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Letter from the Editor
by Kaitlin Williams
ore than 40,000 students attend the University and they all
stake claim to the epithet "the leaders and the best." How could
you whittle the "champions of the west" down to just 11 Stu-
dents of the Year featured in 10 articles? With plenty of viable choices, it
wasn't easy.
Nominees were gathered via e-mail submissions and suggestions from
Michigan Daily staff members. The resulting pool of nominees was dif-
ficult to cut down to just a handful of finalists. That said, we're confident
our selection is a representative sample of the best the University has to
offer.
The students profiled include star athletes, an actress starring on Broad-
way and an engineer building equipment to shoot into the stars. Their
achievements are made more impressive when you consider that they take
classes, deal with relationship drama and juggle social lives.
For those profiled who are not seniors, we can expect more great things
in years to come. For those leaving the University this year, we get to throw
in our lot with the legacy they leave behind. And for those not tossing their
graduation caps in the air this spring, you could land on these pages next
year.
THE Statement
Deputy Editor: Kaitlin Williams
Magazine Editors: Dylan Cinti, Jennifer Xu
Editor in Chief: Joseph Lichterman
Managing Editor: Josh Healy
Design Editor: Nolan Loh
Photo Editor: Terra Molengraff
Copy Editor: Beth Coplowitz

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COURTESY !F CHRIS DZOMB'A
Taylor Louderman: To Broadway
by Jesse Klein
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TIth blonde hair and bright blue eyes, Taylor Louderman looks like your
stereotypical high school cheerleader, but she hadn't ever cheered until
she landed a starring role in Bring It On: The Musical.
Louderman is currently taking a sabbatical from the University to tour the
country as Campbell, the lead role in Bring It On. To get the part, Louderman
went through a series of intense auditions at the University and then in New
York. She even nabbed the part while battling bronchitis.
"I was back in time for school the next day," Louderman said.
Louderman traded in her backpack for a suitcase and embarked on a 13-city
tour. She plays Campbell, an uppity rich girl who transfers to an inner city
school and is forced to compete against her old high school in a cheerleading
competition.
"It's insanely different," Louderman said. "It's not based on any one movie but
takes elements from each."
Louderman said she thoroughly enjoys her time on stage.
"I love work with a creative team on the production of the show," Louderman
said.
The big cities are a change for this small town girl. Growing up outside of St.
Louis had a large impact on Louderman's work ethic, she said.
"I had to drive an hour to get to rehearsals," Louderman said. "It taught me
how hard you have to work."
- It's that same drive that got her into the University's prestigious School of
Music, Theatre & Dance, a place she said is defined by its instructors.
"The professors really make the school," Louderman said.
Louderman will return to the University next year and is excited to come
back to campus. while she misses the football games, the buses and just being in
school, she said the atmosphere was the hardest thing to leave.
"I miss the family environment," Louderman said.
- "As students, it is important to be open to opportunities available to you," Shi
said. "If you take the time to find the classes that are interesting to you, you
never know when the opportunity may come about to make use of it."

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Duncan Miller: The Rising Star
by Zach Bergson
hough he's too modest to admit it, Engineering junior Duncan Miller is a
rising star in the field of aerospace engineering.
Miller, who said he was "bitten by the space bug at an early age," has a
resum6 that any aerospace engineer would appreciate.
In his three years at the University, Miller has interned for Lockheed Martin
Space Systems, the NASA Langley Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory and earned
a flawless 4.0 grade point average with 18 A-pluses.
Oh, and did we mention he's one of the lead engineers for the Cubesat Inves-
tigating Atmospheric Density Response to Extreme Driving, a state of the art
satellite, which will orbit around the Earth?
But the Dearborn, Mich. native plays all of this down when you speak to him.
He says he's gotten to where he is today through tireless work and a lot of help
from his peers and mentors.
"I didn't do all of this myself," Miller said. "I get to work with some of the
smartest (University students)."
Miller added that the CADRE project has been consuming most of his free
time lately. He said the satellite project is one of the biggest student-led projects
at the University.
"CADRE will study the thermosphere in low earth orbit by sampling the ion
winds. Ultimately, this will improve orbital tracking of objects to help minimize
collisions in orbit," he said.
Though he downplays his level of importance to CADRE's success, Miller is
the only undergraduate leader of the project - the rest of the team leaders are
graduate students.
Miller said it's difficult to balance his CADRE work and his rigorous engi-
neering curriculum - he spends more than 20 hours a week designing the satel-
lite. He added that his peers are integral to his success juggling responsibilities.
"The great thing about being on a student project is that there are a bunch of
other kids who have the same dream, who are really motivated to make it hap-
pen," Miller said. "what usually happens is, if it's my midterm week, it's going
to be someone else's midterm week next week, so if they pick up the slack for me
this week and I cover for them next week ... we have each others' back."
This summer Miller will intern at SpaceX, a private aerospace company that
develops space vehicles, and his long-term plans include attending graduate
school for aerospace engineering.
Miller said he owes all of his successes - from the internships to his pres-
tigious position on the CADRE project - to the lessons he's learned from this
University.
"All of my experiences at Michigan have shown me the merits of hard work
and having strong morals and motivation, and that those things are the key to
success," Miller said. "You can't pick the lock."

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