneratne
Hannah Gutelius
Suzanne Guttman
Alondra Guzman
Kaela Hadaway
Emma Hahn
Marissa Hall
Daniel Harris
Sarah Hartz-Martin
Brenden Haskins
Hana Hassanpourgol
Yusuke Hatano
Xavier Haynes
Qian He
Robert Heckner
Priya Heinen
Emmett Hendrickson
Jasa Hinton
Astor Holenchuk
Charlie Holguin
Sophia Hopp
Yu Hou
Zixi Huang
Sadie Humleker
Madison Innis-Skinner
Sabrina Jackson
Kimberly Jimenez
Haoyu Jin
Adrian Johanningmeier
Britney Johnson
Ethan Johnson
Rose Johnson
EmilyAnne Jolie
Mason Jones
Katherine Jossi
Dev Kanani
Rie Kaneko
Jamie Kelly
Tyler Kelly
Zachary Klick
Frances Knaggs
Eleanor Koenig
Justin Kopech
Tyler Korous
Ilyssa Kosova
Arianna Kost
Mikino Kumagai
Yashodhara Kundra
Kathryn LaCost
Michael Lafayette
Hayden Lamphere
Alondra Landa
Linh Anh Le
Minh Le
Garrison Lee
Jamie Lepito
Ellis Lewis
Xiangran Li
Yuyao Li
Zhaoboyin Li
Zhengyue Li
Zongyang Li
Allessandra Liberati
Adriel Limas
Mingming Liu
Kali Lo Ng
Raine Loewen-Thomas
Koleman Lund
Jesse Luong
Therese Lydon
William Maes
Brooke Maglia Batista
Oliver Marchildon
Matthew Martin
Mizuki Matsui
Christopher Mazza
Connor McCloskey
Ian McDonald
Ross McFarland-Porter
Eli McGraw
Chloe McKinley
Kelly McLean
Nico Meersman
William Mertens
Fiona Milchman
Ebony Miller
Seth Miranda
Nadia Mitnick
Nick Dmitry
Garrett Moore, Sr.
Azure Mora
Nayana Morrissey
Hengchun Mu
Molly Muller
Aidan Murphy
John Museus
Robert Musker
YJ Na
Olivia Nasatir
Gjergj Ndoci
Maxine Nelson
Caleb Nghe
Duc Nguyen
Linh Thi Dieu
Jenna Nordin
Matalyn Nowakowski
Giuliana Nuovo
Amelia Nuzzo
Naomi Nyeme
Eder Oceguera
Beryl Odonkor
Guadalupe Orbezo-Perez
Hannah Oxford
Daniel O’Leary
Aidan Paradis
Sydney Parks
Ethan Perel-Wertman
Brett Phillips
Ngwe Phyo
Kaelyn Pineo
Desire Piphus
Molly Pohlman
Megan Pollpeter
Brooke Popkin
Andrei Prikhodko
Victor Pyun
Mustafa Quadir
Garrett Rachal
Faviola Ramirez
Kerry Randazzo
Simone Rawal
Claire Read
Rylee Reed
Shreya Regmi
Meghan Reilly
Claire Rekow-McKee
Andy Rich
Ava Rockafield
Kieran Rodning
Philippe Rollet
Olivia Ruffins
Shelby Russell
Dulce Saenz
Giselle Sanchez
Charles Sandberg
Kaveri Sarkar
Sarah Scheckel
Julia Schoenthal
Keaton Schultz
Benjamin Scott
Jayd Sepulveda
Gabriel Severino
Faiq Shafqat
Erin Shea
Matthew Shea
Broakeen Sheffield
Adhrit Shrestha
Silong Shuai
Mashfik Siddique
Marit Simmons
Katelynn Sinclair
Noah Sisson
Carter Skolnick
Rose Stahl
Sean Steder
Jacob Stein
Corina Şterbeţ
Danielle Strejc
Junfu Su
Tobias Sundheimer
Madison Suttman
Dawes Sutton
Richard Swinford
TianRui Tan
Hiroaki Tani
Shavaise Thomas
Shea Thomas
Robert Thomsen
Colleen Tillis
Adrian Tomby
Sophia Townsend
Lydia Travers
Madeleine Trinco
Catalina Tueros
George Valladares
Jason Venzke
Andrei Vile
Caleb Wachal
Casey Wagner
Jamie Wang
Zipeng Wang
Khamron Wells
Anthony Wendel
Brenna White
Paige Wimbrow
Emma Wise
Jiho Wu
Ziming Wu
Meri Yutong Yang
Yi Ye
Donglin You
Ari Zanger
Jiayi Zhang
Nong Zhang
Yaqiao Zhang
Yixin Zhang
Tianzi Zhao
Xinlang Zhou

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