Jackson Lavelle ’14, who was named the Top Graduating History Major and received an Eckes Prize in History, started graduate school at the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned a B.A. and double majored in History and Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.
In the summer of 2013, Lavelle was a judicial intern with the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he drafted legal memoranda for Associate Justice R. Marc Kantrowitz and researched notorious criminal cases in American history for the Associate Justice’s forthcoming book. He also participated in the Associate Justice’s Criminal Trial Practice course at Northeastern University School of Law.
At Ohio University, Lavelle was a McClure/Fuller-Cutler Scholar and worked with ProWorld Volunteers in Urubamba, Peru.
“My adventure was an unforgettable experience that will stay with me forever,” he said of his Peru experience. “What first drew me to volunteer in South America was the continent’s diverse culture and Spanish-speaking populations. Having studied about South America during many years of Spanish classes, I had a strong desire to see and experience that which I had learned so much about. Within South America, I specifically wanted to explore Peru because I had always been intrigued by Incan culture and the allure of their ancient ruins. So the location was set: Peru.
“One of the main criteria that I used when selecting my service project was that the project should help improve and/or conserve the environment. After researching numerous volunteer organizations on the Internet, I selected ProWorld Volunteers and their cleaner-burning stoves project. I was impressed by the myriad of health, economic and environmental benefits that this project created. With ProWorld Volunteers, I also would have the opportunity to work on a project constructing ceramic water filters. So with the location pinpointed and the projects chosen, I began my adventure!…”
As an undergrad, Lavelle was president of the Student Alumni Board and a peer mentor with the Learning Community program. He received a Gateway Excellence Scholarship, the Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarship, and the Department of Political Science James Franklin Henderson Award. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2013.