Atticus Rice is a junior at McDaniel College, pursuing a BA in Communication and Political Science. He has a minor in Journalism & New Media and is on the Dean's List for highest honors (cumulative GPA of 3.91). President of the College Honors Program, he also leads the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity on campus and is a reporter and editor at the school's student-run newspaper. Atticus serves his community with the utmost investment on campus and has increasingly turned his prodigious energy towards public service, working with local, national, and even international partners.
Community involvement has always played a central role in my life, so it was no surprise to me when I found myself looking for engagement opportunities in my first month of college. Within weeks, I began volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club, helping youth build educational and social skills to further their development. I soon became connected with McDaniel's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and promptly took it upon myself to use the organization to better our community. As President of the chapter, I have partnered us with local food banks, shelters, and youth organizations, as well as national entities like the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. I have taken a leading role in connecting the college community with rehabilitation efforts in West Virginia's McDowell County where our students work with local community leaders to address issues of inequality, poverty, and polarization. My work through these organizations has inspired me to make any future career of mine into one of public service that aligns with the values that volunteerism and community engagement have taught me. I look forward to future opportunities that continued involvement in leadership and community engagement activities will provide me.