There are many reasons to celebrate when you are in good company. The same can be said for the members of Saint Ambrose who are celebrating 2021 graduates. Here are three that wanted to shared their accomplishments. Congratulations to all of the 2021 graduates of Saint Ambrose!

Érielle LaShawn Baker graduated with honors from Hampton University on May 9th, 2021, as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Army Military Leadership. While attending Hampton University Érielle was involved in multiple extracurricular activities such as being on the University’s first Triathlon team.  She was an active member of Hampton University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), where she gained the skills to be an effective leader, counselor, strategist, and motivator.

She served as the Recording Secretary for the University’s NC Pre Alumni Council, where the object of the organization was to represent the state of NC; value getting involved on Hampton University’s Campus as well as in the local community and stressed the importance of networking with fellow members from North Carolina. Furthermore, she was an active member of Hampton’s Student Recruitment Team (SRT), where she assisted in the recruitment of potential students for the University.

On top of her studies and extracurricular activities, she also worked as a lifeguard at the Hampton Family YMCA, for the City of Hampton and for the University swimming program where she assisted with the instruction of swim lessons for students and older adults. After graduation Érielle will report for duty at Fort Leonard Wood, MO for 4 months to complete Officer Training school.  Following the completion of her Chemical Defense and Officer Training she will be stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for next 3 years. Érielle will always be a proud member of Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church and would like to thank everyone for their support, love, guidance and help in creating the foundation for her to become the young woman she is today.

Destinee Bates-Henderson graduated from the Illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in May. She earned her Bachelors in Applied Cultural Thought with a concentration in Political Philosophy, Policy, & Law. She has spent the past two years in Baltimore, MD serving in the Episcopal Service Corps. ESC is a network of young adults ages 21-32 serving through locally organized intentional communities dedicated to serving others in solidarity, promoting justice, and deepening spiritual awareness. This fall she will begin to work at The Friends Committee on National Legislation on Capitol Hill. FCNL is a national, nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship. 

Bree Branker Koegel graduated from Harvard University Extension School on May 27, 2021 with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts. She majored in government with a minor in legal studies, and graduated cum laude. Her cumulative GPA of 3.76 awarded her with the Dean’s List Achievement Award. She celebrated with her parents, Gerald and Cheryl Branker, her brother Nicholas Branker, her husband CJ Koegel, and her 10 month old son, Tuck Koegel. Bree will begin attending UNC School of Law in the fall.